3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference

March 10, 2014 | CUNY Matters, Medgar Evers College

Students, faculty, and staff, join us in saluting the legacy of New York City’s first black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, at the 3rd Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference, March 15, 2014. The conference will be a daylong gathering of elected officials, community activists, business leaders and educators, including: NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

Presented by Black Women for Fairness, Equity & Justice in collaboration with the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College, the theme for this year’s conference is “A Legacy Reborn” and will address concerns centered around women’s health, education and financial disparities.  The Black Women for Fairness, Equity & Justice, headed by former New York City Council Member Una Clarke, aims to use the conference as a policy think tank and platform to highlight the status and aspirations of women of African descent in Brooklyn.

The event will begin with a ‘Women in Leadership’ power breakfast focusing on electoral empowerment and key legislative issues.  The educational and transformative program will also include panels on professional and spiritual development and workshops on small business creation and resume writing.

Scheduled panelists include educators, Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph, President, Bronx Community College and Dr. Evelyn Castro, Associate Dean, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; immigration specialist, Dr. Claire Nelson, Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS); health care professionals, Dr. Miriam Vincent, Director of Family Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Ms. Norma Amsterdam, RN, Executive Vice President, Union 1199; and social service experts Bishop Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales, Black Women for Fairness Equity & Justice and Kimberly Hardy, NYC Deputy Commissioner for Housing Community Partnership.

The program will close with a VIP reception honoring black women in the judiciary system.

Shirley Chisholm was an educator, author, and politician.  In 1968, as the first African-American woman elected to Congress, she represented the 12th Congressional District for seven terms until 1983. On January 25, 1972, she became the first major-party black candidate for President of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Academic papers and presentations from this year’s Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference will be published by the Caribbean Research Center’s journal, Wadabagei.

Event Details 

Students $10.00 / Advance General Admission $20 ($25 at the Door)
Includes Breakfast, Lunch, VIP Reception & Art Show
E-mail registration to blackwomenefj@gmail.com, call (718) 270-6218 / (718) 940-2480  or Fax (718) 940-2481                 

Saturday, March 15th 2014
8:00am – 3:30pm

VIP Reception & Art Auction
3:45pm – 5:30pm

Medgar Evers College, CUNY – Academic Building 1, 2nd Floor Cafeteria
1637 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225