Our Title Sponsor this season is Mwari Magazine. Mwari (pronounced Mah-ree) is a digital magazine for young women aged 18-24 of the African Diaspora that is the brainchild of Maci Payton Peterson. Maci founded Mwari Magazine in the fall of 2006. The once mere dream of this fresh-faced Editor-in-Chief and Publisher is becoming the leading lifestyle publication for women of the African Diaspora aged 18-24. Maci is a 2009 graduate of Chapman University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Maci also saw the importance in gaining a different college experience and chose to join the sisterhood of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. During this year, she learned a great deal about herself, her peers and the type of publication that would serve them best. While a student at Spelman Maci created the “What Do I Like About Me?” campaign which encouraged students to analyze themselves and gain confidence from their inherently beautiful attributes. When Maci returned to Southern California, she was the Second Assistant to publicist Shannon Barr of Shannon Barr Public Relations. During her tenure she established relationships with major media outlets and matriculated into the “Hollywood Scene.”
With an eighteen credit hour course load, which included her senior thesis and senior capstone projects, along with the position at Shannon Barr Public Relations and completing the prototype of Mwari, Maci certainly mastered the art of prioritizing and time management. After graduation, Maci said “Hello!” to Washington, D.C. She worked at Washington Life Magazine as an advertising account executive. This position immediately exposed her to a facet of Washington she would not have otherwise seen. She has built relationships with top executives from some of the nation’s leading companies and has broken bread with some of Washington’s elite. This Chicago – Well, Oak Park, Illinois to be exact- native has loved every moment of developing Mwari and can hardly wait to introduce it to the public. Maci is a founding member of the Audrey Bouviers, member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a member of the Board of Directors of New Light Leadership Coalition. She has been very blessed thus far and looks forward to sharing her blessings with others.
We are so excited to count such an innovative and groundbreaking publication as one of our sponsors for this inaugural event.