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NEW YORK, NY (October 29, 2015) -- 100 Black Men of London (100BMOL), in partnership with the Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), announce the selection of the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Award recipients. A total of 10 women will be honored at the 2015 Women of Color Achievement Awards cocktail reception. Sponsored by UPS, CEO Space International and Xtreme Solutions, Inc., the event will take place on Thursday, October 29th, from 6:30 – 8:30PM, at the Tower Hotel in London.

All award recipients were identified by the 100BMOL in conjunction with the local chapter of the WPO. The selection criteria included successful operation of a woman-owned or led business that has reached annual revenues of at least $2 million for product-based businesses, or $1 million for service-based businesses. All companies have provided an increase in employment opportunities on a local, regional and national level and have significantly strengthened the economy.

"The motto for our Mentoring Program is 'What they see is what they'll be' and a very big part of that is identifying and celebrating men and women who embody the success and achievement to which many of the young people in our community aspire," said Kolarele Sonaike, President, 100 Black Men of London.

"We are very proud to continue our ongoing partnership with 100 Black Men to acknowledge a distinguished group of influential women business leaders. Each one is at the peak of her professional achievement, demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities and running multi-million dollar businesses that promote economic security. They also devote their time and energy to improving the quality of life in our local communities. We salute all of this year's award winners as role models for women and girls everywhere," said Marsha Firestone Ph.D., President and Founder of the Women Presidents' Organization.

"Since 2007, UPS has partnered with the WPO to help women entrepreneurs realize their dreams. We salute the distinguished honorees and their significant contributions, and stand ready to support the logistical needs of women-owned businesses globally," said Esther Ndichu, UPS Humanitarian Supply Chain Director.

Michelle McBride, Regional Manager, CEO Space International, said "CEO Space International is proud to sponsor the Women Presidents' Organization and 100 Black Men's Women of Color Awards Receptions for 2015. We applaud both organizations for creating and continuing these events to recognize outstanding women of color business owners, their success, and their contributions to the community. We decided to partner with WPO and the 100 Black Men in this celebration because we believe that 'Owning One's Success is Key to Achieving More Success.' Congratulations to the honorees on Taking Ownership of their Success!"

"Xtreme Solutions, Inc. is proud to sponsor the Women Presidents' Organization Women of Color Reception. I applaud WPO and the 100 Black Men who created and have continued these events over the past 6 years, to recognize outstanding women of color business owners and key leaders for their success," said Phyllis W. Newhouse, CEO and Founder. "We are honored to recognize some of the extraordinary women in London who are doing incredible things, not only as employers doing their part within our economic vitality, but also as individuals involved in so many very important community organizations. We congratulate these outstanding award winners on their success and for setting the pace for excellence in business," she said.

The following women will be honored:

  • Naheed Afzal - Contracts IT
  • Tsega Gebreyes - Satya Capital
  • Kavita Oberoi - Oberoi Consulting
  • Farzana Baduel - Curzon PR
  • Vivian Hunt - McKinsey & Company
  • Michelle Palmer* - Canary Wharf & City Recruitment
  • Sandra Wallace - DLA Piper
  • Naseen Karsan - YKN Ltd.
  • Anna Sofat - Addidi Wealth
  • Annar Neallani – Mangalji * - Treemont Care

*WPO Member


The 100BMOL is a community-based charity led by Black men delivering programmes focused on Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment and Leadership. Our flagship Community Mentoring Programme is an accredited programme empowering young people with critical life-skills including self-esteem, goal setting, succeeding at school, money management, conflict resolution, fitness & nutrition, social media use & abuse, youth leadership and more. For more information visit . Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @100bmol .


The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide, connecting women who lead and own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across the world, women from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit . Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @womenpresidents .

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