Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont is editor-in-chief of The Network Journal, New York's premier magazine for Black professionals and business owners. She also is a partner in McLymont, Kunda & Co., an international trade and business development strategy firm with clients in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Rosalind has more than 20 years' experience as a writer, speaker and adviser to small and medium-sized companies on global business. She was an international trade reporter and the first female and first Black managing editor at The Journal of Commerce, one of the United States' oldest and most prestigious daily business newspapers.
Rosalind has appeared frequently on CNNfn to comment on the impact of global events on U.S. trade. She also appeared on the National Minority Business Council's "Business Report," a monthly cable television show and was a guest writer for America Econom'a, a leading business magazine in Latin America. Her articles on international business appear in such publications as The Journal of Commerce, World Trade, Business Standards, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Transport Topics, Quality Digest, and Shipping Digest. In 2003, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded her a prize for one of her monthly "Africa Focus" commentaries in The Network Journal and in 2004 the New York Regional Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives gave her its first ever Journalism Award for her work on the magazine's annual health care issue.
Rosalind speaks French and Spanish. She has a Master's degree in Journalism from New York University, a Bachelor's Degree in French from The City College of New York, and a Certificate in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Madrid. Born in Guyana, she has a Black Belt in T'ai Chi martial arts, which she teaches in New York. Read McLymont's complete biography
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Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: The Network Journal Communications Inc. (June 26, 2015)
After graduating from college and before pursuing her career, Drucilla Durane embarks on a European Excursion. She begins with little more than street smarts and a Eurail pass, and it all goes smoothly until her arrival in France. After being shown around Marseille by a handsome young French-American named Theron St. Cyr, she continues to Paris, where she finds herself in a harrowing situation. Thinking St. Cyr is to blame, she vows never to forget him. Fast-forward several years: Drucilla works for Pilgrim, Boone and Associates, an influential consulting firm that seeks out only the most lucrative contracts in developing nations. As the only black female in the company s upper echelon, Drucilla considers her race and gender to be both a liability and an asset. Working on a case concerning air transport in Guyana, Drucilla finds herself embroiled in an affair of dirty dealings that, without prior warning, just so happens to involve St. Cyr.
Africa: Strictly Business, The Steady March to Prosperity
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Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: The Network Journal Communications Inc.; First edition (March 12, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
Africa: Strictly Business is a collection of the author s award-winning Africa Focus columns published in The Network Journal magazine over the past five years, and five of her annual Trade With Africa reports published in Shipping Digest, a publication of The Journal of Commerce Group. It is an informed discussion of efforts being made by African governments and private individuals to achieve economic prosperity, countering more widespread images of Africa as the home of poverty, disease, corruption and combat.
Through its ten chapters, titled Capital Markets; Creative Industries; Diaspora Relations; Global Trade; Health; Economic and Industrial Development; Foreign Investment; Science and Technology; Women and Development; and U.S. Trade with Africa, readers learn, for example, of Nigeria's satellite launch; of stock markets outperforming those of developed countries; the thirty-plus percent return on investment; the sixty-four-year-old entrepreneur who enrolled in elementary school; the pool of techies that has become a magnet for Google and Facebook ventures; home-grown medical students who ride a train into remote corners to deliver health care; women whose financial clout is forcing commercial banks to create wealth-generating instruments just for them; war widows whose hand-woven baskets landed at Macy's; the grandmother of 10 who has a diploma in hotel management from Tadmora Hotel in Israel; industrial research in alternative fuels, grains, pharmaceuticals; infrastructure projects offering huge investment potential; and of a tourism sector that capitalizes on the continent's rich culture and creative industries.
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beckham Publications Group (March 1, 2006)
Janice McWright, the first African-American ambassador to Belgium dies mysteriously in a car crash in Belgium. At the funeral, her daughter Shayna, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter accustomed to a world of elitism and privilege, discovers that she is the adopted daughter of Janice. She was born in Congo-Kinshasa to an American Peace Corps worker and his illiterate Congolese mistress.
Shayna puts on hold her engagement to Hilton, an Ivy League MBA on the fast track to senior management at a major bank, and heads to war-torn Congo to find her birth mother. She enlists the help of Amina, a half-Congolese, half-Caribbean pediatric psychotherapist practicing in New York and who was her nemesis when both were at Spelman College. In Kinshasa, Shayna learns from the local CIA operative that Janice's death was no accident.
Amina, meanwhile, falls in love with Crispin, a wealthy Congolese industrialist and diehard African nationalist caught up in a vicious international bid for a small Brazilian shipping line with the potential to overturn the global trade and transportation status quo. Unsuspected by Crispin, Shayna's natural mother is a woman he calls his aunt.
The woman recognizes Shayna at a party Crispin throws for a group of Middle Eastern investors, but flees before they meet. As Shayna draws closer to the identity of her mother, the CIA whisks her out of the Congo with Amina, fearing they both may be targets of the man suspected of murdering Janice McWright. Hope of Shayna finding her real mother and of Amina coming together with Crispin fades, but a glitzy World Bank dinner in Washington, D.C., brings them all together. At the same time, the CIA discovers that the real murderer of Janice McWright is a highly respected but power-hungry agent who is angling for a senior position in the Company. He is Shayna's natural father. As he is being taken into custody, he swallows a cyanide pill. Shayna will never know him.
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