WNWR The Word 1540AM Philadelphia 10-14-2023

Paxton Baker discusses the Capital City Africa Week Festival and Ghana Week

Paxton Baker is a DC Entrepreneur, Executive and PhilanthropistWelcome to “Let’s Just Talk!” with Kathryn Raaker. We are thrilled to introduce our first guest today, Paxton Baker, a distinguished DC Entrepreneur, Executive, and Philanthropist. Paxton will be shedding light on the groundbreaking Capital City Africa Cup, a historic soccer-friendly match set to take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at Audi Field. This match will see the clash between Major League Soccer’s most decorated club, D.C. United, and the Ghana Premier League champions, Medeama SC. But that’s not all! The Capital City Africa Week Festival and Ghana Week DC, a series of inaugural events dedicated to celebrating Ghanaian art, culture, business, tourism, sports, and more, will be happening from October 9th to 14th, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the Ghana Embassy in Washington, D.C., alongside partners like the Ghana Tourism Authority, LIQUID SOUL-DC, Events DC, and D.C. United, this week promises an exciting schedule of events, culminating in the historic “Capital City Africa Cup” on October 14th, 2023, at 5:00 PM at Audi Field.

Paxton K. Baker boasts a remarkable career spanning over 30 years in the entertainment, music, sports, and production industries. Notably, he’s a minority owner of the Washington Nationals Baseball club and currently serves as chairman of the Washington Nationals Founding Partners Group. He’s also a partner in the ownership group of the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis League and a governing Board Member of the Global Sports Summit. The Capital City Africa Week Festival and Ghana Week DC offer an array of cultural, economic, and sporting events in the nation’s capital, with a strong focus on fostering economic engagement, cooperation, and investment in critical sectors such as health, infrastructure, energy, agribusiness, and digital. Best of all, all events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For the latest event details and more information, please visit capitalcityafricacup.com.

 


Divisional Chief Medical officer, the American Red Cross, Dr. Baia Lasky, Discusses Urgent Plea for blood donations

Dr. Baia Lasky, the divisional chief medical officer for the American Red Cross.Our second guest today is none other than Dr. Baia Lasky, the divisional chief medical officer for the American Red Cross. Dr. Lasky will shed light on the critical issue of a dwindling blood supply and how you can play a pivotal role in assisting the American Red Cross. There’s an urgent plea for blood donations following a nearly 25 percent drop in the national blood supply since August. Life-saving blood is absolutely crucial for patients in need of emergency surgery, cancer care, and the management of chronic conditions like sickle cell disease.

Dr. Baia Lasky is a board-certified physician in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, with her training originating from UCLA. She joined the medical directors’ team at the American Red Cross in 2019, following her role as faculty for the transfusion service at Harbor-UCLA, a county hospital equipped with a level 1 trauma center serving South Los Angeles. Beyond immediate donor and patient care in Georgia, Dr. Lasky’s career interests encompass platelet transfusion practices and product development, addressing the needs of blood donor diversity in Sickle Cell Disease, inventory stewardship, pediatric transfusion medicine, and the development of educational materials pertaining to these subjects. For more information visit RedCrossBlood.org.

 

 


J. Ofori Agboka, Amazon’s Vice President of People Experience & Technology for Global Operations

Ofori Agboka, the Vice President of People Experience and Technology (PXT) for Global Operations at AmazonOur final guest today is Ofori Agboka, the Vice President of People Experience and Technology (PXT) for Global Operations at Amazon. In this capacity, he holds the reins over worldwide Human Resource (HR) practices for Fulfillment, Transportation, Delivery, Customer Service, Employee Relations (ER), and Workplace Health and Safety. Leading a team that supports the positive employment life cycle of over 700,000 Amazonians worldwide, his mission is crystal clear: to drive business growth through its people.

Amazon announce it will hire full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees in record numbers this year with signing bonuses in select areas. The company plans to hire 250,000 employees throughout the U.S. in full-time, part-time and seasonal roles. Mr. Ofori Agboka  will talk more about hiring and how the company is hoping for higher wages and bonuses up to $3,000 will bring more qualified employees. For more information visit their website, hiring.amazon.com.


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