Something Big Is Going to Happen in 2024!

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From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Dear Members and Supporters,

In a world often characterized by relentless struggles and daily grinds, it's easy to feel disheartened when focusing solely on past experiences. While there may be a perceived valor in enduring hardships, it's crucial to recognize that success doesn't necessarily hinge on a prolonged struggle. Instead, there's an opportunity for transformative action when we learn to navigate away from perpetual challenges.

From the inception of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, my Co-founder, Ka Flewellen, and I were unwaveringly committed to the demanding work required to establish a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. The challenge was intensified as we aimed to continue the legacy left by the esteemed Dr. Dorothy I. Height. As two relative unknowns, hailing from diverse backgrounds, we shared a common faith in the promises of God and a strong desire to make a meaningful impact. We believed that starting the journey, trusting that everything needed would manifest, was a crucial step.

Dr. Height, our mentor, exemplified the power of faith. She believed that making the call would attract women, unveiling agendas and possibilities. Constantly building and expanding, she faced challenges head-on, proclaiming that "there are no problems that new membership can't solve." Inspired by her passion and commitment, I found myself echoing her sentiments years later when declaring our vision to build the first and only Black Women’s Embassy in the World.

Mirroring Dr. Height's unwavering faith, I shared this audacious goal with our Board of Directors. The energy of trusted believers and faith walkers in the room surpassed any doubt or fear. The dream of constructing an Embassy for Black Women from around the world is not impossible; it's the North Star guiding IBWPPI in 2024. With all hands on deck and a laser-like focus, we are poised to turn this vision into reality.

Thanks and gratitude to the Five Founding Directors, Carolyn Webb de Macias, Cynthia Heard, Glenda Gill, Ka Flewellen, and myself, and the current Advisory Board and Governing Board of Directors, along with past members, for their consistent support. As we begin our work in 2024, a monumental year for us, we invite our members to stand with us. If you haven't yet joined or renewed your membership, now is the perfect time. Your support is invaluable as we embark on this transformative journey.

Click the button below to join us in shaping the positive change ahead. Something significant is on the horizon, and we've been preparing for this moment for a long time! Come With Us.

In Joy,

Barbara A. Perkins, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

The World Needs Prepared Leaders More Than Ever.

 

IBWPPI is prepared to ready the next generation of global leaders

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, an iconic member of the civil and women’s rights movements, IBWPPI sought to establish a global leadership academy to prepare young women to be agents of change to challenge the systems that oppress and disenfranchise Black women and girls.

IBWPPI has accomplished this goal through the launching of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy on January 12, 2021. The Academy began with 18 Fellows, 10 Faculty, and 14 Success Coaches.

The 6-month leadership program requires that each candidate dedicate one Saturday per month to a professional development session with interactive classroom lectures, breakout sessions, and a final group project. These sessions are taught by distinguished faculty who are leaders and experts in social justice and change, with decades of experience in their subject matters. The candidates are also paired with an accomplished global leader (Success Coach) who will provide virtual professional coaching throughout the program.

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Who Are We?

Our Vision is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. Our Mission is to work in the US and internationally to convene hearings and discussions to evaluate the impact of current public policies and to initiate new policies that address the major threats to the well-being of Black women and our families.

Our programs reflect the policy work we are engaged in daily. We believe that our policy focus informs our programs.

Where can you see yourself?

The Birthing Initiative aims to reduce maternal deaths and address Period Poverty, ensuring girls can participate in daily activities without hindrance. Being strong advocates for birthing centers and birthing services in the rural south and on the continent of Africa.

The Boots on the Ground Initiative provides essential foot covering to communities affected by hurricanes and floods preventing waterborne diseases. Also, provide footwear for women who farm and provide food for their families. We also provide disaster relief and resources to families negatively impacted by natural disasters both at home in the US and abroad.

Women’s Economic Empowerment Micro Loan Program supports entrepreneurs in Haiti and Ghana, supporting local businesses and creating a sustainable system of economic empowerment for rural communities.

The Reading Room Initiative establishes spaces for children to read and dream, with centers in the Bahamas, Kumasi, Ghana, and Belize. We provide inspiring books, for example, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” adapted for children, and introductory educational materials on Climate Change.

Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy prepares the next generation of global leaders and advocates for their deployment into non-traditional spaces. The world needs prepared leaders more than ever and our six-month global leadership development program answers the call. In less than four years we have trained over sixty new international leaders and have facilitated their international engagement.

Want to be featured in IBWPPI’s monthly newsletter? We want to celebrate you! All members now have the opportunity to be highlighted, all you have to do is be financially active, and send us your short bio and a photo. Be on the lookout for your feature in future issues!

Something Big Is Going to Happen in 2024!

Barbara Perkins-Bronze and Black headshot | IBWPPI
From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Dear Members and Supporters,

In a world often characterized by relentless struggles and daily grinds, it's easy to feel disheartened when focusing solely on past experiences. While there may be a perceived valor in enduring hardships, it's crucial to recognize that success doesn't necessarily hinge on a prolonged struggle. Instead, there's an opportunity for transformative action when we learn to navigate away from perpetual challenges.

From the inception of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, my Co-founder, Ka Flewellen, and I were unwaveringly committed to the demanding work required to establish a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. The challenge was intensified as we aimed to continue the legacy left by the esteemed Dr. Dorothy I. Height. As two relative unknowns, hailing from diverse backgrounds, we shared a common faith in the promises of God and a strong desire to make a meaningful impact. We believed that starting the journey, trusting that everything needed would manifest, was a crucial step.

Dr. Height, our mentor, exemplified the power of faith. She believed that making the call would attract women, unveiling agendas and possibilities. Constantly building and expanding, she faced challenges head-on, proclaiming that "there are no problems that new membership can't solve." Inspired by her passion and commitment, I found myself echoing her sentiments years later when declaring our vision to build the first and only Black Women’s Embassy in the World.

Mirroring Dr. Height's unwavering faith, I shared this audacious goal with our Board of Directors. The energy of trusted believers and faith walkers in the room surpassed any doubt or fear. The dream of constructing an Embassy for Black Women from around the world is not impossible; it's the North Star guiding IBWPPI in 2024. With all hands on deck and a laser-like focus, we are poised to turn this vision into reality.

Thanks and gratitude to the Five Founding Directors, Carolyn Webb de Macias, Cynthia Heard, Glenda Gill, Ka Flewellen, and myself, and the current Advisory Board and Governing Board of Directors, along with past members, for their consistent support. As we begin our work in 2024, a monumental year for us, we invite our members to stand with us. If you haven't yet joined or renewed your membership, now is the perfect time. Your support is invaluable as we embark on this transformative journey.

Click the button below to join us in shaping the positive change ahead. Something significant is on the horizon, and we've been preparing for this moment for a long time! Come With Us.

In Joy,

Barbara A. Perkins, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

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