2015 Empowerment Conference (WOCEC)


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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The line up of speakers will be announced soon.

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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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2014 SFLWOC Conference Recap Video

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

Empowerment Conference FAQ

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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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