Spelman College will sponsor the Eighth Annual Leadership and Women of Color Conference May 16-17. The conference will assemble notable  leaders to discuss and define what it means for women to “lead with purpose.” Leadership requires tremendous responsibility, accountability and at times, immense sacrifice – especially for women. Those who lead with purpose integrate their personal and professional priorities to provide a strong base for their leadership.

The conference will provide practical solutions on how to lead with purpose in a manner that is effective, sustainable and rewarding. Conference attendees and key experts will explore how to build a strong foundation of leadership, the value of innovation, renewal and change in leadership; and the importance of mentoring future leaders.

Convened by Jane E. Smith, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College, the conference features experts who will offer proven methods to effectively align values and goals in one’s professional and personal life, including:  Henna Inam, CEO, Transformational Leadership Inc;  Deborah Owens, CEO, Owens Media Group LLC;   Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan, C’2000, Ga. State House, District 39;  andLegacy of Leadership Award Honorees .

There also will be conversations with Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.; Katherine Giscombe, vice president, Diverse Women & Inclusion Research, Catalyst;   conference coach Kym A. Harris, Ed.D., CEO and president, Your SweetSpot  Coaching and Consulting Company; and  conference Fitness Expert Andrea Riggs, national fitness expert and TV personality/trainer.

The conference will be Wednesday, May 16, 3-8 p.m. at the Georgia  International Convention Center, and Thursday, May 17, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. at Spelman College; it is a must-attend event for men and women in both the corporate and private sectors. For more details and to register, visit http://www.spelmanwomenofcolorconf.com . Join the discussion and share your thoughts on this year’s theme on Facebook and Twitter, #SpelmanWOCC.

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective, liberal arts college that prepares women to change the world. Located in Atlanta, this historically Black college boasts an 83 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. Spelman College has been ranked as the No. 1 HBCU for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report; No.  62 among Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report; and 12th for Best Career Services by The Princeton Review. For more information, visit: http://www.spelman.edu.

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