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Rahama Wright      

Women's Advocate, Social Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO Shea Yeleen

Rahama Wright is the Founder and CEO of Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty a social impact company she created after serving in the Peace Corps. The DC-based enterprise develops shea butter creams, balms, and soaps that create living wage jobs for women in Ghana. Shea Yeleen products are currently distributed through select Whole Foods Markets, independent natural grocery stores, and MGM Resorts International. The products have been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and CNBC Africa. Most recently, Rahama appeared as a contestant on the BET/Centric reality competition Queen Boss. Rahama completed her first round of private equity investment with the Pan-African Investment Company supported by Dick Parsons and Ron Lauder. A leading voice on African women’s economic and business development she has presented at the United Nations Thematic Debate on Entrepreneurship for Development, the U.S. Secretary of State Global Diaspora Forum, the World Bank Africa Region Growth Dialogue, and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. In 2014, she was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa created by the Obama administration. She also serves as an adviser to entrepreneurs in the Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab. Rahama received her BA in International Relations from the State University of New York at Geneseo. An avid traveler she has visited and worked in 36 countries.

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