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I’m a Ghanaian-American economic strategist in global entrepreneurship. Known as The Digital Diplomat™.
At the age of 24, I was on the road to fulfilling my dreams. I had just completed a dual Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations, and Public Administration on a full tuition scholarship. With a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and a minor in Business Administration degree under my belt, I was ready and confident to enter the workforce.
I did not expect what came after. Despite having many academic accolades, I found myself in a position like most young people in this generation: unemployed.
Within two weeks of graduation, I registered myself, my nine month old newborn and husband for government support. After countless rejection letters and dead end interviews, I decided “If they won’t hire me, I’ll hire myself.”
It was this struggle that made me see an opportunity to start a business. In 2016, I co-founded the Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group with Naomi Jordan Cook, which designs and develops eCommerce systems that help generate revenue online for companies; and customizes digital platforms and software that make shipping and collecting payment easier for businesses in emerging markets.
Through my company, I am able to positively impact businesses and organizations around the world; while providing global employment to people from four different continents. Today, I’m responsible for helping to generate millions of dollars a year in at-will donations and business sales for my clients.
My specialization in implementing digital technologies and eCommerce systems on homegrown businesses helps drive economic development across the labor force in developing countries, Africa, in particular. Through my role as The Digital Diplomat, I blend my advocacy for helping people and my expertise in digital technology to provide for my family and many others.
My personal journey to Becoming The Digital Diplomat, a triumphant story from Unemployed to Employer, has taught me that Humility Always Precedes Honor. I am deeply grateful for those dark, lonely and blurry days in my life because I am able to truly connect with the people I serve because I’ve walked their shoes.
Pioneering Digital Transformation
In partnership with the University of Michigan Dearborn College of Business and a global logistics company, I developed the Digital Futures Program, which connects Market Research students to African businesses to help them compete in the global market. This also led to the creation of Aftown Mall, an eCommerce ecosystem that serves as a pioneering digital incubator to help African-based companies export into global markets to become self-sufficient online.
As a thought leader in global entrepreneurship, I’ve been invited as a speaker and panelist in the following high level events:
- US Africa Business Summit (Maputo, Mozambique)
- World Export Development Forum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
- Africa Fintech Summit 2019 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
- DHL eCommerce Conference (Accra, Ghana)
I’ve also completed the ExporTech program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Currently, I sit on the board of the United Nations Associations Greater Detroit Chapter as Vice President. In 2020, I was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to join the East Michigan District Export Council and I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
My work to help launch digital businesses in global markets will create jobs and help lower unemployment rates, especially for the underserved. That’s my commitment.
Service Starts At Home
Born in New Jersey and raised in Ghana, West Africa as a child for a few years, I currently reside in Detroit, Michigan with my husband and two children Autumn Eve and Geody. We recently launched a family-business called the Mushroom Angel Co. and are working closely with the Michigan State University Product Center to acquire our commercial license to introduce our first food product the Cruz Burger to market. The Cruz Burger is a 100% plant-based gourmet mushroom patty. We plan to introduce the product across stores in Michigan before we go nationwide and then eventually export into other countries. Click here to learn more about our newest family venture and to follow the journey.
of The Digital Diplomat™
I speak on an array of topics. Whether its more data driven and research based or personalized for real-time activation, I focus on:
- Global Entrepreneurship
- The Power of the Digital Economy
- Youth Mobilization: The New Economy
- How to Break Cultural and Economic Barriers to Grow in the Marketplace
- Organizational Leadership in a Multicultural Working Environment
- Consciousness vs. Circumstantial Living
- How To Loose the Title, Win the Experience
- Birthing Babies Building Business*