Miss SGA holds first women’s empowerment conference
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 27, 2014) — Saturday, the young women of Tuskegee came out in droves to be inspired by influential female leaders during an event meant to encourage self-determination and career success. The first of its kind, the women’s empowerment conference met with a theme of “High Heels in High Places: Re-Newing Our Minds, Re-Defining Our Goals, Re-Imagining our Lives for the future.” This event was hosted by Miss Student Government Association 2013-2014, Asya Steele, a mechanical engineering major from Eutaw, Ala.
The keynote speaker for this event was retired Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander, who became the country's first African-American Chief United States Magistrate Judge. Other notable speakers from the event were Tiffany Johnson Cole, the first woman to be appointed a municipal court judge in Tuskegee, Ala.; Ralphenia Pace, head of the department of food and nutritional sciences at Tuskegee University; Kathy Webb, a human resources professional; Roberta Jenkins, first lady of Tuskegee University; Councilwoman Georgette White-Moon, District 3 representative on the Tuskegee city council; Ziana Wiggins, an education advocate, and Debra Love, founder of DHL Laboratory, Inc.
The event was held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. An all-day conference, it featured three workshops entitled “Brand You, Brand New,” “The Exercising Executive,” and “How to Get What You Want.” The event also included a mentoring panel discussion called “Woman to Woman,” which was led by Miss Tuskegee 2013-2014, Randi Lerai Harrison.
By: Karlette Sullivan, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing
“My goal is that everyone in attendance is inspired, empowered, and equipped with the tools necessary to enhance their life, both personally and professionally,” Steele said. “My plan is to continue this conference, “High Heels in High Places,” and gain local and even national attention. Hopefully, this conference will shape Tuskegee’s future positively, and also the futures of the students as colleagues.”
Retired Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander, keynote speaker.
Asya Steele, conference organizer.
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