Introducing the 2023 ’30 Black Stars’ Shaping Corporate America

Introducing the 2023 ’30 Black Stars’ Shaping Corporate America

New York, NY–  August 16, 2023 – Black Stars, an initiative created by media company PanaGenius Inc. to foster a more inclusive and equitable workforce for Black professionals, has announced its prestigious annual list, the “30 Black Stars” for 2023. This exceptional lineup comprises trailblazing individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled success in their careers, standing out for their remarkable achievements, impact, and contributions within the corporate landscape.

Selected from an impressive pool of over 700 national nominees, the 30 Black Stars represent a distinctive group of exceptional leaders who are transforming the face of leadership. From visionary C-suite executives to rising stars across various industries such as tech, finance, healthcare, and law, these individuals are setting new standards of excellence, and paving the way for future generations. 

This year’s esteemed honorees include Elena Richards, a globally recognized leader in championing diversity in the finance industry, who currently serves as Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at KPMG. Elena will be receiving the prestigious Beacon Award, a distinction reserved for trailblazing C-Suite Leaders. Joining her on this illustrious list of corporate achievers are Aaron Aboagye, Managing Partner at McKinsey & Co, Dennis Williams, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Warner Bros. Discovery, Edwige Robinson, SVP of Engineering and Operations at T-Mobile, Dr. Evaristus Mainsah, VP of People Experience at Amazon, and more.  To see the full list of honorees, please click here.

Sandra Appiah Babu-Boateng, Co-founder of PanaGenius expressed her excitement about this year’s honorees, stating: 

 “We are thrilled about this year’s honorees, who are pioneering a new era of excellence across corporate America. The 30 Black Stars awards are not just about recognizing individual achievements; they represent a resounding affirmation of the abundance and boundless potential of Black talent across the nation. These individuals have overcome obstacles to chart successful career paths, breaking through ceilings and leaving indelible footprints for others to follow. By celebrating their success, we illuminate a path of inspiration and possibility for generations to come, dismantling barriers and forging a future where diversity thrives and equality prevails in every corner of the corporate landscape.”

The 2023 honorees will be celebrated at an awards gala during the Black Stars Summit, an immersive two-day event aimed at empowering and equipping black and diverse professionals for unparalleled career success. The Summit, which takes place in New York City, November 2-3, will bring together corporate executives, industry leaders, and experts to share knowledge, insights, and opportunities.

 This year’s lineup of speakers includes luminaries such as Sekou Kaalund, Head of Branch and Consumer Banking at US Bank, Doug Lankler, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Pfizer, among others.

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