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9th Annual Women of Color Creating Wealth Awards hosted at Harlem Chase

Seeds of Fortune Celebrates the Remarkable Achievements of Women of Color at 9th Annual Honoree Event



New York, New York, August 31, 2023 - Seeds of Fortune, a nonprofit organization dedicated to financially empowering young women of color and helping them secure scholarships for college, hosted its highly anticipated 9th annual 2023 Women of Color Creating Wealth: Seed to Bloom event on Friday, June 9th, 2023. The reception, held at JPMorgan Chase Bank in Harlem, was a celebration of the exceptional achievements of women of color who have been acknowledged over the past nine years. The event served as an inspiring testament to the incredible journeys of these remarkable women.


“This was a momentous occasion where we celebrated the accomplishments of outstanding women who have paved the way for others, said Nitiya Walker, Founder and Executive Director of Seeds of Fortune.” “It is a privilege to recognize their extraordinary achievements and empower the next generation of young women to thrive."


The annual ceremony recognizes and highlights the significant contributions made by women of color in various industries. This year's event showcased the newest inductees who have made an undeniable impact within their fields, serving as role models and catalyst for change. These outstanding women have demonstrated exemplary leadership and determination, and their success stories serve as an inspiration to young women everywhere. Through their remarkable achievements, they have not only empowered themselves but have also uplifted others and championed diversity and inclusion in their respective fields. The newest inductees who have joined the ranks and are serving as beacons of inspiration for future generations are:


  • Desiree Talley - VP, Legal & Business Affairs at Revolt Media & TV

  • Karmia Berry - Founder of I am Cultured

  • Krista Bourne - Verizon Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Group

  • Frances Ferguson - Partner at Oliver Wyman

  • Lauren Lopez - Chief People & Culture Officer at the National Women's Soccer League

  • Jasmin Allen - SVP, Hennessy U.S., Moët Hennessy

  • Shartia Brantley - Bloomberg News Deputy New York Bureau Chief, Bloomberg Live Senior Editor for the Americas Bloomberg

  • Sonja Luster-Munis, Resa B Luster-Mac, Simone Luster - Luster Products Pink Lotion


The evening also included a special induction and graduation ceremony welcoming new high school scholars into the program and recognizing the achievements of graduating high school seniors matriculating into the University Scholars program. Seeds of Fortune will continue to provide these young women with the necessary support and resources to navigate their educational journeys and pursue their dreams.


The 2023 Women of Color Creating Wealth: Seed to Bloom event provided an invaluable platform for networking, mentorship, and collaboration among accomplished women from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of community and empowerment. By acknowledging the accomplishments of these exceptional women, Seeds of Fortune aims to inspire and motivate young women to dream big and pursue their goals relentlessly.


About Seeds of Fortune

Seeds of Fortune is a nonprofit organization dedicated to financially empowering young women of color and assisting them in securing scholarships for college. Through mentorship, educational support, and financial literacy programs, Seeds of Fortune aims to bridge the gap and create opportunities for young women to thrive academically, personally, and professionally.


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