DR. ANITA DAVIS - DEFOE
Quoted as a career and workforce development expert in Essence Magazine; a business thought coach in Black Enterprise Magazine; the New Jersey Business Journal; on Madame Noire.com, and in other publications, Dr. Anita Davis–DeFoe, has over 20 years of experience motivating, coaching, inspiring and transforming individuals and organizations. A global leadership and business strategy solutionist, she has crafted and implemented myriad organizational improvement, talent recruitment and retention programs aimed at assisting people of all ages to discover boundless unique strengths; to unleash their inner greatness. She is the Co-CEO of Upshift Global which is a consultancy organization and knowledge incubator that serve individuals and organizations globally. Additionally, Dr. Defoe is the Editorial Director, Blackslate Media, for Businessuite Women-Jamaica, and the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Editor for the Urban Sentinel -Maryland.
A John C. Maxwell certified mastermind group facilitator, speaker and trainer; she has authored over $500 million in grants which funded a range of youth, workforce, housing, education, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, gender-focused, leadership and community economic development programs across the United States, Europe, Caribbean and Africa.
In 2012, in honor of her global human development and social entrepreneurship work, Dr. DeFoe was named the first Woman Chief by the ITAM CLAN in Abwu Ibom State Nigeria. Additionally, she received the African Leadership Award from Voice Magazine in Amsterdam in 2014, and a 2015 Social Entrepreneur Leadership Award from Naijaeutv in Spain for designing global social enterprises aimed at providing opportunities for individuals to create pathways out of poverty, with a mission to harness the talents of artisans and designers to create and market both cultural and couture fashion. Anita is Global Fourth Sector Specialist, Corporate to Community and .a Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Specialist
A noted author, she has penned a rites of passage curriculum for girls entitled, Soulful One: For Girls on the Pathway to Greatness; and four books, A Woman’s Guide to Soulful Living: Seven Keys to Life and Work Success; Tropical Escapes, a novel; a children’s book, Kwabena and the Baobab Tree, which was dedicated in two Dubai elementary school libraries in 2018, and Follow Her Lead: Leadership Lessons For Women As They Journey From the Backroom to the Boardroom, cited as a must read by 2011 Echoing Green Social Entrepreneur Finalists. Dr. DeFoe is one of 40 contributing authors to “100 Words of Wisdom for Women,” a thirty- day workbook and journal for women. The Execution Factor: 99 Strategies That Ignite Organizational Effectiveness is slated for release in 2019.
Anita speaks globally at conferences, retreats, seminars, and for special events spreading her inspirational messages, human development, social enterprise and personal life solutions designed to transform people, processes, programs, and places.