Black and Abroad
November 18, 2021
The Center for Global Business hosted this event during International Education Week (IEW) as part of the Passion for Diversity Dialogue Series. The event focused on Black and African American alumni and their experiences working and traveling abroad. After a brief panel, students and alumni participated in an open discussion. This event was offered in partnership with the Maryland Smith MBAA and the Black MBAA.
- Rashida Petersen ’03, Interim Director of Philanthropy, Center for Cultural Power and Founder and CEO, 1847 Philanthropic, Founder and CEO, 1847 Philanthropic
- Maurice Nick ’12, MBA/MS, ’16, Supply Chain Director, Tata Consumer Products
- Jainaba Ceesay, EMBA ’17, CEO and Founder, EBROSSO and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Sales and Marketing, Bowie State University
Rashida Petersen ’03
Rashida Petersen is the CEO and Founder of 1847 Philanthropic. The catalyst to establish 1847 Philanthropic emanates from Ms. Petersen’s strong desire to create lasting impact in Africa by bringing the essentials of fundraising to their nonprofit institutions.
Ms. Petersen’s career has been built on expertise gained from leading major fundraising and development initiatives in Africa as well as expanding U.S. trade and investment in developing countries. Working within the development departments of international nonprofits, she has been responsible for annual funding goals of over $16 million dollars in institutional funding and over $1.3 million dollars cumulative in unrestricted sponsorship dollars.
Her steadfast focus on causes with strong community involvement and local impact enabled her to work with some of the major civil rights leaders of our time, including Ambassador Andrew Young, at GoodWorks International, an international management-consulting firm and she served as the vice-president for programs and business development at OIC International, this organization carries the legacy of the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan.
Ms. Petersen began her career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she served as the East Africa desk officer within the International Trade Administration. Additionally, she served as the acting senior commercial officer with the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia. She was formerly the director of membership and marketing for The Corporate Council on Africa, a trade organization devoted to increasing U.S. trade and investment in Africa.
Ms. Petersen is a noted speaker on topics related to international development, organizational development and local impact, fundraising, as well as the importance of diversity in international affairs at conferences and events around the world including, Council on Foreign Relations’ Conference on Diversity in International Affairs, SXSW, Skoll World Forum, and Africa 2018 Forum amongst others.
Ms. Petersen holds an International Business degree from the University of Maryland. She currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland’s Hinman CEOs Program; is a member of Bridge Institute’s Africa Policy Group; active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a mentor for College Bound in Washington, D.C.
Maurice Nick ’12, MBA/MS, ’16
Maurice Nick is a Supply Chain Director at Tata Consumer Products, an Indian Beverage company. In this role he passionately drives continuous improvement culture while implementing the strategic road map to achieve breakthrough performance in service level, working capital, quality, delivery, cost and growth. His business unit portfolio is comprised of $700 million in annual revenue and the team he manages spans every part of the business. In previous roles, he’s managed operations in 4 different countries. China, India, Taiwan and The United States. Maurice has obtained his Master’s in business Administration with an extra focus on Strategy and a Master's in Supply Chain from the University of Maryland. Maurice loves to travel, and has worked and studied in over 25 countries.
Jainaba Ceesay, EMBA ’17
Jainaba’s professional career spans over two decades including 20 years as an accomplished banking, management, and leadership and financial professional. She has proven a record of accomplishment in leadership, change management, retail and consumer banking, commercial lending and business development in the banking, finance industry and higher education.
Jainaba has won numerous prestigious awards for her outstanding work including BB&T’s top Sterling Performer Award, M&T Bank’s President Council Award and most recently Outstanding Adjunct at Bowie State University.
After two decades in the financial field leading teams and working for Fortune 500 companies, she founded EBROSSO consulting. EBROSSO consulting, is a global management consulting firms that offers Business Problem Solving, Strategic Entrepreneurship and Financial consulting, Leadership and Coaching, Sales and Marketing services via one, classrooms, face to face, webinars and Keynote Speaking.
Jainaba is alum of Robert H Smith of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and an adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Sales and Marketing at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.