Welcome to the Women of Color Empowerment Institute

Register Now for the 2015 Empowerment Conference


We are pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference. The conference will focus on educating and motivating dynamic Women of Color to lead more effectively.

This event will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale Florida from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The North Broward County Chapter of the Links, Inc.; the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Zeta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., would like to invite you to be a part of this event.

We hope you will join us for this tremendous opportunity to promote, encourage and cultivate women leaders of color.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015

Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Bahia Mar Beach Resort
801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 [map]

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Don't miss this year's dynamic speakers.

The line up of speakers will be announced soon.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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An Evening of Jazz

with Joey Sommervile and Friends

Join us for “An Evening of Jazz with Joey Sommervile and Friends.” A Jazz Concert benefiting the Women of Color Empowerment Institute.

Date: Friday, September 18, 2015

Time: Doors Open at 6:30 PM / Concert Starts at 7:30 PM

Location: Broward Performing Arts Center
201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 [map]

General Admission — $75 (purchase below)
VIP Seating — $100 (purchase below)

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Our Speakers

Our speaker lineup is phenomenal. This year, we have a team of A-list leaders and game-changers ready to help us broaden our perspectives, tune our skills and enhance our lives.

Paulette Brown


Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Locke Lord Edwards, is president-elect of the American Bar Association. Brown has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 [read more]

Judge Glenda Hatchett


A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking  [read more]  

2014 SFLWOC Conference Recap Video

Women of Color Empowerment Conference 2014 from AyanDace Productions on Vimeo.

Empowerment Conference FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does the conference registration fee include?
Registration includes access to all sessions and the closing reception and book signing with Judge Hatchett starting at 4:00 PM on September 19th. Registration does not include the Friday evening Jazz Concert with Joey Sommerville at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or the Sunday morning Spirit of Sisterhood Breakfast.
Why do I see different prices for various conference events?
Tickets can be purchased for three (3) separate events. The Friday, September 18, 2015 concert will start at 7:30 PM and the tickets are $75.00. Doors open at 6:30 PM for the fun. The cost of the Women of Color Empowerment Conference is $75.00 and tickets can only be purchased online at southfloridawomenofcolor.com. The Spirit of Sisterhood Breakfast is $40.00 and reservations can be made by calling (954) 768-9770. Seating is limited for the breakfast.
Who is eligible to register for the reduced concert rates?
In order to be eligible for special discount rates for any WOCEI event you must be a Charter member of the institute.
Can men attend conference events?
We love our men! We encourage men to join us for our Friday evening jazz concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 18, 2015. For Charter members and the planning committee, our announced retreat weekend is open to men, other than one pre-scheduled special business meeting.
May I transfer my registration if I can no longer attend the jazz concert or conference?
If you register but are unable to attend the conference, you can transfer your registration to another individual by calling (954) 768-9770. We will need written confirmation from you of the name of the person to whom the transfer should be made. Transfers will not be accommodated after September 17, 2015.
Can children under the age of 18 attend?
The Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc., is starting a mentorship program. We are planning to host an event that will allow girls, under the age of 18, to meet with some of our special guests prior to the Friday evening Jazz concert. If you have a name of a young lady that you would like considered for this opportunity, please provide the name, parent’s name, address, telephone number and your relationship with the teen. Due to the fact that the conference is generally sold out weeks prior, we will be focusing on our target audience of women leaders for conference attendance.
How soon should I register for the conference?
We encourage you to register online for the conference as soon as possible. Space is limited and the conference has sold out each year for the past four years well prior to the conference date. Due to C-Span airing at the 2014 conference, the conference is expected to attract leaders from throughout the United States. Register early!
Are there any lodging accommodations for this conference?
Hotel accommodations are available at a fabulous beach hotel at a special discounted rate of $179.00 per night. Please check back on or April 17, 2015 for exact hotel details. The hotel is a high-end hotel where accommodations normally run in excess of $300 per night. Don’t miss an opportunity to hang out and enjoy this fabulous property at a low rate. For those who reserve as a part of the hotel block, information for the Sisterhood Suite and rap session will be provided.
How do I become a sponsor?
You can become a sponsor by downloading the online sponsorship form. There are many opportunities for sponsorship, including but not limited to: Charter membership; magazine sponsorships; jazz concert; luncheon sponsorship, book signing sponsorship as well as other sisterhood activities.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have additional questions regarding registration, please contact Ken Koonce at (954) 768-9770 or click here to send us a message.
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Thanks to our Charter Members!

These members have made a financial commitment to ensure that women of color can be successful in every field of endeavor through the provision of information and resources to help remove barriers, access opportunities and replicate successes.

Shirley Baker K. Crawford, Esq. / Renee Davis Prude / Eileen G. Davis-Jerome / Kathy Eggleston / Rhoda Glasco Foderingham, Esq. / Rosalyn Frazier / Belvit Jordan / Cassandra E. Joseph / Sophia A. Lopez / Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Esq. / Michelle Austin Pamies, Esq. / Andrea Pelt-Thornton / Easter Wilcher / Vickie Frazier-Williams


News and Updates

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Past Conference Speakers

Our past speaker lineup has been amazing and empowering.

Linda Houston Jones


President and Founder of Ashanti Cultural Arts, Linda Houston Jones serves on the boards of three cities with days named in her honor: Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, and Lauderdale Lakes. Additionally, she sits on the boards of the Broward County Cultural Commission, The Broward County Diversity [read more]

Alva Bell Bullard


Alva Bell Bullard, an expert at building and leading smart, independent, and enthusiastic technical teams, is a technology professional having worked in the industry for over twenty-five years. She has spent most of her career at leading market research and fulfillment firms, serving as a partner and CIO/Senior Vice President [read more]

Joy Reid


Joy Reid is host of “The Reid Report” on weekdays at 2 p.m. on MSNBC. Reid was the former Managing Editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences. Reid joined theGrio.com with experience as a freelance [read more]

Tina D. Howell


It's a rarity to have one individual possess such a diverse array of talent, business savvy, and personal desire to enrich the lives of individuals. Tina Howell is a visionary leader whose impact is felt in many arenas, from personal to professional. This energetic mother of three excels gracefully in every assignment. [read more]

Yvette M. Miley


Yvette M. Miley is the Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of MSNBC where she is responsible for daytime and weekend programming, talent, and program development, planning, booking, breaking news and coverage of special events. She is also the Executive Editor of TheGrio.com... [read more]

Jacqueline McKinley


Jacqueline McKinley is a working television writer having written for seven different sitcoms including the Emmy award winning “The Bernie Mac Show.”  She is currently a writer/producer on the show “Are We There Yet?” and for the show “First Family.”  She also served as co-producer...  [read more]

Dr. Avis Proctor


Dr. Avis Proctor, Broward College North Campus President, has primary responsibility for campus operations including academic affairs, student affairs, health sciences, business affairs, learning resources, information technology and facilities. She leads more than 700 employees [read more]

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover


Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover is the president of Tennessee State University. Prior to joining TSU, she was the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., where she spearheaded the implementation of the nation’s only Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. [read more]

Deirdre Macnab


President of the League of Women Voters of Florida, Deirdre Macnab graduating with an M.B.A. from Columbia University in marketing and finance and a B.A. from New York University in history and political science. She has worked for Dun & Bradstreet Corporation... [read more]

Lily Pardo


Lily Pardo is the Director of Public Relations and Community Affairs at WSVN Channel 7, the local Fox affiliate and #1 news station in the market.  She rejoined the station in 2004 after spending several years running her own public relations/special events firm. [read more]

Congresswoman Donna Edwards


Congresswoman Donna Edwards can been seen each Sunday on one of the national programs (i.e., Meet the Press, etc). Edwards represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District comprising portions of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. [read more]

Maggie Anderson


Activist, speaker, author, and expert, Magie Anderson is the founder of The NEW Empowerment Experiment (EE) and MaggiesList.com. Maggie and her family started a movement by supporting Black-owned businesses for one full year. She continues her journey and invites others to join in. [read more]

Paula Williams Madison


Paula Williams Madison is the former executive vice president of NBC Universal. Madison’s family owns Williams Group Holdings LLC, which has significant ownership and investments in The Africa Channel, the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, and various real estate, consumer... [read more]

Roslyn Clark Artis


Recently named Interim President of Florida Memorial University, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis has served in several key academic capacities including:  Professor and Director of Legal Studies, Senior Academic Officer for Distance Education, VP of University Advancement, and Executive VP & Chief Academic Officer and Provost. [read more]

Cheryl Pearson-McNeil


Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen where she works to expand the company’s corporate social responsibility programs across the United States. [read more]

Bertha Henry


Bertha W. Henry serves as chief executive officer of Broward County in her role as County Administrator. She directs the functions of county government under the auspices of the 9-member Board of County Commissioners while overseeing the 2nd largest county in Florida and the 17th largest county in the nation. [read more]

Dr. Agueda Hernandez


Dr. Agueda Hernandez is a board certified Family Practitioner with over 20 years of experience.  She's a noted and published researcher and has been given the Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011 - 2012) as well as recognition as a Bank of America Community Fellow. [read more]

Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen


Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen is the President/Founder of the Political Institute for Women and Women in Politics Media as well as Host and Executive Producer of Women in Politics Radio. [read more]

Maryel Epps


Maryel Epps has performed with the greats such as Billy Taylor, Bob Dylan, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespe, David Lee Roth, David Bowie, Nile Rogers, and Patti Labelle. One of her musical dreams that came true was opening for Prince. [read more]

Dr. Brenda Snipes


Dr. Brenda C. Snipes is Broward County’s Supervisor of Elections, an elected office she has held since first being appointed to in 2003.  She is a retired educator and Broward Schools District Area Director. [read more]

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