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2012 History Makers Gala and Iowa African American Women’s Leadership Conference Fast Approaching

Posted September 20, 2012 in Ankeny, Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA) – The 2012 History Makers Gala and African American Women’s Leadership Conference: “I Am My Sister’s Keeper” is fast approaching.  Now it its 7th year, the History Makers Gala will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at the Cedar Rapids Scottish Temple (616 A Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will honor three African American women as History Makers.  The Conference will be held Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott (1200 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402) and will provide 350 attendees with networking, personal and professional opportunities, and a chance to hear nationally-known speakers.  Both events are led by a volunteer committee working with African American Museum of Iowa (AAMI) staff.  The events serve as a fundraiser for the AAMI’s statewide educational programs.

At the Gala, three women will be honored for their contributions to improving the lives of all Iowans.  This year’s honorees are:

Sandra K. Bell, Ankeny – An innovative Elementary and Middle School Teacher and Administrator, Sandra Bell dedicated her professional life to education, creating and leading programs that served as a model for others.  Now retired, she is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a public service sorority, and her church.  

Dr. Mary L. Chapman, Des Moines – Dr. Mary L. Chapman has a long and distinguished career in higher education. Currently serving as the Vice President of Community and Workforce Partnerships at Des Moines Area Community College, she also serves on many community and civic boards and is a member of the Des Moines Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Dr. Geraldene Felton, Iowa City – Retired Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa (Iowa City), Dr. Geraldene Felton was recognized as a “living legend” by the American Academy of Nursing in 2000.  Constantly giving back to her profession and community, she has served on the board of several non-profit organizations.

The Conference will feature three, nationally-known keynote speakers addressing topics that will be of interest to all women.  These speakers are:

Lisa Nichols – a best-selling author, popular public speaker, and powerful coach, Lisa transformed her life from struggling single mom to motivational millionaire entrepreneur.  Hearing her speech, “Celebrating the SHERO in You” will be the first keynote of the day.

Valorie Burton – A Certified Personal and Executive Coach who has served hundred of clients in over 40 states and 8 countries, Valorie is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CAPP) Institute – a training and leadership development company.

Shirley Sherrod – Shirley, first black Director of Rural Development in Georgia, was put in the media spotlight by deceptive video-clip splicing.  She has written a book, “The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear.”

The keynote speakers will be available to sign books throughout the day during networking breaks.  The Conference will also feature an “Ask the Doctors” panel as part of the “Nurturing African American Women’s Health” session.  Attendees will find an array of stations where they can engage in discussions and activities about both mental and physical aspects of African American women’s health.  Bankers Trust is the premier sponsor for the Gala and Rockwell Collins is the presenting sponsor for the Conference.

Spots remain available for the History Makers Gala and Conference, but are expected to sell out prior to the events.  A Full Registration (Gala and Conference) is $125.  Conference-only is $99, Gala-only is $45, and Student (Conference-only) is $60; scholarships are available.  For more information about the Gala and Conference, please visit www.blaciowa.org/events or contact AAMI Development Director Grant Stevens at gstevens@blackiowa.org or 319-862-2101 ext. 223.

For more information on this or other programs please visit the AAMI website at www.blackiowa.org or call 319-862-2101.  The AAMI is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located at 55 12th SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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