TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The World Economic Forum has named Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Eunice Cofie a Young Global Leader (YGL) age 40 and younger. The former Miss Black Florida USA, joins a class of 192 exceptional leaders from 59 countries who have shown a commitment to shape the global future in business, government, civil society, arts and culture, academia and media, and social entrepreneurship. Cofie is a Tallahassee native and 1998 graduate of Leon High School.
“I am honored that the World Economic Forum has selected me to represent the views and interests of the next generation of leaders,” said Cofie. “It’s humbling to join the ranks of past YGL’s such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google founder Larry Paige.”
Soon Cofie will travel to leadership summits and events held across the globe to collaborate with other members of the 2012 YGL class, which includes: John Legend, Grammy Award-winning artist and founder of the Show Me Campaign; Cesar Conde, Univision Networks President; and Huma Abedin, Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of State.
The selection process for this honor is highly competitive with over 1,000 nominations reviewed and between 100-200 chosen each year. Candidates are selected based on: a proven track record of substantial leadership experience and achievement; a demonstrated commitment to serve society at large through exceptional contributions; an impeccable record in the public eye, good standing in the community, and a global perspective.
Cofie’s commitment to social causes started while a student at FAMU. As she pursued her bachelor’s degree in chemistry/molecular biology, Cofie spent her summers working in a village community in Ghana, West Africa implementing the Save a Million Lives HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program. She has received the Florida Achievement Award from the Florida Commission on the Status of Women for her commitment to improving the lives of women and families, and is a member of Leadership Tallahassee class 29.
As Miss Black Florida USA 2008, she spent a year inspiring young people to live healthy lifestyles though her platform “Preventing Childhood Obesity and Diabetes through Education and Life Transforming Habits.”
Today, Cofie is the President and Chief Cosmetic Chemist of Neukie, Inc., an ethnic dermatology company she founded. She is looking forward to her five-year tenure as a Young Global Leader committed to making a difference in the world.
For more information about Eunice Cofie, call 850-766-7695.
For more information about the World Economic Forum and The Forum of Young Global Leaders, visit www.weforum.org.