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Women’s Empowerment Friday Seminars

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The Power of Positive Parenting presented by Durham County Triple P

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valle

Time: 1:00p – 2:00p


Learn the five key principles of positive parenting that can help make raising children and teenagers easier and more enjoyable for both you and the kids. The principles are: (1) Insuring a safe engaging environment. (2) Creating a positive learning environment. (3)Using assertive discipline. (4) Having Reasonable Expectation. (5) Looking after yourself as a parent.

Speaker: Christian Adams, BSW, MSW  |  Triple P Program Coordinator — Accredited Triple P Provider

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Empowering Women of The Triangle Awards Gala

Keynote Speaker Denise Bennett, Wells Fargo, Raleigh  Market President

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley

Time: 6:00p – 9:00p

Denise Bennett has been a champion to many business owners across the state over the last three decades.  An author, entrepreneur, and professional speaker, Bennett now serves as the Raleigh Market President for Wells Fargo continuing to navigate the intricate maze of commercial and business lending on behalf of others.  As the title of her latest book indicates and with a heart and spirit of serving others, we recognize Denise S Bennett as “A Chosen Seed: from Mustard Seed to Abundance.”

Women’s Empowerment Saturday Seminars

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Financial Freedom: Preparing Your Financial Future presented by AARP

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 11:30a – 12:00p

AARP Foundation Finances 50+℠ is a financial capability program designed to motivate and empower participants to take charge of their financial future and make the most of the financial resources that they have. Finances 50+ materials cover budgeting and goal setting, taking charge of credit and debt, and developing a savings plan and protecting your assets. Exercises and resources are designed to provide motivation, education, and support for positive action to help participants reach their self-defined goals—whatever they may be—and build financial habits that will help them thrive.

Presented by: Cousin Kera and Michael Jordan Nissan

SCORES UP presented by Cousin Kera and Michael Jordan Nissan

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

What are we doing that is hurting our credit scores? Free tips on how to make fast changes to boost our credit scores immediately and qualify for whatever we want.

Easy Fit Fat-Burning Seminar presented by Thomas Michaels

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12: 15 p.m.

The seminar will focus on a unique fat burning procedure that is very effective for all those who are struggling with extra unwanted pounds.  Our program involves detoxification cleaning microcirculation, radiant light therapy and muscle toning.  We also educate on proper eating patterns and portions.  The program is very educational and inspirational.

Myths and Realities of Organ Donation presented by Community Health Coalition, Inc.

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

The opportunity, challenge, issue and need for this presentation and documentary screening are to raise the awareness of the importance of organ donation; address the many myths and misinformation surrounding organ donation, create open dialog with the community on its need for organs due to health issues like diabetes, stress, hypertension and finally seek ways to eliminate the identified barriers to donor registration of African Americans.


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Carmelita Spicer

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Tesca Kinard


Carmelita Spicer, Director, Programs for Community Health Coalition, Inc. & Director of Documentary

Tesca Kinard, Organ Transplant Recipient

Coastal Federal Credit Union- WEN Sponsor

Life Stages of Homeownership presented by Coastal Federal Credit Union

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Whether you’re saving up or settling down, a home is likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make. Join us as we examine the life stages of homeownership and the changing topics you should consider along the way. Our panel will include a Daymark Realtor, a Mortgage Loan Officer, and a veteran of the banking industry.  We’ll cover everything from First Time Home Buyer programs, refinancing your mortgage, leveraging the equity in your home, reverse mortgages and more!

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Priscilla Awkard

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Karen Ashley


Priscilla Awkard, Manager, Community Engagement

Wendy Dawson, Mortgage Sales Manager

Trevena Garel, Daymark/Realtor/Broker

Karen Ashley, Mortgage Loan Officer

Desiree Bolibaugh, Community Engagement Officer


Resume Writing 101 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield

A resume is a marketing tool that outlines your relevant skills, experience and education so an employer can see, at a glance, how you can contribute to the company.  Join us to learn more about the do and don’ts.

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 2:30 – 3 p.m.

Speakers: Tishea Medley, HR Recruiter and Kimberly Evans, Recruiting Coordinator

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Tishea Medley is a skilled Human Resources professional who offers 4+ years of recruiting and program management experience in a fast paced environment across healthcare & health insurance sectors. She’s recruited and filled nonexempt/exempt level, director and executive level requisitions. Tishea takes great pride in successfully managing/staffing 3 high volume, full cycle, call centers at BCBSNC. She is a highly motivated, enthusiastic optimist who enjoys thinking outside of the box to recruit top talent for the enterprise. She embodies a true passion for program management and making matches and believes transparency, honesty, and open communication is key to all successful relationships.

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Kimberly Evans is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Mt. Olive College.  She has been an employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC since 2006 beginning in Commercial Operations and then transitioning to HR.  For the last 3 years she has worked as a member of the Talent Acquisition team.  One of her greatest areas of fulfillment within this role is the facilitation of Career Development, Resume and Interview workshops; conducting dozens of them each year for Blue Cross employees as well as within the surrounding communities.  It is her desire to equip job seekers with every tool and all information possible in an effort to maximize their opportunity for employment, promotion and optimal compensation.

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Raising Confident, Competent Children presented by Durham County Triple P Program

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 4 – 5:15 p.m.

In this seminar parents are introduced to six core building blocks for children to become confident and successful at school and beyond. These competencies are: (1) Showing respect to others. (2) Being considerate. (3) Having good communication and social skills. (4) Having healthy self-esteem. (5) Being a good problem solver. (6) Becoming independent.

Speaker: Christian Adams, BSW, MSW  |  Triple P Program Coordinator — Accredited Triple P Provider

Holy Millionaire Club

Location: Arena A

Time: 4 – 4:45 p.m.

This seminar is an entrepreneurship training session on how to transform your dreams, ideas and vision into an organized, successful business. It will provide biblical principles of leadership and strategies on how to move your idea forward. We will look at limiting beliefs and provide tools to challenge those beliefs that keep us from living our best life. This seminar will inspire and motivate entrepreneurs at every level to move into and live in the big story, the promises of God.

Speaker: Yvette J. Munroe

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Yvette J. Munroe is the Founder and President of Holy Millionaire Club.  She is a serial Entrepreneur, a published author, public speaker, minister, and business development consultant.  Yvette J. Munroe has spent more than 30 years in the work of helping others achieve greatness. Her passion and commitment is evident in her social entrepreneurship endeavors.  Ms. Munroe founded an early education center, a healthcare organization, a high impact tutoring program, and a Charter School.   She has provided business consulting and coaching services to entrepreneurs for more than 10 years.

After receiving a quality education and landing her dream job, Ms. Munroe found her life wanting.  She decided to take a leap of faith, leave her dream job and pursue her passion.  Being passionate about stopping the cycle of poverty, she opened a high quality early education center.  Realizing that children and families were challenged with complex health care needs, Mrs. Munroe founded and ran a behavioral healthcare organization.  She successfully managed this organization in removing barriers to accessing effective healthcare.  Leading a team of physicians, psychologists and health care professionals she worked to empower all citizens with hope, help, and healing.   This work resulted in positive outcomes for persons served. This organization generated millions of dollars in revenue annually.

Intensifying  her actions  to bring people into abundance, Ms. Munroe founded a charter school.  The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders serves children in kindergarten through 8th grade.  She enjoys her role as a transformational leader of educators dedicated to changing the course of young lives.

Mrs. Munroe has been happily married to Courtney Munroe for 24 years.  They share 2 highly successful adult children and are currently empty nesters.

The Holy Millionaire Club is the newest program developed by Yvette J. Munroe to provide training and support to entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Through this program Ms. Munroe provides coaching, consulting and business services to entrepreneurs in an effort to assist them in launching or growing their business. Mrs. Munroe says, “Money is not the goal. It is the result of living a passionately disciplined life.  The right process produces the right results.”

The Lady Docs™ presents #womenredefined

sponsored by Durham Family Medicine

Location: Arena A

Time: 2:15 – 3 p.m.

Learn practical tips from the lady docs themselves to improve your health, lower your stress and redefine what it means to be a beautiful woman from the inside out.

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Moderator and Host: Tamara Gibbs, previously of WTVD ABC-11 News and author of ‘Single Serving for Single Women™’



Dr. Cicely Mitchell, Co-founder of The Art of Cool Festival and founder of ‘So When Do I Clap?’

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Cicely E. Mitchell, Dr.PH. is the president and co-founder of the Art of Cool Project, a 501(c)(3) jazz presenting nonprofit organization located in Durham, North Carolina. The mission of the Art of Cool Project is to present, promote and preserve jazz-influenced music. The goal of the project is to expand the audience for jazz. Mitchell oversees the presentation of high quality live music concerts in unique venues throughout the Triangle. She spearheads the organization’s two major programs, the Art of Cool Festival and StArt of Cool.

Mitchell maintains a passion for promoting progressive jazz and alternative soul music to a wide audience. AOCFEST extends this passion throughout Durham and the Triangle region. In addition, she founded StArt of Cool in 2014 along with business partner, Al Strong. This jazz education pilot program provides education for students interested in learning more about the performance and fundamentals of jazz.

Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, and her Master of Science in biostatistics degree and her doctorate in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her work with the Art of Cool Project, she is a senior statistician for Pharm-Olam International. She currently resides in downtown Durham, NC.

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne, The Transformation and Rejuvenation Expert™ and author of ‘A Woman’s Guide to De-stress for Success™’

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Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne (“Dr. Tiffany”) is a highly-respected board certified family physician of over 15 years. She is also an assistant professor, national speaker, author, Founder & CEO of the Institute of Transformational Health & Wellness Inc, as well as an on-air health expert as it relates to various issues seen in primary care.

She is a tireless advocate for health and wellness, and is a trusted resource committed to teaching audiences how to master the essentials of obtaining optimal health and wellness.

Whether she is treating patients in the office or appearing as a keynote, speaking to audiences with her lighthearted and engaging personality on topics such as stress management, whole health and victorious living, Dr. Tiffany is truly passionate about educating and encouraging others in a practical way. Her goal –to transform the lives of those she encounters from the inside out.  Because of this, it is no wonder that she is affectionately known as The Doctor With A Heart For People™

Dr. Tiffany has made media appearances to discuss various topics in primary care. She’s  been sought out for her expertise and featured on various television news media such as WRAL-TV 60 Seconds to Good Health, ABC11-WTVD News (Raleigh-Durham), and Time Warner Cable News 14. She was also featured on The Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis show for her care of a patient with an atypical presentation of lupus.

“The Difference”:  Dr. Tiffany specializes in helping women who are broken become whole™. She does this by combining her years of experience as an osteopathic medical physician with her faith-based principles to help women of all influences master the keys needed to live at their best –mind, body & spirit.  She is your Transformation & Rejuvenation Expert™.

Dr. Tiffany earned her Doctorate of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine.  She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree with minors in chemistry and psychology from Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland, graduating with honors.

Throughout her career, Dr. Tiffany has received numerous awards of recognition.  Additionally, she has shared her expertise and insights on various advisory boards and committees.  Most recently, Dr. Tiffany was appointed to the executive board of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) as their membership chair. She was also named an official American Osteopathic Association (AOA) speaking representative for the state of North Carolina to address relevant health topics and concerns.

Dr. C. Nicole Swiner/Docswiner, Author of ‘How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex™’ and owner of Swiner Publishing Company

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How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex is both a labor of necessity and of love for Dr. Swiner, as she started writing shortly after residency and starting her practice as a family doctor. The articles were born out of a desire to help her community and were featured in a local newspaper. The writings soon developed common themes, such as the importance of preventive health and of self-awareness as a way to prevent illness. After 7 years, she dreamed of putting all of her common sense medical advice into book form. And thus, How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex was born. The superwoman (or superman) complex is the false belief that one person can be all things to all people, perfectly. It can have devastating effects—emotionally, mentally and physically. She hopes this book will serve as a guide for recovering superwomen (and supermen) everywhere to avoid said negative effects, and to make it a little easier and less stressful to take care of one’s self and family. Nicole Swiner, MD, is a family physician, wife and mother of 2 in North Carolina. She loves taking care of the family as a whole—from the cradle to the grave. Her interests include Minority Health, Women’s Health and Pediatrics. For her undergraduate education, she attended Duke University and went to medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC. She’s lived in the Triangle since finishing residency at the University of North Carolina and continues teaching medical students and residents as an Adjunct Associate Professor with the university’s Family Medicine department. When she’s not treating patients at Durham Family Medicine, she’s speaking in the community, writing, or spending time with her family. Her passion is making medicine “plain” to her patients, so that all people, from all walks of life, can understand how to take better care of themselves and their families.

Since the release of the book in March 2015, she has been speaking locally and nationally for organizations, groups, high schools and universities about stress management, health matters and self-care. She does biweekly broadcasts online and on Periscope, entitled “#WellnessWednesdays” and “#(No)Superwoman Saturdays,” that are interactive and live. She enjoys helping others and doing events in a Q&A format to allow people to ask those “stupid” questions they may be afraid to ask anyone else.

Along with speaking and teaching, she added self-publishing consultant to her list of duties, as friends and colleagues around her became inspired to write and publish themselves. Through Swiner Publishing Co., she serves as a liaison and “accountability partner” for those wanting to follow in her footsteps to begin a new career in book writing, marketing and speaking.

In January 2016, she launched her inaugural women’s health conference, called “New Year, New You,” and hosted a sold out crowd filled with 20+ vendors, live music, over 14 speakers, 2 panel discussions and give-aways. She hopes it will be the first of many.

5 Steps of P.O.W.E.R. To Shift Your Life From Mundane To MIRACULOUS!

presented by North Carolina Theatre featuring Sandra Dubose

This seminar is at 2 p.m. on Empowerment Friday at Crabtree Valley Mall.

In this musical performance and motivational presentation, Ms. Dubose will teach 5 steps that will help you break through the mental and emotional barriers that hinder you from realizing your fullest potential. If you have felt stuck in a rut, this session will reignite your fire by drawing on the P.O.W.E.R from our past, to illuminate your path toward the life you deserve and truly desire. Sponsored by the North Carolina Theatre.

About Sandra Dubose

Sandra Dubose is clearly on her way to becoming an international,multi-media success. This native New Yorker, known as The Bald Beauty Queen of Self-Esteem, is a dynamic motivational speaker, author and smooth jazz vocalist with an inspiring personal story that has made history, and national media headlines. Sandra is a role model for women of all ages and teaches them how to build healthy self-esteem through the practice of self love and self acceptance. She is a patient advocate for women’s health issues and has been ever since the age of 25, when she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, alopecia areata. This incurable condition resulted in the loss of all of the hair on her scalp and body and subsequently, the loss of her self-esteem. She was forced into a compelling journey of self discovery and had to learn firsthand how to heal emotional wounds, overcome obstacles and rebuild her confidence. As a testament of her courage and star power as a vocalist, in March 2011, Sandra competed bald in a statewide beauty pageant. She made history when she was crowned 2011 Mrs. Black North Carolina, the first Bald Beauty Queen of the state. In her life changing book, “My Crown and Glory, It’s Not About the Hair,” she shares her personal life lessons and six principles she used to shift her life from being a victim, to living in victory. Sandra is sought out nationally to deliver her empowering message through words and song. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 Radical Woman Award, 2013 SWIBA Inspirational Entrepreneur of the Year Award and 2015 Lamplighter Award for Health Outreach. This positive role model and youth mentor is being the change she wants to see in this world, and paving the way for others to do the same.

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For Our Children: Empowering Women and Families Through K-12 Education

presented by Parents for Educational Freedom North Carolina

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 4 p.m.

Please join Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) a panel discussion with celebrity guest Keshia Knight Pulliam Hartwell and powerful NC women in education, Tammi Sutton, KIPP NC and Minnie Forte-Brown, Durham Public School Board, for an engaging discussion about the importance of empowering women and families through K-12 Education.

Moderator: Darrell Allison

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As president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, Darrell Allison continues to lead strategic efforts to redefine the meaning of public education. To him, it means every parent, regardless of income or zip code, should have the ability to choose the educational model that best meets the needs of their children. Darrell has worked toward the passage of several parental school choice milestones in North Carolina, including the elimination of the public charter school cap, the creation of the Children with Disabilities Grant, and the Opportunity Scholarship Program. A former White House intern, Darrell graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and received his juris doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.


Keisha Knight Pulliam Hartwell, Former Cosby Star & House of Payne Star

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Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam Hartwell is the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Emmy Award. At 5 years old, Keshia was cast as Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” Keshia has starred in multiple TV movies and films and was a cast member of Tyler Perry’s award-winning show, “House of Payne.” A graduate of Spelman College, Keshia started her non-profit, the Kamp Kizzy Foundation, in 2010. Using her background in sociology, Keshia has created a free mentorship camp for youth ages 11-16 in her current home of Atlanta, GA. Having herself attended public schools and nonpublic schools during her educational journey, Keshia understands the power of parental school choice and the importance of making sure that all families exercise that right.

Tammi Sutton, Founder & Executive Director Of KIPP NC Public Schools

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Tammi Sutton is the Founder and Executive Director of KIPP ENC Public Schools, which includes KIPP Gaston College Preparatory (GCP), KIPP Halifax College Preparatory and KIPP Durham College Preparatory. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award. Two years ago, Tammi was appointed by the Governor to the NC Charter Advisory Board, and she has previously served on the North Carolina Blue Ribbon Commission on Charter Schools. Tammi, a first-generation college graduate, earned her BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degrees in English and Political Science. She earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University.

Minnie Forte-Brown, Chair of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education

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Minnie Forte-Brown is Chair of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education. A retired communications specialist and master teacher, Dr. Forte-Brown taught in the Department of English and Mass Communications at North Carolina Central University. She is a member of the NC School Board Association Board of Directors and also serves as an officer for the National School Board Association. Dr. Forte-Brown is on the Steering Committee and Resolutions Committee and serves as the Vice-Chair for the Council of Urban Boards of Education. Additionally, she was appointed to the NC Council of the Status of Women and the Gang Advisory Task Force. She is also co-founder of the East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI).

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5 Essentials of Real Health presented by Revolution Chiropractic

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 5 – 5:45 p.m

Dr. Jason Hanba finds the cause(s) of his patient’s poor health. Through the 5 essentials of Real Health his patients are able to function and heal optimally and their bodies can heal from the inside out.


Dr. Jason Hanba, Doctor of Chiropractic

Danielle Boisvert, Clinic Administrator

Dream Building (Write Your Vision; Nurture Your Dream) presented by Sherrill’s University of Barber & Cosmetology

Location: Arena Club B

Time: 5 p.m.

This seminar is intended to ignite the fire that’s in you to help you build upon your dream and make it a reality. Many people go to the grave everyday with dreams and goals, Mrs. Wanda Short will help motivate you to take your dream to the next level!


Wanda B. Short

Marcus Short

5:30p – 6:45pVarsity Club

The Rich Life presented by: See.Her.Evolve/Karen Bonner

Location: Varsity Club

Time: 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

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If you are stuck or feel like you cannot get ahead in life, this seminar is for you! Karen Bonner will teach you applicable strategies that will ignite the fire to fuel your dreams.  See.Her.Evolve. was created to assist women in identifying and discovering their purpose in life. This class is not only motivating but life altering! Get ready to live your best life.

Entrepreneurship Workshop presented by Lipsynk Cosmetics

Location: Arena Club A

Time: 6 – 6:45 p.m.

To go over becoming an entrepreneur sharing with the audience how to become a business women/man, how to create their business ideal, how to formulate their Incorporation, and tax id information for the business, explaining how important it is to write their vision on paper how to network and how important that is, and getting a mentor or an accountability partner.

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