Our Team.

Meet Our Leadership

Our team is diverse, committed, and passionate about those who are marginalized and vulnerable. We will be a voice for the voiceless and bring recognition to the underrepresented communities.

Blair Brown

CoFounder/Executive Director

Blair Brown  is an entrepreneur and an advocate for those who are marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable.

She is the CoFounder/Executive Director of the Global Merit & Essence Awards Network (GMEAN).  Blair is also the Executive Director of the Women of Essence Global Awards, a recognition program produced by GMEAN.

After graduating from the Radio & TV Arts program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta, Blair moved to Toronto to pursue her career in broadcasting. Since returning to her hometown of Edmonton, Blair has founded Women in Bloom International with current chapters in Edmonton Alberta, Toronto Ontario, Phoenix Arizona, and Lusaka Zambia. Blair recently collaborated to create 16Days Bloom Hope, a movement that is raising awareness and creating change to fight Gender Based Violence Against Women & Girls. 

Blair, a busy mom to a 9-year-old son, was a core member of the newly archived Facebook group YEG Response to COVID-19: a safe place for members in the community to request and receive support with their needs. Blair recently completed her tenure on the Edmonton Public School’s Multiculturalism and Cultural Diversity Policy Review Advisory Committee. She currently sits on WIFTA – Women in Film & Television Alberta Diversity Board where her focus is to advocate for a fair and equal representation of Black Women and Women of Colour in television and film.

Marisa Bourg

Controller
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Our Team

Chris Mastre
Scholarship Director
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Sannah Khan
Digital Marketing / IT Director
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Martha Banda
Youth In Focus Director
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Tiana Robinson
Prime Care Director
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Bianca Phiri
Women In Bloom International President
Bianca Phiri is first and foremost, a single mother of 2 boys - her greatest accomplishments in her eyes. She is passionate about the youth, especially those who are from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. For years, Bianca has poured into the lives of young people by providing mentorship, direct care/assistance; she has worked to support youth, academically and socially, and to show that that life may not be great now, but with a little help, and a lot of love, their lives will be better. Bianca has a background in hospitality and Marketing and has used her talent to help several organizations and her church to develop their own initiatives. Bianca is also the former Chair for Women In Bloom Zambia. Bianca is unapologetically a Christian woman who credits her accomplishments and her strength to her faith in God!
Charmain Barnett
Women of Essence Global Awards Chair
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Shay Gines
Finance Associate
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Melisa Mitchell
Policy Manager
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