Welcome to the Women of Color Empowerment Institute

Our mission is to enhance and expand leadership by women of color.

Register Now for the 2016 Empowerment Conference


We are pleased to announce the Sixth 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 10, 2016 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.

    • Reception and Concert
      (Friday, 9/9 at 6:30pm)

      — Miki Howard, Avery Sunshine and the Alan Paul Band — REGISTER NOW! $75.00 per individual ticket; $500.00 for VIP table of 4 with special gifts and adult beverages.
    • Empowerment Conference
      (Saturday, 9/10 from 8:00am – 5:00pm)

      — REGISTER NOW! $100.00 per ticket.
    • Sisterhood Breakfast
      (Sunday, 9/11 at 8:30am)

      — $50.00 per ticket.

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



Don't miss this year's dynamic speakers.

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.

An Evening to Remember Benefit Concert

featuring Miki Howard, Avery Sunshine & the Allen Paul Band

Join us for “An Evening to Remember,” our 2nd Annual Benefit Concert featuring Miki Howard, Avery Sunshine & the Allen Paul Band.

Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

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

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

General Admission — $75
Table of 4 — $500



Don't miss this amazing concert.

Women of Color Empowerment Conference 2015 from AyanDace Productions.

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Empowerment Conference FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Select a question below.

What does the Saturday conference registration fee include?
Registration for Saturday includes access to all sessions on September 10, 2016 and the closing reception starting at 4:00 PM on that day.
What events are a part of the 3-day WOC conference?
Tickets can be purchased for three (3) separate events. The Women of Color Empowerment Conference programming day is Saturday, September 10, 2016. Tickets for this event are $100.00 per person and the day starts at 8:00 AM. Tickets can only be purchased online at www.southfloridawomenofcolor.com.

Tickets for our Friday, September 9, 2016, reception/benefit concert can be purchased online at southfloridawomenofcolor.com. The concert will take place at the host hotel and feature singers Miki Howard and Avery Sunshine. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for the evening reception. The smooth sounds of the Allen Paul Band will kick off the fun starting at 7:30 PM. Individual tickets are $75.00. Tables of four, including a bottle of wine, pictures with artists, special gifts and more are $500.00. This event will support a great cause and will be an evening to remember!

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Spirit of Sisterhood Breakfast will take place at the host hotel. This is always an inspirational gathering and great time to connect with sisters from near and far. Tickets are $50.00 for non-members of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc., and $40.00 for members. Reservations can be made by calling (954) 768-9770. Seating is limited for this delicious hot breakfast overlooking the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach.

Can men attend conference events?
We love our men! We encourage men to join us for our Friday evening Reception and Concert to take place at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Of course, men who are representatives of sponsoring organizations are welcomed to attend all conference activities.
May I transfer my registration if I can no longer attend the concert, conference or breakfast?
If you register but are unable to attend the conference, you may transfer your registration to another individual by calling the contact number below. 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 7, 2016.
Can children under the age of 18 attend?
The Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc., will invite ten (10) girls, under the age of 18, to meet with some of our special guests and assist at the conference. 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 it has sold out each year for the past five years several weeks prior to the conference date. You should register online at www.southfloridawomenofcolor.com. If there is a problem registering, our staff can try to assist you by telephone at the contact number below. Try to register online before calling. Registration is easy.
Are there any lodging accommodations for this conference?
Hotel accommodations are available at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 at a special discounted rate of $129.00 per night. Please register using the WOCEII block. A personalized site has been established just for our group for a few days before and after the conference. You can make your reservation 24/7 using the toll free #888-627-7108 and simply mentioning the WOCEII group. You can also register by inserting the following link into your browser: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/WOCEII.

Don’t miss an opportunity to “hang out” and enjoy this fabulous property. A “Sisterhood” Suite will be available on Saturday night for those guests reserving under the hotel room block.

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: Women Lead Magazine; Friday Reception/Concert Sponsorship; Saturday Conference Luncheon Sponsorship; Saturday Reception Sponsorship; Sisterhood Breakfast Sponsorship; Friend and Listings Sponsorships.
Where will the conference activities take place?
All conference activities will take place this year at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. You will need to be pay prior to the conference in order to join us for any of the conference events.
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 send a message via our contact form – click here.
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2016 WOCEC Sponsors

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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


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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