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COLBY SIMONS JENKINS, Treasurer

 

Colby Simons Jenkins is an example of what it means to be a selfless, independent African-American woman who found a way to overcome life obstacles at a young age and become an example for other women. In her youth she became an entrepreneur and started her

own business and became interested in community work volunteering with Hope for the Future (a ministry that helped feed senior citizen and the homeless).  Colby became PTA president at Children’s Aid Society daycare organized parenting groups, fundraisers, and parenting workshops.  After graduating from Project Renewal with a degree in Culinary Arts and business management, she then went on to start Colby Food for the Soul where she specialized in catering  to the entertainment  industry where her clients  included Lil Kim, Fat Joe and  comedian Capone.  Ms. Simons was soon after hired by  Sleepy’s where she was quickly promoted from sales assistant to Store manager.( 1.5 million dollar grossing store located in Yonkers, NY)  However always the entrepreneur she created Gemstarr a special events and entertainment company.  She is and active member of International Order of the Eastern Star, District 12- Bx, NY New York State Ethiopian Queen  2009, Pass Associate Matriton of Chapter Queen Bilkis #444. Colby is also member of the New York Women Chambers of Commerce and the  recipient of the 2008 Angel of Love award from Love your Breast a New York 501C3 organization.

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LEADERSHIP

 

 

PRINCESS JENKINS, President

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Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker

 

In 1998, Princess Jenkins founded Women In The Black with one goal in mind, to provide support and resources to female entrepreneurs like herself.  She is the President of The Brownstone, Harlem's Contemporary Women's Clothing Boutique, which has been featured on Good Day New York, Good Morning America, Living It Up With Patti LaBelle and a host of other TV and Cable shows.  She is a graduate from The College Of New Rochelle, where she is currently a professor in their CEO Program.  She also hold a BA in Communications from The College of New Rochelle.  Ms. Jenkins is an award winning business owner and is the recipient of many accolades including; Small Business Administrators Champion of the Year, Elliot Spitzer Small Business Award, the Crain's Magazine 8th Annual Small Business of the Year Award, the Harlem Chamber Small Business Award and the Stern School of Business-Business Plan Writing Award.  She is the only African-American featured in a permanent exhibit on entrepreneurship  at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street.

TIMOTHY GREENE, Vice President

Harlem Masters

Entrepreneur

 

President of Harlem Masters Timothy "Polo" Green  has been a master barber for over 20 plus years.  He has established himself as a community leader and serves as a mentor to many small business owners. He went on to quickly build brand recognition for Harlem Masters... his clients include award winning entertainers, politicians, lawyers, and the everyday working man. His celebrity client roster includes award winning entertainers, actors and professional sports players. As part of his community endeavors Mr. Green started The Barber Shop Classic Summer Basketball Tournament which donates hundreds of school supplies to area youth. Harlem Masters was also runner-up of the Hot 97 radio station “Best Barbershop On The Block” competition, winner of The USA Network-“KOJAK Bald-Head Competition” and has been featured in the Richard Karz, documentary 9/11/03 and the Al Sharpton Barbershop Series. Harlem Masters continues to generate media exposure that increases business and positively supports the Harlem community.

HARRIET ROSEBUD, Director

Rosebud New York

Millinery Designer / Entrepreneur

 

Originally from St. Petersburg FL, Ms. Rosebud earned a BS in political Science from Florida State University, but her creative side needed to find its own path. She returned to school, attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and studied Millinery Arts. She decided to follow her passion and develop her own business, now called Rosebud of New York, with offices in New York and Atlanta. She currently sells her collection to over two hundred boutiques and department stores across the country. She also designs private collection for a well-known hat manufacturer. Combining her knowledge of political science and millinery arts, Ms. Rosebud has taught many seminars at conferences, museums and schools on, "The Power of the Hat, Our African American Journey In Crowns". In 2004, Ms. Rosebud was approached by Sandy USA to recreate her hats in miniature art form, paying tribute to all American and AFrican American Women who wear hats. The Rosebud miniatures and products can be found in stores like Borders, Life Way Christian bookstores, Hallmark Cards, art galleries and Military bases worldwide.

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DIANA BROMFIELD, Board Member

Operation Headstart Founder

Director

 

Ms. Bromfield is the Founder and Director of a Harlem based Non-profit called Operation Headstart.

Operation Headstart provides resources and information to NYC families, regarding the Independent school admissions process. OHS provides these services through community outreach events, panel discussions and fairs. Since 2007 OHS has been providing the Harlem community with information on various educational programs in the area of  technology and the arts. Ms. Bromfield has been a featured panelist in several forums  to share, her perspective on economic,social and racial diversity at New York City Independent schools. She has written several online article about private school admissons,which can be found on www.ezinearticles.com.

 

In addition to serving as a board member for Women in the Black, Ms.Bromfield  devotes her time advocacy and philanthropic endeavors,in the areas of education,the arts and technology. Ms. Bromfield belongs to a giving society called Dream Builders, at  A Better Chance. Their mission  is to decrease the educational gap, by increasing the number  of children of color, to attend Independent Day and Boarding schools nationally.She is also  a member of the  Silver Circle giving society for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund. Their mission is academic preparation, for under-served  children in the Harlem community. Member of the steering committee for the Young contemporaries for the  Children Museum of the Arts. A Young Member Circle supporter  at the Museum of the City of New York. These  institutions  create all inclusive arts programs for all children in NYC. A supporter of technical organizations such as Qeyno labs, YES WE Code  and All Star Code  that teaches children of color different aspects of technology and  coding. In 2013, Ms. Bromfield and her organization Operation Headstart, was featured  In Essence Magazine's Essence Online  "Your Shining Moment " which highlights the philanthropic work, of The New York City Chapter of Black Girls Code. A  girls organization that teaches girls coding and app development.

 

 

SABRINA A. FRANCIS, Board Member

Arlicia's Music CEO

Teacher/Director

 

Sabrina is a professional opera singer and CEO of Arlicia’s Music with over 15 years of experience of teaching young children to fall in love with music. She has sung throughout the United States, Europe and South America. By combining her talents, travels and love of learning she has created a rich program using the arts to teach language, history, science and math. Her program is in several preschools, daycares and afterschool programs.