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Hello! I’m Chi-chi, Co-Founder of NkemLife, Graphic Designer, Website Developer, Photographer, Content Curator, and Visual Storyteller for Nkemlife.com. I am a Graduate of Frostburg State University with a BA in Fine Arts, Painting and Graphic Design.
I have chosen to actively follow my passion as a fulltime entrepreneur
and visual artist as the Founder of CHDeisgnz LLC and Fine Artist
painter/illustrator at chidinmadureke.com. I have participated in several solo and group exhibitions. My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and my graphic design work written/published in the Baltimore Sun newspaper and have received multiple awards as a Fine Artist. Some of my clients include Hype Hair, Essence, WSSC, and WETATi.
One of my greatest accomplishments is the non-profit I started with my
family, called WETATi (We’re Empowered to Achieve the Impossible) of which, I
am the CEO/ Vice President of. I am the creative director of WETAI Next
A few of my favorite things are working with business owners and
individuals to build successful brands, painting, reading,
photography, travel and hanging out with my family and friends.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Rakia Finley is an American software executive, Women in Tech Initiative Leader, full-stack developer, Salesforce MVP, mother, private investor, and philanthropist. She is best known for her work with the Obama Administration on their "Girls in STEM" initiative and continues to develop innovative technology solutions and community initiatives that promote diversity in STEM for girls of color.
Named FemTech's 2016 & 2017 Powerful Woman Programmer, she is one of the highest-earning African-American females in the software industry and North America's first black female owner of a private software and product development firm.
Finley was raised by a single mother in Portland, Oregon. On weekdays—after school—Rakia would spend her evening in a cubicle waiting for her mother to get off work. This is where Rakia got her first chance to enter data into a custom database; there was no turning back. At 15 years old, Rakia had convinced the executive team of the Washington Hospital Center to hire her on a contract basis to provide data entry to their billing department. After a three-month trial, the department reported an increase in accuracy, turn around, and detailed data. After one year of working there, Rakia produced the efforts of a five-person database team on her own and moved their 78% paper process to 10% moving their billing system to over a 98% efficiency process in 2002. By 19, she was the founder of PinStripe Consulting, a database development firm. After delivering over 500 custom database solutions to Virginia and Washington, DC nonprofits, she launched Surge Assembly, a full-service software development firm focused on enhancing company revenues and resources. Her determination for better software-led her to build a custom solution for Starwood Hotels in 2006, making them on the first leading hotel, with virtual booking and room management.
Credited with creating a more realistic approach to data, innovation, business development, and solution-based engineering, Finley continues to revolutionize how organizations and businesses utilize technology as a resource for enhancing exceptional growth.
By 2010, Rakia had reinvented Surge Assembly with a focus on educating business leaders on active engineering and software development, with an underlying emphasis on inclusion, diversity, executive mindfulness, and removing bias. Finley has also emerged as an entrepreneur's dream come true, delivering products for founders that average receiving over $27 million in acquisition in as fast as six months. In 2015, Finley Co-Founded FIN Digital, a full-service senior-level development firm, building artificial intelligence, natural language processors, software, and hardware applications for over 300 founders and organizations. In 2018, Copper & Vine - a creative solutions agency in the business of reimagining - was formed as an augmentation of the FIN Digital work to blend Rakia's passions: architecting award-winning technologies, making companies that scale, and building brands that produce results.
Outside of managing her companies, Rakia continues to lead initiatives on workplace challenges for women of color in hopes of developing solutions for building more productive
Mrs. Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti (best known as Linda Arrey) is a Nonprofit Consultant, Published Author and International Speaker. After dedicating several years as a Certified Life Coach, helping women all over the world find clarity, overcoming personal and professional roadblocks and equipping them with strategies to live a fulfilling lifestyle, she wrote her first book, “Memoirs of a Working Mother”, a self-help tool for women to thrive at home and work.
The book reveals the challenges and triumphs of returning to work after childbirth, battling uterine fibroid, while finding balance with career and family, and loving the reflection in the mirror through an offering of stories, strategies, and anecdotes.
After serving in the nonprofit sector in various capacities for several years, she created her signature program, The Nonprofit Institute, a premier program for potential Nonprofit Entrepreneurs to transform their vision into compliant, sustainable and impactful 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations, in just eight weeks, even if they have zero experience.
She has shared her experiences and expertise on numerous diverse platforms, to include the military, women and business conferences, schools, retreats and the TEDx stage. As an unforgettable speaker, she gets invited to educate and motivate through keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshop facilitation and more.
She is the Chief Executive Officer of Women in Leadership Development and Empowerment, Inc., a professional women’s charity serving women and children in the U.S. and underserved communities through physical, mental, spiritual and financial wellness initiatives.
She holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Business. Among other community and professional organizations, she is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women Globally. As a Captain in the United States Air Force Medical Service Corps, she serves as a Chief Information Officer. She is a member of Academy Women, a world class professional development organization for military women and veterans. She is also the President of the Cameroonian-American Military Professionals organization, a 501(c)(3) charity providing mentoring, leadership and support services to Cameroonian-Americans serving in the United States Military and their families.
She enjoys the beach, traveling and spending quality time with her husband and children.
CEO of Lani’s Touch , Hawa Maswali & CEO of The Face of Sickle Cell Geraldine Aloh partner their organizations to create awareness for sickle cell awareness and build resources for patients and their families to assist the problems or troubles faced when dealing with SCD. November 16, 2019 they would be holding the first Ruby Red : A Black Tie Affair USA to celebrate the life of the confined arts and a celebration of life with hopes of donating proceeds to assist with the healthcare mission of The Face of sickle cell , A nonprofit organization.