With more than a decade of experience in the film industry, Memphis, Tennessee native, Mary Phillipa Sledge has worked on productions ranging from The Quick and the Dead to Secretariat. Additionally, she has become a producer with SledgePro Media Enterprises. As part of her dedication to helping others, Mary Phillipa Sledge supports a number of organizations and causes, including the charity Bridge2Rwanda (B2R).
Founded in 2007, B2R was created to promote study-abroad opportunities for Rwandan students and to encourage direct investment in the country. In addition to charitable works, such as helping to custom fit and supply more than 2,000 hearing aids to people in need, B2R runs the Bridge2Rwanda Training and Career Center, located in Kigali, Rwanda.
The training center, which was the first Kaplan-certified education provider in the country, offers both higher education preparation and professional development programs. To serve the widest range of people, B2R has weekday and evening test preparation courses for the GRE, GMAT, and TOEFL. Its professional development services include financial analysis and English language training courses.
B2R has helped numerous Rwandans, including Justus Uwayesu, who was featured in an October 2014 New York Times article, which describes how Uwayesu went from scavenging a garbage dump for survival at the age of 9 to admittance to Harvard thanks in part to support he received from B2R.