COUNTDOWN TO AWARDS AND GALA NIGHT
Your Journey Starts Here
We invite you to embark on this exhilarating journey with us. Together, we'll celebrate our triumphs, empower each other, and pave the way for a brighter future in the diaspora. As we celebrate our successes, inspire change, and embody "Thrive," we co-write a narrative of resilience, unity, and unparalleled achievement. This year, we're embracing the concept of 'Thrive' as a vibrant celebration of not only our personal growth but also our collective evolution. It's a recognition of the incredible progress we've made as professionals, as valued members of the NPG community, and as Africans making our mark across the diaspora."Thrive" embodies the idea that we're not just surviving, but thriving, even amidst challenges. It's a powerful call to embrace our potential, overcome obstacles, and reach new heights, both in our professional lives and as a united force contributing to the success story of Africans in the global diaspora. And that's an exciting narrative to be a part of.
Step into the world Thriving* Thriving** Thriving***
It is time to Thrive* Thrive** Thrive***
Get Your Tickets!
Don't miss out on this exceptional celebration of thriving excellence. Secure your tickets now to the NPG Gala & Awards 2023, where the stage is set for an unforgettable night of empowerment, unity, and unbridled success
Marriott Boston Quincy Hotel: 1000 Marriott Drive Quincy, MA 02169
Saturday, December 9th, 2023
7:00 PM EST
Weekend Events Schedule
Familiarize yourself with the event venue and make a reservation.
Please note that the hotel will accept reservations through 12 /4 / 23. After this date, any unconfirmed rooms will be released back to the hotel for the general sale and may no longer be available at the group rate
Parking information: Parking available as follows:
1. Event parking $5
2. Overnight parking $10
Meet Our Speakers
Founder : Calendly
Tope Awotana's journey is one of audacity and relentless determination. It all began during his formative years at Perceptive Software, where he had an epiphany that success rarely follows a linear path. This realization became the spark that ignited his entrepreneurial spirit. Tope dipped his toes in various ventures, including dating websites and ecommerce, but his defining moment arrived in 2013. Frustrated by the endless back-and-forth emails required to schedule meetings, Tope saw an opportunity to change the game. He founded Calendly, a scheduling solution that would not only streamline the process but also embody his unwavering commitment to innovation. Tope's dedication was unwavering, as he invested everything he had earned into this groundbreaking project, a move that would set him on a trajectory of remarkable success. Today, Calendly has served nearly 30 million users and boasts a staggering 100% annual growth rate. Tope's journey from risk to reward, from frustration to innovation, has earned him the prestigious Visionary Award. This accolade recognizes not only his exceptional achievements but also his profound impact on global communities, especially those in Africa. Tope's story is a testament to the power of innovation, determination, and the boundless potential for positive change in our world.
Executive Director at Vennly Institute
Chidera Okoye is the Executive Director of the Venly Institute, a Cambridge-based applied learning and certification organization that helps local businesses grow through social media, cloud-based applications, and cybersecurity best practices. She is also Managing Director of Transform Power Systems, an electrical engineering design and clean energy placement firm. In both capacities, Chidera leads teams that deliver next generation technical solutions to promote the sustainable and inclusive growth of businesses and communities. Chidera earned her B.S in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She began her career in industrial controls with Rockwell Automation. She held roles ranging from account management to sales leadership while in that industry. Her passions lie at the intersection of business, education, and technology. In keeping with those threads, she is President Emeritus for the Boston Professionals chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and Chair Emeritus for Boston’s Affinity Leadership Consortium – a forum of Greater Boston minority affinity leaders to advance diverse programming initiatives for the region. Chidera was selected by the World Economic Forum to join the Boston Hub of the Global Shapers and is currently a Shapers alum. In February 2017, Chidera was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the then newly commissioned Black Advisory Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2020 she joined the board of directors for the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) and Resilient Coders.
Tope Ajayi's journey can be best understood through the metaphor of a marathon—an enduring and challenging endeavor that demands substantial effort, dedication, and perseverance. Over the years, Ajayi has been an indispensable force behind the successful dissemination of information, ensuring that the public remains informed and engaged with their leader's activities. Tope Ajayi's journey as a Marathon Media Guru has been nothing short of remarkable. Through his tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to his craft, he has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the public remains informed and engaged with their leader's activities. As he takes on a new role in the administration, the prospects for a greater nation are further enhanced. With Tope Ajayi's expertise in media and public affairs, the nation can anticipate a more profound understanding and appreciation of their leadership and their vision for a prosperous future.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Public relations
Executive Director & COO, National African American Insurance Association
Omari Aarons-Martin has worked with Fortune 150 companies his entire career as a disruptive leader and transformation coach. Currently, Omari is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National African American Insurance Association, a 2,400-member association focused on professional development, personal empowerment, and talent access of its members. Over the last two years, Omari has worked as an independent management consultant specializing in workplace equity and inclusion through the Aarons Group LLC. Omari is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and Boston University School of Theology.
Get ready to groove to the electrifying beats of Afrobeat, savor the rich flavors of Jollof Rice, and be mesmerized by special performances at the NPG Gala Night! It's an evening like no other, where music, culture, and talent come together to create an extraordinary experience.
THRIVE GALA ENTERTAINMENT 2023
A NIGHT OF UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE