By Special to Daily World
Atlanta, GA – April 5, 2011 – The Jewell Jackson McCabe Emerging Leaders Institute,

Inc. (ELI) will graduate 155 women and girls ranging in age from 11 to 42 from its

leadership programs on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The keynote address will be delivered

by leadership trainer and speaker Alisha Thomas Morgan, who also serves in the

Georgia House of Representatives, District 39. The ceremony will be held at Spelman

College in the Cosby Auditorium from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.

The 2011 ELI graduating class includes adults from Atlanta, Birmingham, Greenville, NC,

and Yokosuka, Japan and include a United States Navy officer, technology consultant,

attorney, and educators. Middle and high school student graduates include students at

KIPP STRIVE and Atlanta Preparatory Academies; and Morrow, Alexander, and

Benjamin E. Mays High Schools. “Each female student completed a rigorous program

intended to prepare her for effective civic participation and leadership,” stated ELI

Chairperson Lynita Mitchell-Blackwell. “Each ELI division takes a holistic approach to

leadership, empowering each person to realize her uniqueness and utilize her special

skills to positively impact her community.”

The graduating class program breakdown is as follows: 15 adults, 21 college students,

51 high school students, and 29 middle school students. “The board of directors, faculty,

and staff are incredibly proud of our graduates, and we look forward to seeing them use

all they’ve learned to be successful and to help others,” stated Mitchell-Blackwell.

ELI has grown exponentially since its inception in 2008. The program began with four

volunteers, one division, and 15 participants. Today, the organization boasts 40

volunteers who are professional leaders in their industries, four divisions that support

middle school students to young professionals, and 186 alumni. The organization’s

alumni represent many fields, including public relations, non-profit, health, and legal, and

serve in various civic and community service organizations.

For more information about ELI, visit us online at or

contact us at 678-935-0943 or


ELI is a 501(c)(3) international non-profit leadership training and development

organization dedicated to the Total Empowerment of Women Everywhere®. ELI

empowers women to contribute to their communities as leaders by developing a diverse

environment that fosters creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit by enriching the

lives of women through leadership opportunities, personal and professional learning, and

cultural experiences.

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