Registration is Open September 22, 2020

Black Women & Girls

Black Women and Girls

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Schedule

Speaker

Amal Bass,
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Latifah Fields
National Coalition 100 Black Women
State Rep. Donna Bullock
Jovida Hill
Executive Director for the
Office of Engagement for Women
Nyisha Chapman
1st Vice President, Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Pennsylvania Chapter



(1)
Pay Equity

Blue Hall

Speaker

Diane Powell
Selena King
Auditor, PA Dept. of the Auditor General
Olivia Bennett
Rogette Harris,
Chairwoman
Dauphin County Democratic Committee

(2)
Black Women in Office

Green Hall

Speaker

La’Tasha D. Mayes
Brenda Shelton-Duston

Morgan Cephas
State Representative
Sabrina Saunders
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vibrant Pittsburgh &
Facilitator


(3)
Maternal & Infant Mortality

Purple Hall

Speaker

Kathi Elliott
Lynette Medley

Dr. Tawanna Jones Morrison
Joanna McClinton
Facilitator
Dr. Kimberly McGlonn
CEO & Founder, Grant Blvd
Mikeiya Bennetts
Temple Unniversity Student


(4)
Black Girls

Yellow Hall

Host

Representative Joanna McClinton

Host

Sabrina Saunders Mosby

BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS

Speakers

Dr. Kimberly McGlonn

Speaker

Amal Bass, 

Director of Policy and Advocacy 

Rogette Harris, M.P.A., M.B.A

Chairwoman
Dauphin County Democratic Committee

Morgan Cephas

State Representative

Tawanna Jones

Speaker

Kathi Elliott

Speaker

Lynette Medley

Speaker

Olivia Bennett

Speaker

Diane Powell

Speaker

Donna Bullock

State Representative

Brenda Shelton-Duston

Speaker

LaTasha D. Mayes

Speaker

Mikeiya Bennetts

Temple University Student

Jovida Hill

Executive Director for the
Office of Engagement for Women

Selena King

Auditor, PA Dept. of the Auditor General

Nyisha Chapman

1st Vice President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, PA Chapter.

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Speaker Bios

Joanna McClinton, Esquire, took the oath of office to serve the people of the 191st Legislative District on Aug. 25, 2015 after winning a special election two weeks prior. In Nov. 2018, she became the first African-American and woman to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus Chair. A lifelong resident of Southwest Philly, Rep. McClinton worked tirelessly as an assistant public defender for seven years and next as the Chief Counsel to state Senator Anthony Hardy Williams. Herelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives continues Rep. McClinton's lifelong devotion to serving others.

Sabrina Saunders Mosby serves as President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a premier economic development organization working to attract, retain and elevate a diverse regional workforce. Sabrina has broad executive leadership experience with nonprofit organizations and federal and local government. She is involved in public service, political and community organizations and serves on many nonprofit boards in leadership roles. 

A former candidate for Erie City Council, Selena is passionately involved in local and State political activities. Her efforts towards fostering a civically engaged community include: assisting potential candidates in getting elected; Field Organizer for the PA Democratic Coordinated Campaign; and overseeing voter engagement; voter registration, and volunteer coordination for the City of Erie and the Pa House of Representatives District 2 for the historic 2018 Midterm Election. Additionally, Selena is a native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, an Auditor with the PA Department of the Auditor General, and proud mother of two boys (ages 17 and 11). Selena is a graduate of Gannon University and a Master of Legal Studies student at Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law.

Diane Powell is currently serving as the National Co-Chair for Black Women for Biden. She also Chairs a violence prevention and working class family initiative in Pittsburgh.

Diane is a board member with Women for the Future, which raises money to help progressive female candidates run for office and get successfully elected.

A former candidate for Erie City Council, Selena is passionately involved in local and State political activities. Her efforts towards fostering a civically engaged community include: assisting potential candidates in getting elected; Field Organizer for the PA Democratic Coordinated Campaign; and overseeing voter engagement; voter registration, and volunteer coordination for the City of Erie and the Pa House of Representatives District 2 for the historic 2018 Midterm Election. Additionally, Selena is a native of Sharon, Pennsylvania, an Auditor with the PA Department of the Auditor General, and proud mother of two boys (ages 17 and 11). Selena is a graduate of Gannon University and a Master of Legal Studies student at Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law. 

Raised in Manchester, Liv is passionate about improving social equity. She is currently a resident of Northview Heights where she has been, and continues to be, a community activist. Liv graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carlow University in May of 2018 and is currently attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh at GSPIA where she is studying Public Policy Management. Liv lives with her husband, Terrence, and her 19 year old son. She has three other children and three grandchildren. Liv feels both humbled and honored that the constituents of District 13 elected her to represent them as their County Council representative. She also serves as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee. She is honored to serve them in this role and seeks to represent all of the diverse folks within her district.

Dr. Kathi R. Elliott, CEO of Gwen’s Girls, has over 20 years of experience in social service, community and individual mental health treatment. Her culmination of education, work and life experiences has assisted her in continuing the legacy of providing a comprehensive approach to address the issues that impact the well-being of girls, women and families. Dr. Elliott spearheaded the formation of the Black Girls Equity Alliance (BGEA), a collaboration of over 75 practitioners, researchers, system administrators, and other stakeholders committed to addressing systemic inequities in the juvenile justice, child welfare, education and health care systems.

With 18 years of experience as a public educator, Dr. Kimberly McGlonn is a committed advocate for social justice and environmentalism, advocacy that informs her approach to business leadership in the fashion industry. As Founder & CEO of the Philadelphia-based manufacturing start-up, Grant Blvd, she oversees the daily management, creative direction, & growth strategy for the brand. Ultimately, the company’s mission is to construct stylish, sustainably sourced fashion, while supporting Philadelphians who are formerly incarcerated or have experienced homelessness in leading self-sufficient lives. She also serves as a Councilwoman in Montgomery County, PA.

At the Women's Law Project, Amal provides legal representation and engages in public policy advocacy in a variety of areas, including pregnancy/caretaking discrimination and accommodation, Title IX athletic equity and sexual harassment, and employment rights. From 2016-17, she was convener of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health. She was among Billy Penn’s “Who’s Next: Law" in 2017, and she was co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Women’s Rights Committee in 2018 and 2019. Amal received her BA from Yale College and her JD from Harvard Law School.


In 2014, Rogette became the youngest woman and first African American elected Chair of the Democratic Party in Dauphin County, PA. After her unanimous re-election in 2018, Rogette is the only African American county chair in the state of Pennsylvania. She’s currently a contributor opinion writer for Pennlive.com/The Patriot News and the Soultown Magazine. She also is the Democratic Analyst for Pennlive’s Battleground PA Podcast where she debates current events and the 2020 Elections alongside FOX news analyst Jeffrey Lord. She hosts her own YouTube Show and podcast ‘Unfinished Business’. Rogette is completing her first book entitled “Madam Chair” that outlines her experiences as an Black woman in politics. 

Lynette Medley is dedicated and highly skilled sexual awareness educator and counselor with +15 years of experience in the areas of sexuality, behavioral health, education, religion and advocacy. Lynette has a special interest in empowering persons to reach self-efficacy by learning to Dream again. Based in Wilmington, Delaware she's determined to dismantle and eradicate the myths, stigmas and secrets about sexuality and promote open communication. She is the founder of “No More Secrets” Mind Body and Spirit, a sexuality awareness organization that focuses on a realistic approach to sexual health; realizing that we must address all parts of one’s self to achieve total transformation. Lynette is an award winning sexuality educator, empowerment teacher, self love coach,keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. She holds a bachelor's degree from Drexel University in mental and behavioral health sciences and a master’s degree from Widener University in Human Sexuality Education.

Dr. Tawanna Jones Morrison, is a scholar-activist, and educational specialist. Her work centers the impact of trauma and injustice on teaching and learning. In December 2016 she founded we REIGN Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure Black girls have the skills and knowledge needed to become advocates, activists, and organizers around issues that impact their lives and communities.

State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives representing the 195th Legislative District in North and West Philadelphia. She won the seat in a special election held Aug. 11, 2015. A lawyer and Temple alumna (2004), she previously served as special assistant to Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and as the City Council research fellowship director. She joined Clarke's office in January 2011 as his community and economic development coordinator. Before her work for the city, Bullock worked at a private law firm and for Philadelphia Community Legal Services, where she formed and advised nonprofit organizations, small businesses and community groups.

La'Tasha D. Mayes, MSPPM is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Reproductive Justice, Human Rights and leadership development for Black women and girls. La'Tasha is the Founder and Executive Director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, a multi-state organization in Pennsylvania and Ohio dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women, femmes and girls headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Cleveland and Philadelphia. La’Tasha is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and she earned a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management at the Heinz School of Carnegie Mellon University

Brenda Shelton-Dunston, MPH, is currently the Executive Director of the Black Women's Health Alliance and architect of the flagship initiative “Creating a Legacy of Wellness: Mind, Body and Spirit.” She received an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA; a BS Degree in Medical Technology from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH and licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in NC and Pa.  

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~ Community Organizing
~ Generational Mentorship

Morgan Cephas was elected to serve her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2016. A native of West Philadelphia and a product of public schools, Morgan has worked tirelessly in the public sector, building her community block by block. At an early age, Morgan realized that safety, job security, access to quality educational and multi-generational recreational activities are key components to ensuring a neighborhood’s success. In the General Assembly, Morgan's priorities include increasing educational opportunities and career pipelines for youth and young adults, creating jobs through business expansion, providing resources to seniors, expanding access to health care to improve health outcomes and ensuring women and girls are a priority. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and chairwoman of the Women and Girls of Color subcommittee, a member of the Philadelphia Delegation, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Health Caucus, and a member of the PA SAFE Caucus. Currently, Morgan serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission for Women, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta and a member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Links Incorporated.

Mikeiya is a rising freshman at Temple University studying Political Science. Before college Mikeiya has utilized her summers in high school to build upon her craft and skill set so she can be a well-rounded individual in able to pursue her aspired career of being a lawyer. Her summer of 2019 as a high school student she dedicated her time, skills, and craft to working directly with and for State Representative Jake Wheatley Jr. for the 19th district. She also joined her first year of GirlGov where she and over a 100 girls around the region came together to speak on political issues while learning how to advocate for justice. She looks forward to what the future holds and only intends to grow, thrive, and work toward her end goal of impacting people and changing their lives in a meaningful permanent way. 

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