Annual Women’s Luncheon! Women Leading the Way!

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On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, Higher Ground International Founder and CEO, Henrietta White-Holder was in the distinguished company of a group of powerhouse women to be recognized at RI Congressman David Cicilline’s Annual Women’s Luncheon! Women Leading the Way!

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee as the 2022 Woman of The Year!

The Honorable Katherine Clark, Deputy Speaker of the House
2022 Woman of The Year!

And, Honorees of “Women Leading the Way”

Henrietta White-Holder
Elizabeth Burke Bryant
Hon. MaryEllen Goodwin
Kathy Placencia
Amanda Skinner

Awards the HGI’s Founder & CEO, Henrietta White-Holder has received

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+ NAACP Providence Branch – Rosa Parks Award – 2018

+ RI State Council of Churches – Heroes of Faith Award – 2018

+ The Red Bandana Award – 2018

+ Featured Article in Rhode Island Monthly Magazine – 2018

+ Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission – Community Service Award – 2018

+ YWCA Women of Achievement Award – 2017

+ The RI Minority Elder Task Force, Inc. Every-Day Heroes Award – 2017

+ Oasis International Community Service Award – 2017

+ Providence Newspaper Guild John F. Kiffney Public Service Award – 2017

+ RIBBA (RI Black Business Association) – Christina Bannister Community Service Award – Oct. 2015

+ Providence Sunday Journal – Featured Front Page – Rebuilding Liberia Series – Oct. 2013

+ Ebenezer Baptist Church 125 Anniversary – Community Service Award – 2013

+ RI Liberian Independence Celebration – Humanitarian Award – 2013

+ Providence Monthly – 10 to Watch – 2012

+ Leadership Rhode Island Eta II – Class of 2011

+ Extraordinary Woman Award – 2011

+ Providence Journal – Diversity Spotlight – February 2011

+ Johnson & Wales University – John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences – 2010 President’s Chair for Outstanding Contribution and Dedication as a member of the University Community

+ Congressional Citations

+ State / Community Citations

+ Several International articles

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    Higher Ground International is a forward-thinking and culturally grounded social impact nonprofit organization. We are dedicated to advocating for, empowering, and providing life-changing services to Liberians and West African immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. We seek to restore dignity, empower lives, and keep peace through work that centers and celebrates the cultural heritage and unique individuality of those we serve.


    Higher Ground International was founded in 2008 by Henrietta White-Holder, a native of Liberia, to help support the vast needs of refugee arrivals who had experienced the traumas of civil war. Click Here to learn more about our History.


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