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Global Language Project presents the 4th annual “My Dream Speaks” gala


Angela Jackson, founder of The Global Language Project speaks.

On May 4, 2016, the Global Language Project (GLP) celebrated its 4th annual My Dream Speaks Benefit at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the Payne Whitney Mansion in New York City.

The My Dream Speaks initiative provides an opportunity to celebrate with special partners, supporters and friends who share an interest in improving the lives of socially disadvantaged public school students and empowering them to succeed in a globalized world.

“We launched Global Language Project to give inner city children a chance to be global citizens, breaking cycles of poverty and unemployment through foreign language learning,” says Angela Jackson, founder of GLP. “We will celebrate children’s lives that have been changed by our programs and highlight our latest initiatives that support and inspire our children to dream big!”

My Dream Speaks celebrates the aspirations of every child, regardless of socio-economic background, and the wider opportunities afforded them for being multilingual.

This year, the GLP presented Global Icon Awards to two outstanding honorees that have made substantial contributions to the world of children’s education, language learning, diversity and corporate responsibility through their professional endeavors. Both have been ardent champions for a generation ready to compete in a globalized world: NAXOS of America, Inc., the world’s largest classical music label and producer of GLP’s music CD’s for children; and Ms. Roberta Graves, President of the Black Enterprise Bridge Foundation.

The event kicked off with a performance by students who are a part of the language programs where they were also able to showcase what they had learned. For more information about the program, visit their website.

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The L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition Held in NYC on April 11, 2014

38503d992a9269917f59fe9284feaf7cLarge organizations are continuing to come up with interesting ways to find new talent. These initiatives are exciting ways for college students/graduates to find a new career and also provides major brands access to top candidates. L’Oreal just happens to be one of those companies with The L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition.

The L’Oréal Brandstorm Competition is an innovative and strategic attraction and recruitment initiative dedicated to spotting the best marketing talents through an assessment-based journey, in which teams of three students in their junior or senior year of college work on the launch of an innovative product with an agency and with the guidance of L’Oréal executives. Furthermore, between 150 and 200 Brandstorm participants are recruited by L’Oreal each year for internships and/or full time positions.

 L’Oreal Brandstorm has attracted over 70,000 students from more than 360 universities and over 45 countries since its conception in 1993. The competition provides a unique opportunity for students with an interest in marketing to unleash their creativity and to apply ground-breaking ideas to one of L’Oreal’s international brands.

The 2014 edition features Kiehl’s, one of the top L’Oreal brands in the luxury cosmetics market with a unique business model. Student teams have been challenged to come up with a new product line and innovative in-store & digital activities to help expand Kiehl’s share in the selective men’s market.

This year’s US Brandstorm National Finals took place on Friday, April 11th in New York City, where six teams from six universities competed for the chance to represent the United States against 44 other countries in the Brandstorm International Finals, which is set to take place from June 11-12th in Paris, France. The winning team from this year’s US National Finals Competition hails from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

For more information on the competition visit their website at:

‘Back To School With The Historymakers’ Program Brings Black Leaders To NY-Area

e37bf67b4bd38e01e466c42d32aaf136Education in the United States, especially in large cities in New York and Chicago have been troublesome for years. Business leaders have been attempting to tackle this problem from many angles. There has been some success and various organizations continue provide programs to continue national awreness on this issue.

On Friday, September 27, 2013, students in the New York-area schools will get to hear the husband-and-wife team of Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, and other leaders, as they join hundreds of African American HistoryMakers across the nation for the 4th Annual Back to School With TheHistoryMakers program to COMMIT to excellence and finishing their education.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is chairing the nationwide effort with the goal of having more than 500 black leaders go “back to school” in 68 cities and 30 states. The program putsHistoryMakers in direct contact with over 25,000 students across the nation, to inspire them with their life’s stories and to encourage youth to strive for excellence.

The theme of the day is “COMMIT.” The HistoryMakers will personally recount their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success and, most importantly, to encourage students to COMMIT to their education.

In a recent interview with The HistoryMakers Executive Director, she states, “We are trying to create a movement, but telling stories.” The HistoryMakers Founder and Executive Director, Julieanna Richardson, goes on to say, “By bringing these living leaders into today’s educational system, we are raising awareness about the achievements of the accomplished African Americans in local communities and bringing these leaders into schools to see things firsthand, while providing important role models for today’s youth. ”

Richardson is encouraging educators everywhere to use The HistoryMakers’ digital archive to enrich their students’ exposure to the contributions of African Americans across the globe. This year, schools participating in the event will receive a free one-year membership for the digital archive, which includes extensive and easy-to-access interviews with 310 HistoryMakers.

Last year’s successful Back to School With The HistoryMakers program sent nearly 500 of our HistoryMakers into schools in 77 cities and 35 states, including 102 year old “Bloody Sunday” civil rights pioneer, Amelia Boynton Robinson, neo soul artists Kindred the Family Soul (Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon), singer and actress Freda Charcelia Payne, and actor Harry J. Lennix. Many of the HistoryMakers have now adopted a school, one of the goals of the initiative.

The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. To date, the organization has interviewed over 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive.

For more information, visit The HistoryMakers website at, and The HistoryMakers Education page at