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2019 WOMEN’S CONFERENCE Oct. 18-19, 2019 Metropolitan Campus

Two days of uplift with African American sister friends PRESENTING SPONSOR


Welcome from the College President As president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®), I am pleased to welcome you to the Third Annual Black Diamonds Women’s Conference and to our Metropolitan Campus. The Tri-C community is honored to host this event, which provides unique opportunities for networking, and professional and personal development. During the conference, you will take part in valuable workshops and hear from thoughtful speakers with a focus on mental, emotional and physical well-being, in additional to financial empowerment and educational opportunities. It is my sincere hope that each of you leaves this event with a fresh perspective and a renewed spirit. I would like to extend a special thanks to our conference sponsors, the conference planning committee and all of the dedicated faculty, staff and volunteers who assisted with this inspiring gathering. On behalf of Cuyahoga Community College, I thank you for attending the 2019 Black Diamonds Women’s Conference and encourage you to take advantage of all this event has to offer. Sincerely, Alex Johnson, Ph.D. President, Cuyahoga Community College

Welcome from the Metro Campus Interim President I am honored to host the Third Annual Black Diamonds Conference at Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus. The College’s flagship campus, Metro is home to the Manufacturing Technology and Creative Arts Centers of Excellence as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. I hope that as you enjoy the conference, you will also explore opportunities to deepen your engagement with Tri-C. The Black Diamonds Conference is a collaboration between schools, community organizations, corporate partners and individuals to provide developmental opportunities for African American women and girls in Northeast Ohio. Whether you are in high school, enrolled in college or establishing yourself as a professional, you are sure to benefit from today’s programming. Special thanks are due to the Black Diamonds Conference Committee for organizing this event, as well as to the presenters, Tri-C team members, sponsors and volunteers who helped bring it to fruition. On behalf of Tri-C, I thank you for attending the 2019 Black Diamonds Conference and hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities for networking and personal and professional development. Sincerely, Denise McCory, Ed.D Interim President, Metropolitan Campus Cuyahoga Community College

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Welcome from the Conference Co-Chairs On behalf of the Black Diamonds planning committee, our partners, sponsors, presenters and volunteers, we welcome you to the 2019 Black Diamonds Women’s Conference. From executive to architect, teacher to student, each presenter is here because she wants to spend time with you. Each story will inspire, encourage and motivate. Be open to the experience. Ask questions. Explore a career or educational path that you might not have considered before today. These two days of sister-to-sister encouragement, empowerment and exploration are for you. May you be uplifted, encouraged and empowered to be your best self. None of this would be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. Their gifts allowed us to present this conference to everyone with a desire to attend. Thank you for believing in this conference. To our partners participating in the Resource Fair — thank you for your commitment to providing resources, services and support to our attendees. The committee is tremendously appreciative of Cuyahoga Community College administration for providing the facilities, resources and support to host the conference and its related activities for the past three years. And to our attendees — thank you for attending. You are Black Diamonds. Keep climbing. Keep shining. Respectfully, Linda Lanier, Diane Gaston, Annette McDowell and Rebecca Stolzman Black Diamonds Women’s Conference Co-Chairs

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About the Conference The Black Diamonds Women’s Conference provides African American women and girls with access to resources and information regarding educational success, emotional well-being and financial stability. A core focus of the Black Diamonds initiative is to expand readiness, access and participation among women of color in careers that offer sustainable pay, security, personal satisfaction and upward economic mobility. Black Diamonds is a collaborative effort between educational institutions, community organizations, corporate partners and individuals to promote continuous development among African American women and girls in Northeast Ohio. This two-day conference is the kickoff to a yearlong series of workshops focused on mental and physical well-being, occupational and educational access, and financial literacy.

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Campus Map

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GILL AND TOMMY LiPUMA CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS

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Legend MLA (Liberal Arts) MTA (Theatre) MMC (Media Center) MAM (Arts and Music) MCCA (Center for Creative Arts) MATTC (Advanced Technology Training Center)

MSS (Student Services) MHCS (Health Careers and Sciences) MTLC (Technology Learning Center) MBA (Business Administration) MRC (Recreation Center/Wellness Center) MCC (Campus Center)

Metropolitan Campus Center

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2019 Black Diamonds Conference Agenda Friday, Oct. 18 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 8 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Registration/Check-In Welcome Keynote Speaker Concurrent Session I Concurrent Session II Resource Fair Opens Lunch Interactive Session III Power Tools

Auditorium/Atrium Auditorium Auditorium MLA, MBA, MCCA MLA, MBA, MCCA MRC Gymnasium MRC Gymnasium MLA, MBA, MRC Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 19 | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Noon 2 p.m.

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Registration/Check-In Welcome Concurrent Session IV Concurrent Session V Keynote Speaker Resource Fair Opens Lunch Event Concludes

MCC 201 MCC 201 MLA, MBA, MCCA, MRC MLA, MBA, MCCA, MRC MCC 201 MRC Gymnasium MRC Gymnasium


Black Diamonds 2019 (Friday, Oct. 18) TIME

DESCRIPTION

7-8:45 a.m.

Registration

8:45-9 a.m.

Welcome

Denise McCory, Ed.D.

Auditorium

9-9:50 a.m.

Keynote Address

Raquel Eatmon, CEO, Rising Media LLC

Auditorium

Get in Where You Fit in: Finding the Right Educational Fit

Alisha Ellis

MLA 215

Math: All Fun and Games

Patty Shelton

MLA 216

Power Play

Yolanda Hawkins

MLA 219

Analyze Your SWOT to Challenge Your CORE

Akia Lampkin

MBA 108

Get Your “S” Together: Slaying the Interview in Style

Tanya Jones

MBA 107

How Personal Tragedy Helped Define My Professional Future

Cicely Campbell

MBA 232

Why Don’t They Just Get A Job? Moving From Poverty to the Workforce

Lisa Belcher-Nelson

MBA 204

Creating a Vision for Your Future

Bridgette Wilson

MLA 212

The Disrupter

Erica Glover

MLA 108

Educated Ghetto Girl: Navigating Dreams Despite Adversity

Shaneen Harris

MBA 209

It Didn’t Start With You

Teresa Brown-Sayles

MLA 175

Going the Distance

Benitha Garrett

MLA 210

Living an UNCOMMON Life in a Common World

Clotea Mack

MLA 114

Ms. Goal Digger: Achieving Your Goals

Alison Vaughn

MLA 102

Not Your Superwoman ... Nor My Own

Lisa McCraney

MLA 116

Out Here On My Own: Independent Living

Tonya Byous

MLA 214

Power of the Tongue

Arelia Dalton

MLA 220

This Is What STEM Looks Like!

Kelly Martin-Rivers

MLA 206

Let’s Kick It

Karin Cottman

MLA 101

Let’s Move! Beyonce’s “Homecoming” and Lessons to Create a Life You Love

Niké Olabisi-Green

MCCA 107

Financial Aid 101

Judy Olabisi

MBA 213

Money Management Matters: Keys to Lifelong Financial Literacy

Chandra Arthur

MLA 206

10-10:50 a.m.

10-10:50 a.m.

10-10:50 a.m.

10-10:50 a.m.

10-10:50 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

COLLEGE TRACK

SPEAKER

LOCATION Auditorium Lobby

GENERAL TRACK

WELLNESS TRACK

FINANCIAL TRACK 6


Black Diamonds 2019 (Friday, Oct. 18) TIME

DESCRIPTION

SPEAKER

LOCATION

Math: All Fun and Games

Patty Shelton

MLA 216

Power Play

Yolanda Hawkins

MLA 219

You Are Worthy!

Tyffani Monford Dent

MLA 102

Get Your “S” Together: Slaying the Interview in Style

Tanya Jones

MBA 209

How Personal Tragedy Helped Define My Professional Future

Cicely Campbell

MBA 232

Student Support Services Panel: My Time Is Now

Moderators: Melanie Johnson, Zyanna Torres

MBA 108

Creating a Vision for Your Future

Bridgette Wilson

MLA 212

The Disrupter

Erica Glover

MLA 108

It Didn’t Start With You

Teresa Brown-Sayles

MLA 175

Living an UNCOMMON Life in a Common World

Clotea Mack

MLA 114

Medical Professional Panel: It Ain’t Easy, But It’s Worth It!

Nichola Bomani, Alexis Davis, Charlene Laster

MLA 210

Not Your Superwoman ... Nor My Own

Lisa McCraney

MLA 116

Out Here On My Own: Independent Living

Tonya Byous

MLA 214

Power of the Tongue

Arelia Dalton

MLA 220

This Is What STEM Looks Like!

Kelly Martin-Rivers

MLA 206

You Have PURPOSE: Manifesting Your Future

Charmaine Davis-Bey

MLA 215

Let’s Kick It

Karin Cottman

MLA 101

Let’s Move! Beyonce’s “Homecoming” and Lessons to Create a Life You Love

Niké Olabisi- Green

MCCA 107

11–11:50 a.m

Financial Aid 101

Judy Olabisi

MBA 213

Noon – 2 p.m.

Resource Fair

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch

11–11:50 a.m.

11–11:50 a.m

11–11:50 a.m

11–11:50 a.m

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK 7

COLLEGE TRACK

GENERAL TRACK

WELLNESS TRACK

FINANCIAL TRACK


TIME

DESCRIPTION

SPEAKER

LOCATION

Navigating a PWI for the Completion of STEM Degrees for the African American Female

Heather Burton

MLA 114

Sister Chat: Let’s Talk Sororities

Kelly Davidson, Ralonda Ellis-Hill, Kateri Hargrove, Katrina Jackson

MLA 214

Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Panel

Moderator: Jennifer Storey

MLA 108

Drawing Outside the Lines: Pursuing Your Gifts and Talents in the Arts

Shcarra Benn

MLA 220

Excellence IS

Judge Anita Laster Mays

MLA 116

1-1:50 p.m.

1-1:50 p.m. Information Technology (IT) Panel

MLA 104

Make Me Over: Beauty From the Inside Out

Toray Green

MLA 117

Rock a Paper Bag

Braisha Owens

MLA 102

The Secret Code of Men

Heidi Cressman

MLA 110

Get in Line: Line Dancing for Fitness

Kendra Willis

MLA 101

More Than Soul Food: Food for the Soul

Stacey Stoudemire

MRC 31

Financial Aid 101

Judy Olabisi

MBA 213

Money Management Matters: Keys to Lifelong Financial Literacy

Chandra Arthur

MLA 206

Power Tools

Judge Anita Laster Mays, Denise McCory, Alison Vaughn Moderator: Nikki Marchmon-Boykin

Auditorium

1-1:50 p.m.

1-1:50 p.m.

2-3 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK

COLLEGE TRACK

GENERAL TRACK

WELLNESS TRACK

FINANCIAL TRACK 8


Black Diamonds 2019 (Saturday, Oct. 19) TIME

DESCRIPTION

SPEAKER

LOCATION

8-9 a.m.

Registration

MCC 201

9-9:05 a.m.

Welcome

MCC 201

Follow Your Head, Not Your Heart

Phyllis Dukes-Hopson

MBA 108

I’m Not in Love With the Po-Po!

Charmin Leon

MBA 111

Ms. Goal Digger: Achieving Your Goals

Alison Vaughn

MLA 102

Pushing Pain to Birth Purpose

Veranda Rodgers

MBA 210

Let’s Move! Beyonce’s “Homecoming” and Lessons to Create a Life You Love

Niké Olabisi-Green

MRC 100

Success in Self-Care: Caring for a Black Diamond

Melissa Brown

MBA 232

Financial Aid 101

Judy Olabisi

MBA 204

Money Management Matters: Keys to Lifelong Financial Literacy

Chandra Arthur

MBA 206

Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Panel

Moderator: Jennifer Storey

MBA 204

Believing You Can Make a Difference: Blazing the Path Forward

Angela Johnson

MBA 108

Medical Professional Panel: It Ain’t Easy, But It’s Worth It

Nichola Bomani, Alexis Davis, Charlene Laster

MLA 210

Rock a Paper Bag

Braisha Owens

MRC 100

You Have PURPOSE: Manifesting Your Future

Charmaine Davis-Bey

MBA 111

More Than Soul Food: Food for the Soul

Stacey Stoudemire

MRC 31

Success in Self-Care: Caring for a Black Diamond

Melissa Brown

MBA 232

10:15-11:05 a.m.

Grants Help the World Go ‘Round

Rebecca Stolzman

MBA 206

11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m.

Keynote Address

Ramona Hood, Vice President, Operations, Strategy and MCC 201 Planning, FedEx Custom Critical

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Lunch

Noon-2 p.m.

Resource Fair

9:15-10:05 a.m.

9:15-10:05 a.m.

9:15-10:05 a.m.

10:15-11:05 a.m.

10:15-11:05 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK 9

COLLEGE TRACK

GENERAL TRACK

WELLNESS TRACK

FINANCIAL TRACK


Sessions Analyze Your SWOT to Challenge Your CORE Akia Lampkin 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Who are you? What do you bring to the table? What is your strategy for success? What is your attitude about who you are? What type of energy are you getting back? Is it consistent with what you’re putting out?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, this workshop is for you. SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. CORE is an acronym for Change Our Reactive Energy. Combining these two will set you on a path toward personal growth and deeper self-discovery. ________________________________________________

Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Panel Moderator: Jennifer Storey Though the construction industry has been predominantly male throughout history, we hope to inspire a new wave of young women to enter the field and pursue the roles of architect, engineer, project manager, estimator, scheduler, superintendent, executive and owner. The ACE panel features six women with a wide range of experiences in architecture, construction and engineering. ________________________________________________

Believing You Can Make a Difference: Blazing the Path Forward Angela Johnson We are all leaders, no matter where we sit within an organization. We can make a difference when we believe we can. Each of us makes a difference every day, in ways that impact the lives of others. Growing as a leader is a self-reflective process, and we can be our own toughest critics. As we learn to believe in ourselves, we blaze a path forward and enrich our lives along the way. ________________________________________________

Creating a Vision for Your Future Myrita Wilhite, AuD, CCC-A Achieving success in higher education, health and well-being is particularly difficult for women of color, for many reasons. Statistics show that college graduation rates and unemployment rates are significantly higher for African American women. In addition, women of color face many health disparities. For example, African American women are more likely to die from pregnancyrelated causes, such as embolism and pregnancyrelated hypertension, than any other racial group.

It’s time to implement strategies that promote health and wealth among ourselves. This innovative and interactive workshop promotes healthy physical lifestyles and uses vision boards to help each participant create a vivid picture of their ideal life. ________________________________________________

The Disrupter Erica Glover, Ph.D. At a time when racial division seems to be openly encouraged, it is imperative that we critically reflect on how rhetoric, systems and people oppress others and on our duty to intervene. Consider how place and perspective influence how we respond to people, what we think of people and our role as agents of change. Black Diamonds will understand the need to become disrupters — individuals who interrupt the negative encounters of others. ________________________________________________

Drawing Outside the Lines: Pursuing Your Gifts and Talents in the Arts Shcarra Benn Learn how to develop and pursue your talent in the creative arts when the world is telling you to get a job that makes money. Spoiler alert: You can do both! ________________________________________________

Educated Ghetto Girl: Navigating Dreams Despite Adversity Shaneen A. Harris I should have been a statistic. But I wouldn’t let where I was determine who I was. Join me as I share not only my story, but the tools and practices that guided me to transform my dreams into goals and my goals into reality. You have to do more than just dare to dream — you have to choose to do something about it! ________________________________________________

Excellence IS Judge Anita Laster Mays Excellence does not start at one point. It is believing, from the beginning, that you have what you need to do what you want. Turning belief into reality requires intentional action. To be excellent requires intentional, repeated action. This workshop will focus on the intentional actions that produce excellence in all endeavors — school, home and community. ________________________________________________

Follow Your Head, Not Your Heart Phyllis Dukes-Hopson, Ph.D. A discussion about healthy versus unhealthy malefemale relationships. What are the signs? How can you avoid a bad relationship or correct your current situation? Experiences and outcomes will be shared.

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Sessions Get In Where You Fit In: Simplifying the College Search and Admissions Process Alisha Ellis Learn about the college admissions process, including steps and timetables. Discover different types of colleges and learn how to find the school that fits you best. ________________________________________________

Get Your “S” Together: Slaying the Interview in Style Tanya Jones This interactive, two-part workshop addresses resume development, interview skills and other soft skills associated with the job search process. Discover the spoken and unspoken rules of the search process, including work experience (or lack thereof), social media and references. ________________________________________________

Going the Distance Benitha S. Garrett, RN Make your dreams a reality. Don’t let the first person to tell you “no” be you! In this interactive session, Benitha Garrett will share strategies learned through her journey from inner-city kid to college graduate — and now, business owner. Learn how you can achieve success, overcome obstacles, gain greater focus and reach your goals. When you have a firm foundation and your push to achieve is strong, nothing is impossible! “During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams.” — Tupac Shakur “My biggest enemy is me, and even I can’t stop me.” — Andy Mineo ________________________________________________

Grants Help the World Go ‘Round Rebecca Stolzman Whether you want to grow your organization or provide new and innovative programming, you’ve probably been advised to go after a grant. Learn about the grantmaking process, how to identify funders and strategies for writing a proposal that “gets the grant.” ________________________________________________

How Personal Tragedy Helped Define My Professional Future Cicely Campbell An account of my journey from tragedy to triumph. I’ll share my life story in two chapters: The first will highlight my successes, the second will explain how certain personal tragedies helped shape my story. Real, raw and relatable.

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I’m Not in Love With the Po-Po! Charmin Leon Share your concerns and feelings regarding the state of law enforcement in your community and in the United States. Learn how to interact with police, examine the historical context of policing in the U.S. and discover the important role of 21st-century public safety personnel. Hear the “true story of policing,” which can be a very rewarding career when done correctly. Learn about the daily duties of policing, a profession that — contrary to popular belief — is not among the Top 10 most dangerous in the U.S. Finally, discover the importance of voting and participating in jury duty. ________________________________________________

Information Technology (IT) Panel This panel discussion highlights the experiences and accomplishments of some of Tri-C’s nontraditional students earning IT degrees and certificates. The panel will address: · How to start a career in IT · Different IT career paths · What it’s like to work in IT · Growth potential within the IT field ________________________________________________

It Didn’t Start With You Teresa Brown-Sayles Familial trauma has both a genetic and biological impact on mother-daughter relationships. Scientists have long suspected that symptoms of trauma can be inherited — that some symptoms exhibited by children may not originate from personal experience. For instance, because of their neurobiological susceptibility to stress, children of Holocaust survivors might easily imagine their parents’ physical suffering. Explore the link between trauma and the complexities of rebuilding strong mother-daughter relationships. Healing and re-bonding is possible, regardless of prior failed attempts to achieve healthful reconnections. Healing can begin once you realize “It didn’t start with you!” ________________________________________________

Let’s Kick It: Kickboxing Karin Cottman Don’t kick rocks — kickbox! Join us for a kickboxing cardio workout. ________________________________________________

Let’s Move! Beyonce’s “Homecoming” and Lessons to Create a Life You Love Niké Olabisi-Green Whether you’re a fan of Beyonce Knowles Carter or not, there are countless lessons to be learned from her legendary “Homecoming” performance at Coachella 2018. As a Black woman, wife and mother, Beyonce has built a brand through discipline, determination and


a message of empowerment for women. Come to this session ready to talk and move!

More Than Soul Food: Food for the Soul Stacey Stoudemire

Unpack the many layers of Beyonce’s performance, focusing on physical and mental fitness and the sacrifice it takes to reach new heights for yourself and for the culture. Then, move to songs from Beyonce’s “Homecoming” and other songs that Black women can use to get motivated to create the life of their dreams. ________________________________________________

Learn about healthy snack and meal options for work and school, and watch Chef Stacey prepare some fun and easy menu items in a 20-minute cooking demonstration. There will even be a chance to sample some of her creations! ________________________________________________

Living an U.N.C.O.M.M.O.N. Life in a Common World Clotea Mack This workshop will empower you to go from mediocre to marvelous by giving you the tools you need to break away from common, everyday life and use your gifts to move toward your true calling. ________________________________________________

Make Me Over: Beauty From the Inside Out Toray Green Looking good is great. Feeling good about yourself is better. Get makeup and beauty tips that enhance your outward appearance and, more importantly, learn life lessons to create inner beauty. You will leave glowing. ________________________________________________

Math: All Fun and Games Patty Jean Shelton Making math fun is easy when you play math games! Use these games to learn basic math skills or reinforce skills you’ve already learned. Understanding basic math operations such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing can lead you on a path toward advanced math skills like algebra and geometry and can help you build friendships and succeed in any math classroom. Make learning fun and easy in three simple steps: 1. Play math games. 2. Have fun. 3. Repeat. ________________________________________________

Medical Professional Panel: It Ain’t Easy, But It’s Worth It! These women know what it takes to be successful in the medical profession. Hear their stories of overcoming obstacles and embracing victories on their own pathways to success. Easy? No. Worth It? Yes! ________________________________________________

Money Management Matters: Keys to Lifelong Financial Literacy Chandra D. Arthur Financial literacy is more than balancing your checkbook — it’s knowledge that, once put into practice, can equip you with the skills you need to manage a budget, pay your bills, manage your credit, plan for retirement or even purchase a car or home. Financial literacy leads to self-sufficiency. Come learn tools and tips to help you on this journey.

Ms. Goal Digger: Achieving Your Goals Alison Vaughn Learn how to set strategic goals and plans of action. Discover how to network and how networking can help you achieve your goals. Learn how to “dress the part” and create your professional image. ________________________________________________

Navigating a PWI for the Completion of STEM Degrees for the African American Female Heather E. Burton, Ph.D. Discover the barriers that exist and get the tools you need to encourage the completion of STEM degrees by African American females, specifically at predominantly white institutions (PWI). Take advantage of this opportunity to speak candidly and openly with current students and graduates of STEM-related Ph.D. programs. ________________________________________________

Not Your Superwoman ... Nor My Own Lisa McCraney, LPCC-S Explore and discuss the “Strong Woman” phenomenon and challenge the related belief systems and behavior patterns that lead to burnout, anxiety, depression and, at its worst, suicidal ideation and/or completion. This workshop is suitable for postsecondary students and business professionals alike. ________________________________________________

Out Here on My Own: Independent Living Tonya S. Byous “Help! I can’t do this by myself!” is a common refrain among young people living on their own for the first time. This workshop is for those who, by choice or by chance, must learn how to live independently. How do I make a budget? How can I find an apartment? Should I get a roommate? We will answer these questions and more. ________________________________________________

The Power of the Tongue Arelia R. Dalton, LPCC-S Did you know that you carry a powerful tool with you every day? The tongue is amazing in creating impact and effect. Through the use of the tongue, relationships have been built as well as destroyed. Using our tongues, we have encouraged and discouraged others and ourselves. How mighty is the tongue when we use it to our advantage? Explore how to use this tool in a promising and productive way to positively impact others’ lives as well as your own. 12


Sessions Power Play Yalonda D. Hawkins This interactive, game show-style session will test participants’ knowledge and understanding of college readiness. Get relevant information on the college enrollment process and explore nontraditional career paths in a fun and educational way! Participants will leave equipped with valuable information to map out their road to college success and ease any feelings of uncertainty. ________________________________________________

Pushing Pain to Birth Purpose Veranda Rodgers This fun, interactive workshop inspires and empowers women and girls to achieve their potential. It will encourage participants to explore possibilities and make an effort to rise above their situations and environments. ________________________________________________

Rock a Paper Bag Braisha Owens You can love yourself and exude confidence — even in a paper bag! Let your confidence shine through in anything you wear. Whether it’s secondhand, designer or dripping in diamonds, you make the outfit. Women and girls of all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds can learn to be fearlessly and unapologetically confident in their own bodies. ________________________________________________

The Secret Code of Men Heidi Cressman Ever present an idea in a group only to have the man sitting next to you repeat your brilliant solution and get credit for it? Ever have a great idea or solution and try to speak, only to have someone interrupt and derail your point? Ever been afraid to raise your hand in class, even when you knew the answer? Share your experiences in this fun, interactive workshop about implicit bias and linguistics. Discover how they affect the way we think and the way others think about us. Learn how to deal gracefully with others when their biases rear their ugly heads. Be ready to participate in several hands-on activities! ________________________________________________

Sister Chat: Let’s Talk Sororities Members of NPHC Sorority members representing the National Pan-Hellenic Council discuss the benefits, truths and myths associated with membership in a collegiate sorority.

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Sole to Soul: Line Dance Fitness Kendra Willis This is a fantastic way to get your steps in and develop a lifelong hobby. Line dancing is fun — and it’s for everyone! Join us today and learn a new way to be healthy. ________________________________________________

Success in Self-Care: Caring for a Black Diamond Melissa Brown Brown researched, planned and implemented a selfcare intervention strategy to empower African American girls and women, increase awareness of health care challenges and stress the importance of self-care. Her presentation focuses on evidence-based self-care tools and resources and reminds women that great leadership begins with caring for self. ________________________________________________

This Is What STEM Looks Like! Kelly Martin-Rivers The need for equitable representation of women, including women of color, in STEM careers is an economic imperative, an innovation catalyst and an issue of equity and inclusion. Bringing in the perspectives of women and communities of color also boosts creativity and innovation. Jobs in STEM fields provide opportunities for women to earn familysustaining wages and to bring their unique ideas and perspectives to STEM solutions that can address the complex challenges facing us in the 21st century. How can female students and their champions prepare for STEM careers, and what does NASA have to offer? ________________________________________________

Why Don’t They Just Get a Job?: Moving From Unemployment to the Workforce Lisa Belcher-Nelson Learn strategies to overcome the barriers of poverty and other impediments that trap individuals in cycles of unemployment, and receive information on educational and workforce opportunities that provide sustainable employment. ________________________________________________

You Are Worthy! Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D. Discover your self-worth and recognize the power of your voice, vision and purpose. ________________________________________________

You Have PURPOSE: Manifesting Your Future Charmaine Davis-Bey Through positive affirmations and a hands-on vision board activity, participants will refine their dreams and interests into attainable goals and manifest them as their life’s PURPOSE.


Friday Keynote

Raquel Eatmon Raquel Eatmon is CEO of Rising Media LLC and founder of the Woman of Power Conference. She creates content to help people thrive in life and work. Starting out with a promising career in television news, Eatmon quickly climbed the ranks as an anchor/reporter in top markets, such as CBS in Dallas. Over time, she grew disillusioned with the broadcast news business and left her high-profile position in search of deeper purpose. She started her communications company, Rising Media LLC, and built a forum for female empowerment, diversity and inclusion, and social change through the Woman of Power Conference. Eatmon’s commitment to empowering women and impacting workplace culture and the community has resulted in partnerships with some of America’s leading corporations, including Sherwin-Williams, KeyBank, Vitamix, Wells Fargo, Samsung and others. Fueled by passion, she spreads her message to audiences all over the world — including attendees at the 2018 Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, where former First Lady Michelle Obama was also a presenter. Her second book, Beyond Enough: How to Lead With Your Whole Self is a resource guide for anyone seeking to strengthen their self-worth and apply it to the workplace and the world.

Saturday Keynote

Ramona Hood Ramona Hood is vice president of operations and strategy and planning at FedEx Custom Critical. She leads dynamically through vision, strategy development and execution. Hood has held various leadership positions within FedEx Custom Critical since joining the company (then Roberts Express) in 1991. She is a two-time recipient of the FedEx Five Star Award, the highest recognition FedEx employees can receive. In 2016, Hood received the Crain’s Cleveland Women of Note Award, the Smart Women Progressive Woman Award, the Women in Trucking Association Woman of Influence Award and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce 30 for the Future Award. She is a past recipient of the Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from Sales and Marketing Executives International, as well as Walsh University’s Woman of Inspiration Award. An influential community leader, Hood is an active member of the Kent Area Chapter of The Links Incorporated and the Akron Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. She also serves on the boards of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the Summit Education Initiative, Walsh University and the Cleveland State University Foundation. Hood obtained a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Walsh University and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University — all while working full time and raising two children. She currently resides in Copley with her daughters, Mariah and Kayla.

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Mistress of Ceremony Romney Smith Rommey Smith is an anchor/reporter at WKYC in Cleveland. You can catch her reporting at 6 p.m. on weekdays and anchoring weekend mornings. Prior to moving to Cleveland, Smith worked at Action News Jax in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2014, she earned a Florida Associated Press Award for her reporting on extensive flooding in San Marco — coverage that garnered her an Emmy nomination in 2015. As a journalist and anchor at WFXL FOX 31 News in Albany, Georgia, Smith won a Georgia Associated Press award for producing and anchoring a 30-minute special on the Affordable Health Care Act. The Atlanta native built a successful career in pharmaceutical sales before reigniting her long-held passion for news. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, switched careers and hasn’t looked back. Smith is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Conference Speakers Chandra D. Arthur Chandra Arthur is associate vice president of program accreditation and health care initiatives at Tri-C. She has more than 15 years of experience in financial management, tax preparation and investment advising. She has provided input on K-12 and small business curriculum as a member of the FDIC Money Smart Alliance. ________________________________________________

Lisa Belcher-Nelson Lisa G. Belcher-Nelson is an assistant professor and counselor at Tri-C. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member and assistant director of the Upward Bound program at the University of Akron. She has presented and facilitated training at local, state and national venues on topics related to health and wellness, first-generation college students, understanding poverty, and racial microaggressions. ________________________________________________

Shcarra Benn Shcarra Benn, founder and CEO of Creative Leo Designs, believes that creativity is in everyone. She has more than a decade of experience in event planning, graphic design and 15

special occasion design. She studied graphic, web and interior design at the University of Akron and holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational supervision. ________________________________________________

Nichola Bomani Nichola Bomani is a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. With bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and Spanish, she plans to use her extensive research and communication skills to reduce cultural health care disparities and support advancements in women’s health. ________________________________________________

Melissa Brown Melissa Brown is the director of rehabilitation at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in Northfield, Ohio, where she manages adjunctive therapy and patient care services. She has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and is a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, Ohio Psychiatric Nurse Administrators and the Northeast Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives. ________________________________________________

Teresa Brown-Sayles Teresa Brown-Sayles brings more than 19 years of experience working with diverse families and leading large instructional teams to her work as a motivational speaker, educator and life coach. She uses a comprehensive K-12 approach to promote effective instruction for all students. ________________________________________________

Heather E. Burton, Ph.D. Heather Burton is the director of IDEAL-N at Case Western Reserve University, specializing in gender and racial equity and increasing and advancing women and underrepresented faculty and students in STEM. She is a recipient of the 2019 Staff Diversity Award and QGrad Outstanding Mentor Award. ________________________________________________

Tonya S. Byous Tonya Byous is the director of Cleveland’s Brightside Academy and an adjunct faculty member in Early Childhood Education at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus. She also works in the Christian Education Ministry at Philippi Missionary Baptist Church, where her husband serves as senior pastor. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and the Cleveland Baptist Ministers’ Wives and Widows Association.


Cicely Campbell Cicely Campbell serves as director of Tri-C’s Women in Transition program and Carl D. Perkins grant. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s from Washington University in St. Louis. ________________________________________________

Karin Cottman Karin Cottman is a personal trainer at LifeWorks of Southwest General and an adjunct physical education instructor at Tri-C. She holds a BSBA in information systems and an MBA from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Education in exercise science from Cleveland State University. ________________________________________________

Heidi Lehnert-Cressman As director of diversity and inclusion in the University of Akron’s College of Engineering, Heidi Lehnert-Cressman strives to increase the number of women entering the engineering field. She holds bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics and mechanical engineering, as well as an MBA, from the University of Akron. ________________________________________________

Arelia R. Dalton, LPCC-S Arelia Dalton is an assistant professor and counselor at Tri-C. She previously served as a student advisor for Tri-C’s Women in Transition program and as a clinical supervisor in the school-based program at Beech Brook. She holds a Master of Education in counseling from Cleveland State University and an MBA from the University of Akron. A gifted presenter, she has spoken at local and state conferences on topics such as effective communication, mental wellness and treatment modalities for adolescents. ________________________________________________

Kelly N. Davidson Akron native Kelly Davidson has been a higher education administrator for the past 20 years. She currently serves as an academic advisor in The Patton College of Education at Ohio University. “Ms. Kelly” enjoys motivating young people to be all they can be. She is a proud Life Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., where she has served in a variety of positions on the local, regional and international levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University and a master’s in higher education from Kent State.

Alexis Davis Alexis Davis is a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The first in her family to attend college, she graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a degree in human development. She currently serves as health outreach coordinator for the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, organizing interprofessional street teams that provide basic health promotion services to medically vulnerable Cleveland residents — many affected by domestic abuse, human trafficking and other traumas. She plans to dedicate her career to empowering communities of color through advocacy, outreach and preventive health. ________________________________________________

Charmaine Davis-Bey Charmaine Davis-Bey is an education program specialist for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative at the Ohio Department of Education. She is a recipient of the 2019 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship, a 10-month experience that provides a real-world understanding of the art and science of policymaking for afterschool and expanded learning time. She is a proud member of the Delta Omicron Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and serves on the Sigma Public Education and Research (SPEAR) Foundation board of directors. ________________________________________________

Tyffani Monford Dent, Psy.D. Tyffani Monford Dent is a consultant and trainer in the areas of sexual violence in the juvenile correctional system and prevention/ response to campus sexual assault. She serves on several state, national and international boards addressing issues of mental health, sexual violence prevention and intervention, and human trafficking. She is particularly interested in the views and needs of Black and Brown women in relation to sexual violence intervention and the juvenile justice system. Today’s workshop is based on her 2011 book, Girls Got Issues: Self-Discovery and Healing. ________________________________________________

Phyllis Dukes-Hopson, Ph.D. Phyllis Dukes-Hopson is a tenured professor of counseling at Tri-C’s Metro Campus. She has remained committed to student success since joining the College in 1997. Her invaluable service as immediate past president of Tri-C’s Black American Council has supported African American students in achieving their academic goals through programming, mentoring and scholarship funding.

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Conference Speakers Alisha Ellis Canton native Alisha Ellis currently serves as senior admissions counselor in the undergraduate admissions office at Kent State University. An experienced college admissions representative, she is well versed in helping students overcome obstacles presented by complicated admissions procedures. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland and a Master of Education in school counseling from Malone University. ________________________________________________

Ralonda Ellis-Hill Ralonda Ellis-Hill is dean of Student Affairs at Tri-C’s Metro Campus. Initiated in spring 1996, she is an active member of the Akron Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. She currently serves as chair of international awareness and involvement on the organization’s executive board. A graduate of Kent State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master of Public Administration. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Toledo. ________________________________________________

Benitha S. Garrett, RN Benitha Garrett is owner/CEO of Benevolent Care Centers LLC and an adjunct faculty member in the nursing program at Notre Dame College. She has 25 years of experience as a registered nurse, and she is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Practice-Based Research Network. ________________________________________________

Toray Green Toray Green has more than 15 years of hairstyling experience. She has traveled internationally for trade shows and demonstrations and trained stylists in New York, New Jersey, Canton and Columbus. Introduced to makeup through Mary Kay Cosmetics, she practiced on family and friends before adding it to her menu of services. She loves helping women look extra special — from hair to makeup to lashes. She conducts makeover workshops for Look Good Feel Better, an international organization for women with cancer, and offers personal care workshops at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Maple Valley branch.

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Erica Glover, Ph.D. Erica Glover attended the University of Akron on a full athletic scholarship. There, she completed a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in principalship. She received her Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State University in May 2017 and is currently working on her first book. ________________________________________________

Kateri Hargrove Kateri Hargrove has worked as a compliance review specialist in the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Division of Legal and Oversight for the past 18 years. A member of Akron’s Mu Rho Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. since 1990, she currently serves as undergraduate advisor to Zetas at the University of Akron. She is also the immediate past chapter president. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with specialization in criminology from The Ohio University. ________________________________________________

Shaneen A. Harris Shaneen Harris wrote her first book, The Case of the Missing Birthday Cake, at age 9. She is the co-founder and host of webbased poetry show Poetry Unchained and is the former host of TBN’s Joy in Our Town. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s in creative writing from Sierra Nevada College. ________________________________________________

Yalonda D. Hawkins Yalonda Hawkins is the Young Scholars program coordinator at The Ohio State University with experience in facilitating support services to aid secondary and postsecondary students in college success and career readiness. ________________________________________________

Katrina Jackson Katrina Jackson administers a $10 billion information technology contract for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a 26-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and currently serves as financial secretary and chaplain for Akron’s Zeta Theta Omega Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethune-Cookman College and a master’s in counseling psychology from the University of Phoenix. An ordained evangelist, she faithfully serves her church and the community at large.


Angela Johnson Angela Johnson serves as vice president of Access and Completion at Tri-C, where she has held various positions since 2000. A steadfast leader in the financial aid industry for nearly 25 years, she is recognized nationally for her expertise. She is a past president of the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and serves on the board of the Higher Education Loan Coalition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from The Ohio State University and a master’s in public communication and politics from American University. She is working toward a Ph.D. in higher education administration. ________________________________________________

Tanya Jones Tanya Jones has managed the day-to-day HR operations of the Cleveland Municipal Court for six years. She has more than 17 years of experience in program management and the implementation of strategic recruitment and retention solutions for the public and nonprofit sectors. She holds a master’s degree in health administration with a specialization in human resources management from Ohio University. She is also PHR certified and a certified court executive. ________________________________________________

Akia Lampkin Akia Lampkin challenges women to see the beauty of empowerment and live a life of promise and victory. A profound woman of God with more than 20 years of experience as a licensed social worker, Lampkin is also a public speaker, facilitator and published poet. She holds an MBA from Lake Erie College. ________________________________________________

Charlene Laster, RPh Charlene Laster is a certified immunizer, certified chemical dependency counselor assistant and registered pharmacist who has practiced in specialty, retail, hospital and mail order pharmacies. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy in 1989. She has served as an elected precinct committee member for Cuyahoga County’s Democratic Party for more than 25 years and belongs to the Cleveland Ward 2 Democratic Club. She is also a member of Providence Baptist Church and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Judge Anita Laster Mays Judge Anita Laster Mays was elected to the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals in 2014. Prior to that, she served 11 years as a Cleveland Municipal Court judge. She is a former deputy director of the criminal division in the Cleveland Clerk of Courts Office, assistant Cleveland prosecutor and defense attorney handling probate, domestic relations, civil and criminal matters. She is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and The Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management information systems. ________________________________________________

Charmin Leon Sgt. Charmin Leon handles recruitment for Cleveland Police, Fire and EMS. She also instructs Cleveland police officers in procedural justice, legitimacy and implicit bias. The Chicago native holds a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in legal studies and a master’s in public administration. ________________________________________________

Clotea Mack Clotea Mack is the founder of Lifted in Love LLC, which “Empowers Women to Live Their BEST Lives NOW!” A longtime teacher, she recently received the “Lady of Legacy” award for her work with youth. Mack is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. ________________________________________________

Nikki Marchmon-Boykin Moderator, Power Tools Nikki Marchmon-Boykin is a master teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio. Her expertise includes infusing her American Government and Black Experience courses with politically and culturally empowering content. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. ________________________________________________

Kelly Martin-Rivers Kelly Martin-Rivers the director of education at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi. She is passionate about improving STEM instruction by preparing and supporting K-12 STEM teachers with NASA resources, increasing sustained youth and public engagement in STEM, and strengthening our communities.

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Conference Speakers Lisa McCraney, LPCC-S Lisa McCraney is the founder and executive director of Healing Hearts Counseling and Consultation Services. She is passionate about and diligently works toward providing a safe space for the work of emotional healing to take place. ________________________________________________

Judy Olabisi Judy Olabisi is committed to helping students and their parents understand and navigate their way through the college financial aid process. She recently retired from Kent State University after more than 25 years in the student financial aid office. She has conducted countless financial aid presentations at high schools, colleges and in communities throughout Northeast Ohio. ________________________________________________

Niké Olabisi-Green

As a leading dance fitness instructor in Greater Cleveland, Niké Olabisi-Green shares her contagious energy with everyone she meets. In her business, Nola Movement, she uses movement events, speaking engagements and one-onone coaching sessions to ignite the fire in women of all ages. ________________________________________________

Braisha Owens

Braisha Owens is a model, creative visionary and entrepreneur who promotes individuality and confidence among young girls and women. The Akron native created her first business plan in 2013, which eventually gave rise to her personal styling business, kissed by BO. She also created the annual Paper Bag Chronicles Fashion Show, inspired by her motto “Can you rock a paper bag?” Armed with her faith in God, she carries a positive attitude and is definitely going places. ________________________________________________

Veranda Rodgers

Veranda Rodgers is the founder and executive director of Pregnant With Possibilities Resource Center and a member of the business faculty at Tri-C. “Pregnant at 16” is the story she uses to motivate and inspire women around the world.

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Rebecca Stolzman

Rebecca Stolzman is director of grants management at Tri-C, where she oversees all private and public grant initiatives in the College’s Access, Learning and Success division. She previously served as manager of contract and grant management at Recovery Resources and as executive director of the Hebrew Free Loan Association. She has traveled to Niger, West Africa, as a U.S. Peace Corps Women in Community Development volunteer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Tulane University and a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. ________________________________________________

Patty Jean Shelton

Patty Jean Shelton has taught math for more than 15 years — 12 of them at Tri-C’s Western Campus. She uses humor and heart to help students conquer their fear of math and make it fun. She earned a master’s degree in theoretical mathematics from the University of Akron in 2007. ________________________________________________

Jennifer Storey Moderator, ACE Panel

Jennifer Storey is an architect at Stantec Inc., an international design and consulting company. Stantec designed upgrades to the Eastern Campus labs, which will open in January 2020. They also designed the Westshore Campus Health Careers and Services Building in 2010. ________________________________________________

Stacey Stoudemire

More than 20 years ago, a local charitable group approached Chef Stacey Stoudemire to cater a major fundraising event. That’s when she discovered that not only was cooking her passion — she loved it! She soon translated her passion for food and cooking into a successful business: Simply Elegant Catering. ________________________________________________

Alison Vaughn

Alison Vaughn is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, International speaker and founder/CEO of Jackets for Jobs Inc. The Michigan State University graduate is a member of the Junior League of Detroit and Distinguished Women in International Service. Her book, Ms. Goal Digger: Success is Sexy – A CEO’s Guide to Goal Setting, Dressing the Part and Having It All, was published in 2017.


Myrita Wilhite, AuD, CCC-A

An audiologist for more than 30 years, Myrita Wilhite currently serves as director of Cleveland State University’s speech and hearing program. She is passionate about teaching audiology and keeps her clinical skills sharp by mentoring students in audiology and aural rehabilitation. ________________________________________________

2GEN

Kendra Willis

This project for mothers and daughters begins in January 2020.

Brigette Wilson, CCC-SLP

2GEN provides educational support for middle and high school students and their mothers who seek workforce credentials, associate degrees, GEDs or career advancement.

Dance coach Kendra Willis excels at instructing multiple urban dance forms and techniques. Dance has always been her passion. She has learned so much through dance and music over the years and enjoys sharing that knowledge and experience with her students. ________________________________________________ Brigette Wilson has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 20 years. She is the clinic administrator and an assistant professor of practice in the speech and hearing program at Cleveland State University.

Interested? Visit the Black Diamonds webpage and complete the 2GEN information form.

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2019 Black Diamonds Conference Committee Co-Chairs Linda Lanier* Assistant Professor Counseling Diane Gaston* Associate Professor Philosophy Annette McDowell* Assistant Professor Early Childhood Education Rebecca Stolzman* Collegewide Director Grants Management Members Lisa Belcher-Nelson* Assistant Professor Counseling Contae Bentley* Assistant Professor Counseling Nache Brown* Coordinator Access and Completion Arelia Dalton* Assistant Professor Counseling Jeanette Davis* Assistant Professor Counseling Shelley Dooley* Project Manager/Writer Integrated Communications

Felisa Eafford* Associate Dean Liberal Arts

Tammy Monroe CEO and Founder Working In Progress

Ralonda Ellis-Hill* Dean Access and Completion

Gloria Moosmann* Special Advisor President’s Office

Magda Gómez* Director Diversity and Inclusion

Wanda Ojo* Administrative Coordinator Liberal Arts

Cassandra Harris-Williams* Assistant Professor Counseling

Judy Olabisi Retired Kent State University

Yalonda Hawkins Program Coordinator Young Scholars The Ohio State University

Niké Olabisi-Green Owner NOLA Movement

Pashana Hill* Intern Black Diamonds Lisa Husamadeen* Student Advisor Student Accessibility Services Bob Lanier Publisher The Summit Magazine Jenneffer Lopez* Project Manager Special Initiatives and Engagement Denise McCory* Interim President Metropolitan Campus

Amanda Pinney* Executive Director Development Muriel Robinson* Assistant Registrar Katherine Slaughter Clinical Risk Manager University Hospitals Katie Utrata* Marketing Specialist Integrated Communications Velvey Waters* Office Assistant Liberal Arts Barbara Winston* Associate Professor Counseling

Ronna McNair* Chief of Staff President’s Office *Denotes Cuyahoga Community College employee

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Conference Sponsors and Supporters A very special thank you to all sponsors and supporters for making a difference in the lives of so many through the Black Diamonds Conference. Diamond Level

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Platinum Level • The Andrews Foundation

Gold Level • Anonymous • Dominion Energy • The Presidents’ Council • Saint Luke’s Foundation • The Summit Magazine

Bronze Level • Aramark • Barnes & Noble • Cleveland Metropolitan School District • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Eta Delta Sigma Chapter • Theodore Roosevelt High School • Wooster City Schools

Educational Partners • Cuyahoga Community College Foundation • Cuyahoga Community College: American Association of University Professors Eastern Campus President’s Office Metropolitan Campus President’s Office Western Campus President’s Office Westshore Campus President’s Office Office of Access and Completion Office of Administration and Finance Office of Diversity and Inclusion Office of the Provost Metropolitan Campus Liberal Arts Western Campus Social Sciences

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