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THE INAUGURAL BALL ...

THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Delivered By 
Ms MPUMI LELO NOBIVAMotivational Speaker, Pioneer Graduate of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls in South Africa.

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Can't help but agree with the following comment later posted on Facebook by one of the guests who heard her speak:
"I don't think words would do this beauty justice. All I would tell people to do is to just watch her speak and if you are not inspired then the devil has you in his hands.🙌🏿 "

ON THE GROUND, CAMPAIGNING, IN SOUTH AFRICA & KENYA!! (07/17)

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"I grew up surrounded by women who were being abused, I thought it was a part of life and love. I also grew up surrounded by people who are HIV positive and again, assumed that this was life for us poor people. Now I'm older and understand that none of these conditions are normal and fair for any one to have to live with... I've learnt that the prevalence of these social issues is perpetuated by stigma. Many of our people don't see that even after being Domestically Abused, you can rise above that. Even after being diagnosed with HIV, there is still life worth fighting for and you are still bigger than it. Courage! Amandla! I'm standing against the stigma and I'm taking everyone up with me !!!"   - MPUMI

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ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE SAKERETTES TRANSGLOBAL ALLIANCE’S OPENING CEREMONY
BY GUEST SPEAKER,
Ms KELLY ANDERSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DALLAS FORTWORTH (DFW) EXECUTIVE BOARD
ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17 2017 AT THE DALLAS/ADDISON MARRIOTT QUORUM

Well Good Morning Everyone. I am so honored to be here, and I truly appreciate being afforded this opportunity to say a few words at this wonderful “Official Launch”, and Inaugural Annual Conference, of Sakeretttes Transglobal Alliance!

Let me start by thanking: Ms. Dorothy Lambe, and Ms. Roseline Ngaaje for inviting me to join you today. Dorothy and Ms. Ngaaje personally came to my office in Downtown Dallas, way back in March to explain your organization and what it stood for, they also shared your many accomplishments in the short time you’ve been in existence, and how the organization is committed to impacting the lives of women and girls worldwide. I accepted the invitation because so much of what you stand for, your vision, your mission, and your motto of Solidarity, Respect, and Integrity, really speaks and resonates with me, both personally, and professionally. So thank you both once again.

I’m tasked with sharing my career path, how I started my Federal Career, some of the challenges I’ve faced being a woman in this career field, and to share a few nuggets of wisdom with you regarding this great organization. As you may have read in my BIO, My Federal Career started in March 1988, in Los Angeles, California where I was born. We were raised on very little, and meager means. My mom was a stay at home mom, and my dad was in the military. When dad went to serve Twice in the Vietnam War, my mother had to make due. We did not know how she did it, but she did. Often we had to rely on Government Assistance, and Government Food Vouchers called Food Stamps. When the opportunity came for me to go to school on my daddy’s military benefits, that was blessing that changed my life! I started as a student intern with the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, (Now Department of Homeland Security). As an intern, I was exposed to a lot of casework, and information, that Immigration Officers processed. I thought, wow, what an exciting thing to do. So I started dreaming of traveling the world as an Immigration Officer.

After graduating college, I requested to stay on at the agency. But how? How could I become an Immigration Officer with no experience, and how could I do this, working as a general File Clerk, in the File Room with over 40,000 Immigration files, in the Basement of a 10 storey building, in Downtown, Los Angeles. I went to work every day in that basement file room looking like I didn’t belong there! Smiling, and laughing, I dressed up in suits and high-heeled shoes, working in that basement, as if I worked on the top floor where all the Directors sat. Each day, they laughed me, saying I was too ambitious, that it would take years for me to reach Officer Status, that I’d have to wait to move up in the organization, I had to pay my dues in the basement first, and that Everybody “that looked like us” starts in the Basement. I continuously maintained a positive attitude, and a determination to succeed. Each day, I ran down those isles pulling files, looking in those files, asking questions, asking officers, the content of the files meant, all the while, positioning myself to be qualified. One morning, after arriving to work, I’d heard the Director ----asked his staff of managers, to recommend someone to fill in for his secretary who had gone out on Extended Medical Leave. I heard he stated, this person would interact with high-level officials on the phone and in person; this person must have a personality, and be eager to work hard, because he didn’t know when his secretary would be returning to work. And Guess who they recommended and called to work on the 10th floor with the Director? Yes – ME And the rest is history!

In my 28 years with the Service, I officially started out as a Telecommunications Specialist, and then transitioned to Law Enforcement. As an Immigration Officer I’ve had the opportunity to work in several countries, at land borders, Seaports, and International Airports, specializing in Human Trafficking. This position came with many challenges. The Challenges of fellow officers thinking I couldn’t effectively do the job. Challenges of being a black woman, in a THEN male dominated specialty. And specifically, the challenges of the job itself, of what I saw, the underworld of humanity, the trafficking of women and children, and wondering if what I swore and took an oath to help stop was even achievable. But I persevered. During my career, I had the pleasure of traveling to Africa, In fact - to Benin City, Benin Nigeria. To know that I was so close to Cameroon when I traveled to Nigeria Back in 1998, further lets me know, that of all of the people in the United States, and all the people in Federal Government, it is no coincidence that my and Dorothy’s path crossed. I can already see, through each of you, that you truly represent the lifeblood of Africa in the United States - and the blood of Africa runs through my veins too!

Fast forward, almost 30 years, Isn’t it ironic In my current job as Executive Director, I am now responsible for disseminating vital and crucial information to the Director’s, of All Federal Agencies in the Dallas Ft. Worth Area. Director’s I’d dreamed of interacted with so many years ago. Today, having a seat at the table with Director’s, discussing issues that affect employees of the entire Federal Community, is quite surreal. I would venture to say, it was not ironic, but ordained! And it all started with the dream I had down in that basement, as a young 22 year old.

Speaking of ordained, and 22, The 22 graduates of Saker Baptist College, Limbe, Cameroon also had a dream. A dream that was conceived September 2016, and ordained January 1, 2017. I have a question: Do you know what the number 22 represents in the bible? God created twenty-two things in the six days of creation, to name a few, Light, Time, Space, Land, Sea, Sky, Sun, Moon, Stars, and Man. The word “Light is used twenty-two times in the Gospel of John. The 22nd time John uses the word, he Quotes Jesus as saying, “I have come as a light into the world” – and for reference sake, that scripture is John 12:46. So the importance of the number 22 is that the 22 graduates conceived this blessing and now 28 will be that light, to help carry it forward!

As I looked at your Organization’s Mission – To Educate, Empower, and improve, Your Vision, of transforming and nurturing lives, your Motto of Solidarity, Respect, and Integrity, and your commitment to Uphold good Christian Values and Principles, is right in line with what is expected of us to do in this world. And Finally, your beautiful brochure states, “WE ARE A GROUP OF SAKERETTES, IT STARTS WITH THAT, BUT WHERE WE GO FROM THERE IS UP TO THE WOMEN BEHIND STA”. This is a very profound and true statement. - “Where We Go From There is up to the women behind STA” My father, a Gunnery Sgt. United States Marine Corps Retired, said to me as a young girl, “Baby, can you be number one……. at being number two”?


Think about that for a moment……… I didn’t understand it as a young girl, but it resonated with me as an adult. Because if you ever think you can’t be number two, you’ll never be a number one. I’ll tell you why. Picture a ladder, and picture Ms. Ngaaje at the very top of that ladder as the first president of this organization. As number twos, and as the holder of that ladder, you have the power! You can shake that thing, you can rock it, sway it, until you shake her off of it. But stop and think of what could happen when you’re at the top of that ladder? Were you a good ladder holder, did you support the person at the top? Because I guarantee you, you’re going to need a ladder holder; when you rise to the top.

And so, I say to the women of STA, Stand Beside your leader in Lock Step! Be good ladder holders for her, hold her up, and support her leadership.

To you Ms. Ngaaje, hold fast to fulfilling the dream that can spark a revolution and change the world by inspiring millions of women and girls. Inspire them to educate themselves, to improve their communities, to gain the respect of the world, but most importantly, to gain the respect of their father in Heaven by carrying on this great organization. Inspire them to walk in your footsteps, and stand on your shoulders, to blaze a NEW Trail for women and girls to follow for many generations to come.

Thank you again for allowing me to be here today with you, I am deeply honored, and I cannot wait to see everything the Sakerettes Transglobal Alliance will accomplish in the years ahead. The Sky is truly NOT the limit.
Thank you, God Bless you!
 

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VIDEO COMPILATION OF THE CONSTELLATION'S HIGHLIGHTS ...

IMPORTANT DATES/EVENTS
FRIDAY, June 16th 2017
* Retreat & Spiritual Inspiration

* Induction/Swearing-In Ceremonies

* Spiritual Inspiration

* Business Meeting

* Constellation Meal

SATURDAY, June 17th 2017
* Meet The Executive Director of Dallas Fort Worth Federal Executive Board, Ms. Kelly Ann Anderson

* Community Health & Wellness Fair by Dr. Nagella Nukuna 

* Inaugural Dinner 

* Keynote Address by Mpumi Nobiva

* Inaugural Ball with DJ Skeeper (DJ) & Mr. Bob Takusi (MC)


SUNDAY, June 18th 2017
* Church Service

* Luncheon
VENUE
Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria
14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254

(972) 661-2800
 
 
(214) 766-7624


1(800) 693-3898
14901 Dallas Parkway
DALLAS, TX 75254
(972) 661-2800