Our Dream Team
Pan- African Arts and Culture Creative Director, Nansare Consolata.
Nansare Consolata is the founder of African Print Takeover, a cultural awareness organization established in 2016, formally known as Best of Both Worlds Production, founded in 2005. The organization specializes in cultural awareness fashion shows and event planning, providing community education and recognition of the influence of African culture. Nansare is currently sits on the board of the Washington State Coalition of African Community Leaders and is a Cultural Ambassador for Umoja Festival. Dissatisfied with the lack of cultural events in the Greater Seattle African community, Nansare, a Ugandan native, took the Mahatma Gandhi quote “You must be the change you wish to see”, and she applied it. As a student at Highline Community College, she was an active leader in the Black Student Union, where she was inspired to actively participate in and give back to her community. Her first platform was at the annual Umoja Festival & African American Day Parade in 2005; the show was a success and was covered by the Seattle Times Newspaper the following year. In addition to her community activism, Nansare has produced many fashion shows for various events in the greater Seattle metropolitan area: Seattle Central Spring Bling, Festival Sundiata, Mwangaza Jitegemee Foundation, Igbo day Celebration, Madaraka Festival, Spirit of Africa formally known as Spirit of West Africa, Her Big Day cultural wedding show, local community colleges and universities, and many more.
Nansare is a fashion stylist who believes we are not all born the same; our differences make us unique. Her vision is for people to walk away from her cultural awareness fashion shows with a greater understanding of the African culture and the influence it has on Western styles. She hopes her audience will also walk away with new ideas on how to integrate traditional African clothes into their wardrobe and gain an increased consciousness of how and what clothes communicate values, identity and culture. Nansare Consolata Cultural Awareness with an African identity.
“ My name is Deborah Keme, I am currently a sophomore studying Computer Science. I am passionate about elevating the African Diaspora. This school year I’ve had the privilege of serving the people in a greater sense by being the Marketing Director of an independent organization ran by undergraduate student of UW. This year will be our second annual leadership conference that holds the theme of « Empowering the Diaspora. » As a curious and ever changing young-adult I’m learning to take advantage of my intuition. I’m grateful to African Women Business Alliance for giving me a platform for growth. "
Business Development Coach: Joy Egbejimba
Joy Egbejimba: Having been in the financial sector of the corporate world for over-twenty years and from healthcare, energy, telecom, and Aerospace, Joy knew that fashion is her passion and with a degree in Accounting and an executive MBA, she launched NUCIANO. Joy Egbejimba an award-winning designer, is the creative-force behind Seattle-based, NUCIANO, a luxury value but “indie-priced” line of high-quality leather-handbags and crystal clutches. ‘’The NUCIANO brand is my effort to bridge the gap between luxury and affordability, and help women look and their best without compromising on quality or price”. NUCIANO leather bags, designed with the mantra “from desk to dinner” and crystal clutches, designed for that million-dollar look that the right structured fashion piece can bestow on an “evening out” ensemble have been featured on several high fashion runways and award shows in the US. See more designs at www.nuciano.com
Kathy Fowells is Art Director at SouthEast Effective Development SEED. She has always been passionate about creating economic opportunities for artists. She lived in southern Africa for 4 years, consulting with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and numerous artist cooperatives to improve the economic vitality of the arts. She was awarded a Fulbright research grant to document this work. When she returned to Seattle in 1995, she opened Mwoyo Arts, a gallery that featured contemporary art from southern Africa. Fowells holds an MBA degree from Seattle University and a Bachelors of International Studies with a focus on Economic Development.
Niesha Brooks: Niesha Fort is Leadership & Engagement Program Manager for Global to Local. She brings a diverse set of skills and experiences as a board member for the African Women Business Alliance. A graduate of California State University-Sacramento in Political Science, Niesha is trained in mediation, negotiation, and peace building through the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution at California State University – Sacramento. Niesha holds a Masters in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University.
Brukab Sisay: Brukab is first and foremost a student of Pan-Africanism, immigration & black diasporic resistance cultures. He is a graduate student working towards his doctorate in African Diaspora Studies and aspires to teach and conduct research impacting the African diaspora in the northwest. He is a resident of Tukwila, WA, and currently lectures at the University of Washington, Seattle in the Department of American Ethnic Studies.
With 30 years in the venture industry, helping new ideas become significant companies, and the last 15 years learning what works, and what does not work, to change lives in the developing world.
After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bill began his career as a Special Education teacher, then worked in Community Mental Health programs before becoming an Executive Recruiter and then co-founding his own firm. He joined Mayfield Fund in 1983. He served in leadership positions on many corporate and not-for profit boards, and continues to advise early stage technology companies.
Representative investments include Sandisk (SNDK), Silicon Architects (acquired by Synopsys (SNPS), Calico Commerce (acquired by Oracle(ORCL), Newport Communications (acquired by Broadcom (BRCM), Stream Machine (acquired by Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Simplex Solutions (acquired by Cadence (CDN), Excess Bandwidth Corporation (acquired by Virata (VRTA), Verplex Design Systems (acquired by Cadence (CDN), Nextest (acquired by Teradyne (TER), Sabio Labs (acquired by Magma (LAVA) and Berkeley Design Automation (acquired by Mentor Graphics (MENT).
Bill’s current philanthropic activities include; Board member of CARE USA, CARE Enterprises LLC, Microvest, D-Rev, and Wildlife Conservation Network, and he serves on the Deans’ Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Other organizations he has served include; past board chair of the Career Action Center, YouthNoise, and former Vice Chairman of the Anita Borg Institute. He was an advisor to the Dean of Engineering of University of California at Berkeley, a member of The Philanthropy Workshop and Legacy Ventures, and is an active supporter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
Mariama Mounir Camara-Petrolawicz is one of the most influential rising African women. Her inspiring presence reflects her power, optimism and energy. Her entrepreneurial spirit and humanitarian work has led her to mingle with some of the most influential individuals in the business, entertainment, political, and nonprofit sectors.
Mariama is a voice of her country Guinea and fights to ensure hidden voices are heard. Her career experience includes working in fashion, cosmetology, and public relations.
Mariama is also the President of Mariama Fashion Production. She has readily given her support and voice to worthy causes dedicated to ending violence against women, breast cancer, and diabetes. She also supports organizations bringing change to developing countries, and has participated in high-level meetings including those organized by the World Food Program, Feed the Future and World Pneumonia Day.