ForAfrica

About Us

Background & Offerings

 

ForAfrica is an international, US-based consultancy firm featuring top leaders in corporate, education, operations and animal sciences, specializing in the delivery of  leadership development solutions globally.


We 
provide targeted planning, guidance and implementation services in order to a) ensure that African youths and young professionals are prepared to assume leadership roles in their countries' businesses and b) to guarantee the continued growth and profitability of these organizations by developing a strong network of business leaders.  

Our experience and client base spans multiple market industries, including Media and Entertainment, Publishing, Technology, Academic Administration, Veterinary Medicine, Law and Theology.

ForAfrica Partners

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  • H. Mitsy Wilson, Founding Partner
  • Dr. Jack Preus, Founding Partner
  • Dr. Cheryl E. Williams, Founding Partner 
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  • H. MITSY WILSON

    Founding Partner, ForAfrica

     

    H. Mitsy Wilson (Mitsy) is a Founding Partner of ForAfrica, a non-profit organization with headquarters in Mission Viejo, California.  It was her vision to enhance the lives of those living in rural Africa and develop future leaders in the African Diaspora that prompted Ms. Wilson and her partners to establish the ForAfrica organization.

    Ms. Wilson is a results-oriented executive with over 25 years of corporate experience in executive coaching, leadership development, customer service, operations management, diversity and training. 

    Most recently, Ms. Wilson served as Senior Diversity Advisor for News Corporation.  Prior to this position, she was SVP, Diversity Development at Fox Entertainment Group and News Corporation for 10 years with the immediate responsibility for the development, execution and evaluation of all diversity initiatives across Fox Broadcasting, the Fox Networks Group/cable entities, 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment and News Corporation.  During this time, the company saw expansive growth that led virtually all businesses into leadership positions across the globe.

    Prior to her work at News Corporation, Ms. Wilson served as Times Mirror Company’s top diversity and leadership development executive.  As Corporate Vice President, she worked extensively with senior management across all divisions to improve field operations, design job rotation strategies and establish multi-tiered corporate and operational training programs and executive workshops.  Before that, Ms Wilson was Director, Training and Customer Relations for Houston based Continental Airline where, she orchestrated a comprehensive training and cultural assimilation program to account for the merger of four major airlines, operating 1,700 daily flights and impacting more than 11,000 staff internationally.

    Born in South America, Ms. Wilson spent most of her educational years in New York City.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and social work from New York’s College of Mount Saint Vincent and began her career as a certified social worker at the Society for Seaman’s Children.  She has been honored for her work by the Minorities in Broadcasting with a Phoenix Award in 2003, the 2006 NAACP President’s Award and the 2010 Corporate Executive of the Year Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

    She is the Chairperson of Workplace Hollywood, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing, training and placing a diverse workforce in entertainment, and is a member of the UCLA Medical Affairs Board.  Ms. Wilson lives in Mission Viejo, Ca with her husband, Greg James and has two daughters.

  • DR. JACK PREUS

    Founding Partner, ForAfrica

    In addition to his post as a Founding Partner of ForAfrica, Rev. Dr. Jacob (Jack) A.O. Preus serves as Bethesda’s first Executive Vice President for Mission Advancement. The Mission Advancement team of Bethesda includes the divisions of Marketing and Communications, Resource Development, and Religious Life and Church Relations. Dr. Preus accepted the newly created position of Executive Vice President for Mission Advancement with Bethesda Lutheran Communities in 2009. With a background in academic administration, international relations, leadership and theology, Dr. Preus has helped Bethesda to become a uniquely mission-focused organization.

    Prior to his current work with Bethesda, Dr. Preus served as president of Concordia University in Irvine, California. Concordia University, a university of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Concordia University System, is home to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing over 50 majors and minors. Under his leadership, the university grew nearly 150 percent in student enrollment, together with new campus facilities and programs needed to meet that growth.

    In addition to his role as pastor of congregations in Missouri and Southern California, Dr. Preus served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy (Reserves) and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 24th Regiment of the U.S. Marine Corps during Operations Desert Shield and Storm.

    He was a professor and Dean of the Faculty, Professor and Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology, and served as the liaison to the seminary’s Hispanic Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo from 1986 to 1998. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

    Dr. Preus is an accomplished writer, having published numerous articles and books, and is also a sought-after speaker who has lectured or taught courses in about 20 countries on five continents. In addition to theology, Preus has written and spoken extensively on leadership, and most recently on the rights of people with disabilities.

     

  • DR. CHERYL E. WILLIAMS

    Founding Partner, ForAfrica

    Dr. Williams is a senior organizational development and human resources professional with a solid business orientation.  She has consistently demonstrated successful hands-on management experience with domestic and international audiences. 

    Dr. Williams has lived and/or worked in over 35 countries spanning Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and North America.  Upon making the bold decision to leave corporate America full time, she launched Communication Works in 1997, which proved to become a successful corporate global training group.  Today, she is a founding partner of ForAfrica, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those living in rural Africa and all parts of the African Diaspora.  A published ethnographer, Dr. Williams has been detailing the communication behaviors of the Suriname Maroons since 1993.  This carries her deep into the Amazon jungle where she lives in remote villages.

    Dr. Williams has developed and delivered numerous learning programs to multinational audiences and has lectured on intercultural business management at institutions such as ESLSCA in Paris, France,  University of Suriname in South America and at numerous professional conferences including:  Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR), World Communication Association, American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Athens Management Institute.   Recently she has been conducting numerous training programs in France, India, the UK and Israel to employee groups ranging from C-Level officers to Directors about global cultural management, English acquisition skills and collaborating across cultures.

    Additionally, Dr. Williams serves as a Vice President for International and Cultural Relations at Concordia University in Irvine, California where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.

    She received her PhD in intercultural/international communications from Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida) and has a Master’s of Science (MS) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in speech communications from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana).   She resides in Costa Mesa, California.

ForAfrica
21712 Lanar, Mission Viejo, CA  92692

(949) 470-9758
FAX (949) 598-9638
info@forafrica.us