EVP, Worldwide Television Licensing and Operations Paramount Pictures
EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer RWJBarnabas Health
Head of Product Inclusion, Research and Activation Google
Managing Director JPMorgan Chase
Vice President Goldman Sachs
Mikeisha Anderson Jones, Esq.
VP, Global Diverse Exec Engagement American Express
Partner Baker McKenzie
Head of Inclusion & Diversity H&M
Mickael Dada Amos
Chief Financial Officer Rosecliff Ventures
Dr. Kwame Ennin
Orthopaedic Surgeon Texas Center for Joint Replacement
Corporate Vice President - Diversity & Inclusion New York Life
Dr. Theodore Nyame
Surgeon Charlotte Plastic Surgery
Partner Ernst & Young
SVP, Human Resource Executive and Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Wealth Management Bank of America
Deavra A. Daughtry
President & CEO Excellent Care Management
CEO / Founder Mall for Africa Ltd
President and Co-founder African Ancestry
Executive Director National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation
Partner & Chief Relationship Officer Egami Group
Dr. Sophia Ononye
Founder and CEO The Sophia Consulting Firm
CEO Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Umindi Francis Denis
Founder & CEO Umindi Francis Consulting Group
Founder & CEO The Khana Group
Founder & CEO Lamik Beauty
Founder and CEO FWG Solutions
Director, Marketing Strategy Blackrock
CEO The Memo LLC
Michelle A. Nicholas
Executive Director Girls Inc. of Westchester County
Michelle D. Hare
Enterprise Marketing Analyst State Farm
Director, Content Marketing Associaton of National Advertisers
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Michael D. Armstrong joined Paramount Pictures as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Television Licensing and Operations in September 2018. In this newly created role, Armstrong’s responsibilities include leading third-party series distribution efforts with studio partners; managing – in partnership with Paramount Television – distribution efforts on local language productions; and overseeing Paramount’s digital monetization team.
I am deeply humbled and grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to learn and grow and reach back and bring others along. I know there are many deserving of this honor, and I feel very lucky to be among these esteemed honorees!
I am humbled by the recognition. Serving the community is a primary motivator for me at this stage of my life and career, but it truly is gratifying to be recognized for the work my team and I are doing to help close the racial wealth gap.
I'm deeply honored and grateful for the opportunity. I hope to be able to motivate the next generation into recognizing that anything is possible, and that every effort, hard work and good deed, does not go unnoticed
Thank you for recognizing my contributions alongside the other awardees. I am honored to have been selected as one of Face2Face Africa’s 30 Black Stars in 2019. It is my hope that others are inspired and uplifted by our efforts, and that I, along with my team, continue to do good work well.
I am truly very honored and extremely humbled at this recognition, and accept it on behalf of all those who have paved the way for folks like me to achieve some small measure of success beyond our forbears.
It's an honor to be recognized for doing something that you are passionate about. I am never doing work, anticipating an acknowledgment, so the honor is very humbling. Being seen by your community is refueling & energetic as you push through the challenges of corporate America.
I am honored and humbled to be acknowledged among such an accomplished group.
Only 4.3 Orthopaedic surgeons identify as hailing from Africa. When I was in the academic world I made it a point to recruit minority medical students to help address this disparity. I then and still mentor them to ensure they have the tools to be successful. I am also heavily involved in organizations like Black men in White Coats. I feel that bringing greater visibility to our ability to be successful provides hope to future generations.
I feel really blessed to be honored alongside my fellow Black Stars. It is so great that Face2Face Africa exists as a platform for pan-African people and to celebrate and honor our culture and achievements. It means so much and is so needed.
When I applied for plastic and reconstructive surgery there were less than 6 applicants of color applying in the entire country. My ultimate goal is to mentor promising students who will lead the the future of plastic surgery.
My father always told me I can achieve anything I put my mind to achieve. Despite the challenges of being one of the first black students at the University of Glasgow, he never let the external environment impact his internal compass. I try to live by the same mantra
As a women of faith a scripture comes to mind that sums up how I feel out this great honor “ Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and in due time he will lift you up.” I am humbly proud and honored to be recognized some me leaders of great accomplishments.
I am honored to be considered for the 30 Black Stars Honor. To be included and recognized by an organization that highlights and celebrates the achievements and impacts of African, African American, and Caribbean-American business and professional leaders in the United States is an amazing honor and accomplishment.
I am very proud and honoured to have been selected. I hope others see this as a platform that can not elevate them but elevate what they are doing for our community, minorities, and future generations who look up to us on what the vision of success looks like.
I am deeply humbled to have been given the 30 Black Stars Honor for my work with African Ancestry. It is extremely fulfilling to have Face2Face Africa recognize the value of our mission and my leadership.
I was surprised and delighted to receive this distinguished honor that I did not know I was being considered for. It is even more rewarding to be recognized by your people and your peers and validates that the work you do is reaching the persons it is meant to touch.
It is an honor for me to be recognized by my peers and it reassures my decision to pursue entrepreneurship. I hope to continue to serve as a source of inspiration, particularly for women and ethnic minorities that are seeking careers in STEM and entrepreneurship.
As an African, it goes back to being resilient and understanding the power of never accepting "impossible" and forging ahead.
My background attributes to my strength and resilience in business and life. Being black is not something you can take on and off, so my unique perspective has given me so much compassion for others.
I am humbled to have been nominated and selected for the 30 Black Stars Honor. I am hoping that by sharing my story and experience through this platform, I may inspire and encourage others to follow their passion and dreams
I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected for one of the 30 Black Stars Award. I thank God first, and want to also thank my husband, parents and my siblings for their love and support. Thank you to Face2Face Africa for selecting me and I hope to continue embodying the principles and values for which they stand!
I am honored. I never started this journey for an award--I started because equity for black people is important to me. It feels good to be seen.
As a child in Guyana, in an area where there was no running water, I fetched water along with my siblings every morning before school and every evening after school – up the hill, and back…everyday, like clockwork. I've experienced the kind of in your face, can’t wait problems that I now devote my life to mitigating on behalf of others. My commitment to my work and to the community at large has a lot to do with these daily treks. Its what I was taught.
Face2face Africa is to be celebrated for providing yet another venue to salute others as it advances its unmatched work to foster education, empowerment and innovation via a global platform. It is a tremendous personal honor to be in the 2019 inaugural class of 30 Black Stars. I am excited to occupy the galaxy with 29 other Black Stars, and will cherish this recognition as I continue my efforts to uplift and encourage others to pursue their dreams and live their best life now.
Coming from a "third-world" country definitely shaped me as a person. There are many things that people take for granted that I have never done. I know how to take lemons and make a three-course meal. It taught me ingenuity. It taught me survival skills. It taught me perseverance. It taught me compassion. It taught me respect. I fall back on my of those skills in my day to day personal and professional life.