Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly Bridges Global Community Through Networking
Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly’s teacher in the small village in Guyana, South America where she grew up, wrote on the 10-year-old’s report card: “Sebrena is an excellent student but she talks too much.”
Sebrena laughs at the memory now because as president of Caribbean & American Business Connections (CABC) and Atlanta’s number one networker, that’s what she does best. She uses her talent for speaking to bring a global community together through personal and professional relationships.
“Here in America we are such a diverse country,” Sebrena explains. “Many of the people here are from abroad. It’s important that the global connection continue. No matter where we live in the world, we all have the ability to share our gifts and talents with each other.”
Sebrena came to America with her mother in 1985 when she was 14 years old. Like many immigrants, her mother came to the United States seeking a better life.
“We had to pave our own way and start from the bottom,” she says. “It made me appreciate all the opportunities here. I think sometimes people take that for granted. The happiest day was when I realized I could start a business by myself.”
Sebrena is passionate about her networking organization that helps others strive for success and create genuine, long-term networking connections. CABC was originally for women, but has already expanded to include men.
Sebrena travels to different communities to spread her message. Now her dream to expand overseas has come true. CABC will become part of a global company and have their first international event in the Virgin Islands in 2012.
“I’m proud that people have received the information in such a positive manner,” she says gratefully. “I’m proud that they are ready to start on this journey to share with others.”