Gregory W. Edwards, Ed.D.,
Gregory W. Edwards, Ed.D., was appointed executive director of The Flowers Heritage Foundation. He will be responsible for fundraising and advancing the foundation’s education and awareness programs. Edwards previously was vice president of health services at Housing Works Inc., N.Y.C., served on San Francisco’s HIV-CARE Planning Council and the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus and was a consultant on HIV/AIDS education and prevention in underserved African-American communities to the New England chapter of the NAACP. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling psychology at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., and a master’s and doctoral degrees in management and organization from Harvard University.
Beatrice A. Hamza-Bassey
Beatrice A. Hamza-Bassey was named a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed L.L.P. With experience in class actions, product liability and multidistrict securities litigation, Hamza-Bassey counsels clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, focusing on internal investigations and compliance programs. She chairs the board of directors of the Nigerian Lawyers Association, is a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Arbitration Committee, and immediate-past secretary of the Litigation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is a 2003 recipient of The Network Journal’s “40 Under-Forty Achievers” award. Hamza-Bassey received a L.L.B. from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; a bachelor’s of law from Nigeria Law School, and a L.L.M. from Harvard Law School.
Thomas Stephens was named vice president at MetLife Inc., Northeast Agency Group. Stephens will be responsible for growing MetLife’s field force, sales, productivity and profitability and will oversee sales offices in upstate New York, the New England region and Eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining MetLife, Stephens was a financial adviser at New England Financial. In 2001, he received Met-Life’s Edward E. Phillips Award for outstanding work in the field and was also recognized for his community-outreach efforts. He volunteers as a mentor, is a board member of the Paul Robeson Institute and serves on the boards of Newbury College, Brookline, Mass., and The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. Steph-ens holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Hampton University and Northeastern University, respectively.