Black professionals learning about career development through this network

Monday, 13 November 2017, 06:56:33 PM. Kenasha Paul, president of FIU’s Black Alumni Association, worked with the university to create a conference to provide African-American professionals with career development tools and networking opportunities.
Kenasha Paul was in her last year of law school at Nova Southeastern University when she decided to take action on a growing problem she had encountered: African-American graduate students and professionals didn’t have an established network for career development. “I wanted to create an opportunity to educate black career professionals about their personal and professional development,” Paul said. “Also, to provide a platform for people who have the knowledge and expertise to come back and share the information with their community.” Paul, who is president of Florida International University’s Black Alumni Association, decided to approach her undergraduate alma mater with her idea to create a conference to provide African-American professionals with career development tools and networking opportunities. In 2014, FIU became the first sponsor of the Black Professionals Summit, which was designed to assist black professionals in all aspects of life from finances to housing. The Black Professionals Network, a nonprofit organization that Paul founded, was the catalyst behind the event. The summit’s mission is to develop motivated and goal-oriented black professionals into industry-ready leaders for the organizations and communities they serve. “Kenasha is very driven and ambitious with a big heart,” said Duane Wiles, associate vice president and executive director for the FIU Alumni Association. “It didn’t surprise me when she decided to take our black alumni chapter to the next...Read more
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