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Natasha Hemmings Named The First African American CEO of Girl Scouts Heart Of New Jersey

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Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey has recently named Natasha Hemmings the CEO. Hemming’s begins her role as the first African American to be named the CEO of Girl Scouts Heart Of New Jersey and she has been described as a “longtime advocate of girl empowerment and Girl Scouting.”


“I am very thankful for this opportunity and extremely excited about partnering with the staff, board, volunteers, and community to make a positive impact on the lives of girls. I am also looking forward to expanding our network of G.I.R.L. Champions (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders) throughout the region.” – Natasha Hemmings

Hemming’s will oversee a $6 million budget, 17,000 girl scouts, and 10,000 volunteers in 7 New Jersey counties.

Hemming’s is an experienced and educated leader, she holds a master’s in public administration from Rutgers University. She has 15+ years of experience in strategic leadership, community engagement, non-profit programming, and fund development. Hemming’s is also the chief marketing and communications officer for Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ.

Congrats Natasha Hemmings!


For more information, visit the GSHNJ website.

Priscillah Mabelane Becomes First Black Woman CEO in South African Oil Industry

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Priscillah Mabelane takes the role of CEO of BP, South Africa, or BPSA. This notable achievement breaks barriers in South Africa and beyond as Mabelane becomes the first black woman to hold the CEO position of a major oil company in the South African oil industry.

Mabelane has a history of excelling in leadership positions for various companies including multiple senior positions at Airports Company South Africa, Ernst & Young, and Eskom Holdings. Mabelane joined BPSA in 2011 as chief financial officer and from there was appointed to the CEO position.

“I felt mixed emotions on being appointed, but now I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity that I’ve been given,”says Mabelane in regards to her new title as CEO. “I know there are a lot of talented young people who look up to me. “I need to lead by example.

BP South Africa chairperson Thandi Orleyn acknowledges this celebratory news and vouches her confidence in Priscillah’s skills and capability to run this division.

“Given her proven track record in her previous executive roles, we are confident that Priscillah will be a strong leader for our business, especially as we continue to explore new areas of growth and development,” says Orleyn.

Mabelane’s promotion displays BPSA’s commitment to “ cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce” however Mabelane feels that it comes a little too late.  In an interview with South Africa’s News 24,  expresses concern that this landmark achievement was not made until 2017.

Appointed August 28th,  Mabelane officially began her role as CEO on September 1st 2017.  As she grows and creates change at BPSA, her success will continue to inspire across the world. “I do not want to be a special story … I just want to be an example to women that it is possible,” Mabelane exclaims.

Meet 10-Year-Old CEO Gabby Goodwin of ‘GaBBy Bows’

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Elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin has been named SC Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Goodwin is the co-inventor, president, and CEO of GaBBy Bows, a company solving the age-old problem of disappearing girls’ hair barrettes that often go missing like a pair of socks.

The Double-Face, Double-Snap Barrette is designed to be slip resistance so that they secure girls’ hairstyle and give moms more peace when styling their child’s hair..

At age seven, Goodwin began selling her invention online. The young entrepreneur began selling her product by speaking at trade shows, school assemblies, career days and commencement ceremonies. To help with her sales she also wrote thank you notes to every customer who ordered barrettes online.

In just three years of business more than 17,000 packs of GaBBy Bows have been sold across the nation and in eight other countries.

Talk about some #BlackGirlMagic.

Congrats Gabby Goodwin!

Twitter Adds Debra Lee, CEO of BET, To Its Board Of Directors

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Twitter had a major announcement yesterday when they announced that Debra Lee, CEO of BET, would be joining their Board of Directors.

“Thrilled to be joining the @twitter board,” Lee tweeted out yesterday. “It’s transformed the media and the world like few other things in history (and continues to)!!”

In addition to serving as BET’s CEO for the last 10 years, Debra Lee has had a well-respected career.

Before joining the network, Lee was an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson for five years, won the Vanguard Award from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in 2003, as well as Woman of the Year Award from Women in Cable and Telecommunications in 2001. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s from Harvard’s JFK School of Government, as well as a law degree.

Is there any doubt that she was fit for a BoD spot at Twitter? We think not..

Congratulations to Debra Lee and Twitter on this new addition!