Pamay Bassey is the Chief Experience Officer of “My 52 Weeks of Worship Project,” which started when she made a commitment to visit a different place of worship each week in 2010 – whether that place of worship reflected her personal religious tradition or not. As a result, in one year she visited 61 churches, temples, mosques, shuls, synagogues, covens, living rooms, and other places of worship in the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and South Africa.
She has written a book about her experiences, My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. She also maintains a blog about her on-going experiences (www.my52wow.com). She delivers keynote speeches and facilitates a series of workshops, presentations, and learning experiences based on her personal and professional experiences, and on the lessons she learned during her global, spiritual, interfaith journey.
Pamay is the president of The Pamay Group, an e-learning design and strategy company, and has over 18 years of experience in designing and developing online learning courses for K-12, community organizations, corporate and virtual universities, computer-based training, and day-in-the-life simulations. She has worked and consulted for such companies as Coca Cola USA, McDonald’s, Mabam! Entertainment, Sanofi, Accenture, Resources Global, Manpower, Kraft, The Boys and Girls Club, Siemens, HSBC, Pratt and Whitney, and GE Capital. She has served as an educational researcher/consultant for projects at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, and has also served as a faculty member for several online universities, including Cardean University, American Intercontinental University Online, and the Art Institute Online, where she has taught User Experience, Computer Applications, and Information Technology courses.
Pamay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a course of study that draws from computer science, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, which she earned at the age of 20. Her concentration of study there was Artificial Intelligence. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Northwestern University. She received a Project Management Certification from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Master Online Teacher Certification from the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Pamay is also a graduate of the acclaimed Second City Conservatory program in Chicago, Illinois, which is an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theatre. She has performed as an improviser, comedian, actress and public speaker all over the United States and in West Africa.
Pamay was chosen as Today’s Chicago Woman’s “Woman to Watch” in 2001, selected as one of the “Top 40 Nigerians under 40 in the USA” in 2005, and was selected as a “40 Under 40” recipient from the EnVest Foundation in 2012, awarding demonstrated excellence in the community through service, charitable giving and strong professional performance. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF-USA) and the National Advisory Board of The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.