Vickie Remoe is a PR and New Media Communications Specialist with 7 years of professional experience in business development and marketing. She is a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar with a B.A. Degree in Political Science from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She also holds an M.S. Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Vicki Pat-Sowe (VPS) Award is presented to women who are dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls, who are active participants in organizations that address the concerns of women and girls, demonstrate dedicated leadership among women's organization(s), and/or have founded or run programs that focus on women and girls.
The award was named in memory of Vicky Pat-Sowe who passed away from cancer in 2014.
Carol Labor is a recognized bi-lingual professional with advocacy, leadership, program design & implementation and strategic planning experience.
Carol was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and moved to the United States at the age of 5. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Development and a Master of Science degree in Education. After many years of working in the corporate world and for Pennsylvania state government, she took the leap of faith in 2008 and founded her non-profit, Schools Without Borders (SWB). Staring with what she thought was a simple book drive with Disney, she obtained over 250,000 books through Disney’s Give a Day, Get a Day program. Carol has impacted the lives of thousands of children through her organization.
She served as panelist at the 2011 Wharton African Business Conference, 2012 Harvard Africa Business Conference, and 2012 New York Forum Africa Dialogue for Women in Gabon. In 2012 she won the Green White and Blue Commission Award for contributions to Sierra Leone Arts & Culture. That same year Content Link Online selected Remoe as one of 20 Must-Follow Women talking about the Diaspora and Social Good. Remoe is the publisher and Editor-In-Chief of GoWoman Magazine, an online and print publication she founded in 2012. She was one of two creative entrepreneurs selected as the face of Deutsche Welle’s Africa Link ‘What’s Moving Africa‘ series in 2014. She lives in Accra, Ghana and enjoys traveling to distant lands for delicious food.
Sharrnikya Howard is the founder of Life Abundantly Coaching where she provides purpose coaching to help women identify and walk boldly in their God-given purpose and career coaching to help women make informed decisions about their professional development and career trajectory. She is the founder of The Belle Connection, a mentoring program for young ladies in middle school which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), self-esteem, and service. Committed to STEM, she co-leads a program that teaches elementary and middle school aged children the full System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). She serves on the board of directors for two local non-profits and recently launched the iEvolve program for single mothers in underserved communities where she provides life-skills training/workshops.
Prior to obtaining a Journalism degree, she was executive producer of her own eponymous television program in Sierra Leone, the first independently produced television series of its kind. In the show’s 4-year run, she covered human interest, arts, and cultural stories in Senegal, Mali, Ghana, and Nigeria. In January 2010, she joined the Presidential media team for coverage of the 14th African Union Summit on “Information and Communication Technology in Africa” held in Addis Ababa.
She moved to Ghana in 2012 from New York City where she is currently a creative consultant in charge of all branding and communications at Printex, Kalyppo, The Seed Funds Savings & Loans Company, and Frutelli. Her past clients include Sierra Leone Bottling Company, Addax Bionenergy SL Ltd., Airtel SL Ltd, and Access Point Africa. She is a sought-after speaker on the media in Africa.
She has conducted purpose and career coaching workshops and seminars for women, teenaged girls, and most recently the DC Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA) where she co-led a vision and purpose workshop for returning female citizens.
She is a 2016 March of Dimes- Heroines of Washington Award recipient and a recipient of the Women of Color in Technology (WOC)-All Star Award, an award reserved for accomplished women of color at an advanced stage of their careers that
have demonstrated excellence in the workplace and in their communities. She was also honored by her alma mater, Bennett College for Women with the “Movers and Shakers” Award, which is bestowed upon women who ‘move in silence around the greater DC area but make a significant impact on our global society’. As a finalist for the Women in Technology (WIT)-Rising Star Award, Sharnikya has been recognized for not only succeeding in her career but for also mentoring the next generation of leaders.
She attended the 2016 White House Summit on the United State of Women as a nominated change maker for her work to inspire women and was featured in a StyleWatch magazine ad highlighting the work she’s doing to empower women living in shelters and transitional housing programs. She has also been featured/interviewed by Fox5DC, Let’s Talk Live –News Channel 7, WKYS 93.9, The Daily Do Good, Jill’s House, Calvary Women’s Services, and GlambitiousIam. A lifetime volunteer, she’s served as a volunteer group leader for the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring camp and in her community serves several organizations like Central Union Mission and Calvary Women’s Services. When asked why she spends so much of her time serving the community, Sharnikya’s response is “I am the best me when I am serving others.”
A graduate of Bennett College for Women with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Sharnikya Howard is an accomplished project manager. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has provided stellar support to her clients. As a testament to her great work in the field, she was selected to join the Project Management Body of Knowledge Review Team for the most recently released “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - 5th Edition”. As a member of the content committee she contributed text, concepts, and provided recommendations on drafts of the PMBOK Guide. Sharnikya is a certified Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist, holds an MS in Project Management and MBA.
Locally, SWB focused on providing books to children and reading development / student integration for children in urban school districts. Internationally, Carol has provided over 150,000 books to over 10,000 children in Sierra Leone, West Africa and has partnered with other organizations to provide thousands of books to children in Liberia and Jamaica.
Most recently, she single-handedly obtained permission from United Way Worldwide to establish United Way of Sierra Leone. She relocated to Sierra Leone for 7 months with her 3 young sons and in true “Carol” fashion, she did just that. While living in Sierra Leone, Carol started the “Read Across Sierra Leone “ program to provide books to girls throughout the country with her signature character, “Sallymatu”.
Upon Carol’s return, she narrowed down her focus to work on reading development for solely for girls in Sierra Leone. Carol created and designed the GIRLS! program to provide reading and STEM integration for class three girls during a critical transition period in their cognitive development. Carol is partnering with First Book as her national and international partner to provide new books that meet Common Core Standards in the areas of reading and science. Additionally, she has created the first ever App specifically designed for girls, Academics for GIRLS! that launched in Washington D.C on October18, 2013 in collaboration with OpenGov Hub and in Philadelphia, PA on October 19, 2013.
Carol is an advocate for education for children as a whole . Her advocacy has led her to meet with officials from the While House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African -Americans, White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Ministers and Advisers of the Sierra Leone Government, U.S. Congressional members, and state and local elected officials. She is engaged in the community as a current or past member of organizations such as Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs , School District of Philadelphia’s Language Policy Committee, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR) Inter-Agency Civil Rights Task Force, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool Youth Development Network, Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), School District of Philadelphia’s Racial Harmony Taskforce,- Continuing Opportunity for Family Education Enrichment, Philadelphia Fatherhood Practitioners Network, Philadelphia Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Carol has received numerous awards for her work such as the Point of Light Award presented by President George Bush Sr. & Michelle Nunn - CEO, Point of Light Institutes, 2013 Gems of Africa Award, 2012 Diaspora Award, 2011 Humanitarian Award and the United States President’s Volunteer Medal Award . Carol has received numerous commendations & citations from PA Senator Vincent Hughes, PA State Representative Dwight Evans, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, Mayor John F. Street, and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.
Carol is a public speaker and has participated in formal and informal panels and community discussions surrounding education, immigration, and girls rights. Carol is a published author of the children’s book Sallymatu’s Soup and was a nominee for the 2014 Women for Africa award in the International Woman category.
Carol is also founder of Diaspora Women, a coalition of women unified with one voice to tackle humanitarian and natural disasters and issues affecting women and girls globally.
Carol divides her time between NJ and Sierra Leone.