BlackNorth Initiative

Celebrating Black Women Leaders: A Night of Inspiration and Empowerment

Celebrating Black Women Leaders: A Night of Inspiration and Empowerment June 09, 2024

On June 8, 2024, we were privileged to host an evening filled with inspiration, empowerment, and profound insights, as we welcomed some of the most influential Black women leaders of our time. The event featured The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Dr. Epsy Campbell Barr, Dr. June Soomer, Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, and Jully Black, who shared their remarkable journeys and strategies for overcoming the unique challenges they face as Black women in leadership.

Trailblazers Sharing Their Journeys

Each speaker brought a wealth of experience and wisdom, offering attendees a rare glimpse into their personal and professional lives. The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, a former Governor General of Canada, set the tone with her powerful narrative of resilience and dedication to public service. Her story highlighted the importance of representation and the impact it can have on future generations.

Following Michaëlle Jean, we were captivated by the dynamic duo of Jully Black and our Chief Executive Officer, Dahabo Ahmed-Omer. Jully Black, a celebrated singer and motivational speaker, brought the evening to a close with her electrifying energy and poignant reflections on self-empowerment and authenticity. Her journey from the music industry to becoming a vocal advocate for mental health and personal growth was both inspiring and empowering.

The event continued with a compelling discussion featuring Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, Dr. Epsy Campbell Barr, and Dr. June Soomer. Dahabo Ahmed-Omer delivered a heartfelt speech on the power of community and the importance of creating spaces where all voices are heard and valued. Her dedication to promoting diversity and combating systemic discrimination resonated deeply with the audience.

Dr. Epsy Campbell Barr, the first Afro-descendant Vice President of Costa Rica, captivated everyone with her insights on political empowerment and the necessity of inclusive governance. Her unwavering commitment to social justice and equality highlighted the crucial role of advocacy and active participation in the political process.

Dr. June Soomer, the first female Secretary-General of the Association of Caribbean States, shared her extensive experience in diplomacy and regional cooperation. She emphasized the importance of collaboration and unity in addressing global challenges, inspiring many to think beyond borders in their efforts to create change


Memorable Moments and Thought-Provoking Conversations

The event was not only about listening but also engaging. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking conversations that challenged existing paradigms and encouraged new ways of thinking. Networking sessions allowed for meaningful connections to be made, fostering a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to driving positive change.

From personal anecdotes to professional strategies, each speaker left a lasting impact, instilling a renewed sense of purpose among all who attended. The stories of triumph over adversity and the relentless pursuit of excellence were a testament to the strength and resilience of Black women leaders.

A Collective Drive for Change

The evening was a celebration of the power of Black women leadership and a call to action for everyone to contribute to the ongoing efforts for equality and justice. We are immensely grateful to all who joined us, both in person and virtually, making this event a truly transformative experience.

As we reflect on the insights and inspiration shared, we are reminded of the importance of continuing this dialogue and supporting one another in our respective journeys. Together, we can catalyze positive change within our communities and beyond.