International guest speaker Dr Anita Davis-DeFoe

Dr Anita Davis Defoe

Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe  is our international guest speaker for Business and Enteprise at BYA Awards 2014

Author. Thought Leader. Social Entrepreneur, Organization and Leadership Development Solutionist


Quoted as a career and workforce development expert in Essence and Black Enterprise Magazines; in the New Jersey Business Journal; on Madame, among others, Dr. Anita Davis–DeFoe, has over 20 years of experience motivating, coaching, inspiring and transforming individuals and organizations. A graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Antioch University, Dr. DeFoe holds a Ph.D. in Management with a focus in Organization and Human Development. A John Maxwell certified mastermind group facilitator, speaker and trainer, she has crafted and implemented myriad organizational and human development programs aimed at assisting people of all ages to discover boundless unique strengths; to rebound from life challenges, to unleash their inner greatness.  Dr. Davis-DeFoe has authored over $10 million in grants which funded a range of youth, workforce, housing, educational, domestic violence, recreational and community economic development programs across the United States and Caribbean.


A consultant with expertise in gender programs, organization, business and leadership development; social enterprise and start-ups; personal development, change and quality management, Dr. Davis-DeFoe has been a columnist for In the Zone Magazine (New York), and is an Editor for Businessuite Magazine (Jamaica), Truly Caribbean Magazine (Montserrat) and other online publications. She is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, and the Society for International Development. In 2012, in honor of her global human development and social entrepreneurship work, Dr. DeFoe was named the first Woman Chief by the ITAM CLAN in Abwu Ibom State Nigeria. She is the Editor-In-Chief for SaS Magazine, Solutions and Strategies for Women, published in partnership with Blackslate Media Holdings – Jamaica.


Dr. Davis-DeFoe serves as the General Secretary/CEO of YWCA US Virgin Islands. In this role she design and implements programs and services for women specifically and the community in general focused on leadership, entrepreneurship, health, wellness, financial literacy, violence against women and girls, and domestic violence. She conducts personal development sessions on retooling one’s life after experiencing occurrences of domestic violence with women in shelters, in correctional institutions at non-profits, and facilitates staff development sessions for organizations teaching best practices and effective strategies for delivering holistic services to battered women. Her presentation, “In Her Shoes” focuses on the equipping victim to overcome domestic violence, and provides service delivery practitioners with tools to assist victims in rebuilding their lives.


She conducts trainings across the US, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean for organizations such as the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, Broward County Children’s Services Council, Broward County Women’s Correctional Institution, Arts Reach Kentucky, Environmental Protection Agency, Rutgers University-Arts for Youth, Ampod Training Consultants(London), One Hand Cant Clap (London), Women on the Crossroads (London); Golden Media and YES Entrepreneurship Conference (Montserrat); Future Quest Services Women’s Retreat (Barbados); Catherine Tyson and the Lighten Up Show (Cayman Islands); North American and Caribbean Young Women’s Leadership Conference; World YWCA Switzerland-International Women’s Conference 2011;  among others.


She is the author of a rites of passage curriculum for girls entitled, Soulful One: For Girls on the Pathway to Greatness; and three books, A Woman’s Guide to Soulful Living: Seven Keys to Life and Work Success; Tropical Escapes, a novel; and Follow Her Lead: Leadership Lessons For Women As They Journey From the Backroom to the Boardroom, cited as a must read by 2011 Echoing Green Social Entrepreneur Finalists. Dr. DeFoe is one of 40 contributing authors to “100 Words of Wisdom for Women,” a thirty day workbook and journal for women. The Execution Factor: 99 Strategies That Ignite Organizational Effectiveness is slated for release in 2013.  Anita speaks at conferences, retreats, seminars, and for special events globally spreading her inspirational messages designed to transform people and places.


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