From Unemployed to Employers

Leveraging digital technology to break social and economic barriers around the world through entrepreneurship

Naomi Jordan Cook and W.E. Da’Cruz are modern-day icons for black women in technology. Cook, who is a strong force in both her city and the digital sphere, specializes in implementing digital technologies and eCommerce systems; while Da’Cruz is a Ghanaian-American economic strategist in global entrepreneurship who uses technology to address poverty and unemployment. They are both founders and co-owners of The Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group, a global company that designs and develops eCommerce systems that help generate revenue online for people, companies, and organizations. VGC was awarded the 2021 Minority eCommerce Firm Award of the Year by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Through VGC, they are responsible for helping to generate millions of dollars a year in at-will donations and business sales for their clients, with a special focus on faith-based organizations, international organizations, and African-based companies. As thought leaders in their field, Cook and Da’Cruz have been invited to speak at high-level events, such as the US-Africa Business Summit (Maputo, Mozambique), World Export Development Forum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Africa Fintech Summit 2019 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), and DHL eCommerce Conference (Accra, Ghana). As a response to COVID-19 halting all traveling arrangements to teach around the world, the two co-founders launched the VGC University platform to reach more people and teach how to launch, grow, build and scale business online around the world. The vision is to ignite a movement of global entrepreneurs leveraging digital technology to break social and economic barriers.