Lawyer, trailblazing corporate executive, writer, and speaker Chinwe Esimai's new book Brilliance Beyond Borders celebrates "immigrace": the genius and unique power of women immigrants making their mark in America.

March 18, 2022
7:30 pm
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Lawyer, trailblazing corporate executive, author, and speaker Chinwe Esimai's new book Brilliance Beyond Borders celebrates "immigrace": the genius and unique power of women immigrants making their mark in America. Through seventeen inspiring stories of trailblazing women in fields from fashion to finance, Brilliance Beyond Borders reveals the motivating forces and learned skills that drive the success of the leaders of our modern immigrant workforce at its highest level. Moderated by National Sawdust Ideas Zone Editor and poet Lynne Procope, this special evening will feature Chinwe Esimai in conversation with Bisila Bokoko, Albania Rosario, Dee Poku-Spalding, and National Sawdust co-founder and Kris Sebastian & Alberto Cribiore Artistic Director Chair, Paola Prestini.

Rounding out the event are special musical guests cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, pianist Hsing-ay Hsu, and a rousing retro-pop performance by the Brooklyn-based, East African group Alsarah & The Nubatones. Following the concert, Esimai will be available to sign copies of Brilliance Beyond Borders and the lobby bar and adjoining restaurant will be open for conversation and networking.

Official Bookseller

"Brilliance Beyond Borders is relevant, pertinent, and necessary. Chinwe Esimai is a tour de force and her immigrant experience is no doubt what fueled many of the decisions and choices she has made." - Elizabeth Bellak (co-author of international Bestseller, Renia’s Diary: A Holocaust Journal) and Alexandra Bellak.

"Chinwe is captivating. As an immigrant, I resonated with her message. We are all magical and powerful regardless of where you come from." -Toni Ko, Korean-American businesswoman and founder of NYX Cosmetics.

"Brilliance Beyond Borders is a beautiful gift for immigrant women at the beginning of their journeys. I believe that no matter where you are right now, this book reminds you that everyone has a start, sometimes a very rough start, but they still arrive at the destination. So I am very excited to recommend this book because I believe we should not leave anyone without the power of believing!" -Bisila Bokoko, Spanish-born American businesswoman of African descent, entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, and UN World Citizen Award Honoree

Mar 18

Citi and National Sawdust present - Chinwe Esimai: 'Brilliance Beyond Borders' Book Launch with Alsarah & The Nubatones, Jeffrey Zeigler, & Hsing-ay Hsu