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Renewal and Resilience Conference presented by the

Black Women’s Task Force

September 23, 2011 • Westin La Paloma

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Letter from the Black Women’s Task Force President

On behalf of the Black Women’sTask Force, I am pleased that you are attending our conference, “Breakthrough 2011: Resilience and Renewal.” Our organization, through patience and determination, perseveres throughout these trying times. You deserve the best and our presenters,panelists and speakers are just that---the best. Please enjoy today’s events and all of its amenities . It is our goal to empower our attendees to transcend to their greatest ambitions. Without dedicated members, our conferences would not be possible. We encourage you to become a member and add your concern, sensitivity and resources to our ranks. The Tucson Black Women’s Task Force salutes you. For you are all,”Unsung She- roes!” “How important it is for us to recognize and cebrate our heroes and she-roes!” Maya Angelou Sincerely, Annie Sykes

The Black Women’s Task Force knows how to host a wonderful event!! We brainstorm about what essentials we can offer to keep you in the know and moving forward. We then work to present these topics in a multi-faceted venue. We share stories of interesting women who work tirelessly to give back to the community with little fanfare and dedicated diligence. While you are our guest, we exercise your minds and at the end of the day we exercise your bodies. So enjoy, absorb, share, shop and network. It is all here at your finger tips. Peace & Love Edria Johnson, Co-Chair

Black Woman’s Task Force Conference Schedule “Breakthrough 2011: Resilience & Renewal” Friday, September 23, 2011 Registration: 7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. Opening: 7:50 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Good Morning: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Morning Speaker: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

National Anthem - Paul Johnson David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star Judge Penny Willrich (Retired) Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Professor of Law

Session I - 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

1. Destined for Greatness: Dr Amanda Goodson - The destination we experience depends on the mental image we hold in our minds. (Murphy I), 2. Bullying in the Workplace: Debra Knox - Workplace bullying affects millions of Americans; options for those affected. (Murphy II) 3. Basic Technology Workshops: Vera McBride -“What you need to know about basic technology to remain competitive in your current position or get your foot in the door of any organization.” (Murphy III) Session II - 10:15 a.m. -11:00 a.m. 4. Time Management: Veronica Phillips - Learn how to put “YOU” first with time management and goal techniques!” (Murphy III) 5. Health Workshop: Wanda Moore - “Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women” (Murphy II) 6. Communication Skills: Iola Johnson & Cheryl Lander -The Art of Communication: Tactics that Sway.” (Murphy I) Vendors - 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Vendor tables in the atrium

Lunch - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Sonoran Room • •

Elva Smith-White: Quincie Douglas Library - “Ain’t I A Woman!” Keynote Speaker - Dr. Janna Scott, Deputy Director, Center For the Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, US Department of Homeland Security

Session III - 1:15p.m.-2:30p.m. • •

Line Dancing - Tucson Slide Society (Murphy II & III) Panel Discussion on Civic and Political - Co-Sponsored by Arizona Women’s Political Caucus Participation by Women of Color (Finger Rock II & III)

Penny Willrich

Featured Presenters

Penny Willrich joined the Phoenix School of Law as a full time faculty member in 2005. Professor Willrich received promotion to full professor with tenure in March 2011 and was appointed as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs on June 1, 2011. She considers herself to have come full circle in the pursuit of the law as a profession. Prior to teaching at PSL, Professor Willrich served as the first African American woman trial court judge in the history of the State of Arizona from 1999 to 2005. She served in the Juvenile, Criminal, and Family Division. However, she continues to serve the Court as a Judge Pro Tem. Professor Willrich holds active licenses to practice law in Texas and Arizona. She is a member of the District Courts for the Northern District of Texas and Phoenix District. She is also admitted to the 5th and 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals. Professor Willrich provides pro bono counsel and advice to the residents of the Salvation Army Domestic Violence Shelter. She serves on the Boards of Directors for Community Legal Services, the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arizona African Drum and Dance, the Arizona Black Women Lawyers Association, the Arizona Black Lawyers Association, the Arizona Advocacy Network, the Mesa Community College Justice Department Advisory Board, and is the founder of the Arizona Youth Innocence Project, Inc. Professor Willrich was appointed to two Arizona Supreme Court Commissions – The Commission on Diversity in the Courts and The Centennial Commission. She was recently appointed by the Supreme Court to be a Disciplinary Hearing Officer on the new State of Arizona Disciplinary Panel as well as a Settlement Officer of the Disciplinary Panel. Professor Willrich has received many educational, community, and professional awards for her service to the Community. On February 22nd, 2011 the Black Law Students Association of PSL named its chapter after Professor Willrich and Judge Cecil Patterson, and it is now known as the Patterson-Willrich Black Law Student’s Association of Phoenix School of Law.

Dr Jannah Scott Dr Jannah Scott was appointed by President Obama in March 2009 and currently serves as the deputy director, Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role, Jannah provides access to programs, policies and engagement opportunities for faith-based and community groups on a broad array of homeland security issues. Her primary focus areas are interfaith dialogue and cooperation; disaster preparedness, response and recovery; citizenship and immigration: religious accommodation and the department’s faith-based information-sharing initiative. Prior to her presidential appointment, Jannah served as policy adviser, faith and community initiatives for former Governor--now Homeland Security Secretary--Napolitano. Jannah received advanced academic degrees from UC Berkeley in Planning, Policy and Regulation. She is an ordained minister, having received license and ordination with the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, Arizona and JGM Enternational Prayer life Institute. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in Theology from the Desert Rose Christian College, an ORU-affiliated theological school. Jannah’s passions are family and developing relationships across the global community.

Amanada Goodson: Amanda Goodson is currently serves in a leadership role for a major corporation in Arizona. She serves on the Advancing Minorities Interest in Engineering (AMIE) Board of Directors and leads the Pathway Committee for AMIE. As National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Senior Executive, Goodson was formerly the Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. In this position, she was an integral part of an elite team of Agency experts responsible for assuring the safety of the Space Shuttle propulsion elements, future manned space flight vehicles, and various NASA payloads in support of the nation’s space shuttle program. Prior to that appointment, Goodson was named Deputy Director of the SM&A Office. She was responsible for participating with the Director in planning, coordinating, and directing the Safety, Reliability, and Quality Assurance functions at MSFC. Goodson is a community leader and shepherd within Tucson, Arizona. She is President, Founder and on the Board Directors of Never the Same Ministries, a nonprofit organization that sponsors women’s conferences and training across the United States. She oversees The Never the Same 2 (NTS2) Ministries for youth and young adults - an effort to promote learning and education of within small communities. Goodson inspires, mentors and coaches a diverse group of leaders in business, industry and in the global community. She has earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Masters of Science in Management and a Doctor of Ministry degree. Deborah Knox Bullying in the Workplace Eliminate Bullying – Encourage Civility Bullying is…“repeated unreasonable actions toward an employee intended to intimidate and control.” Bullies are not just in schools; they are also in the workplace: 80% of targets of bullies are women; 81% of bullies are bosses/managers; 4 out of 5 minority employees will encounter workplace bullying and some bullies are coworkers. This workshop will help women identify bullying behaviors and offer suggestions for ways to deal with the problem. General Topics: • What is bullying behavior and how does it differ from other workplace behaviors? • What are some of the reasons for bullying behavior? • What options are available for those who are targets of bullies and some things you can do if you think you are being bullied? • How can we strengthen the self-confidence and self esteem of targets? Deborah Knox, President of Life Work Transitions, has over 30 years experience providing career consultation and training to help people discover and live their meaningful life work. She has a special interest in supporting individuals making mid-life transitions, by choice or otherwise, to move positively into the future. She is committed to creating a more healthy workplace based on helping individuals increase their awareness and self respect For more information contact her at

Vera McBride Vera serves as owner and operator for VMAC Business Development Solutions located in The Colony, TX. At present, Vera serves as the President of Divine Inspiration Toastmasters International Club; a member of the National Association of Women Professionals (NAWP) and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). She also serves as a member and mentor for the Business Women’s Mentoring Group at Covenant Church, where she teaches small business owners, how to develop a sound business plan and marketing strategies. Vera attended University of Phoenix and studied Marketing and Technology Management and has earned a double Masters degree in 2008. Vera also attended University of Phoenix and studied E-Business and earned a Bachelors degree in 2006. Vera is currently looking to pursue a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership/Information Systems and Technology degree which will be completed in the near future. Vera’s core expertise includes Construction and Land Development, Project Management, Business Development Training, Marketing, Grant Writing and working on mastering IT Implementation.”

Veronica Phillips Veronica (“VEE”) Phillips is President of iap consultants, LLC, a holistic marketing firm specializing in life and business coaching. Their goal is to eliminate negative life patterns as well as spiritual and emotional obstacles that prevent entrepreneurs, start-up companies, small businesses and potential leaders, from their optimal level of success. Veronica blends time-proven traditional and unconventional methodologies that are customized for each iap client through the utilization of intuitive marketing and business management strategies. This has led to the creation of “The iap System”™, a step-by-step plan that provides iap clients with the tools that they can choose to use in order to achieve the goals that they have for themselves both personally and professionally! Veronica has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer service and group presentations. She has a BA in Social Psychology, an MA in Organizational Management and is also a Certified Public Housing Manager. In addition, as an ordained minister, she integrates intuitive spiritual counseling within her business practice as well as an Usui Reiki Master (healer) since 1998.

Wanda F Moore Chair the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Minority Outreach Program, A member of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Advisory Board, UA Women’s Heart Health Education Committee Chair of the Community Coalition for Heart Heath Education for Women of Color. An active member of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Wanda is currently working with the community to build an endowment for research in heart disease for Women of Color.

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women Education Heart Health Initiative for Minority Outreach An Educational Talk on Heart Disease in Women Think women don’t have heart attacks? Think Again! Heart disease kills more women than men, and the incidence is rising. Heart Disease Symptoms in Women • Pain in upper back, jaw or neck • Shortness of breath • Flu-like symptoms: nausea or vomiting, cold sweats • Fatigue or weakness • Feelings of anxiety, loss of appetite, discomfort Heart Attack Warning Signs • Pressure, burning, squeezing in the center of the chest • Discomfort in one or both arms, shoulders, neck, jaw, stomach or back • Shortness of breath • Fatigue, cold sweat, nausea, weakness

Wanda F Moore, Chair of the UA Sarver Heart Minority Outreach Program, and Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, director of the Center, are working together to keep a focus on women of color and heart disease.

Dr Lorraine Mackstaller, MD Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Section of Cardiology at the University of Arizona. The Brach Foundation/ Brady Endowed Lecturer for Heart Disease in Women at UA Sarver Heart Center

Iola Johnson Throughout her career she has received numerous awards for excellence in journalism and community involvement. She has been recognized, along with women like former Congresswoman Barbara Jordon and astronaut Mae Jemison, in such publications as Texas Women, Black Texas Women, Who’s Who Among American Women and Outstanding Young Women of America. Dallas’ Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters recognized her as a Living Legend and she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Association of Black Communicators. An awarding-winning journalist, she considers her coverage of the war and famine on the Horn of Africa the highlight of her career, because it attacked a problem largely unknown and ignored by the media in this country. Her reports were featured on ABC World News and were credited with helping to focus attention on the problem. She was one of the first women and first African-Americans to anchor primetime newscasts in the country. She began her career at KVOA TV, Channel Four in Tucson, then moved to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area where she spent more than three decades as one of the most popular and influential journalist of the time. Iola Johnson is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with degrees in political science and journalism. During a career in television news that spanned more than 30 years, she specialized in political and people reporting, favoring stories that made a difference in the lives of individuals.

Panelists for Workshop Discussion on Civic and Political Participation by Women of Color: Co-Sponsored by Arizona Women’s Political Caucus Herschella Horton: Former AZ State Representative for 10 years, Tucson Civil Service Commissioner for 14 years, White House Conference on Mental Health Invited Participant. Professor Penny Willrich: Associate Dean Phoenix School of Law, was the first African American woman trial court judge in Arizona, continues to serve as Judge Pro Tem. Adelita Grijalva: TUSD Board Member, Director of Pima County Teen Court, 2008 Arizona School Counselor Advocate of the Year, Valle Del Sol Profile in Success Awardee 2010. Debra Johnson: Former Tucson City Council Candidate, former City Planning Commissioner, current Women’s Commission Member; employed with Tucson Urban League Emma Hughes-Juan: Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commissioner, involved with Girls Making Media. Claudia Jasso-Stevens: One of 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 in Arizona 2011, past AZ Women’s Conference Coordinator, Managing Partner for Jasso Development and Planning.

Debra Johnson

BWTF Members

My involvement in public life began as a neighborhood activist, founding the Corbett Neighborhood Association. We were able to get an initiative on the ballot for bond money that built the Clements and Freedom Park Neighborhood Centers. I studied community organizing at Industrial Areas Foundation National Training. My civic involvement led to my appointment to the City’s Planning Commission and a run for the Ward 4 City Council seat. Today, I’m a member of the Black Women’s Task Force, the NAACP, commissioner on the Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission and employed at Tucson Urban League.

Dinah McGlory “All that I am, all that I have accomplished, and all that I will become is by the Grace of God.”

Joanne Barlow Joanne Barlow is employed by La Frontera Arizona as a Human Resources Generalist. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of human resources as a director, manager, generalist and specialist. Joanne received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a Master of Christian Ministry degree. Joanne is a local and national member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is a project manager for the Tucson based “Never the Same Ministries”. Joanne believes there are lessons and blessings in every storm we go through.

Donna Liggins Donna Liggins has been a resident of Tucson AZ for 53 years and moved from Las Vegas at a young age. Retired from the city of Tucson after 42 year’s of service. Have been a member of the Black Women Task Force for 31 year’s. Currently, the President of NAACP for 6 years. In addition, was involved in varies organization, but most of all she is a child of God. Have a loving husband, Carl Liggins, for 22 years; Mother of 5 children(1 is deceased); eight grandchildren and three great grand-children.

Colette Marie Sims, Ph.D. As a member of the Black Womens Task Force (BWTF) and board member of the Coalition of African-American Health and Wellness (CAAHW), Dr. Sims has throughout a career of teaching, curriculum development and research remained committed to the improvement of health and well-being - and reducing and, ultimately, eliminating health disparities among racial/ethnic minority women and medically underserved populations in Arizona.

Alison Hughes Alison Hughes is a founding member of the Black Women’s Task Force. She is Director Emeritus of the Rural Health Office in The University of Arizona where for over two decades she served as a faculty member in the college of Medicine, and later in the College of Public Health. Alison is the current chair of the Pima County/Tucson Women’s Commission, and is a board member of the Arizona Rural Health Association and Borderlands Theater. In 2003 she co-chaired the Arizona Women’s Conference. She was the first Executive Director of the Tucson Women’s Commission in the 70’s while at the same time serving on Governor Bruce Babbitt’s Commission on Women. She recently completed a six year term on the Arizona Commission on the Arts to which she was appointed Governor Janet Napolitano Shirley Hockett Shirley was born and raised in Tucson AZ. She retired from Raytheon Missile Systems Co., in December 1999 and has since traveled extensively to South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean and Mexico. She currently operates a homebased Cruise and Tour Company entitled Travel Tips. She is the Chair of Operations for The Dunbar Project and the secretary for The Chocolate Dolls Civic and Social Club. Shirley is a graduate of St. Mary’s College with a BS degree in Public Management. Her motto “Dream it and you can Achieve it”.

Edria Johnson Is retired from American Airlines. She is a business owner and is active in the community. Edria is a graduate of University of Phoenix with a BS in Marketing and a MBA in Global Management. She loves to travel, loves her children and grandchildren and especially loves her husband Paul Johnson.

Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP Marie A. Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP, is Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. She also has joint appointments in the Department of Surgery and Division of Health Promotion Sciences. She received her BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from The University of Georgia and Masters in Public Health from Emory University. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is Founder and Executive Director of the Medication Access Program, which increases medication access to transplant patients. She has served in numerous elected leadership positions in professional organizations. With more than 240 publications and $8 million in external funding as principal investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations, she is a prolific scholar. In 2008, a textbook co-edited by Dr. Chisholm-Burns, Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice, received the Medical Book Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She has received numerous awards, including the Ruby Award from Soroptimist of Tucson. She is a member of the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus and the Black Women’s Task Force.

Sandy Davenport Sandy is a Caregiver Specialist for Pima Council on Aging and is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She also works as a Clinical Social Worker at UMC Hospital. Sandy has worked for 25 years in the Tucson area providing counseling, medical social work services, training, and community collaboration, with special emphasis on addressing violence against women and advocacy for women.

Pat Wiedhopf Pat Wiedhopf is a Special Staff Assistant to the Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall. She actively participates in organizations that create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership, and power; increase women’s participation in the political process; address the changing needs of education; and work to eliminate racism. Pat received her B.A. in Secondary Education with a major in English literature and minor in art from The University of Arizona. She serves as a Commissioner and secretary of the Tucson/Pima County Metropolitan Education Commission and she is a member and past president of the YWCA-Tucson Board of Directors; vice-president of operations of the Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors; president of the Vista Del Rio Resident’s Association, Inc.; president of the Arizona Women’s Political Caucus - Tucson Chapter; a board member of the National Women’s Political Caucus; and participates in many other community organizations as a member and volunteer. Pat is an elected Precinct Committeeman and is actively involved in politics at the local, state, and national levels.

Yevette Sykes A native of Kansas City, KS, she is a graduate of Langston University with a Bachelors of Science degree. Ms. Sykes has been employed with the YMCA of Southern Arizona for the past 20 years. She currently is Senior Program Director at the Northwest YMCA. She also is creator of “Yevette’s Saturday Special Home Cooked Meals.” Yevette is an active member of the Tucson Black Women’s Task Force and Tucson Slide Society.

Tai Owens

Annie Sykes Annie Marie Sykes is a Project Coordinator for the City of Tucson, Housing and Community Development Department. She is a Rosa Parks Award Recipient, member of Mt. Calvary Social Justice Ministry, 2nd Vice President of the Tucson Chapter National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a proud member of the Tucson Slide Society.

Ann Fortune Gamble A native of St. Louis, Mo, moved to Tucson and became active in the community immediately. She is an actor, singer, writer, poet extraordinaire, community activist, has taken on the challenge as care giver of her mother and now fighting for her life as a dialysis patient. Mrs. Gamble has been a member of the Black Women’s Task Force for 21 years and is the past Board member of the YWCA of Tucson, The Envelope Please, CODAC Behavioral Health and Borderlands Theater. She is also a past BWTF Unsung Shero, former Girl Scout leader and troop organizer, and was honored in Phoenix, AZ, at a fundraiser to build an orphanage for orphans in South Africa whose parents have died from AIDS. She has served on the Tucson MLK Celebration Committee and the Tucson Branch of the NAACP. She is a member of Prince Chapel AME Church and is the Asst. Chapter Rep. of the Tucson Chapter of the GMWA, Inc. and served as Food Drive Coordinator for Carondelet Health Network. She is married to David L. Gamble.

Lorri Tuomey

Denise Morse

Tribute The Black Women’s Task Force honors Ms. Dorothy Patterson. Ms. Patterson joined BWTF in 1977 A longtime member and loyal supporter she will be missed.


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Congratulations on the 33rd Annual Black Women’s Taskforce Conference!

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Envisioning a world where women and girls are able to achieve their full potential and pursue their dreams.

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BLACK WOMEN’S TASK FORCE In Hosting its 2011 Conference *********************************************************************


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The Coalition for African American Health and Wellness is pleased to support the Black Women’s Task Force and the Resiliency and Renewal Conference.

Congratulations to the winners of the Unsung Hero Award.

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Trinity Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 1025 E 30th Street Tucson, AZ 85713 520-792-9819

Dr. Amanda H. Goodson, Pastor We invite you to join us. Sunday Church School: 10:00am Sunday Praise & Worship: 11:00am Wednesday Bible Study: 6:30pm Lonnie and Amanda Goodson

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