Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that links women, girls and families of African descent globally, to the resources that connect, advance and strengthen them. We do this through advocacy, education and the promotion of African culture.
Developing healthy lifestyles is a cornerstone of the organization. Our primary areas of focus include Health and Wellness, Education and Global Affairs.
To this end, we sponsor health symposia and campaigns, personal and professional development workshops and seminars; fundraisers to enable charitable contributions and student scholarships; global briefings; communications & academic enrichment programs for youth; publish periodic Newsletters and a Newsflash to promote advocacy and information sharing; dialogue with legislators on key issues affecting women and families; support UN conferences, network with women from all over the world and collaborate with partners to advance our causes.
Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) was founded in 1994 as a family group and has since grown into a network of hundreds of women globally, from diverse backgrounds including grassroots, professionals, entrepreneurs, elected officials, students and activists from around the world.
Sister to Sister International, Inc, (STSI) is governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors along with an International Advisory Board.
STSI implements its activities through volunteer committees and special programs, related to the organization’s mission, which are produced throughout the year. Members are the life force of the organization and are invited to attend quarterly membership meetings, along with signature events.
Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) holds Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. STSI is affiliated with the Department of Public Information and collaborates with the World Health Organization on health campaigns. We support the United Nations Platform for Action on Women and its objectives regarding Race and Gender Equality, Development and Peace, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
A seasoned professional with a “unique portfolio of skills,” now focuses on what she considers to be her “life’s work.” This includes serving as founder of Sister to Sister International, Inc. (STSI) a nonprofit organization established in 1994, to link women of African descent globally; as well as President of the Brannan Solutions Group, a multi-faceted consulting firm, specializing in the elimination of health disparities in communities of color; women’s empowerment, education and strategic management programs and initiatives.
Brannan holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY at Cortland and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, where she is an adjunct professor, in the Department of Business. She serves on several boards that promote the educational and professional advancement of women of color.
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"It is a humbling privilege to mentor and guide the next generation of women in leadership"
Sister to Sister International, Inc. is led by a diverse group of board members over the past twenty-five years. Germaine Scott serves as the Board Chairperson and the diverse demographic of women that serve on our board have been a major asset and include, inter-generational, grassroots, health, academia, spiritual, international and political, expertise and experiences, among others. We also have an International Advisory Board with accomplished, experienced leaders in the business and professional world. We have been able to stay-the-course despite the financial challenges and hardships that we, like many nonprofits in the US have experienced, over the past seven years. We believe our future is bright, as we make progress toward our goals.
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(in alpha order)
Donna Bell, Melissa Bess, Brenda Bracey, Cheryl Brannan,
Beverly Brannan, Angela Campbell, Vera Cheek, E. Adell Dowdy, Charmaine Golding, Dana Johnson Sutton, Zenobia Kelly,
Lisa LeFever Booker, Subomi Macaulay, Pearl Quarles, Darlene Russell, Germaine Scott, Zelda Strong-Diaz, Mabel Takona, Marcia White Smith
PROUD HISTORICAL MILESTONES AT-A-GLANCE
We are proud to unveil this baseline research report that provides a snapshot on Black women and girls in Westchester County. This report entitled,
“Still I Rise”
is an extension of our work that began in 2015 with the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls. We have since utilized a collective impact framework and built a cross-section of over 25 stakeholders, working collaboratively to improve outcomes for Black women and girls in Westchester related to STEM, STEAM and Health Curricula and Careers; Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Maternal Health and Healthy Lifestyles; Suspensions, Trauma & the Juvenile Justice System and Entrepreneurship, Pay Equity and Economic Prosperity.
This groundbreaking research is meant to bolster our efforts and assist us in managing by fact. This report is also a testament to the resilience of Black women and girls, many of whom have achieved against the odds, rising to key positions, in government, like the Hon. Andrea Stewart Cousins, NYS Senate Majority Leader. She is the first woman to hold this position in NYS, as well as other Black women who have been trailblazers in the judicial, business, academia, and the arts, to name a few.