frequently asked questions

How do you pronounce your name?

My name is Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, pronounced as Ann-nuh Giv-tee Ah-poke-oo Ah-jah-men.

What kind of work do you do?

I am still at the beginning stages of my career, but I am interested in questions that address the future of work and its implications for Black people across the world. I've worked at University of Chicago, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Mayland- Baltimore County, Michigan State University, Harvard University, and the Urban Institute. Currently, I am now at PNC Bank.

What is the Sadie Collective?

The Sadie Collective is the only organization dedicated to addressing the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics and related fields. We were founded in 2018 and our membership has now expanded across 30+ states, 120+ institutions, and 4 continents. I am one of the co-founders of the Sadie Collective and I currently serve as the CEO.

What is #BlackBirdersWeek?

#BlackBirdersWeek was organized by the Black AF in STEM collective, a digital community of Black scientists, naturalists, and birders founded by Jason Ward. The event took place from May 31, 2020 to June 5, 2020 and drew nationwide attention from major wildlife, science, and media organizations such as the National Aquarium and CNN. I was a co-founder and co-organizer. I primarily assisted with the branding and marketing of the event throughout the week.

What kind of topics do you speak on and write about?

I typically speak on and/or write about:

  • Economic inclusion
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM and quantiative sciences
  • Digital advocacy and organizing
  • Economic trends in the workplace and workplace
  • Academic and professional culture
To view all speaking engagements, please visit here and if you'd like to submit an inquiry, please use this link.

Who took your photos?

Fanta Isatou, a 21-year-old up and coming photographer and photojournalist. Her incredible portfolio can be found here.

What do you enjoy doing?

I love to cook and often post my creations on an Instgram page called Gifty's Plate. I also enjoy boxing, dancing, writing, and spending time with loved ones. I regularly nerd out on Twitter about my favorite shows and movies, especially Avatar the Last Airbender and Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies.

  • Instagram
  • Twitter

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