African American Leadership Forum

2016 Participants

Adrian Watson

Adrian Watson

Director of Human Resources YWCA of Minneapolis
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina (major: Psychology, minor: Business Administration); and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Akil Foluke

Quality Assurance Associate QOL Medical LLC
He holds a Master’s of Science in Chemistry from the University of Alabama, and graduated Cum Laude from Morehouse College, Atlanta with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. He’s a Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholar and Director of Membership of the JRF Alumni Association, New York, NY.

Anthony Osifuye

Certified Phlebotomist
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physiology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He’s received awards from National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; and, the U of M, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Award Spring 2015; and, Karin L Larson Interdisciplinary Education Scholarship.

Awale Osman

Academic Success Coach in the TRIO/Student Support Services program
Academic Success Coach in the TRIO/Student Support Services program at Normandale Community College BA Communication Studies with a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Augsburg College.

Brandis Johnson

Sr. Financial Analyst at General Mills
Senior Financial Analyst, U.S. Retail Organization, General Mills, Inc. She has a MBA from Harvard University Business School; and a BA Degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She’s the Producer of Sankofa, African American Student Union Cultural Show.

Deneane Richburg

Artistic Director of Brownbody
B.A. in English and African American studies from Carleton College, an M.A. in Afro-American Studies with a focus on contemporary African American literature/theater from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Denise Felder

Career Adviser with DeniseMpls Career Services, and Career Technical Education with Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System
Career Adviser with DeniseMpls Career Services, and Career Technical Education with Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System Bachelor of Science from Boston University’s College of Communication (major in Journalism, minor in African-American Studies). Currently completing Masters from Metropolitan State University in Community Psychology.

Donald Joseph

City of Minneapolis; Sr. Project Manager
Director of the Innovation Team for the City of Minneapolis; and, former Senior Business Partner for Target Corporation, in Diversity & Inclusion Analytics He is a graduate of New York University, with a Master’s of Science, in Human Resources Management and Development, and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from Pace University, New York, NY.

Ernest Comer III

Founder & Executive Director, E Howard Co Professional Innovations
Founder & Executive Director, E Howard Co Professional Innovations Sr. Recruiter, Manpower Group Solutions B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in African American and African Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Florkime Paye

Intern Coordinator with Senator Al Franken
Intern Coordinator with Senator Al Franken MS in Negotiation and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore, and a B.A. in International relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Ini Augustine

CEO of SocialWise Media Group
Social Media Ambassador, Marketing Committee Member at InterCorps Council of Minnesota She is a graduate of Des Moines Area Community College, and founder of the Iowa Black Business Coalition. She is a Rising Star Award recipient, Women of Innovation, Technology Association of Iowa; 2013 Aspiring Businesswoman of the Year; National Association of Women Business Women; and, author of Security in The Digital Age.

Julia T. Davis

Evaluation Specialist for St. Paul Public Schools
Evaluation Specialist for St. Paul Public Schools She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from DePaul University, Chicago; and, a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Chemical Science from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She has published, and worked extensively in the areas of biology, chemical and physical science.

Maya Brown

Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Social Worker Master’s in Clinical Social Work, from St. Catherine-St. Thomas University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology, with a minor African American Studies from St. Olaf’s University.

Nawal Noor

President, Noor Development Group
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and BA Degree in Finance, from the University of St Thomas.

Noel Nix

Assistant to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter
Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Rochelle Hayes

Health Care Project Coordinator and Mentor
She worked in Human Resources at a major bank and for a major health plan organization in Minnesota. She also has a background in event planning and process improvement, all roles in which she enjoys and excels.

Terrance Brown

Project Manager, PMP|SSBB (UnitedHealth Group)
Graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (1998-2003).