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Shared Interest hosts an array of events throughout the year, offering opportunities for you to learn more about our mission and the work our beneficiaries are doing to strengthen families and communities. Through our hybrid events, we bring powerful networks of businesses, individuals, and governments together to collaborate on advancing racial and economic justice.

Upcoming Events

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October 12, 2022 at 7:00pm EST

The Shared Interest Gala is the organization's most important fundraising event supporting emerging entrepreneurs and enterprises in Southern Africa, our philanthropic initiatives, and recognizing our mission, purpose, and impact in action.


Each year, we highlight the achievements of business leaders who exemplify Shared Interest's mission by answering the call for leadership in their companies and communities and demonstrating a strong commitment to racial and economic justice.


This year, we will highlight how technology is leveling the playing field for an inclusive world by honoring global leaders who are working to create thriving digital economies that support rural tech-based entrepreneurship, small and growing businesses, and job creation while making strategic investments in African emerging markets.


Our previous galas have an esteemed list of honorees including Harry Belafonte, Sophia DeBruyn-Williams, Danny Glover, Pravin Gordhan, John Kani, Felicia Mabuza Suttle, Graça Machel, Thuli Madonsela, Nelson Mandela, Barbara Masekela, Hugh Masekela, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Kumi Naidoo, Anant Singh, Albertina Sisulu, Sheila Sisulu, Susan L. Taylor, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Recent Events

Racial Justice Conversations

Assault On Human Rights: The Role That Constitutions Play

Moderated by Gay McDougall, Independent Expert on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) who was joined by Black America's Attorney General, Attorney Benjamin Crump, and Freedom Fighter, Writer, and Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Justice Albie Sachs.

This conversation highlighted the critical importance of investing in and supporting Black women-owned businesses in Southern Africa. Panelists included:

  • Ann McMikel - Shared Interest's Executive Director

  • Donna Katzin - Founder and Former Executive Director of Shared Interest

  • Marion Bergman - Retired Board-Certified Pulmonologist, Philanthropist, Mentor, Advocate for Women and Rural Health, and a seed funder and longtime supporter of Shared Interest

  • Joyce Masi - Shared Interest's Program Consultant and Managing Director of Kweza Holdings Limited (KHL) in Malawi 

EmpowHERed: Rights, Respect & Resiliency

Past Events

27th Anniversary Gala

26th Anniversary Gala

25th Anniversary Gala

Event Sponsors

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