2017 NOMINEES FOR BPW WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Speaker. Trainer. Consultant.
North Carolina Central University
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Chimi’s mission is to help people realize their highest potential by connecting to their Purpose. As a successful entrepreneur and much sought after consultant, speaker, trainer and grant writer, she is passionate about creating programs and initiatives that develop leaders and promote an equitable, inclusive environment. As a seasoned Higher Education professional for 19 years, Chimi has worked extensively on women’s and gender issues and topics relating to other marginalized populations. She has directed two university Women’s Centers, one at a historically black university (HBCU) and one at a predominantly white university (PWI). She also was at the helm of a volunteerism/social justice organization, and has led a program designed to help at-risk youth pursue higher education.
Chimi was the co-Principal Investigator of the only published study that exists on Sexual Assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and has been a consultant for the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also serves on both state-wide Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention taskforces in North Carolina. Chimi has also volunteered for direct service crisis agencies since 1998.
She co-founded Helpers and Advocates for Violence Ending Now (HAVEN), an award-winning program which trains faculty, staff, and students to be allies for students who are survivors of sexual and relationship violence and stalking, and Circle of Sisters, an initiative dedicated to women’s leadership development. She has successfully applied for and has been awarded over $2.5 million in grants and sponsorships and works with non-profits and educational institutions to help them meet their financial goals through grant writing. She is proud to have created a bystander intervention training specifically for HBCUs and students of color at all colleges and universities called “BOUT that Life.”
A native of Durham, NC, Chimi is proud to have received both her BA and MA in psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University, respectively
Community Relations Manager specializing in Event Coordination | Public Speaker & Performing Artist
Wake Technical Community College
Herbert H. Lehman College
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Sandra Dubose is clearly on her way to becoming an international,
multi-media success. This native New Yorker, known as The Bald Beauty
Queen of Self-Esteem, is a dynamic motivational speaker, author and smooth
jazz vocalist with an inspiring personal story that has made history, and
national media headlines.
Sandra is a role model for women of all ages and teaches them how to build
healthy self-esteem through the practice of self love and self acceptance. She
is a patient advocate for women’s health issues and has been ever since the
age of 25, when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Alopecia
Areata. This incurable condition resulted in the loss of all of the hair on her
scalp and body and subsequently, the loss of her self-esteem. She was forced
into a compelling journey of self discovery and had to learn firsthand how to
heal emotional wounds, overcome obstacles and rebuild her confidence.
As a testament of her courage and star power as a vocalist, in March 2011,
Sandra competed bald in a statewide beauty pageant. She made history
when she was crowned 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina, the 1st Bald Beauty
Queen of the state. In her life changing book, “My Crown and Glory, It’s Not
About the Hair,” she shares her personal life lessons and six principles she
used to shift her life from being a victim, to living in victory.
Sandra is sought out nationally to deliver her empowering message through
words and song. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012
Radical Woman Award, 2013 SWIBA Inspirational Entrepreneur of the Year
Award and 2015 Lamplighter Award for Health Outreach. This positive role
model and youth mentor is being the change she wants to see in this world,
and paving the way for others to do the same.
Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy
President at Shaw University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
34, began her career as a research scientist at BASF, the world's leading
chemical company. She quickly ascended the ranks, receiving two promotions in
two years. She served as a global technology analyst and procurement manager at
the company, where she managed a strategic sourcing budget of $35 million.
Following her tenure at BASF, Dubroy was hired by her alma mater in 2011, where
she served as an associate professor of chemistry and later the department
chair of Shaw's department of natural sciences and mathematics. As a professor
and department chair, Dubroy managed the department's $1.2 million budget,
supervised 25 faculty members and mentored 22 undergraduate students as part of
the Shaw in Jamaica international research project funded by the National
Institutes of Health. In 2014, Dubroy was promoted and became a member of
Shaw's administrative team as the special assistant to the president for
process optimization. In this role, she was responsible for increasing
efficiency and reducing cost through a detailed analysis of the University's
operations to achieve quantifiable improvement and growth across all campus
pursue her dream as a business owner, Dubroy co-founded Tea and Honey Blends in
2009, a hair care company that manufactures and retails natural hair care
products. She later opened the Element Beauty Bar, a hair salon located in
downtown Raleigh. Passionate about the community, science and education, Dubroy
founded the Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated
to mentoring women in science. Each summer, the foundation hosts a SMART
Scholars workshop at North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for
Educational Innovation, where middle school girls make personal care products
and market them to a team of judges.
built my reputation on my ability to do, to listen,
to lead and to create diverse and inclusive teams," said Dr.
Dubroy. "Our strategy will be non-traditional, innovative and
dynamic and I look forward to leading my alma mater in the next phase of our
Dubroy is the
recipient of numerous awards and accolades. In 2012, the United Negro College
Fund's (UNCF) National Alumni Council presented her with an "Outstanding
Young Alumni" award for her service to Shaw. In 2014, she was awarded the
"Distinguished Alumni in Science Diversity" Award by North Carolina
State University. Last year, The National Organization of Black Chemists and
Chemical Engineers honored Dubroy and her business partner for their work in
science and Entrepreneurship, calling them "21st century visionary,
entrepreneurial leaders, who are the New Chemists on the Block." Dubroy
has received fellowship awards from the United Negro College Fund, National
Science Foundation and the National Organization for Black Chemists and
Chemical Engineers, and is published in various scientific journals including
the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry. Cosmopolitan magazine recognized her
as a "fun, fearless female," and she has been featured in both Money
magazine and Bloomberg's BusinessWeek. Dubroy
graduated summa cum laude from Shaw University in 2002, and earned a Bachelor
of Science in chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from
North Carolina State University in 2007 and in 2010 she graduated with an MBA
in marketing from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dubroy is a member of the
American Chemical Society and was nominated for membership in Sigma Xi, the
Distinguished Chemical Society.
A native of
Jamaica, Dubroy is the daughter of Emerson and Greta Coote and is one of six
siblings. She is married to Dale Dubroy and they have one child, daughter
Marli-Jolie, age 6.
Director, Staff Professional Development and Leadership
Shemika is married to Donald Bell and they have four beautiful children; Alexus, Maurice, Taylor and Kaleb. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and she is a true “Basketball Mom”.
Shemika holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an HR concentration and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development. She has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and has been employed at Wake Technical Community College for 10 years. Her areas of expertise include Professional Development, Training, Leadership and Customer Service.
Shemika is a member of ATD (Association for Talent Development) and NAPW (National Association of Professional Women). She is passionate about organizations such as Girl Scouts, March of Dimes, United Way and local outreach programs throughout the community.
Terry W. Spicer
CEO, Epiphany PR/The Signature PEARL; Founder/CEO, The SISI
Epiphany Public Relations
North Carolina State University
A veteran global Publicist, entrepreneur, speaker and author, Terry is CEO of Epiphany Public Relations of NC and has recently launched The Signature PEARL where she rebrands CEOs and builds leadership skills forward in millennials, entrepreneurs and those in transition for business and personal life changes. Terry's "Signature P.E.A.R.L.S. Program™" (Preparing Elegant And Ready Leaders for Success) is an awesome Leadership movement that is taking off on college campuses around the country as she delivers a deliberate curriculum because she feels a firm commitment to develop powerful student leaders forward. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Sisters Inspiring Sisters Incorporated, The SISI, a 501c3 charity that provides transportation assistance to cancer patients for medical appointments, chemo and radiation toward survivorship. The SISI has HELPED 1085 CANCER PATIENTS in 100 of 100 counties in NC and 15 states. She is a committed member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and was appointed Co-Coordinator of the 26th South Atlantic Regional Conference. She is an appointed member of the National Arts & Letters Commission by Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President and she was chosen a National Public Relations Co-Chair for the National Centennial Celebration by Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd National President. A successful Publicist, her talent led to invitations to the White House in 2013, 2014 and 2015 via her role as Publicist for ASALH, the organization started by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History. She has an extensive portfolio of clients and her agency serves as the official Publicist for The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. She holds a BA degree in Speech Communications from NCSU.