Spring Is a Grand Time of the Year

From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Spring Is Here...How Are You Doing?

There is something about Spring that inspires me. Spring is a happy and beautiful season despite all the distractions and not-so-great news nationwide. In this newsletter, we will focus on the good things happening at IBWPPI. This newsletter will highlight special events, save the dates, and exciting announcements. This newsletter is dedicated to you!

Happy Spring Everyone.

Barbara A. Perkins

President & CEO

Good News!

Congratulations to Nyah Avan on the completion of her studies at Howard University. The IBWPPI Family is proud of Nyah for getting through her studies with distinction. Ms. Avan joined IBWPPI as an intern in 2022, participated in our Young Ambassadors Program, and supported our work and events in Washington, DC. After completing a summer internship in Charlotte, NC at Bank of America, Ms. Avan was offered a full-time position at Bank of America and will be moving to Charlotte following her graduation. Job Well Done Nyah. We See You.

Welcome to the Family!


Membership is very important to us. Leading our membership connections is Ms. Christina Cue from Columbia, SC.

We are delighted to welcome Christina Cue to our team as the Membership Engagement, International Partners, and Affiliates Coordinator. Christina brings years of experience in organizing, systems implementation, and events planning. We are looking forward to her leadership.

Members Get Ready !

IBWPPI is launching a travel program just for you. Meet our new fellow Mildred Vanderpuije, a world traveler who is tasked with designing a people-to-people travel program where members of IBWPPI will be invited to join us on special trips such as our inaugural trip to Ghana in October of this year. Future trips will include Bermuda, Belize, Cuba, Selma Alabama, Charleston, SC, and more.

Stay tuned for more information and updates from Mildred.


Commencement Announcement Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy Class of 2023


Photo by Nayila Moore

Cohort #3 set to graduate!

The time seems to have gone by so fast. We are beginning to prepare for the commencement events for the leadership class of 2023 of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy.

June 24, 2023, is the date of our in person and virtual graduation ceremony which will be held in Washington, DC, at 11:00 am. The venue will be announced once confirmed in two weeks.

This year’s class will have the honor of sitting under Civil Rights Attorney Janice Mathis, Esq. as the graduation speaker. Currently, attorney Mathis is serving as the Executive Director for the National Council of Negro Women. Her background includes serving as the Vice President for Legal Affairs for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.


Seat at the Table

The third cohort of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy is preparing for a weekend in Washington, D.C. where they will be attending the coveted event – A Seat at the Table, hosted by the Solidarity Center AFL-CIO.

The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute is proud of The Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy our signature leadership development program for early-career women with an interest in global policy and humanitarian work. The class of 2023 candidates represent six countries.

The Seat at the Table is a high-level leadership meeting where the graduates would be able to engage with international leaders and discuss topics of interest; learn how to discuss, debate, and discover ways to address and solve problems that are happening in our world. This year, it is our honor to be hosted by Sarah McKenzie, Director of the Solidarity Center with invited guests’ speakers from the White House, State Department, Small Business Administration, Foreign Affairs Department, USAID, and Corporate America.
The event will take place on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 11:00 to 2:00.

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Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started in 2009 in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue your support of IBWPPI and ask others to join us.

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!


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