Howard University Grad’s Heady Idea for Beauticians
Tiffani Ashley Bell, a 2008 Howard University graduate with a degree in computer science, is the co-founder of Pencil You In. The company enables beauticians to accept reservations online and via text messages. She is also the co-founder of TwellWishes, a Twitter app for users to send greetings to their followers for birthdays, anniversaries, promotions and other things. (We’re just not sure this new app will reduce the wait at the beauty parlor.) Follow Bell on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Watch her video.
Hate Touching Unclean Digital Displays? There’s a Digit for That
Robert Helm, of Lansing, Mich., has developed the Accu-Text, which is an anti-microbial fingertip that limits your exposure to bacteria and germs when you’re using retail and other touch screens. He came up with the idea in 2008 and has a patent pending. Follow Helm on LinkedIn, and Accu-Text on Facebook. Watch the Accu-Text video on YouTube.
New Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Mass Mutual
Dominic L. Blue is the new head of the corporate law section at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. Blue received his J.D. and an MBA from Boston College and earned his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He is a member of the Appeals Board of the Supplier Diversity Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which determines the minority- and women-owned-business status of the state’s vendors. He had been with the Boston office of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.
Atlanta Life Financial Group Appoints New President and CEO
William J. Taggart is the new CEO of Atlanta Life Financial Group. Prior to this post, he was CEO of the Office of Federal Student Aid in the Obama administration. Taggart, a Howard University grad with a Harvard MBA, has also been a senior executive at Wachovia. ALFG is the country’s only black-owned firm with financial-services subsidiaries that include asset management (Herndon Capital Management), investment banking and brokerage (Jackson Securities) and insurance (Atlanta Life Insurance Co.).
Newark Museum Exec in Line to Lead National Organization
Meme Omogbai, the chief operating officer of New Jersey’s Newark Museum, has been elected vice chair of the board of the American Association of Museums. Omogbai, who was born in Nigeria, is a former deputy assistant chancellor of New Jersey’s Department of Higher Education. She earned her a B.S. in accounting and an MBA at Rutgers University. Becoming vice chair places Omogbai in line to become the first black leader of the AAM, which includes nearly 3,000 museums, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers employing more than 18,000 museum professionals and volunteers. There are also 250 corporate members.