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OUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXECUTIVE

Dawn Sutherland is the President of Bridge-To-Africa Connection, Inc., a non-profit 501©(3) organization that focuses on changing lives, one person at a time by building self sufficiency, education and empowerment in women and girls. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, she served as a Vice President of Finance at Xerox Corporation.


Sutherland is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, lecturer, and motivational speaker. She also consults with advocacy organizations that are committed to empowering women with practical financial, business and self reliant skills.


In her 32 year stellar career with Xerox, Sutherland provided leadership developing C-level contacts for the organization. Her financial expertise was instrumental in creating strategic business models that grew market share, increased brand awareness and yielded year over year growth. Sutherland also has broad international experience, having been an expatriate with Xerox Ltd. in England. She was commonly known throughout Xerox for managing from the heart, managing change and building teams which delivered results.


Sutherland is a member of several non-profit boards. She has served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board for African Focus Inc., an organization focused on intercultural exchange, education and economic empowerment. She also serves as an advisor for the Xerox Los Angeles Black Employees Association and is a board member of International Black Women Public Policy Institute and the International Director of R.E.S.T.O.R.E. Worldwide, Inc.


Sutherland is also active in the National Black MBA Association, National Association of Professional Women, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and other professional organizations.


As a dynamic accomplisher, she has been recognized with numerous professional and community awards, including:


• Numerous International Awards and Citation from 2014 to Present


• 2013 YWCA Phenomenal Women Award


• 2013 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Far Western Region Leadership Award


• 2011 Certificate of Commendation from 26th Senate District Commission on Trade & Investment in Africa


• 2011 UNCF Los Angeles Spirit Award


• 2010 Outstanding Corporate Executive Award from the Black Business Association


• 2010 Technology Award from Black Women for Wellness2009, 2010 & 2011 Certificate of Commendation from County of Los Angeles for Community Service


• 2009, 2010 & 2011 Certificate of Commendation from County of Los Angeles for Community Service.



An avid art collector, one of Sutherland’s passions is supporting artists from Africa. She travels extensively and has a network of artists around the globe, and produces fine art exhibitions. Another passion is mentoring young girls by empowering them with practical skills, wisdom, and knowledge.


Sutherland’s Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Boston College, Masters of Social Work and Masters of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University helped prepare her for her life’s journey. Staying true to her love of the Motherland, an Expatriate, she now makes her home in Kumasi, Ghana.