The 3rd National African Leadership Conference, which will take place Dec. 8-9, announced its lineup of keynote speakers during a Wednesday press conference at the offices of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) in St. Paul.
Law professor and former director of the Kenyan anti-corruption agency, PLO Lumumba and Girls Taking Action founder and president, Dr. Verna Cornelia Price, will keynote the conference. Dr. Price is also CEO of The Power of People Consulting Group based in Minneapolis.
The conference has been virtual since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, but returns as an in-person event with a virtual option available. Prof. Lumumba will keynote in person after attending last year’s conference virtually.
“We will have 12 sessions at the conference,” said Gene Gelgelu, president and CEO of AEDS, the conference organizers. “During those two days we will have sessions including business development, lending, alternative finance, youth leadership and also public policy.”
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.
More information can be found at the conference’s website.
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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dish Network satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.
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