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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.

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

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.

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.

Coastal Federal Credit Union- WEN Sponsor

Life Stages of Homeownership presented by Coastal Federal Credit Union

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!


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

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

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.”

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

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.

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?’

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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).

5 Essentials of Real Health presented by Revolution Chiropractic

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

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

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.


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

Tesca Kinard, Organ Transplant Recipient

Women’s Empowerment 2016 Seminar Listing  was originally published on foxync.com

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