Cindy O. Charles
Founder and President
Kupanda Sisters, Inc.
Cindy Charles is the Founder and President of Kupanda Sisters, Inc. as well as an Executive Administrator for JP Morgan Chase & Co. An advocate of literacy for all, Charles has focused much of her career creating opportunities that inspire children and women in literacy.
Kupanda Sisters, Inc. mission has been to uplift women and young people in underserved communities by providing them with quality literacy resources and skills that will equip and empower them to transform their reality, unleash their full potential, and become meaningful contributors to their communities and our world.
Kupanda Sisters Inc., began providing services in early 2019 to more than 20 children at the Sophia Primary School in Georgetown Guyana in order to build their literacy levels to meet academic standards under the slogan “Together We Rise.” The organization also focuses on empowering women in Guyana through wellness, entrepreneurial workshops, and awareness campaigns.
A native of Guyana, South America, Charles grew up in a small village on the East Bank of Essequibo named Parika. Her struggles at home added to her academic challenges, and with limited resources available, she felt like another statistic and another voiceless child without a future.
In her early 20s, Charles was given the opportunity to relocate to the United States of America. She saw this journey as the start of a new life, and though she knew that there would be obstacles, she was determined to conquer them.
Charles was invited to speak at The World Literacy Summit 2020 at Oxford University, United Kingdom. The Summit brought together leaders from 85 countries representing over two-thirds of the world’s population, and all with a single focus – advocating, championing, and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy levels across the globe. She was also invited to speak at the Best You Expo alongside some of today’s most influential speakers like Les Brown.
Charles graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College, The City University of New York.