Kennedy Promotions International, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A nation's culture resides in the heart and in the soul of its people.

- Mohandas Gandhi

Principal Bios

The KPI principals are an intergenerational team with extensive experience in media, cross-cultural communications, education, cultural arts, business, sales, marketing, training and technology.

Janie Sykes-Kennedy is a 45-year veteran of international media and culture, with extensive experience with cross-cultural communications. President of Sykes-Kennedy & Associates, Inc. since 1984, she has produced marketing materials, written articles, and books, and served as consultant to various corporations, organizations and individuals. As an actress, journalist and business executive, she has worked and performed in cities throughout the U.S., Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From the 1950s through the 1970s, she and her husband, Dr. James Scott Kennedy, owned and operated one of the first multicultural theatre companies in New York City. In the early 1960s, she founded and operated ID: Inner Dignity in Brooklyn, New York – a learning center focused on promoting self-esteem in girls. In 1966, they participated in the First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal. By 1967, they were asked to work at the University of Ghana in the Institute of African Studies. While living on the African continent they were invited by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to participate in the 1969 First Pan African Cultural Festival in Algiers, Algeria. Back in the U.S. by the early 1970s, Mrs. Sykes-Kennedy, was the Title I Coordinator of a pilot program for the State University of New York aimed at upgrading reading skills of inner city youth using the concepts of “Learning Through The Arts.” From 1973 through 1974, the Kennedys were invited by Australia's Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam to introduce new concepts of African-American and African people to that continent. As Fulbright scholars based at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, they used positive image-building techniques through theater, radio and other art forms. While in Australia, they were asked by students of the first Aboriginal Leadership Training Program at the Institute of Technology if they would teach them and later the government-run program officially hired the Kennedys to teach courses in leadership training. They also taught at the first Aboriginal college and worked as producers for the Papua, New Guinea Independence Arts Festival in 1973. Back in New York, Mrs. Sykes-Kennedy studied screen writing at Columbia University in 1979 into the early 1980s with Samson Raphaelson, the writer of the first talking moive "The Jazz Singer" - with additional tutorials at his home. During that time, she also taught acting at The College at Old Westbury. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she was a consultant to the Booker T. Washington Foundation which focused on economic development for minorities in America. She wrote the book series, EXCEL: Excellence in Black Achievement which had over 1 million copies in print. In the late 1980s, she was invited by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of 14 delegates to go to the People's Republic of China on the first trade mission of American women. After that trip, she secured a contract from the China Building Technology Center and started a new company, China Today, Inc., which for five years distributed the journal Building in China. She received her BA in Economics and Accounting from Howard University, MA in African Culture and Theatre at the University of Ghana, and MS from the Graduate School of Journalism – Columbia University. She did additional professional studies in theatre and acting with Lee Strasberg Actors Studio and the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City.

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of the media and training company, Power Living Enterprises, Inc. She is internationally known in the areas of Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability (LOHAS), women's/youth empowerment and leadership for the 21st century. Her multidisciplinary approach to self-mastery and leadership blends traditional coaching and management techniques with behavioral science and practices such as meditation and integrative nutrition. Institutional clients have ranged from Deloitte Financial Advisory Services to Bloomberg Media. She started her career as an Assistant Buyer for Apparel Alliance - a fashion merchandising company in New York, and then became the youngest researcher at Harvard Business School, consulting on Operations Strategy and writing case studies on Fortune 500 companies. As Vice President of Business Development & Operations at MTV Networks, she worked with the President of VH1 to rebrand the network, founded VH1 Interactive and VH1 Radio Online, helped launch six digital cable networks, and negotiated multimillion dollar content/distribution deals bringing in over $30 million for the MTVN digital division - running one of the only profitable interactive businesses at that time. She managed such partnerships as Intel, Microsoft, Yahoo! and America Online. She was a Creative Consultant for Universal Studios working with Executive Team including the legendary Lew Wasserman, and has shared her business and marketing knowledge as an Adjunct Professor at Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM), a fashion college in New York. She has a dual BA magna cum laude in Studio Art and Sociology from Wellesley College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in World Religions, and executive education in Global Leadership and Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and Yale University. She also studied Design and Italian Culture in Rome, Italy as a Stetcher Scholar with Rhode Island School of Design. She has received many academic and professional awards, including "Emerging Entrepreneur" by INC Magazine and the William J. Clinton Foundation and the "Women Who Dare To Be Different Award" presented by Congressman Edolphus Towns and the Women's Caucus. In 2009, the World Economic Forum named her one of its "Young Global Leaders," recognizing her professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential for shaping the future of the world. She has participated in Forums in Brazil, China, India, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania, and has been a discussion leader for the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She also co-created with her mother the Young PWR Brokers program which teaches self-esteem to girls in Harlem, and is part of the curriculum development team and Braintrust for A New Way Forward, a new initiative created by The National CARES Mentoring Movement to "train the trainers" in order to foster the development of African-American mentors for vulnerable Black youth in communities across the United States. She is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and serves on their New York State and International Stroke Committees. She also co-founded the Harlem Education and Training (E.A.T.) Kitchen and the Ta Yoga House in Harlem. A sought-after speaker/moderator, she has been featured in media around the world from CNN to Oprah's book Live Your Best Life! She is the author of multiple books and contributor to The Huffington Post. She has also contributed to various books including The Youth Effect: Toolkit for Decisionmakers on Engaging with Youth (2010). She was born in Accra, Ghana and started school in Adelaide, Australia. For more, go to www.drterrikennedy.com.

James Scott Kennedy, Jr. has spent over 20 years in sales and marketing with leading companies such as Time Life, Inc. and Cendant Corporation. He also served as marketing advisor to a variety of companies, such as Net4Music.com, Youforia, Inc., BestofArtists.com and Operation HOPE. He has served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Power Living Enterprises, Inc. since 2003. His specialty is creative and strategic development. In addition, he produced, directed and acted in plays with the Now Africa Theatre Company in Nairobi, Kenya. He has traveled extensively around the world to Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia. He inherited his father’s passion for communication and his mother’s sense of business, and studied Economics and Communications at Stanford University.

Sheila Kennedy has extensive experience in corporate training. She founded Custom Digital Solutions specializing in on-site corporate computer software training and consulting.  Major clients included Martha Stewart Living, Colgate Palmolive, Simon & Schuster and all of the Viacom companies. She has also served as Co-Chair of Operation HOPE’s "National Digital Empowerment Initiative” for the HOPE Inner City Cyber Café Network. In addition, she has conducted Dignity Day teaching sessions with youth and leaders in Canada, India, Switzerland and Amman, Jordan with Her Majesty Queen Rania and HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, among other countries. She has served as a mentor and tutor for the Beacon Schools, and has been a volunteer teaching adult literacy. She serves on the advisory board of UCLA; and on the board of USC School of Social Work and is a supporting member of the National Council of Negro Women. She holds a Master’s Degree in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, and, other related credentials in her field. She lived in Ghana and Australia when she was young, and has studied at the University of Madrid in Spain, The United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, at Heibei University in the People’s Republic of China, and has done professional studies in Germany.