MEET OUR FOUNDER
Anika Joseph is a 27-year-old native from the island of Saint Lucia who migrated to the United States in 2005. Anika holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport and a Master’s of Public Administration in Health Care from Long Island University. She is passionate about community based work, social justice and entrepreneurship.
In 2015, Anika envisioned an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls in NYC. Today, she is the founder and Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of Women’s Empire. With Women’s Empire, her sense of leadership and driving purpose go far beyond her authority. As the Chief Empowerment Officer of Women’s Empire, Anika is responsible for providing leadership, guidance, strategic direction, and creating the foundation for Women’s Empire’s purpose, vision, and mission. This role requires her to ensure that Women’s Empire is appropriately governed and business is being conducted professionally both internally and externally.
In June of 2017, Anika was honored as the first Saint Lucian to be recognized as a 30 Under 30 Caribbean American Emerging Leaders. This Change Makers Award is presented to individuals of Caribbean heritage demonstrating leadership in the USA. When Anika moved to the United States, she had no idea the visionary and entrepreneur she would become. From humble beginnings, Anika learned the values and benefits of resiliency, taking initiative and building change.
Above and beyond her anti-oppressive work, Anika serves as a Project Manager for Montefiore Medical Center leading a New York State Medicaid redesign initiative focused on improving and restructuring the healthcare delivery system across the Bronx and Hudson Valley.
As a champion for dreamers, Anika hopes to continue her role mobilizing and organizing as a change management agent. She is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
— Anika Joseph, MPA