Black Women in Europe© Business Directory

Black Women in Europe

When the pandemic hit in March, we could tell things would be rough. We couldn’t predict how long this ride would be but we decided that using our talents to help each other was the way to go. We launched two months of free workshops in the Let’s Do Us! Series:

Phase two is a Business Directory of services and products created and provided by black women across Europe. Let’s Do Us! by patronizing each other as we continue to support each other during uncertain times and beyond. Paying things forward, I made all of the inaugural listings free for life.

Check out and support our sisters: Scratch of Sweden – Marie HoustonLocal Purse – Lola Akinmade ÅkerströmCore Radiance Stockholm – Zuzy PrettyElectric Sea Fairy – Klydie ThomasLiving A Global Lifestyle – Lisa R. MitchellKathy Thompson – Kroppsvård – Kathy ThompsonSisay Cosmetics – Janine Van ThrooCDS Movement CollectiveYema Ferreira; Bea Kabutakapua; Lola Atobateles Black Chibis Dolls, Trina Roach, Still Creating Tomorrow; Aysha Jones‘ Kombeh; and Lawd Hammercy‘s The L31.
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2020 Power List: Black Women in Europe©; blog releases 11th “list of our own”

2020 Power List

The Black Women in Europe™ blog, created in 2006 by Adrianne George, released its 11th Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2020  – A List of Our Own©. This 11th  year we feature 9, and give special recognition to 11 women who provided 14 workshops and performances in our Let’s Do Us! Series to mitigate pandemic lockdown anxiety. The awardees are in the following categories: Activism, Arts, Entrepreneurship, Fashion,  Media, and STEM.

2020 has been anything but normal, George concedes.But black women across Europe continued to do amazing things, including coming together to help each other deal with the repercussions of a global pandemic in our Let’s Do Us! Workshop series”.

In 2010 the Black Women in Europe™ Blog released its first Power List naming 58 women across Europe in 6 categories. Over the last 11 years, a total of 182 women have been included on the Black Women in Europe™: Power List  – A List of Our Own©. It was the first and remains the only one of its kind that celebrates the achievement of black women across Europe. This year marks the first time that two women have been named in two different years.

The previous lists combined have received well over 341,384 views on Slideshare and are presented in alphabetical order. They are intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential. The lists do not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases are well known and in others, are women who should be known.

This is the 7th year the list contains a call to action to join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva Lending Team. It is the 5th year that the Power List is dedicated to Derek McCullough, former List creative director, who died in 2015.

Adrianne George elected to represent Democrats Abroad at the 2020 Democratic Convention

10 August 2020


Adrianne George elected to represent Democrats Abroad at the 2020 Democratic “Convention Across America” 

Sweden: Adrianne George was elected to become a member of the Democrats Abroad delegation in her role as a 2016-2020 Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she will take part in the process of nominating America’s next President and Vice President. She is an automatic delegate, formerly referred to as a super delegate before the adoption of the Unity Reform Committee’s reforms.

Adrianne lives in Sweden but hails from Washington, DC.

“I’m thrilled & honored to have been chosen to represent democrats abroad at the convention. In 2016, I ran to become a DNC member because I am passionate about helping overseas Americans vote in US elections and part of my pledge when being re-elected for a 2020-2024 term is to be part of the team that helps bring in a record number of American votes from abroad. I look forward to being part of our party’s effort to come together around our shared values, vision, and nominee”.  

Adrianne George

Living abroad gives Adrianne a unique perspective on U.S. politics, and, in particular, the damage done by the Trump presidency to America’s standing and role in the world. She looks forward to representing other American Democrats living outside the country, and to supporting the Democratic nominee, Vice President Joe Biden, in the election this fall.

“Our delegation is very focused, energized, and ready to make a difference. Each member brings their own unique perspective to the table through their experiences in the US and abroad, and I’m delighted to be part of a team with Adrianne, said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad,  “Adrianne is a member of the youngest, most diverse, delegation we have ever elected and is an excellent representative and advocate for Democrats Abroad and mobilizing the vote abroad.”

Julia Bryant

The 2020 Democratic National Convention, or “Convention Across America”, will be held entirely online, with many activities and events planned to engage Democrats all over America and the world from August 17th to August 20th. Although the main events will fall within the week of the convention, delegates have already started casting their votes for their presidential candidate.  

About Democrats Abroad: 

Democrats Abroad represents the interests and values of Democratic Americans living abroad. Recognized as a state party by the DNC, and represented at the convention by eight voting members, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, striving to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and to mobilize the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad has 45 country committees, and our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe, voting in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. For more information:

About the Democratic National Convention 

Taking place Aug 17-20, 2020 the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America” with virtual events and online engagement to engage Americans all over while protecting the health and safety of delegates and the surrounding community. For more information: 


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FAWCO announces the creation of a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to help further our collective thinking on racism.


I am proud to be a part of this FAWCO task force.

Adrianne George

Over the next few months, this team’s primary focus will be to draft a new policy which will be presented to our member clubs to help articulate and clarify our aspirations as well as to make concrete recommendations on how we can implement new mechanisms to eliminate the barriers which have kept us from becoming a truly diverse and inclusive organization.

Tonya Teichert (AIWC Frankfurt/Taunus) will chair this Task Force and her team will include Mary Stewart Burgher (AWC Denmark), Bayo Callender (AWC Stockholm), Asma Darwish (AAWE Paris), Sue England (Munich IWC), Jenni Franklin (AWC The Hague), Adrianne George (AWC Malmö), Shweta Gupta (AWC Berlin), Michele Gustavsson (AWC Gothenburg), Kanika Holloway (AWC Antwerp), Meredith Mani (AWC Amsterdam) and Rhonda Staudt (AWC Berlin). As well, FAWCO Human Rights team members are exploring ways they can examine racial and social injustice, and work to create programming to be shared with our clubs. 

How to Find Freedom in Chaos: LET’S DO US! Workshop Series

You are invited to our Developing Resistance Workshop led by Damianne President on June 11, 2020, during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Erica Smith
Erica Smith

About Workshop leader Erica Smith

Erica has worked as a Healing Arts counselor since 2015, developing personalized holistic programs for individuals, private and public organizations worldwide. Passionate about creating opportunities for dynamic, open, and constructive dialogue on the human condition.
By forming viable solutions she brings together all of her learning and teaching experiences under one roof so that you are invited into a place of exploratory energy with purpose and action.

About the Workshop

Finding and sharing our freedom in the midst of chaos from the events that led up to Juneteenth celebrations in the 19th century to our current events now in the 21st century. 

Developing Resistance: LET’S DO US! Workshop Series June 11, 2020

You are invited to our Developing Resistance Workshop led by Damianne President on June 11, 2020, during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Damianne President


Damianne President was a classroom teacher and technology coordinator for 15 years. She now works in IT for a popular web hosting and eCommerce platform. You can find her many projects and personal blog at Damianne is interested in change and how we can best navigate it, and she explores this in her podcast

Workshop description:

With so much time at home, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Whether you have more time or work continues, as usual, you are likely under extra stress due to the current pandemic. Join me to learn some strategies that you can practice daily to build your resilience, helping you cope during this time.

Registration is required and limited to 100 participants.


SocaFit Class: LET’S DO US! Series June 11, 2020

You are invited to let loose and have fun with a SocaFit dance workout class led by Chantal Dos Santos on June 11, 2020, during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Chantal Dos Santos

Chantal Dos Santos
Chantal is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on dance. She has been active in improvisation, Contemporary dance, Afro-Caribbean, and Oriental Dance in addition to a variety of world folk dances. Chantal is recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts as a Cultural Connector and has been funded by both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council to undertake choreography projects in Canada and abroad. As a teacher, her course offerings have included: Holistic Bellydance, Afro-Caribbean Dance, Dance Improvisation, Movement Meditation, Supple & Strong: Hip and Pelvic Floor Training, and SocaFit. Chantal splits her time between Canada, Barbados, and Germany. Find out more about Chantal’s work at and under her stage name ‘Jomana’ at

Loosen those hips with and wake up the pelvic floor basic movements from the Caribbean carnival tradition. A Soca dance party combined with strengthening and stretching for a full-body workout guaranteed to get you hot, hot, hot! (variations are given for both low and high impact).

Registration is required and limited to 100 participants.


Mental health checkup online group session led by psychotherapist Yema Ferreira: LET’S DO US! Series June 4, 2020

You are invited to join a very special private Mental health checkup: Online group session led by psychotherapist Yema Ferreira on June 4, 2020, during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

The online session is on June 4, 2020 at 8 pm Denmark time.

The coronavirus pandemic caught us all by surprise due to the speed and breadth of its spread as well as the drastic measures implemented around the world to slow it down. Its impact in our lives ranges from social isolation, job and financial insecurity, caring for children, elderly or ill relatives while still having to work, general uncertainty about the future and more. This is affecting the mental health and wellbeing of many of us. In this free 90-minute online group session for black women brought to you by Black Women in Europe(®) and facilitated by psychotherapist Yema Ferreira, you will be given the opportunity to process some of the feelings, thoughts and experiences you have been grappling with during this pandemic.

NOTE: This session will not be recorded ensuring we have a private and safe space for healing.

Yema Ferreira’s Bio:

Yema Ferreira is an Angolan healer trained as a psychotherapist. Her mission is to assist in the liberation of Black and African people all over the world through the healing of the collective trauma caused by slavery, colonization, and neo-colonialism. She runs a private practice from Copenhagen, where she is currently based, providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy and healing workshops to black women looking to redefine their identities and embrace their cultural heritage. She sees clients online internationally and face to face in Copenhagen.

Registration is required and limited to 50 participants.

Start Writing Your Life Story in Just 15 Minutes a Day: LET’S DO US! Workshop Series June 2, 2020

You are invited to join a two-hour writing workshop with author Carolyn van Es-Vines during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks, and months.

Join author Carolyn van Es-Vines for an exclusive 2-hour online writing workshop on June 2, 2020 at 9 am Amsterdam time.

Carolyn van Es-Vines is the author of black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity, her life story that was published in 2010.

She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland in the US. She left her career in academia to focus on her young family and to develop her writing skills. She ran an award-winning blog called Black and Abroad, wrote for The Local Expat, a newspaper in The Hague, and regularly contributes articles for the well-being section of ACCESS, a Dutch-based magazine for expats.

Carolyn has qualified as a Certified Professional Life Coach. As part of her coaching model she has developed a life-story writing program to help her clients reflect on where they come from and most importantly how that impacts where they are right now. She has led many workshops on life-story writing in companies like ACCESS The Hague and Shell Outpost.

Carolyn was raised in the US and has lived in the Netherlands for over twenty years with her Dutch husband. Together they have two daughters, one son, two cats, and five chickens. In her spare time she likes working out, playing the piano, and is wild about her Happy Planner!

Registration for her two hour workshop is required and is limited to 100 participants.

Puccini and the Beauty Within Two Imperfectly Perfect Heroines: LET’S DO US! Presentation and Concert June 1, 2020

You are invited to join a very special evening with Opera Soprano Kristin Lewis during the LET’S DO US! series created by Black Women in Europe (®) to be a part of our solution for surviving and thriving in these uncertain COVID-19 days, weeks and months.

Join us on June 1, 2020 at 7 pm Austria time.

One of our Power Listers!

Kristin is creating a special evening just for us. Here is why I’m so excited:

Kristin Lewis, a lyrico-spinto soprano, has graced the stages of many of the world’s leading opera houses. Noted for her well-focused, majestic sound, rich in overtones and rare blend of piano culture, she has been directed by and among the most illustrious conductors.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas/USA, Ms. Lewis grew up in a musical family, and began singing and performing at an early age. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas under the guidance of Dr. Martha Antolik and a Masters of Music degree while studying with Kay Paschal and Andrew Wentzel from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Post graduate study was endeavored under the tutelage of Dr. Jonathan Retzlaff, and currently with Carol Byers.

Read her full bio, philanthropy, and long list of achievements and awards on her website.