International Women's Day 2021
Community Minded Q & A:
Celebrating inspirational women in our community
4 - 5:30pm est.
Meet our panelists:
Celebrating inspirational women in our community
Join us for a free virtual program featuring the journeys of 5 very inspirational women to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021
Special Guest Miss New York USA
Keely Freeman is the Founder and Executive Director of Sierra House, Inc. Founded in 2002, Sierra House provides services to youth with developmental disabilities, housing for working families, and transitional housing for homeless youth and young women and their children. Keely holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. Keely has more than 10 years of experience in the financial and nonprofit sectors. In addition to her work with Sierra House, Keely also serves the community in other ways. In 2007, she was appointed as a Commissioner of the East Orange Housing Authority. In 2012, she was chosen to serve on the Junior League of the Oranges & Short Hills Community Advisory Board. Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Keely worked in investment banking on Wall Street.
Sierra House has been successful in increasing self-sufficiency among homeless youth and improving their long-term prospects. Keely is proud to report that Sierra House has successfully served more than 500 homeless young women and children. Keely also has experience working in theater. In 2013, she wrote and produced a play entitled “Hope Lives Here”, which sold out both performances reaching an audience of more than 800 people. The goal for the play was to raise awareness for the issues faced by homeless young women and educate the public about homelessness and the need for transitional homes like Sierra House.
Keely, who acquired an A901 license, is also co-founder of WillDog Property Preservation and Management, a property preservation, waste management and property management company.
Keely is an advocate for affordable housing and is committed to improving the quality of life for homeless and low income young adults. She is most proud of her achievements in community service. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family and friends.
Andreia Gibau is the reigning Miss New York USA as well as a speaker, writer, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. She considers philanthropy to be at the core of her identity due to being born into poverty in Cape Verde. Immigrating to the United States at the age of seven, living in an inner city, and not speaking English presented many challenges to Andreia. She serves as an advocate for inner city and underprivileged youth. She is a graduate from St. John’s university and has been featured on Inside Edition, Extra, Good Day NY, Glamour Magazine, Elle magazine, E! News, People.com and more! She was named Phoenix magazine’s 30 under 30 for iphilanthropy and speaks 4 languages.
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Love Yourself Sickle Cell Anemia
Monique Manley was born and raised in Brooklyn and is the CEO and Founder of Love Yourself Sickle Cell Anemia, founded in 2004. As someone who has been living with Sickle Cell Anemia, she understands how it affects your life and the lives of family that support you. So, Monique became an advocate for people living with and affected by Sickle Cell Anemia. She supports her community through Love Yourself Sickle Cell Anemia where she runs a support group at Richmond University hospital for people who have sickle cell (and their loved ones) to get support.
Founder & CEO
People In Need – PIN
Director at Jalsa - Grill & Gravy
Nowshin Ali is the founder and executive director of People In Need and the owner of the popular Indian restaurant, Jalsa Grill.
As a new immigrant, Nowshin faced many challenges adjusting to American culture. While serving as an interpreter and the Parents Association Co-President at PS217, she witnessed the many obstacles her fellow immigrants faced due to their lack of information and language barriers. It was these obstacles that inspired Nowshin to begin People In Need to cater to the needs of limited English speaking immigrants through various youth after-school programs and women empowerment initiatives.
Founder & President
Children of Promise
Sharon Content is the Founder and President of Children of Promise, NYC a community-based organization with locations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and a brand-new 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the South Bronx. Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) reimagines a just society that values the purpose of every child impacted by mass incarceration and removes barriers to create opportunities for children to thrive and achieve their human potential. She founded Children of Promise, NYC in 2007 after growing increasingly concerned about the lack of support offered to children who experience parental incarceration. Sharon Content successfully developed a unique and innovative program - the only one of its kind in New York City that now serves over 600 children and families per year.
CPNYC partners with children and families impacted by mass incarceration to dismantle the stigma and heal from the trauma plaguing Black and Brown communities. CPNYC has grown over the last ten years to provide children ages 6-18, their caregivers, and the incarcerated parent with a free, licensed Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, After School Program, Summer Day Camp, One-to-One Mentoring, Teen Program, and Healthy Meals Program.
Sharon Content and the organization have been publicly recognized and honored for its exemplary work. Content was the recipient of the prestigious Hidden Heroes Award from the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a New York Post Liberty Medal for Leadership, and the Brooklyn Foundation’s Do Gooder Award. Prior to founding Children of Promise, NYC, Sharon Content enjoyed a thriving career on Wall Street in a major investment bank before leaving the private sector to pursue her lifelong passions in youth development. She then worked for more than 12-years within the non-profit sector for various organizations focused on addressing the needs of youth residing in high crime, low-income neighborhoods. Sharon Content is a native New Yorker and respected alumni of Howard University. She brings her compelling vision, uncompromising leadership, and deep commitment to impact the lives of children residing in high needs communities.
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