Conference to Address Issues Affecting Women of Color

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  • Conference to be held Saturday, March 16 at 9 AM
  • To register for the event, contact Valerie Dudley at (610) 660-1015 or

Monday, March 12, 2012

In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity, SJU Women of Color Planning Committee and the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc; Omega Omega Chapter, Saint Joseph’s will host a conference to address issues impacting women of color in the community. The conference, which will feature speakers from various cultural and professional backgrounds, will be held on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 9 a.m. in the University’s Campion Student Center.

Among the featured speakers are Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean, authors of The Little Black Book of Success, Laws of Leadership for Black Women.  The three women are also founders of Leadership Excellence and Development Strategies LLC (L.E.A.D.S), an organization that promotes leadership and professional advancement for individuals of diverse backgrounds.  Their book, which has been nominated by the NAACP’s 2011 “Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Instructional,” guides women in the advancement of their careers and toward becoming effective leaders in their chosen fields.

The conference will also feature women who are experts in law, health, spirituality and other areas.  Valerie Dudley, Ph.D., director of Institutional Diversity at Saint Joseph’s, will lead a panel that will address the role of women of color in corporate America, titled “Diversity: Women of Color Today.”

“This panel will look at the impact of diversity in the workplace and how women of color are making an impact,” says Dudley.  “It will also look at the challenges and the successes they have made in their fields,” she adds.

Although the event is geared at addressing issues impacting women of color, women of all races can benefit from attending.

“All women who attend the conference will benefit from the workshops that will be presented,” says Dudley.  “The focus of the conference is to bring women of color together in particular to talk about issues that impact them, but all women are invited and would find the conference of interest.”

The event will also provide networking opportunities for attendees, and will conclude with a book signing with Brown, Haygood, and McLean.

To register for the event, contact Dudley at (610) 660-1015 or

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