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Register Now for the 2017 Empowerment Conference

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

This conference will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

  • Comedy Night (Friday, 10/20 at 6:30pm)
    — REGISTER NOW! $75.00 per individual ticket; $500.00 for VIP table of 4 with special gifts and adult beverages.
  • Empowerment Conference (Saturday, 10/21 from 8:00am – 5:00pm)
    — TICKETS: $100 before March 30 / $125 after March 30
  • Sisterhood Breakfast (Sunday, 10/22 at 8:30am)
    — TICKETS: $50 before March 30 / $55 after March 30

Location: Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 [map]

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If having problems registering for the conference or concert, please call 954-768-9770.

Partner Organizations:

The Links, Incorporated (North Broward County, FL Chapter and Fort Lauderdale, FL Chapter) • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (Broward County Alumnae Chapter) • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (Zeta Rho Omega Chapter) • HOT 105 FM.

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Join us for “A Night of Laughter” Comedy Show benefiting the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc.

Featuring Comedians: Ms. V, Kiana Dancie, and Dino Posey | Hosted by Funny Man, Jonathan Slocumb | Music by DJ Big Man Kelly

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time: Reception at 6:30 PM / Doors open at 7:30 PM

Location: Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 [map]

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! $75.00 per individual ticket; $500.00 for VIP table of 4 with special gifts and adult beverages.

OUR 2017 CONFERENCE 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.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. Elected in November 2014 to her thirteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives…
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Tamron Hall
Tamron Hall
Award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall has been the host of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall on Investigation Discovery since September 2013. The series, now in its fifth season, takes an in-depth look at crimes that shocked the nation. She also brought her signature reporting style to the Guns On Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates…
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Silvia Trent-Adams
Silvia Trent-Adams
Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams currently serves as Acting Surgeon General. She previously served as Deputy Surgeon General advising and supporting the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in communicating the best available scientific information to advance the health of the nation.
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Angela Rye
Angela Rye
Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process.
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Chief Delma K. Noel-Pratt
Chief Delma K. Noel-Pratt
Delma K. Noel-Pratt was appointed to Division Chief in February 2013. She is an accomplished police executive with over 24 years of sworn law enforcement experience. Her career began as a Public Service Aide for the City of Miami Police Department in 1989. In 1993, she transitioned over to the Miami-Dade Police Department, where she trained and graduated as a Police Officer.
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Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor, publisher, and change agent. She has co-authored eight New York Times bestsellers, including books with Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, and Wendy Williams. As CEO of Karen Hunter Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Karen has published No. 1 New York Times bestseller True You by pop icon Janet Jackson…
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Lauren Maillian
Lauren Maillian
Lauren Maillian is a former model turned serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company, is a Founder at Partner Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies and is the author…
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Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson
Rashad Robinson is the Executive Director of Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a force driven by over one million members, Color Of Change moves decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people.
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Melissa Jackson
Melissa Jackson
Melissa S. Jackson is a digital strategist and certified project manager who has worked with startups, non-profits and for-profit institutions alike to build digital products and experiences for over a decade. As the Managing Director for Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development, she oversees the programmatic thrust…
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Shirlyon McWhorter
Shirlyon McWhorter
Judge McWhorter is the founder and president of Motivate Worldwide where she serves as a professional keynote speaker, trainer and coach. Whether it is a keynote, a breakout session, or an onsite training, you will be captivated by the judge’s enthusiasm for life. It is no doubt that her life epitomizes the value of unwavering dedication and focus.
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Yvonne Welbon
Yvonne Welbon
Yvonne Welbon is Senior Creative Consultant at Chicken & Egg Pictures and Founder of the Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema. She is an award-winning independent filmmaker and has successfully produced and distributed over 20 films which have screened on PBS, Starz/Encore, TV-ONE, IFC, Bravo, the Sundance Channel, BET, HBO…
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Anthony Frasier
Anthony Frasier
Anthony Frasier is a digital strategist, tech entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. A Newark, NJ native, Anthony has a long history of mentoring and advising startups & community infrastructures, to solve real problems and build solutions. Anthony has been instrumental in bringing up a new generation of black & minority technology leaders.
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Evelyn Bethune
Evelyn Bethune
Dr. Evelyn Bethune, selected as A Phenomenal Woman 2015, and one of the Most Influential Women in Business for 2012 and 2014 by the Daytona Beach Business Journal, is the granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and CEO of The Bethune Publishing House, Inc. She is also the founder of MMB Institute, a mentoring and instructional foundation for young people of all ages.
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Jocelyn Carter-Miller
Jocelyn Carter-Miller
Jocelyn Carter-Miller is President of TechEdVentures and SoulTranSync, which specialize in the development and marketing of high performance educational and self-empowerment programming. Previously, Jocelyn was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Office Depot, Inc., where she managed marketing efforts across its retail, contract…
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Bacardi Jackson
Bacardi Jackson
Bacardi Jackson is a trial lawyer with Tucker Law Group, LLC, an AV-rated civil litigation boutique and certified minority business enterprise. Ms. Jackson joined the firm in 2005, and, in 2009, established the firm’s Florida office. She practices in both Florida and Pennsylvania, where she represents Fortune 100 companies, colleges and universities…
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Bertha Henry
Bertha Henry
Bertha Henry was named County Administrator in October 2008 after serving as Interim Administrator for a year. As County Administrator, she serves as Chief Executive Officer of Broward County and directs the functions of County Government which fall under the auspices of the Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Henry oversees a county of nearly 1.9 million residents…
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Chief Diane Hobley-Burney
Chief Diane Hobley-Burney
Chief Diane Hobley-Burney was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Fort Pierce Police Department on June 1, 2015. Hobley-Burney was hired after a very competitive national search. She brings 27 years of law enforcement experience from the Tampa Police Department…
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JoMarie Payton
JoMarie Payton
JoMarie Payton has been a native of South Florida area since the tender age of 3 months old. Born in Albany, Georgia, her family relocated to Miami Gardens (formerly Opa-Locka) in the early 50’s. Her love for arts and education started at an early age as she made her first stage appearance at the tender age of six. All of her early and formal education…
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Tonjua Williams
Tonjua Williams
Tonjua Williams is the President of St. Petersburg College. Tonjua has held various positions throughout her 30 years of experience in higher education and was the Senior Vice President for Student Services before becoming President in July of 2017. Enhancing student success and the quality of their experience is one of her most treasured values.
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Dr. Chetachi Egwu
Dr. Chetachi Egwu
Chetachi A. Egwu is a Nigerian American media/communication professor, writer/producer, journalist, filmmaker, dancer/choreographer, artist and actor. She earned a BA in Communication from the University of Buffalo in 1996, then moved on to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she completed a Masters and Ph.D. in Mass Communication.
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Marsha Jackson-Randolph
Marsha Jackson-Randolph
Ms. Jackson-Randolph brought an extensive background in the professional theatre and field of entertainment to her role with Disney. Her distinguished career includes work as a director, published playwright, actor, co-founder of a cultural institution, and arts advocate serving ten years on panels of the National Endowment for the Arts…
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Michelle Moore McNeil
Michelle Moore McNeil
Michelle is the Director, Health Services at the MTA – Metro North Railroad in New York City. There she manages the Occupational Health Services contract and is creating a Culture of Health through a comprehensive health and well-being program for MNR. She was the Administrator of the Employee Assistance Program at the Broward County Public School…
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Jennifer Love
Jennifer Love
Jennifer Love is the Global Chief Security Officer and Senior Vice President of Safety, Environment and Health for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., which operates Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Pullmantur Cruises, and Croisieres de France. She is responsible for leading and continuously improving these areas…
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Grace Castro
Grace Castro
Grace M. Castro is Founder and CEO of Fashion Inspires More, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the fashion dialogue through art, technology, and education. Utilizing her experience in brand development, public relations, marketing, and event production, she works to initiate ongoing projects and programs that celebrate…
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Pastor Kay Dawson
Pastor Kay Dawson
This native Texan’s nurturing hand derives from her parents, two educators, the late L. V. Williams and his surviving widow, Margaret Williams. They did a fine job of instilling her with a well-rounded balance of spirituality, social awareness, self-esteem, and education.
Elder Kay Dawson is certainly a woman of many accomplishments, but her first call is to her family.
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Juliet Roulhac
Juliet Roulhac
Juliet Murphy Roulhac is the Regional Manager for Corporate External Affairs for Florida Power & Light Company, a Fortune 200 company which is the largest electric utility in the state, and one of the largest electric utility providers of clean energy in the country. Ms. Roulhac manages governmental and community relations with elected officials…
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Sherry Williams
Sherry Williams
Sherry D. Williams, Esq., is an experienced executive with a strong track record of leveraging legal expertise to mitigate risk and facilitate business growth.
In August 2016, Ms. Williams was named Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Jabil, Inc., a Fortune 200 company…
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Heide Gardner
Heide Gardner
Heide Gardner is the first woman of color to serve as an elected corporate officer at Interpublic Group (IPG), a leading international network of marketing services firms. IPG has over 50,000 employees who serve over 4,000 clients worldwide. Heide’s brief includes the company’s award-winning inclusion business strategy and developing resources to support IPG’s family of agencies and employees.
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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.

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WOCEI is accepting applications for entry into its leadership program for young professionals (under the age of 40) who have leadership aspirations in all sectors, including, academia, community service organizations, civic associations, law, health care and government. Up to ten (10) of these individuals will be selected this year to join the program.

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