The 5th Anniversary Spelman College Leadership And Woman of Color Conference to Create Communities for Change

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Premier Leadership Conference to Unite the Best Minds, Best Practices to Address Workplace, Community Challenges and First 100 Days of Barack Obama's Presidency

As a nation undergoing rapid changes and unprecedented difficulties, we are experiencing high anxiety in our workplaces, communities and households

LEADS at Spelman College will host the 5th Anniversary Leadership and Women of Color Conference May 13 and 14 in Atlanta to explore how leadership, gender, culture, and economics influence civic engagement for strong communities.

The 2009 Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference, themed "Building a Community for Change," continues important dialogue on leadership issues in the 21st century. The conference will unite top leaders from the public and private sectors to provide the necessary survival tools to acquire leadership, professional, personal, and community engagement skills to be successful during challenging economic times.

"As a nation undergoing rapid changes and unprecedented difficulties, we are experiencing high anxiety in our workplaces, communities and households," said Jane E. Smith, Ed.D., executive director, LEADS at Spelman College. "However, the conference will assemble a team of multicultural leaders, both women and men, to offer creative and innovative solutions to help us lead through these turbulent economic challenges and to identify unique opportunities for positive, sustainable change in our professional and personal lives."

The Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference features workshops, forums and networking opportunities for multicultural executives, Human Resources leaders, Diversity managers, community and civic leaders, as well as representatives from across a broad range of the public and private sectors. During the conference, Spelman College will honor individuals who demonstrate unmatched leadership in shaping and enhancing the role of multicultural women and others in the United States and around the world.

The two-day conference, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, will address:

  •     Culture, Change and the Role of Women
  •     Leadership Development and Civic Engagement
  •     Leadership and Community Economic Development
  •     Civic Responsibility as a Business Proposition

Additionally, the conference will host a media panel discussion, "The First 100 Days: An Analysis of President Obama's Change Commitment for Building Strong Communities."

The two-day event will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre. For registration, schedule and additional details, please visit http://www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com.

About Spelman College:
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, Ga., this historically black college boasts a 79 percent graduation rate, and outstanding alumnae such as Children's Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; former U.S. Foreign Service Director General Ruth Davis, authors Tina McElroy Ansa and Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson. More than 83 percent of the full-time faculty members have Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees, and the average faculty to student ratio is 12:1. More than 2,100 students attend Spelman. For more information, visit http://www.spelman.edu.

About LEADS at Spelman College:
LEADS at Spelman College builds on the legacy of the private, historically Black institution by creating and teaching a leadership model based on the historic influences, experiences and achievements of Black women worldwide. Through a variety of campus-based student initiatives, community and public programs, LEADS supports Spelman women's choice to change the world by preparing them to be effective global leaders. For more information, visit http://www.spelman.edu.

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