June 2, 2018

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National Tea with TOFi Trinity Tour Stopping in Atlanta to Launch National Mentorship Initiative

ATLANTA, GA – What is needed to create a successful and sustainable mentorship program between women and girls of color?  That will be the topic of discussion on Saturday, June 2 as a notable, global human resources executive and Chairman & President of TOFi  Foundation, Inc., Tamla Oates-Forney, meets with some of Atlanta’s most influential women and girls during the second stop of the Tea with TOFi  Trinity Tour. The event will take place at the African-American female-owned, Vault Art Gallery and kicks off with a small marketplace showcasing amazing businesses owned by females of color.

Spearheaded by Oates-Forney, the tour developed out of her focus on the trinity for change --- community, conversation, and collaboration. This stop of the Tea with TOFi  Trinity Tour will focus on outlining Oates-Forney’s new mentorship program, 50/50.  Highlights of the tea will include a panel of young women from Atlanta who will lead a discussion on the importance of mentorship in their lives; 50/50 breakout sessions for program planning, and a showcase of successful businesses owned by women and girls of color.

“The vision of 50/50 is to become a model signature mentoring program for women and girls of color that fosters lasting intergenerational relationships and equips participants to live a more productive and purpose-driven life,” Oates-Forney said. “Our goal is that with every 50/50 program launch we will select 50 women and 50 girls that will engage in 50 hours of curated programs over a period of 12 months. Each activity will be aligned to at least one of three areas: self-development, service, and sisterhood.”

This is not the first mentorship-based program spearheaded by Oates-Forney. Just last year she launched the HERs OWNly Pitch Contest to help fund the entrepreneurial dreams of women and girls of color.  Now she’s taking her efforts a step further by establishing a program to foster strong mentor/mentee relationships beyond entrepreneurship.  One of her very own mentees, and former pitch contest contestant, Milan Hill-Hines, will serve as a co-host for the event.

“Milan represents the core of what we are trying to instill in our girls through this program,” Oates-Forney said. “At the age of 16 she captured the city of Atlanta by creating “We Are the New Atlanta,’’ a networking company with a vast social platform connecting local brands and creatives under one roof. Milan’s goal is to curate a movement that will empower Atlanta through the union of business, events and opportunities. To see someone so young step up and fill a void in our city, is not only inspiring but very noteworthy.”



"The event Saturday was uplifting, empowering and inspiring.  The young girls and women I met motivated me to strive to do even more, and provide more support and avenues to bring women along with me and help each other succeed.  I look forward to the launch of 50/50 ATL and supporting its efforts whenever and however I'm needed!" -Claudia Howard


"I was truly inspired after hearing the needs of the mentees.  It also validated what I do as a professional investment advisor and business owner." -Terrell Dinkins