Ezinne Kwubiri long wanted to attend a school that would empower her as a minority and as a woman. She chose Howard University and, with studies for a business degree and a pledge to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., found what she wanted. She carries her collegiate experience of sisterhood, empowerment and business savvy to her role as director of Global Business Services and Change Management at Viacom Media Networks and to her community involvement. “It’s important for me to represent women and professionals of color; to be a vehicle of change and remind others not to limit themselves regardless of color, age, gender and economic background,” Kwubiri states. “Not only do you want to have a seat at the table, and be part of the discussion, but you also need to provide input so that your presence is known.”
Beyond Viacom, Kwubiri is a 2017 Fellow of the Council of Urban Professionals; a board adviser to Black Girls Cook Inc.; the strategic partnership manager for the Miss Nigeria USA Foundation; and volunteer for Girls With Gifts Inc. “I look for organizations where I can contribute my business and strategic skills,” she says. She also manages various events, utilizing her strategic planning skills in a different way.
Born in Nigeria, Kwubiri moved to the United States at 5 years old. Her career goal is to become the chief of diversity and inclusion for a global organization. “Because I go to other offices across the world, it has opened my eyes to how we do business. We need to have those conversations. Whether you are selling or providing a service, you need people there representing different ideas and opinions,” she asserts.
In addition to her Howard degree, Kwubiri is a graduate of New York University’s Leadership and Organizational Development Certificate Program.