Building Bridges: Issues, Practices and Solutions (Spelman WOCC)

Venue: Spelman College/Cobb Galleria Centre

Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Event Date/Time: May 08, 2007 End Date/Time: May 10, 2007
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The Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, also known as the LEADS Center, will bring together descendants of two historic leaders, Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt, when it hosts the fourth annual Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference, May 8-10, in Atlanta, Ga.
This year’s conference, themed “Building Bridges: Issues, Practices and Solutions,” will continue to build on the Center’s reputation for fostering frank and engaging dialogue between women of diverse backgrounds and bringing forward innovative methods to shape their environments. Highlighting this year’s conference is “A Conversation on Race, Class and Gender” featuring Mazie Ferguson, a great grandniece of Mary McLeod Bethune, and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt. Moderated by award-winning poet and Spelman alumna Pearl Cleage, the discussion takes place May 8 as a pre-conference event.
In addition, Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands and former president, Beverages, Desserts and Post Division – a $5 billion unit of Kraft Foods – will give a keynote address on May 9.
"Women are championing significant changes around the world as well as here at home, and it is imperative that we give them tools to build alliances with women and men of all ethnicities,” said Dr. Jane E. Smith, executive director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Spelman College. “They must tap into their innate and natural leadership skills in order to find cooperative solutions to our most urgent challenges. The Building Bridges: Issues, Practices and Solutions conference will provide a forum to exchange ideas and share best practices to promote multicultural leadership these women can apply in the workplace and the world they live in.”
Additional distinguished speakers include: Beverly Wright, Native Digital Smoke Signals; Chief Brenda Commander, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians; Councilwoman Kim Hazard, Narragansett Indian Tribe; Councilwoman B. Cheryl Smith; Jena Band of Choctaw Indians and Elizabeth Neptune, Passamaquoddy Tribe – Indian Township.
The three-day event will be held at Spelman College and the Cobb Galleria Centre, respectively. Conference schedule and additional details including registration can be found by visiting