Pamay Bassey, is 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, and sacred spaces in the USA, Mexico, the UK, Nigeria and South Africa.
Her book My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey, shares the lessons she learned during her global, spiritual, interfaith journey. She also maintains a blog about her on-going experiences. She delivers keynote speeches and facilitates workshops and presentations based on her personal and professional experiences.
Additionally, Pamay is Global Head of Learning Platform and Professional Development for BlackRock, the world’s largest asset managment firm, where she is responsible for global professional development, and for the firm’s learning capabilities.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Pamay was President of The Pamay Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in creating innovative educational environments. Clients included McDonald’s, The United States Air Force, Johnson Controls, and HSBC. She served as an educational researcher for Northwestern and the University of Michigan, and as a faculty member for several online universities.
Pamay holds a BS in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and a MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Second City Conservatory, an advanced study of improvisational comedy and theatre.
Pamay was selected as a “40 Under 40” recipient from the EnVest Foundation in 2012, a Woman of Influence by the Chicago Business Journal in 2016, and an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar in 2015. She serves on the National Advisory Board of The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.