ILF is pleased to announce 2018 Gala singer: Mary Millben

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased to announce

the singer for its 2018 Awards and Scholarship Gala, Mary Millben

Contact: Soo Kyung Koo


Washington, D.C. — ILF is pleased to announce the singer for its 2018 Awards and Scholarship Gala, Mary Millben – Actress/Singer, Helen Hayes Award Nominee, and Recording Artist.

Mary Millben has become one of the world’s new, celebrated voices. A native Oklahoman, this versatile soprano has performed at The White House, the United States Congress, Off-Broadway, for the Kennedy Center, Major League Baseball, and the XLIII Superbowl Halftime Show with Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. Mary has been a featured soloist for President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Her Royal Highness Princess Basmah Bint Saud Bin Abdulaziz, His Excellency Paolo Zampolli, Her Excellency Mathilde Mukantabana, Canadian business magnate Jim Pattison, and performed the National Anthem for the 58th Presidential Inauguration Victory Celebration of President Donald Trump.

Mary joins us on the heels of the worldwide release and the global success of her debut single “Grace Will Lead Me Home,” recorded with three-time Grammy/six-time Emmy nominated songwriter and 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dorff. The stirring hymn was exclusively premiered on BET’s inspirational ‘A Joyful Noise’ program April 9th, 2017 – marking Mary’s national TV debut. “Grace Will Lead Me Home” is the closing song in the new feature film “The Meanest Man in Texas,” directed by Justin Ward, and produced by Brad Wilson and Casey Bond. Premiering in film festivals all over the United States, the film has garnered over 40 awards and nominations. “Grace Will Lead Me Home” was nominated for ‘Best Song’ in the 2017 Nashville Film Festival. The film is set to release this year in theaters around the country. Mary’s second single, “Faith in Love,” released worldwide this past August 2017. Both singles are available on all leading digital platforms worldwide.

Mary was the featured artist for the 2018 Leukemia Ball – the largest black-tie, nonpartisan charity event in Washington, D.C., the 2018 Ideagen Global Leadership 2030 Summit, 2018 Women’s National Republican Club Gala, the 2017 Trump-Pence Victory Breakfast for President Donald Trump (New York), 2017 AHEPA Gala supporting the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at The World Trade Center Ground Zero, the 2017 Blue Dream Gala (Hamptons), the 2018 and 2017 ICE Foundation Gala, the 11th Annual Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Heroes Gala alongside special guests Late Night Show host Stephen Colbert, NBC/MSNBC Anchor & Sunday TODAY Host Willie Geist, and Megan McCain, and performing for over 40,000+ fans at the Washington Nationals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, Mary was the featured soloist for the 2016 Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening gala for donors, the 2016 Rio/U.S. Olympic Announcement Ceremony for USA Team Fencing, and made her New York debut at the Westchester Broadway Theatre starring in Ray Roderick’s Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful. Mary has headlined solo concerts at popular New York venues including Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, The City Winery, The Cutting Room, and featured at the Iridium.

Off-stage, Mary focuses her energy in philanthropy and serves as Founder & CEO of JMDE Enterprises, Inc. – a company with ventures in the arts, technology, education, and renewable energy. A former White House intern and White House Presidential Appointee to President George W. Bush, Mary is a Global Ambassador for Education Africa, a National Spokesman for American Federation for Children, an ICE Foundation Ambassador, and an advisory board member of ScholarVets. Mary strives most to be known for her faith in God, love for family, and advocacy for veterans, military families, arts education, and children. Mary shares her journey with Johnny President, a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the U.S. Intelligence community for 20+ years.

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes the civic engagement, leadership empowerment, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA, including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders) community to enhance the representation of diversity in our country. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public service, entrepreneurship, and international business and politics through a network of business and community leaders. Our mission is accomplished through civic leadership training and support from the ILF’s network of 15 national and global advisory boards. Since 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and educational programs (ILF Civic Fellowship program, Young Ambassadors program, Youth Leadership Academy/Workshop) to over 7,000 students to cultivate the next generation of emerging leaders.

ILF also promotes and recognizes exemplary contributions to the APA community by individuals and organizations. Past Awards Gala honorees and speakers include the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Members of Congress Ed Royce, Judy Chu, Doris Matsui, Grace Meng and Amata Radewagen; Ambassador Max Baucus, former U.S. Ambassador to China; Yoshimi Inaba, Executive Chairman of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.; Kanwal Rekhi, Founder of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) organization; international film star Jackie Chan; David Ho, prominent AIDS researcher; Toby Dawson, Olympic medalist and Todd Park, former US Chief Technology Officer. The 2018 Gala information can be found here.