“We need a seat at the table. If you’re not at seat then you’re on the menu.”
Belinthia Berry, 36, is the youngest woman to become president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Tampa Bay chapter. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) is a non-profit organization that helps black women. Founded in 1981, the NCBW teaches black women leadership enhancement and give them career opportunities.
The Tampa Bay Chapter of the organization was recognized as one of the 2015 Human Rights Award recipients by the Tampa/Hillsborough County Human Rights Council.
The Tampa native and FAMU graduate has been doing the legwork to help her community in the Tampa Bay area for over a decade with her work in the NCBW. She joined the organization in 2008 and became president three months ago. And leadership runs in the family. Before that she was vice president and her mother, Antonia Barber, was president.
“I enjoy being President and to help mold the next generation to be leaders in the Tampa Bay community,” Berry says.
She currently serves as the program director for the Workforce Institute at St. Petersburg College. Her future plans include expanding programs such as the 100 Girls Summit, an event that offers workshops on empowerment for girls in grades 3rd -12th and helping women of color run for more seats in local political offices.
“We need a seat at the table,” Berry said. “If you’re not at seat then you’re on the menu.”
What makes Belinthia Berry a Royal Woman?
“I am a Royal Woman because I belong to a family lineage of servant leaders who help others in our family and the community. I put God first and strive to exemplify excellence in everything I do.”
Berry is featured as one of our Everyday Heroes in RoyalTee’s fall/winter edition, coming out in November 2019.
Brittany Wallace is an entertainment journalist who loves writing about music, fashion and T.V. shows in a fun but an analytical way. She hopes to write stories that have a positive impact on society. Wallace is a recent graduate from the University of Florida earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism.