Made in Africa Speech Receives Standing Ovation in Ethiopia
Requested to provide closing remarks at the recent inaugural P!TCH Ethiopia event in Addis Ababa to more than 150 attendees including U.S. Department of State, Amazon and Google.
The Becoming of THE DIGITAL DIPLOMAT™
I'm a Ghanaian-American economic strategist in global entrepreneurship. Known as The Digital Diplomat™, I co-founded the Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group in 2016 with Naomi Jordan Cook, which designs and develops eCommerce systems that help generate revenue online for companies; and customizes digital platforms and software that make shipping and collecting payment easier for businesses in emerging markets.
I'm responsible for helping to generate millions of dollars a year in at-will donations and business sales for my clients, with a large concentration in Africa. My specialization in implementing digital technologies and eCommerce systems on homegrown businesses helps drive economic development across the labor force in developing countries. In partnership with the University of Michigan Dearborn College of Business and a global logistics company, I developed the Digital Futures program, which connects market research students to African businesses to help them compete in the global market.
I've also completed the ExporTech program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a thought leader in global entrepreneurship, I've been invited as a speaker and panelist in the following high level events:
- US Africa Business Summit (Maputo, Mozambique)
- World Export Development Forum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
- Africa Fintech Summit 2019 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
- DHL eCommerce Conference (Accra, Ghana)
Currently, I sit on the board of the United Nations Associations Greater Detroit Chapter as Vice President, a Member on the East Michigan District Export Council and is a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
But, how did I get here? Click the button to continue onto my full story. Yes, it needed its own page.
I speak on an array of topics within my theory of the 5 Economies of Wealth. Whether its more data driven and research based or personalized for motivation, I focus on:
- How to Build 5 Economies of Wealth (Faith, Academics, Personal, Social and Global Ecosystems)
- Global Entrepreneurship
- The Power of the Digital Economy
- How to Break Cultural and Economic Barriers to Grow in the Marketplace
- Organizational Leadership
- Living at the Level of Your Consciousness and Never at the Level of Your Circumstances
- Loose the Title, Win the Experience
- Birthing Babies Building Business*
Storytelling is my gift. Painting the picture or crafting words poetically to communicate a point comes natural for me. I believe in the power of words and using it to move people to consider the topic at hand, potentially shifting their perspective, even if for a moment, to see life from another viewpoint is my life's work.
What others in the community say about me
"Working with W.E for the inaugural African Business Symposium at Michigan State University was fantastic. Her talk centered on supporting African entrepreneurs and it took the audience on a journey that allowed them to imagine themselves using African made products. This simple but powerful image inspired people to think critically about how they engage and support frontier markets."
"The moment I joined The VGC Group, I already knew that I wanted to work with her. She is passionate about working with brands and organizations and help them grow by tapping the global community. She and The VGC Group provides opportunities to earn online and create the life you wanted not only for the brands and organizations that the VGC Group is working with but also to the global talents that we have hired from different cities and time zones, language and culture. She is very big about creating an impact and breaking the barriers. Lastly, she has been a great mentor and leader to all of us in The VGC Group Team."
From Unemployment to Employer
The journey to this point has been long. It seems crazy because I'm relatively still young in comparison to all the adult experiences I've had. Nevertheless, not sure if you've ever had the chance to read my full story so I decided to share it now. It will give you some context to the conviction I have when I speak. It's more than speaking for me, it's about breaking people free from the trap. It's my life's work.