Inaugural sisterhood conference
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 3:22 p.m.
Special to The Guardian<0x000A>Now is the time to sign up and take advantage of early bird rates for Black Womanhood: Defined! The inugural conference for SistersSpace.com, an international organization that strives to foster a spirit of sisterhood and empowerement for Black women throughout the world.
What: Sign up now for
Black Womanhood: Defined! The inugural conference for
When: July 9-10, 2010.
Where: Buckhead Hotel Atlanta, GA.
Cost: Not including hotel stay: Adult women rates: $155 through Oct. 31, $175 through Dec. 31, and $215 through March 31. Young Ladies rates: $75 through Oct. 31; $100 through Dec. 31, and $135 through March 31. Menís rates: $50 through Oct. 31, $75 through Dec. 31, and $100 through March 31. To register, visit www.sistersspace.com/page/register-1.
Information: Call (352) 262-8158 or visit www.sistersspace.com.
Founder Nona Jones, who holds an MBA from the University of Florida, said this leadership conference is the result of numerous e-mails from SistersSpace.com members wanting to hold an event where they all could get together. SistersSpace.com was born on Sept. 15, 2008 and to date has nearly 3,000 members globally including the U.S., Africa, and Australia, said Jones, who is also community relations director for the Gainesville Regional Utilities,
The inugural conference will be held July 9-10, 2010 at Buckhead Hotel Atlanta, GA. But register now to take advantage of the early bird rates, which will increase to standard registration rates on Nov. 1.
Hotel stay is not included in the registration, however, Buckhead Hotel Atlanta is offering a special $109 per room rate. Registration rates for adult women: $155 through Oct. 31, $175 through Dec. 31, and $215 through March 31. Young ladies rates: $75 through Oct. 31; $100 through Dec. 31, and $135 through March 31. Men's rates: $50 through Oct. 31, $75 through Dec. 31, and $100 through March 31. To register, visit www.sistersspace.com/page/register-1. Sponsorships, which range from $2,500-$250 and include promotion and marketing opportunities, are available.
Jones said the conference will be inclusive with activities for women, men and young ladies. "We have excellent speakers planned," said Jones. "There is a youth track designed for girls under 18 which includes a tour of the Spelman campus, a slumber party and field trips to Black history museums. And programs and activities for men."
Activities include "town hall" meetings relevant to both women and men, a concert, a mother-daughter pre gala social, a gala, fitness Zumba sessions, shopping, recreation, tours, and more.
Jones said the keynote speaker will be Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans, author and professor of African American Studies and Women's Studies for the University of Florida. Other presenters include Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Lillian Lincoln Lambert, a successful businesswoman, and the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Business School, Dr. Rosalyn Vaughn, professor at Nova Southeastern University, author Catherine Collins, and others. Entertainment will include gospel singer Chantae Cann, pint-size singer sensation, Gerra Gistand, a 4th grader from Houston, Texas, and more.
Lynn Speer, director of marketing for SistersSpace.com, said the purpose of the conference is to give participants a sense of sisterhood, "We Black women have so much to offer, and we want to share that massage with the young ladies who are our future," Speer said.
For more information, call Jones at (352) 262-8158 or visit, www.sistersspace.com.
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