Sharon Smith-Akinsanya Leaves UNCF to Step Out as Full-Time Diversity Workforce Recruitment and Retention Entrepreneur

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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI (1888PressRelease) January 20, 2017 - On Monday, Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, former Regional Development Director of UNCF Twin Cities Area Office, announced her departure from UNCF to run her own diversity workforce recruitment and retention company, the rae mackenzie group. During her speech at the 27th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast to over 2,000 guests and thousands more watching at home, Smith-Akinsanya shared fundraising triumphs and solidified her transition from employee to partner with UNCF, the nation's largest scholarship organization.

    Smith-Akinsanya has been instrumental in creating and producing wildly successful events that have raised millions of dollars to help low-to-moderate income area youth attend college during her eight years with UNCF. A notable example was the breakfast itself; this year's event-a UNCF and General Mills partnership-was the first in the breakfast's history to be a fundraising event, raising an estimated $130,000 to benefit UNCF. Smith-Akinsanya and her company will continue producing the regionally renowned UNCF Twin Cities Masked Ball, now in its fifth year and poised to raise $1 million in one night on May 13, 2017.

    The rae mackenzie group is ardently moving the needle to make Minnesota a great place to live, work and play for everyone. In October 2016, Smith-Akinsanya founded and produced the first People of Color Career Fair to help close the gap of unemployment and underemployment in Minnesota. The event was a triumphant success with over 1,000 job-seekers and 28 employers in attendance. Now the career fair will take place twice a year in April and October with the support of Gov. Mark Dayton, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, James Burroughs, chief inclusion officer for the state, and corporate partners, U.S. Bank and Midco.

    For more information or to contact Sharon Smith-Akinsanya and the rae mackenzie group, email info ( @ ) rmgaccess dot com dot Please stay-tuned for the release of the new rae mackenzie group website dot

    About Sharon Smith-Akinsanya:
    Sharon Smith-Akinsanya is long-known as a powerhouse of strategic marketing and event production, working hand-in-hand with Fortune 500 corporations-US Bank, Target, Midco, General Mills, Medtronic, Verizon-and community leaders to develop amazing events and programs that have long-reaching impact on quality of life for people of color in the Twin Cities.

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