Sororities, religious organizations, non-profits, business owners, media personalities, and even celebrities were in attendance. Topics included education, economic mobility, entrepreneurship, health and the question on everyone’s mind these days how do we find our purpose and keep our balance.
Panels focused on the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect African-American women. The Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, discussed the importance of prevention for women and emphasized this point by leading the group in an exercise activity. Check out God’s Minute with the Surgeon General. Jocelyn Frye, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady, shared details on projects Mrs. Obama is working on. Deputy Administrator Marie Johns led a panel on the economy and education. Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council, shared information on the economic status of African-American Women in the United States and shared his plan to make beneficial changes. Valerie Jarrett gave a heart-felt message on the strides that African-American women have made, and hopes for the future.
Having an African-American Women’s Forum would not have been complete without a surprise visit from First Lady Michelle Obama herself! Yes! Just when we thought the day was complete, she graced us with her presence. With her amazing ability to connect, Mrs. Obama’s words focused on our roles as “Mother, Sister, Daughter, Leader,” which had most of us near tears. Even though I’d met Mrs. Obama at the Mother’s Day Tea, it never gets old sharing the same space with such an elegant women.
Another huge highlight for me was meeting and chatting with Karen Clark Sheard and Dorinda Clark Cole of the legendary Clark Sisters. whom I have studied vocally since I was a teen. Worship Leader, Judith McAllister was also in attendance.
I left feeling extremely empowered, and knowing that anything is possible!
What empowers you?