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2019 Empowerment Conference

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We are pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference. This national women of color conference will focus on educating and motivating dynamic Women of Color to lead more effectively.

The conference programming will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 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, September 13 at 4:00 PM
    Opening Session and Reception
  • Saturday, September 14 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Empowerment Conference – A full day of sessions to educate, encourage, and cultivate women leaders. Includes a powerful luncheon and a range of expert panels on public sector, private sector, and personal leadership issues and trends.
  • Sunday, September 15 at 8:30 AM
    Spirit of Sisterhood Closing Breakfast and Fashion Show

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

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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 2019 CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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

Golden Brooks
Golden Brooks
Cited by Time Magazine as one of “the most watchable women in the world,” Golden Brooks has firmly established herself as an impressive and respected actress. Her portrayal of the much-loved strong-minded single mother and “authoress” Maya Wilkes on the CW’s run of “GIRLFRIENDS” has garnered her much acclaim…
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Ilysah Shabazz
Ilysah Shabazz
She is an inspirational role model and advocate for women and girl empowerment. Her lifework is devoted to helping others find inner strength and purpose. While she is frequently asked to speak about the legacy of Malcolm X, she shares that it is her mother Dr. Betty Shabazz’s wisdom, courage and compassion that guide her…
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Kim Hawthorne
Kim Hawthorne
Kim Hawthorne is a native of Newark, New Jersey. She portrays the indelible, Kerissa Greenleaf, on OWN’S drama series Greenleaf. Ms. Hawthorne began her lifelong passion of the arts at just 12 years-old, when she began studying opera. She went on to earn a classical music scholarship to Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama…
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Lisa Orbe Austin
Lisa Orbe Austin
Women of color are particularly vulnerable to struggling with Impostor Syndrome. One of the hallmarks of this syndrome is the constant and nagging sense that you are a fraud, that what you have is due to luck, circumstance or social skills alone. This leads to overworking and overproducing in an effort to demonstrate one’s competence…
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Tricia McDermott Thompkins
Tricia McDermott Thompkins
Tricia McDermott Thompkins joined Perry Ellis International, Inc. in 2011 and now serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary where she is responsible for the company’s global legal operations. Previously, Perry Ellis’ Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing Counsel and Interim General Counsel…
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Karen Hunter
Karen Hunter
Regina Belle
Regina Belle
Daphne E. Jones
Daphne E. Jones
Daphne E. Jones is an accomplished and seasoned executive with extensive experience using digital technologies strategically, entrepreneurially, and globally within multi-national corporations. She currently serves on the board of directors of Masonite International Corp., (NYSE:DOOR) , & AMN Healthcare, (NYSE: AMN), and has over 30 years of…
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Dr. Delvena Thomas
Dr. Delvena Thomas
Delvena Thomas is a mother, an American soldier, a scientist, and a physician who advocates tirelessly for healthy living to strengthen individuals, families, communities, and workplaces around the world. She is an ardent champion for sound mental health and an expert in the development of evidence-based prevention, as well as treatment strategies that foster it.
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Janeen Uzzell
Janeen Uzzell
Global Technology Executive, People Developer, Transformational Leader, Storyteller, Engineer and self-proclaimed Global Citizen, Janeen Uzzell is on a mission to use her strengths, influence and voice to lead causal work that changes lives, communities and the world. A seasoned leader, Janeen has more than 20 years of…
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Yvette M. Miley
Yvette M. Miley
Yvette M. Miley is a Senior Vice President for MSNBC and NBC News. Miley is responsible for talent management and development of news personnel both on and off camera. She is the executive in charge of weekend, overnight, breaking news and special events programming on MSNBC as well as NBC’s “Early Today” broadcasts…
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Samantha Bryant
Samantha Bryant
Before becoming an official on-air reporter, Samantha Bryant was a Local 10 intern for four years. Far from a normal internship, Samantha started working on-air with Local 10 in 2016, covering stories for “My Future My Choice” and local follows on the Orlando nightclub massacre. Since, she has served as the weekday morning traffic anchor and fill-in anchor…
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Susie Levan
Susie Levan
Susie Levan is a spiritual warrior, author, certified non-denominational pastoral counselor, hypnotherapist, teacher of meditation, life coach, and Reiki Master/Teacher. For sixteen years in a male-dominated NYSE company, she enjoyed a successful career as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer…
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Don Horn
Don Horn
Don L. Horn received his law degree from the University of Miami and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982. Mr. Horn has been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, is a former member of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, American Bar Association and National Bar Association…
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Evelyn D'An
Evelyn D'An
Evelyn D’An is a Senior Executive, Corporate Director, Former Big 4 Audit Partner (EY) and Hispanic financial leader with broad based global financial experience in publicly traded companies and professional services with a Big 4 accounting firm. Combining strategic objectives and effective execution with comprehensive financial controls…
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Brendalyn Edwards
Brendalyn Edwards
Judge Jackie Powell
Judge Jackie Powell
Chief Frank Adderly
Chief Frank Adderly

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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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