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Register Now for the
2018 Empowerment Conference

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

The conference programming will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

  • FRIDAY, 9/7:
    4:00pm — Fireside Chat
    6:00pm — Welcome Reception
  • SATURDAY, 9/8:
    8:00am — Empowerment Conference
    4:00pm — WOCEI Party
  • SUNDAY, 9/9:
    8:00am — Sisterhood Breakfast

One (1) Bundled Ticket for All Three Days

TICKETS:  $275 before July 1 / $300 after July 1 

Location: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort
3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 [map]

Hotel accommodations are available at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.  To secure your hotel stay, please click the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49555808.

For more information, visit our Conference FAQ (click here).

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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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.

Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker
Lamman Rucker is an Actor, Educator, Activist and Entrepreneur. Best known as the handsome star of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married film sequel and hit film/sitcom Meet The Browns; Rucker is maintaining a powerful screen presence. He may be recognized from recent films such as BET’s The Man in 3B and Black Coffee, UPtv’s Where is The Love…
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April Ryan
April Ryan
White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her “Fabric of America” news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners…
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Kim Coles
Kim Coles
As a beloved multifaceted actress, comedian, author and speaker, Kim Coles has delighted audiences all over the world for over 32 years including ground-breaking shows like In Living Color and Living Single. A sought after online academy teacher and intuitive strategic coach, Kim also guides women on the incredible healing journey…
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Carla Hall
Carla Hall
Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew,” seated alongside restaurateur and “Iron Chef America” star Michael Symon, and entertaining expert Clinton Kelly. Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”, where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase…
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Juliet Hall
Juliet Hall
Juliet Hall is a former 20-year corporate executive of two Fortune 500 companies, Wachovia Bank and the Chick‐fil‐A Support Center. Her diverse business, creative and service background includes consulting to multi‐million dollar franchisees, playwriting, and leading in community affairs. In 2016, Juliet left Corporate America to build…
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Sope Aluko
Sope Aluko
Sope Aluko (pronounced “Shaw-peh Ahlookoh”) is a Nigerian-born actress whom was primarily raised in the UK. She spent her younger years traveling and living all over the world, including France, Tanzania, Trinidad &Tobago, and Indonesia. She has dual-citizenship in both the US and the UK, and speaks four different languages…
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Vanessa de Luca
Vanessa de Luca
Bio coming soon…
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Gay Hendricks
Gay Hendricks
Gay Hendricks has been a leader in the fields of relationship transformation and bodymind transformation for more than 45 years. After earning his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1974, Gay served as Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Colorado for 21 years. He has written more than 40 books…
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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.

Nancy Allen / Shirley Baker / Donna Rice Berry / Lorna E. Brown-Burton / Anique Bryan / Toni Cave /Traci Cloyd / Lisa K. Crawford / Terri Crook / Eileen G. Davis-Jerome / Kathy Eggleston/ Chetachi Egwu / Yolanda English / Sonia W. Eutsey / JoeAnn Fletcher / Rhoda Glasco Foderingham / Vickie Frazier-Williams/ Dione Gordon / Bacardi Jackson / Carolyn Jones / Marilyn Jones /Belvit Jordan / Lanetta Jordan/ Cassandra E. Joseph / Kerline Jules / Sophia A. Lopez / Charlotte Lovely / Cynthia Martin / Delores Y. McKinley /Michelle Moore McNeil / Shirlyon McWhorter / Chantal Meo / Stefanie C. Moon / Burnadette Norris-Weeks/ Julie Owens / Michelle Austin Pamies / Andrea Pelt-Thornton / Sheila L. Pettis / Brenda Powe / Renee Davis Prude / Erica Ricketts / Brenda Rivers / Lynn Solomon / Tina Teague / Gloria Romero Roses / Ebony Daniels Sanon / Dinah Stephenson/ Easter Wilcher

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Professional Mentorship Leadership Program

Application for the Professional Mentorship Leadership Program!

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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