The National Coalition of 100 Black Women has a clear mission and vision for the future: “to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment” and “to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.” Focusing on several key aspects, including Health, Education, Economic Empowerment, Strategic Alliances, and Civic Engagement, NCBW works to raise awareness of Black culture, empower members to be civic and business leaders, and work towards a world of equal rights and opportunities.
Donna Merchant, Vice President of Sales at Diversity Press, is among the remarkable members of NCBW. Merchant was inducted into the organization in December 2022, alongside 32 other women, and now serves on the organization’s leadership board and on the health services committee.
“I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless,” Merchant said. “With my leadership skills as Vice President of Sales at Diversity Press, I wanted to be able to give back to the community with my life lessons.“
Mrs. Merchant points to the history of health and healthcare disparities for Black women as one of the reasons for joining the health-oriented group. The committee is spearheading a variety of initiatives designed to help Black women access the resources and knowledge they need to lead a healthier life, from nutrition resources to cooking demonstrations to personal trainers and coaches, free blood pressure cuffs, and much more, with a major event on the horizon in March. She hopes that the organization can reach a wide audience and make a significant impact.
“We want to form a bridge and make our name known in the community as a source of encouragement and knowledge, and to connect with them and make the lives of people of color better and healthier. We want to be a positive role model in their lives,” she says.
“My mother was an educator and my father was an engineer, so I have always been encouraged to be as much as I can and live life to my full potential. With so many opportunities living here in the United States to always set your sights to improve your life – that has been my motto: for me to grow up and help others.”
You can keep up with Donna Merchant and with NCBW’s upcoming events and initiatives on her LinkedIn!