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Building Momentum -Networking and Speaker Series

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us in building momentum for a better future on April 24th @6pm

Building Momentum is a networking event and speaker series for immigrants and friends of immigrants, hosted by Vitendo4Africa. Vitendo4Africa hopes to build momentum for a better future by providing an opportunity for you to meet new people and hear community and youth immigrant leaders share their successes, failures, and lessons learned.

This is a great opportunity to

·        Meet new people.

·        Hear immigrant community and youth leaders share their successes, failures, and lessons learned.


  •  Yinka Faleti – Main Speaker

Yinka Faleti has served as the Lead Catalyst (Executive Director) of Forward Through Ferguson, the nonprofit that serves as conscience and catalyst in helping to lead the St. Louis region on a path to racial equity. As leader of Forward Through Ferguson, Yinka worked to catalyze regional change and challenge and develop capacity in institutions and stakeholders across the region to implement the Calls to Action in the Ferguson Commission Report.

Prior, Yinka served as Senior Vice President at United Way of Greater St. Louis. He led the Philanthropic, Donor and Community Services Division, directing the organization’s efforts for workplace giving, Leadership giving and affinity and employee engagement through volunteerism. He led his teams to raise nearly $300M and thousands of volunteer hours for the greater St. Louis region in 4 ½ years with the organization.

Prior to joining United Way, Yinka practiced law—first in private practice at the global law firm of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and subsequently as a state prosecutor at the Circuit Attorney’s Office, handling criminal cases within the City of St. Louis to effect justice for victims of crime. He earned his law degree from Washington University

Prior to his legal career, Yinka served in a variety of leadership positions as an active-duty U.S. Army officer from 1998 to 2004. He served in the Armor branch of the Army, where he spent much of his career leading people. He began his career as a tank platoon leader, leading soldiers on the M1A2 Abrams tank. Another of his assignments included a no-notice deployment to Kuwait as part of the post-9/11 forces of Operation Enduring Freedom. His last Army assignment was as a company commander. He transitioned from the Army with the rank of Captain. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Yinka is a member of the Missouri Bar, the Mound City Bar Association and the West Point Association of St. Louis.  Yinka and his wife reside with their son and two daughters in St. Louis. He enjoys spending time with his family and working out.

  •  Brian Barlay, Student at St. Louis University

Brian Barlay is a native from Sierra Leone, West Africa and an alumni from Saint Louis Community College- Meramec. At Meramec, he was the president of the International Club, co-founder/President fro Black Student in Education and Empowerment Club, Archer Peer Leader Dan was actively involved with TRIO Student Support Services and Student Activity Council.

Brian is currently acquiring his Bachelor of Arts at SLU majoring in International Studies, Foreign Services, Sociology with an emphasis in Urbanization, Immigration and Demographics. At SLU, Brian is an MLK Scholar, McKnair Scholar, Atlas Intern, student adviser for African Student association and he is also actively involved with Black student alliance. His leadership styles stemmed from the notion of transformative leadership and servant leadership. In addition, Brian has interned/volunteered with International Institute, Urban League, United Way and was a student Ambassador for Missouri Department of Higher Education . He is passionate about the African community in St. Louis and he hope for St. Louis to have a unique African presence through inclusion in art, music, food and community involvement.

Furthermore, he is actively involved with Sierra Leone community in St. Louis, he is the co-founder and president of Missouri Young African Professionals. MOYAP is an organization that seeks to unite African students in STL through community empowerment and leadership development.

Venue: cortex Building

4240 Duncan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110



April 24
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cortex Building
4240 Duncan Ave
ST. LOUIS, MO 63110 United States
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