30 Black Stars is an initiative created by Face2face Africa to highlight and celebrate the achievements and impact of African, African-American, and Caribbean-American business and professional leaders in the United States. Each year, we identify and honor 30 outstanding professionals, across all industries, who have distinguished themselves and are paving a way for minorities through a commitment to excellence.


The Black Stars Conference is designed to facilitate empowering discussions around diversity and inclusion and advancing the leadership pipeline for minority professionals. The forum will empower attendees with the tools and resources they need to increase their capacity, and examine what companies are doing to cultivate a more inclusive culture to harness the strengths and full potential of professionals within ethnic communities. The conference concludes with the awards gala to honor the 30 Achievers.

Special thanks to our corporate partners and supporters


  • Michael Armstrong

    EVP, Worldwide Television Licensing and Operations Paramount Pictures

  • Michellene Davis

    EVP and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer RWJBarnabas Health

  • Annie Jean-Baptiste

    Head of Product Inclusion, Research and Activation Google

  • Sekou Kaalund

    Managing Director JPMorgan Chase

  • Sabina Dankwa

    Vice President Goldman Sachs

  • Mikeisha Anderson Jones, Esq.

    VP, Global Diverse Exec Engagement American Express

  • Emeka Chinwuba

    Partner Baker McKenzie

  • Ezinne Kwubiri

    Head of Inclusion & Diversity H&M

  • Mickael Dada Amos

    Chief Financial Officer Rosecliff Ventures

  • Dr. Kwame Ennin

    Orthopaedic Surgeon Texas Center for Joint Replacement

  • Monique Murphy

    Corporate Vice President - Diversity & Inclusion New York Life

  • Dr. Theodore Nyame

    Surgeon Charlotte Plastic Surgery

  • Marcus Odedina

    Partner Ernst & Young

  • Iesha Berry

    SVP, Human Resource Executive and Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Wealth Management Bank of America

  • Deavra A. Daughtry

    President & CEO Excellent Care Management

  • Chris Folayan

    CEO / Founder Mall for Africa Ltd

  • Gina Paige

    President and Co-founder African Ancestry

  • Sherrie Deans

    Executive Director National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation

  • Michael Warner

    Partner & Chief Relationship Officer Egami Group

  • Dr. Sophia Ononye

    Founder and CEO The Sophia Consulting Firm

  • Shawn Dove

    CEO Campaign for Black Male Achievement

  • Umindi Francis Denis

    Founder & CEO Umindi Francis Consulting Group

  • Taa Wongbe

    Founder & CEO The Khana Group

  • Kim Roxie

    Founder & CEO Lamik Beauty

  • Nshokano Katabana

    Founder and CEO FWG Solutions

  • Nadia Pringle-Davis

    Director, Marketing Strategy Blackrock

  • Minda Harts

    CEO The Memo LLC

  • Michelle A. Nicholas

    Executive Director Girls Inc. of Westchester County

  • Michelle D. Hare

    Enterprise Marketing Analyst State Farm

  • Claudine Waite

    Director, Content Marketing Associaton of National Advertisers