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Hyatt Hotels names new corporation


vice president, Global


Diversity & Inclusion In a historical move, Tyronne Stoudemire was


made vice president, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels international.


Though Tyronne is honored those who know


Faie Edwards is the owner of FaiÉ Afrikan Art in Bronzeville. Photo by John L. Alex- ander


Art at FaiÉ Afrikan Art in Bronzeville. Photo by John L. Alexander


South Side gallery owner strives to make customers feel at home


By Andrea V. Watson DEFENDER STAFF REPORTER


CHICAGO–Art gallery owner Faie Ed-


wards said that her business is here to not only offer people quality African art, but to educate them on the rich history and tradi- tions.


“We sell art because we have to if we


want to stay in business, but we’re also in- terested in education around the culture,” she said.


When you first step into the gallery,


books about Africa are neatly spread across a table. There are comfy chairs for custom- ers to lounge in, while flipping through their pages.


FaiÉ Afrikan Art in Bronzeville, 1005 E.


43rd St., will be celebrating seven years in March and Edwards said she chooses to not relocate because she also wants to be a part of the community’s growth. Also, there are those who might not get a chance to be exposed to African art, but they might walk pass her shop and decide to step in.


Edwards said that some people believe


that they can’t afford art because it’s too expensive, which is why she works with them. She accepts all methods of payment, including layaway. And there’s even a hol- iday sale. Items will be marked down any- where from 10-40 percent off and for fram- ing, customers can save $30.


The inspiration behind FaiÉ Afrikan Art’s


creation started after a trip to Africa that happened more than two decades ago.


“I fell in love with the people and the art


so I started collecting and the more I col- lected, the more I wanted to share all levels of art with people,” Edwards said.


What led her to Africa in the first place


was her interest in the culture, which started when she was a child. Growing up in Arkan- sas, Edwards said her mother’s company would work with African students. Edwards said she was always captivated by the dif- ferences and similarities between them. It was then that she decided she would one day visit Africa.


On her first trip she visited Guinea and Mali and instantly fell in love with the art. Since then, she has visited different coun- tries. Her gallery features work from the


See Gallery , Page 11


Designer closes boutique to bring delicious designs nationwide By Tatiana Walk-Morris


Despite having no formal design training


and no initial interest in fashion design, Ta- kara Beathea-Gudell, fashion designer and owner of the Takara boutique in Oak Park, constructed a successful fashion enter- prise out of one shirt.


After 12 years of running her business


in Oak Park, she is closing her boutique at 123 N. Marion St. Dec. 27, opening a pop- up shop in partnership with the University of Chicago, considering Chicago for a new store location, and expanding her brand na- tionally.


“I was very sad about [moving] for a


very long time, but once I got on the other side of happiness it was just so amazing,” Beathea-Gudell said. “I felt really inspired to go forward and do what I’m meant to do- --and that is design.”


See Takara boutique , Page 11 Photo credit: Tatiana Walk-Morris 10 December 24-30, 2014 • THE CHICAGO DEFENDER


him know that he is a proven-thought leader in the space of diversity and inclusion who seeks to enable a transformation of mindset. Among his peers Tyronne is known as a visionary leader and strategist who employs a unique talent that re- sults in extraordinary benefits for individuals and organizations. As a globally recognized executive and highly sought-after speak- er, Tyronne routinely consults with Fortune 100 clients on diversity strategy, with particular insight around how or- ganizational leaders can understand and har- ness the shifts evident in national and global demographic trends. His proven ability to ad- vance socially responsible corporate initiatives by fostering strategic relationships to catapult inter- national grassroots movements began at Hewitt, where the position of Global Diversity Officer was created for him. Formerly a principal in Mercer’s Di- versity & Inclusion Practice, part of the Talent busi- ness segment, he joined Mercer from Aon Hewitt where he served as the Global Head of Diversity.


Tyronne Stoudemire As a certified administrator for the Intercultur-


al Development Inventory (IDI)TM and a certified facilitator in Cultural Transformation ToolsTM, Ty- ronne identifies and influences the opportunities and challenges presented, given the increasing di- versity in the workplace and global marketplace, by expanding the multicultural mosaic of worldviews and attitudes regarding health, wealth and perfor- mance.


In his new role as Vice President of Global Di-


versity & Inclusion for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Tyronne brings in-depth knowledge, more than 20 years of professional experience and an unwaver- ing commitment to Diversity & Inclusion and Com- munity Relations into his collaborative efforts with senior leadership teams to implement culture, tal- ent, and marketplace strategies. These strategies and varied diversity initiatives embrace business resource groups, mentoring programs for people of color and women with high business potential, communications and public relations strategies to drive internal engagement and external brand recognition, leveraging enhanced brand marketing efforts to further focus on multicultural, veterans, people with disabilities and LGBT audiences.


Hyatt is a global hospitality company with widely


recognized industry leading brands and a tradition of innovation developed over its more than 50-year history, headquartered in Chicago, with 95,000 as- sociates and 548 branded properties in more than 48 countries.


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