Name: Akosua Barthwell Evans
Yale Affiliation: ’90 JD
Where you live: Detroit, Michigan
What you do: I am the CEO of The Barthwell Group, a boutique strategic management consulting firm. I am also an attorney.
Your family: I am divorced and the mother of a wonderful son, Walter K. Evans, a Stanford alum and the COO of our firm.
Other Yale volunteer work: I am a member of the AYA Board of Governors. Formerly, I served on the Yale Law School Executive Committee and the Yale Law School Fund Board, and the board of the Yale Black Alumni Association. I have been involved consistently since graduating in 1990. I also coordinated the first Yale Day of Service in Detroit in 2018. I am the Chair of Yale Club of Michigan Task Force. We are in the process of revitalizing this Club, which has been defunct for three years.
Something we might not know about you: I am working on writing two books. One tells the story of my father, Sidney Barthwell, a pioneer African-American business person who was born in a small Georgia town where there were no public schools for African-Americans,but who went on to build a chain of 13 drugstores and an ice cream company with more than 15 flavors. The best thing about him was his wisdom, kindness, and sense of humor.