Carifest Salute to Women

Carifest Salute to Women
Celebrating International Women’s Day. Theme: Gender Equality for Women and Girls
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Dinner, Presentation, Discussion, Award Recognition.

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Dubroy, President Shaw University as our Guest Speaker.

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Dr. Tashni Dubroy is the 17th President of Shaw University. Before her election, she served as special assistant to the president for process optimization, department chair and associate professor of Chemistry in Shaw’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department.
Dubroy started her career as a Research Scientist at BASF, the chemical company. She was quickly recruited to the position of Global Technology Analyst. After a two-year tenure in that role, she served as Chemical Procurement Manager where she managed a strategic sourcing budget of $35 million. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Dubroy is co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends hair care company and Element Beauty Bar, a hair salon. Money magazine and Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek recognized her entrepreneurial upstarts.
She mentors women in science via her non-profit organization, The Brilliant & Beautiful Foundation and was recognized by Cosmopolitan magazine, as a “Fun, Fearless Female”, who is making waves in the science community. At the national level, she encourages young girls to pursue their dreams and approach the sciences fearlessly. BBF sponsors the SMART Scholars workshop at the Friday Institute on NC State University’s campus, where she teaches hands-on science to young girls both locally and nationally.
Dr. Dubroy is a proud alumnus of Shaw University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S in Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from NC State University in 2007 and graduated with an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University in 2010.


Ms Lorna Shelton Beck and Ms Nadine Johnson.

In 2012 South Carolina Caribbean Culture & Heritage launched Carifest Salute to Women. This event is held every other year and provides education, empowerment, inspiration and recognition to hard working women who have forged a path and demonstrated tenacity in adversity.
Our first recipient of the Carifest Salute to Women was Ms Nadine Johnson.
Nadine is a children’s book author, home school teacher, graphic designer and mother of one. She has served in many capacities in the community including being on the Board of Directors of the YWCA.


The 2014 recipient of the Carifest Salute to Women Award went to Ms. Joan Thaxter-Randall.
Ms Randall is a mother, motivational speaker and works a full time job.
Our program for 2014 was held in conjunction with Women’s International Day with the Theme: A Promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.
As a survivor of domestic violence Ms Randall also gave the Keynote address.

Pictures of 2014

Ms Nina Nesbitt. Industry Direct Founder/CEO.
Mrs. Austen Brown Williams, Mrs America 2014