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One Carib Leadership and Networking Speakers

The Caribbean American Society of New York (CASONY) and Friends, on June 29, 2023 are hosting a leadership and networking reception.

Our featured speaker, Dr. Julius Garvey (son of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey) will be delivering an address on the importance of strong leadership.

The theme of this year’s celebration is One Caribbean. In our current political climate, and as we celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month, it has never been more important to demonstrate and utilize the collective wisdom and resources of our community. We are featuring representation from across the Spanish, French and English speaking Caribbean islands and will include contributions from the community.

Together, we look to empower Caribbean unity, inspire solidarity, and build strength.

Dr. Julius Garvey
Activist and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Julius W. Garvey, M.D., FACS, FRCS, is a board certified Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon who practices in New York. He is affiliated with Northwell Health System and is Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He has been on several educational and medical missions to Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Mali, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Haiti, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

He has been internationally schooled in England, Canada, Jamaica and the United States. He lectures on the life and legacy of his father, The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  Recently, he delivered the 10th Annual Robert Sobukwe Lecture at Fort Hare University at Eastern Cape, South Africa jointly sponsored by the Steve Biko Foundation.

Dr. Tiffany Oloke
CEO of Flawless N Ridge

As a subject matter expert in supply chain, Tiffany is the Sourcing Lead at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she sources and manages major categories of spend. Prior to her current role, she served as Advisor Strategic Sourcing for Save the Children Federation, where she led major procurement processes, demand planning, contract negotiations, vendor relations, internal controls, and Optimizing cost-saving opportunities. 

As a Board member (Treasurer) of Zonta club of New York for years, and currently serving as the Vice-President, she wields a huge ‘megaphone’ in communicating the vision and mission of this auspicious organization which she believes brings a salutary platform in representation of and advocacy for women and girls around the world.

A mother of two wonderful children.  She holds a Doctorate degree in International Business from the International School of business, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Dr. Ken Irish-Bramble
Professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Medgar Evers College (CUNY)

Born in St. Martin to Montserratian parents, Dr. Ken Irish-Bramble is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Medgar Evers College (CUNY). He currently holds a BA in Political Science from the City University of New York (CUNY); MA in Comparative Politics from New York University (NYU); MA in Secondary Education from Pace University and a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from NYU.

His publications include Bricks, Ballots, and Bullets: Political and Communal Violence in Jamaica; Retrieving the American Past: A Supplementary reader (2008) and Violence and Power: A collection of Essays (2018) and Powder Keg: The making of an American Revolution? (Forthcoming). Dr. Irish-Bramble is the Editor for Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas. He also served as the Editor of the Caribbean Research Center’s New Visions newsletter.

Ken is the father of five children and served as a soccer/football coach and athletic trainer in both high-school and travel team divisions.

Sharon Sewell-Fairman
President and CEO, Women Creating Change

Sharon Sewell-Fairman has over 25 years of workforce and economic development experience at the local, state, and national levels. As the new President and CEO of Women Creating Change (WCC), Sewell-Fairman will position WCC at the forefront of civic engagement work in New York City. She is personally motivated to advance WCC’s mission and support initiatives to reduce social, racial, and economic disparities.

Sharon Sewell-Fairman has over 25 years of workforce and economic development experience at the local, state, and national levels. As the new President and CEO of Women Creating Change (WCC), Sewell-Fairman will position WCC at the forefront of civic engagement work in New York City. She is personally motivated to advance WCC’s mission and support initiatives to reduce social, racial, and economic disparities.

Sewell-Fairman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from State University at Albany, an MBA in International Business from the University of Maryland Global Campus, a Certificate in International Business Studies from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, and a Certificate of Business Excellence, Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals from Columbia University. She currently serves on the Human Services Council’s Priority and Strategy Council and the Workforce Development Council for the Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation. Ms. Sewell-Fairman previously served on the Boards of Day One New York and New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP).

Raymond Joseph
Former Haiti Ambassador to the United States

Raymond A. Joseph has distinguished himself in a broad spectrum of roles, including theologian, diplomat, writer, lecturer, and social activist. From 2005 to 2010 he rose to prominence as Haitian Ambassador to the United States. From 1990 to 1991 he was Haiti’s Chargé d’Affaires in Washington, DC., and Haiti’s representative at the Organization of American States. He signed the first accord with OAS Secretary General Baena Soares for the arrival of unarmed election observers in Haiti that made possible the first democratic elections.

Born in a batey (work camp) in the Dominican Republic of Haitian parents, Mr. Joseph established a print shop and founded Reyon Limyè, the first Creole monthly church organ in Cayes, Haiti. In October 1960, he completed the first Haitian Creole New Testament with Psalms, published under the auspices of the American Bible Society. Beginning in 1954, he studied in the United States, earning a pastor’s diploma from Moody Bible Institute (1957), a B.A. degree in Social Anthropology from Wheaton College (1960), and an M.A. in Social Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Chicago (1964).

From 1964 to 1970 Mr. Joseph served as Secretary General of the Haitian Coalition, a political umbrella group against the Duvalier dictatorship that inaugurated “Radio Vonvon,” the first short wave daily radio broadcast from New York against the Duvalier regime and which published the weekly Le Combattant Haitien. As a Financial Writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1970 to 1984, he wrote about the asbestos crisis and a series leading to President Joaquin Balaguer’s defeat by the Partido Revolucionario Dominicano (PRD). In 1971 he co-founded with his brother Leo Joseph the Haiti-Observateur, the first commercial and anti-dictatorship crusading Haitian weekly newspaper in New York. He joined the staff on a full-time basis in 1984. In the same year he held the position of Secretary General of ROC (Rassemblement de l’Opposition pour la Concertation), a political umbrella organization against the Duvalier-Bennett dictatorship that coordinated the struggle abroad in the final months of the regime.

Currently a researcher and lecturer, Mr. Joseph founded “A Dollar A Tree for Haiti, Inc.,” a non-profit environmental organization registered in Maryland whose website is

Noel Blackburn
Chief Diversity Officer, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Noel Blackburn is the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory. Blackburn oversees the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, which supports Brookhaven’s mission to deliver expertise and capabilities that drive scientific breakthroughs and innovation. The office works with members of the Lab community to foster an environment in which all people are welcomed, respected, and valued for the diverse perspectives they provide.

Previously, Blackburn managed university programs and DOE internships in the Lab’s Office of Educational Programs, which he joined in 2004. He was responsible for an annual budget of $4.3 million to design, implement, and manage workforce development programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and university faculty.

Blackburn had a leading role in helping Brookhaven establish and strengthen relationships with more than 75 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Under his leadership, college-level internship participation at Brookhaven grew exponentially and, in the most recent 10 years, has averaged 45 percent women and 38 percent underrepresented minorities (URMs) in science. He created opportunities for underrepresented groups to access Brookhaven and other DOE national laboratories through programs such as the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Research and Educational Access in Science and Engineering (InCREASE).

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