Spelman College Leadership
and Women of Color Conference

21st Century Leadership: Leading Forward


May 14 - 15, 2014

ARE YOU COMING?

Join us as we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement by recognizing the international accomplishments of women of color from 2004 to 2014. We will examine effective leadership strategies, explore working in diverse environments and discuss how to create healthy lifestyles and communities.

THIS YEAR'S SPEAKERS

Mary Frances Winters President and CEO The Winters Group, Inc.
Dr. Belinda Johnson White Associate Professor and Management Program Director, Department of Business Morehouse College
Charmaine Ward Corporate Affairs executive at Georgia-Pacific
Millie Vergara Director of Marketing McDonald's USA, LLC – Atlanta Region
Belisa M. Urbina Executive Director Cotential LLC
Sherry L. Turner, Ph.D. Executive Director/CEO Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.
Sharlene Smith Vice President, General Manager McDonald's USA, LLC – Atlanta Region
Debbie Roberts SVP, Restaurant Support Officers, McDonald's East Division
Linda Johnson Rice Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC
Mary Pickard 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College
Rita Love Owens Managing Partner of RLO Marketing & Publishing Group
Marsha Hirano Nakanishi Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Research & Resources, California State University System, Office of the Chancellor

THE VENUE

GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER

2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, Georgia, USA 30337
Ph: (770) 997-3566 Fax: (770) 994-8559

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THE SCHEDULE

12:00PM – 1:45PM • LUNCH

Game Changers: A Decade of Success Begin the conference with the first of three exclusive milestone events celebrating LEADS 10th Anniversary. The festivities ignite with the installation of the Spelman College 10th Anniversary Academy of Game Changers. During the luncheon, these honorees will be recognized for 10 years of exemplary leadership and creating positive change. 

This Session's Speakers

Game Changers: A Decade of Success Luncheon
Mistress of Ceremony: Ms. Mikki Taylor, Editor at Large of Essence

Greetings: Ms. Dalila Wilson-Scott, President, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Installation of Academy: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College

Game Changers Recognition Introduction of Keynote: Ms. Keonte’ Lee, C’2015, Spelman College

Keynote Speaker: Major General Marcia Anderson, Deputy Chief, U.S. Army Reserve

Closing Remarks: Dr. Jane E. Smith, C’68, Executive Director, LEADS at Spelman College

 

2:00PM – 3:00PM • WORKSHOPS

Intimate Conversations with Game Changers Want to know what it takes to make it to the top? These riveting conversations will feature the newly installed Spelman College Tenth Anniversary Academy of Game Changers. Hear their inspiring personal leadership journeys as they reveal the choices and challenges they faced on the road to success.

This Session's Speakers

Conversation 1 (Kenyan 1-2)
Ms. Alicia Diaz, Director, Federal Affairs, Cuban American National Council 

Conversation 2 (Kenyan 3-4)
Ms. Angela Esteva, Director, Business Development, The Mann Group

Conversation3 (Swiss 1-2)
Ms. Deborah Langford, CEO & Principal, The Langford Company

Conversation 4 (Swiss 3-4)
Ms. Marsha Hirano Nakanishi, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Research & Resources, California State University System, Office of the Chancellor

Conversation 5 (Spanish 1-2)
Ms. Charmaine Ward, Director, Community Affairs, Georgia-Pacific

Conversation 6 (Spanish 3-4)
Dr. Sherry Turner, Executive Director/CEO, Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.

Conversation 7 (German 1-2)
Dr. Belinda Johnson White, Associate Professor and Management Program Director, Department of Business Administration, Morehouse College 

 

 

3:15PM – 4:00PM • GENERAL SESSION

My Personal Story This session will feature a keynote speaker sharing her personal leadership journey.

This Session's Speakers

Introduction of Keynote:
Ms. Keonte’ Lee, C’2015, Spelman College

Speaker:
Ms. Paula Williams Madison, Chairman/CEO, Madison Media Management, LLC 

 

- Conference: “Leading Forward”-

 

4:00PM – 5:15PM • OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Leading Forward: Where Do We Go from Here? Women of color will make up 53 percent of the female population by 2050 (The State of Women of Color in the United States 10/13). As our numbers continue to advance, so must our mindset. Leading Forward is focusing on the future. This critical session will provide the foundation for the conference by defining and exploring the concept of Leading Forward.

This Session's Speakers

Welcome and Opening Remarks:
Ms.Tomika DePriest, C’89, Executive Director, Office of Communications, Spelman College
Ms. Mary Pickard, C’2015, 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College
Ms. Estella Cramer, Global Procurement Manager, UPS
Ms. Letty Ashworth, General Manager Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines

Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Mary Pickard, C’2015, 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College

Introduction of the President:
Ms. Mary Pickard, C’2015, 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College

A Moment Such As This:
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Spelman College

Introduction of Conference Coach:
Ms. Mary Pickard, C’2015, 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College

Maximize Your Investment:
Dr. Kym Harris, Founder and CEO, Your Sweet Spot TM Coaching & Consulting, LLC  

 

5:30PM – 6:30PM • PRE-DINNER RECEPTION

Take advantage of this unique, interactive networking opportunity to identify yourself in “work-life” categories and mingle with other like-minded individuals

6:30PM – 8:30PM • AWARDS DINNER

Tenth Anniversary Legacy of Leadership Awards Dinner On this special evening, participants will enjoy the conference’s second milestone celebration and signature event, The 10th Anniversary Legacy of Leadership Awards Dinner. This elegant and inspiring gala will pay tribute to women who have created and implemented trendsetting initiatives that address current and future workplace and societal issues.

This Session's Speakers

Greetings:
Ms. Francisca Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager, American Family Insurance

Co-Hosts:
Ms. Rita Love Owens, RLO Marketing & Publishing Group
Ms. Shaun Robinson, C’84, Co-Anchor & Weekend Correspondent for Access Hollywood

Honorees:
Ms. Hiroko Tatebe, Founder and Executive Director, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity (GOLD)
Dr. Christine King Farris, Civil Rights Icon, Author and Professor
Ms. Linda Johnson Rice, EBONY Magazine, Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, LLC 

 

8:45PM – 9:45PM • A BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Tenth Anniversary Celebration: Showcase Of Alumni Stars The opening night will culminate with the third milestone event, a birthday party, the 10th Anniversary Celebration: Showcase of the Stars. This “blue” carpet affair will include a memorable tribute to LEADS and feature special celebrity guests who continue to support the College and the LEADS mission.

 

This Session's Speakers

Hosts:
Ms. Tai Monique Beauchamp, C’95, CEO, Tai Life Media LLC
Ms. Shaun Robinson, C’84, Co-Anchor & Weekend Correspondent for Access Hollywood 

 

 

 

 7:45AM – 8:45AM BREAKFAST

Leading Forward: Conversation with the Founders
Start day two at the beginning. Hear firsthand from the founders of Leading Forward. Gain a deeper understanding of this progressive leadership strategy and why it’s so effective.

This Session's Speakers

Introduction of Presenters:
Ms. Taylor Thompson, C’2017, Spelman College

Presenters:
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College, Founder, LEADS at Spelman College
Ms. Pamela G. Carlton, Co-founder, LEADS at Spelman College
Ms. Kim Davis, C’81, Co-founder, LEADS at Spelman College

9:15AM – 10:15AM OPENING GENERAL SESSION

Leading Forward: Shared Values and Collaborative Innovation
The 21st century leader must be able to access, adapt and engage with a diverse group of constituents to be successful in this globally diverse era. This panel of visionary leadership and inclusion experts will identify the critical issues facing women of color in the next decade and examine innovative tactics for advancement.

This Session's Speakers

Welcome:
Ms. Shaun Robinson, C’84, Co-Anchor & Weekend Correspondent for Access Hollywood

Opening Remarks:
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
Dr. Jane E. Smith, C’68, Executive Director, LEADS at Spelman College

Introduction of Presenters:
Ms. Mary Pickard, C’2015, 2014-15 SGA President, Spelman College

Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Erica Dhawan, Founder & CEO, Cotential, LLC

Presenters:
Ms. Belisa Urbina, Executive Director, Cotential, LLC
Ms. Debbie Roberts, SVP, Restaurant Support Officers, McDonald’s East Division

10:25AM – 11:30AM MEDIA PANEL

Leading Forward: The Responsibility of Our Voices
How important is the media in terms of equity issues for women of color in the workplace?  Should they be accountable for their role in communicating messages about women of color? Veteran media experts will identify and analyze the responsibility the media has to change the culture and interactions among and between citizens.

This Session's Speakers
Moderator:
Ms. Michel Martin, Correspondent, National Public Radio and ABC News

Panelists:
Ms. Candace Begody, Editor, Navajo Times
Ms. Vanessa K. Bush, Editor-in-Chief, ESSENCE

11:45AM – 1:15PM LUNCH

Leading Forward: Women, Advocacy and Policy
“Women, advocacy and policy” is a subject that defines strategies for the creation of laws that guarantee the rights of individuals. A keynote speaker will outline her experience with advocacy and policy determination. The speaker will be followed by a panel of U.S. congresswomen who determine policy daily.

This Session's Speakers

Host:
Ms. Shaun Robinson, C’84, Co-Anchor & Weekend Correspondent for Access Hollywood

Greetings:
Ms. M. Catherine Ramos, Community Affairs Manager, The Coca-Cola Company

Introduction of Presenter:
Ms. Marica Wright, C’2016, Spelman College

Luncheon Facilitators:
Ms. Mitzi Miller, Editor-in-Chief, EBONY Magazine
Dr. Jane E. Smith, C’68, Executive Director, LEADS at Spelman College

Audience Q&A Closing Remarks:
Dr. Kym Harris, Founder and CEO, Your Sweet Spot ™ Coaching & Consulting, LLC

1:15PM – 2:30PM • SPONSOR WORKSHOPS

Leading Forward: Strategies and Skills for Twenty-first Century Leadership
Learn from some of the world’s most successful companies and presenters about the leadership strategies they employ to achieve success at work, at home and in their communities. Engage in intimate group discussions during these interactive workshops designed to equip participants with the skills and best practices necessary to thrive in the next decade.

This Session's Speakers
Become a Game Changer: 5 New Rules for a Fearless Career
Ms. Leslie Grossman, President, Leslie Grossman Leadership

Moderator:
Ms. Sharlene Smith, Vice President and General Manager, McDonald’s Atlanta Region

Panelists:
Ms. Michele Bradley, Counsel, Global Labor & Employment Law
Ms. Millie Vergara, Marketing Director
Ms. Christine Crawford, Entrepreneur/McDonald’s Owner-Operator

Leading Forward–Defining Your Own Leadership Path
Ms. Francisca Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager, American Family Insurance

Unpacking Our Multiple Cultural identities in the Workplace
Speaker:
Ms. Mary-Frances Winters, President and CEO,The Winters Group, Inc.

2:45PM – 3:45PM • GENERAL SESSION

Leading Forward: Frameworks for Moving Forward
The conference begins to come to a close with an examination of practical strategies for functioning as 21st century global leaders. There will be a keynote presentation with a panel response, representing corporate, nonprofit and small business.

This Session's Speakers

Introduction to Seminar and Presenters:
Dr. Carol Babb, Deputy Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education & Youth

Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Lily Tang, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Ascend NAAMBA

Presenters:
Ms. LaDoris “Dot” Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, United States Department of Energy
Ms. Brianna Burlock, C’2015, Spelman College

4:00PM – 4:50PM CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

Leading Forward: A Choice to Change the World
The conference closes with a life-changing charge from a keynote speaker who will share her journey as a leader across work and community environments.  Be prepared for a captivating conversation with the speaker and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum on individual, cutting-edge choices that change the world.

This Session's Speakers

Introduction to Seminar and Presenter:
Ms. Jasmine Payne, C’2015, Spelman College

Conversation:
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Spelman College
Ms. Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company, LLC

4:50PM – 5:o0PM  CLOSING REMARKS
Ms. Shaun Robinson, C’84, Co-Anchor & Weekend Correspondent for Access Hollywood

SPONSORS

UPS Premier Sponsor
American Family Insurance 10th Anniversary Legacy of Leadership Awards Sponsor
JP Morgan Chase & Co. Game Changers Luncheon Sponsor
The Coca-Cola Company Women, Advocacy and Policy Luncheon Sponsor
Georgia Power Tenth Anniversary Sponsor
McDonalds Tenth Anniversary Sponsor
AT&T LEADS Partner
Chick-fil-A LEADS Partner
Comcast Cable LEADS Partner
AGL Resources Conference Contributor
PNC Bank Conference Contributor
Deloitte
 Conference Contributor
Georgia-Pacific
 Conference Contributor
Cigna Conference Contributor
Fox/HBCU Alliance Conference Contributor
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Thank you for your interest in supporting the 2014 Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference. To request a sponsorship package, please contact LEADS at Spelman College at (404) 270-6068 or by email.
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