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The Newark Women Moving Forward Financial Initiative Offers Free Education and Solutions for Personal, Business Finances, Home Ownership, and Estate Planning

The Newark Women Moving Forward initiative is not just a program; it’s a catalyst for change, and a catapult to economic success for Newark residents who want to unlock their financial potential.”

Newark’s first lady announces free financial education for city women

Newark’s ordinarily low-key First Lady Linda Baraka is taking on a visible role as head of a program that aims to provide free 12-week financial education courses to 1,000 women of New Jersey’s largest city. “The Newark Women Moving Forward initiative is not just a program. It’s a catalyst for change and a catapult to economic success for Newark residents who want to unlock their financial potential,” Baraka said during an announcement of the Newark Women Moving Forward program last week at the historic Krueger-Scott Mansion.


It is such an honour to have you here, and we would love to know more about you. You are a strong woman and a strategist speaker. I’ve heard many of your talks, and the conversations you’ve had have helped people activate compassion while also empowering them, particularly young women. But I would like to know more about you. Who is Desiree in your own words?

BUSINESSWelsh entrepreneur to headline House of Lords female empowerment event

One of Wales’s most high-profile black entrepreneurs will headline a special event at the House of Lords in March dedicated to female empowerment, featuring high-profile speakers including author and businesswoman Alison Edgar MBE; Durdana Ansari OBE, Hon Captain of the Royal Navy; and Lady Anne Welsh, CEO of Painless Universe.

2023 Woman to Watch: Desiree P. Bell

I am a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister deeply moved by making impact in the world. I am a 2x Best-Selling author, award-winning seasoned public affairs and brand strategist, speaker, and advocate who seeks to lead movements, not moments.

Desiree Bell
Founder of DPBell & Associates

Desire Peterkin Bell, based just outside of New York, is an award-winning and globally recognized public relations practitioner, brand builder, and strategist.

The Mic Africa: Hollywood actor, Derrick Ashong to host 3rd edition

Hollywood actor and CEO of AMP Global Technologies, Derrick Ashong said entries have begun for the third edition of the five-time telly award-winning music competition, The Mic: Africa.

An Interview With Desiree Peterkin Bell, Founder at DPBell & Associates

Below is our recent interview with Desiree Peterkin Bell, the Founder of DPBell & Associates:

Can You Handle Culture Shock? Normalizing Uncomfortable Conversations

There is a saying that the United States is a giant melting pot. It has gotten its name because people of all backgrounds live in this country. There are, however, divergent opinions, many faiths, beliefs, and all that make up this country.

The Lessons Learned By Being the Youngest and Only Black Person at the Table With Global Leaders

There is a lot that we can learn from one another. It is important to invite people to sit at the table with us even if they have a different set of experiences. 

Ambassadors of Good

Wonderful to have Desiree P. Bell, President and CEO, Global Impact Maker and Entrepreneur, join us as an Ambassador for Good. She is most passionate about trying to figure out how to make her daughter’s world just a little better…

Peterkin Bell worked as Nutter’s lead negotiator for Philly Dems’ convention

One of the New Jersey fun facts about Democrat’s selection of Philadelphia for the 2016 convention included the presence throughout negotiations of a former familiar Newark political face.

Powerful Women in Love: Eroding Cynicism: Love Isn’t Just in Fairytales

Today, I challenge the notion that powerful, ambitious women can’t discover happiness with a partner. I believe they are out there.
By Desiree Peterkin Bell, Contributor

Spotlight On: Desiree Peterkin Bell

For(bes) The Culture member Desiree Peterkin Bell is the author of Women Who Influence and the founder of public affairs firm DPBell & Associates.

Re-election is her Ambition

Desiree Peterkin Bell ’00 Uses her Passion for Service to Fuel Her Quest for a Blue State

Governor Ralph Northam ceremonially signed “Breonna’s Law” today.

The law prohibits the use of no-knock search warrants in the Commonwealth. Virginia is the third state in the country to ban this practice—and the first state to do so since the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, 26, who was killed in March during the execution of a no-knock search warrant in her Louisville, Kentucky home. 

Brands Are Getting Involved in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

“Here’s How Black Consumers Want to See Them Participate” – Desiree Peterkin Bell featured in Morning Consult

Desiree Peterkin Bell Joins American Reading Company Advisory Board

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5 Reasons Young Leaders Will Change The World (And The Workplace)

Desiree Peterkin Bell featured in Forbes

How to Boost Your Social Media Presence According to Philadelphians Who Know 

with Desiree Peterkin Bell and Philadelphia Magazine

Desiree Peterkin Bell in Color Magazine: The Power of Purpose

Women’s March sets new sights with Desiree Peterkin Bell: ‘Power to the Polls’

Desiree Peterkin Bell’s Article Featured on BW SmartCities

National Spokeswoman for Cory A. Booker

A spokeswoman for Mr. Booker, Desiree Peterkin Bell, pointed out that several members of Mr. Booker’s staff have worked in the Bloomberg administration.


Desiree Peterkin Bell is a triple threat in life and business. As the race director of the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon, she’s one of a few black Americans to lead a major marathon.

Desiree Peterkin Bell Appointed by Governor Wolf to Serve on Commission

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach their goals.

– Dorothy Height