Zanele Mutepfa

Grassroots & Community Engagement
adidas

Zanele Mutepfa is a speaker, human rights activist, media specialist and philanthropist. A Zimbabwean graduate of Portland State University, Zanele holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication with an emphasis in broadcast media and minors in Business and Black studies. In 2013, she contributed to projects for Sesame Street in Bangladesh and Afghanistan and the following year, she assisted in writing and producing news stories for Anderson Cooper at CNN NY.

Zanele is the founder of Empowering Sisterhood — a program that elevates platforms for African and African American women through scholarship and mentorship on the Portland State University campus. As the Manager of Grassroots and Community Engagement on the adidas Women’s Global team- Zanele develops and manages grassroots programs and events to present the everyday woman’s story, enable women from diverse cultural backgrounds to embed sport in their lives, while identifying and partnering with change agents and organizations th at are making a meaningful difference in their communities.

Zanele is co-founder of Progressive Soles, an employee resource group whose mission is to support the enhancement of African and African American cultural, social, and creative initiatives within adidas.

Zanele’s work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, CNN, Huffington Post, The Oregonian and many more.

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