Cheers West Edition


Derek Majors, a counselor and professor at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, has been elected to the Open Paths Counseling Center board.

Open Path’s mission is to meet the evolving mental health needs of the community through quality counseling to individuals and families at affordable fees, free programs for at-risk youth in schools, and its therapy-training program.

Majors is an alumnus of the African-American Board Leadership Institute, which recruits, prepares and places African-Americans on a wide range of governing boards.

Julia Wilson
Julia Wilson

Julia Wilson, the CEO and founder of Wilson Global Communications, has been honored with the 2016 Outstanding Alumna Award during USC’s Black Alumni Association’s 40th anniversary and scholarship benefit.

Wilson Global Communications provides cross-cultural consultation and expertise to organizations seeking global opportunities in education, business and civic affairs.

Wilson founded the company in 1994 in the newly democratic South Africa, becoming the first American woman to found a public relations company in the country. She expanded Wilson Global to Ghana and later moved it to Washington, D.C. in 2005.

Compiled by Anne Artley.

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