Monday, April 18, 2011


Ambassador Karran, Minister Manickchand and Sesame's Chief Operating Officer Mel Ming pose for a picture under Big Bird's poster at the Sesame Workshop headquarters.

On April 7th, 2011 senior executives at Sesame Workshop met with Minister Priya Manickchand of Guyana and Guyana's Permanent Ambassador to the United States Bayney Karran to discuss creating culturally specific educational programming for Guyana's children to target subjects such as gender equality, gender-based violence and child-directed violence. Programming would be created and delivered to reach, appeal to and be appropriate for children. The meeting was facilitated by MCF and took place at the Sesame Workshop headquarters in New York City. The discussions focused on how Sesame Workshop might contribute in a sustainable long term partnership with the government to air educational programs on the Education Broadcasting Television Service channel in Guyana. Sesame Workshop ( is a non-for profit organization that addresses learning deficiencies and social issues across the globe through their famous puppets. The organization has touched millions of children's lives and has worked with governments and organizations to bring culturally specific educational programming to children wherever needed.

Bert and Ernie take center stage as Ambassador Karran and Minister Manickchand pose for a picture at Sesame Headquarters on April 7th.

(from left to right) Christopher Capobianco Sr. Director Project Management, Jorge Baxter Director International Research, Margaret Clemons President MCF, Alysia Christiani Studio Manager Marketing & Creative Services, Bayney Karran Permanent Ambassador to the United States, Priya Manickchand Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Charlotte Cole SVP Global Education, Lisa Annunziata VP Production Operations Global TV and Nancy Stevenson Director Character Design.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Margaret Clemons attends OAS forum on women's leadership in Washington DC

On April 4th 2011 Margaret Clemons accompanied Guyana's Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya Manickchand to the Organization of American States (OAS) forum on Women's Leadership for Citizen Democracy. The packed forum was held in Washington DC. Presentations and panel discussions included discussions on violence against women, women's rights, political leadership and representation and gender equality. Guyana's Permanent Ambassador to Washington DC, Bayney Karran also joined the Minister and MC.