May 4, 2007    #074
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Second Annual Black Women Leaders Conference is May 17-18

Women throughout the Kansas City region will celebrate the Second Annual Black Women Leaders Conference, which will focus on family, spiritual, education and health issues surrounding the community. Patricia Russell-McCloud, named one of the most influential people in the United States by Ebony Magazine, will lead the two-day conference as keynote speaker.

In its second year, the theme of this year’s Black Women Leaders Conference is “Celebrating Womanhood: I’m Every Woman.” Scheduled for May 17-18 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the event seeks to educate participants about current trends and challenges facing women in everyday life and leadership roles.

In her self-described “big, broad and animated” speaking style, Russell-McCloud is well-recognized as a professional orator. She tackles topics such as achieving excellence, assuming leadership, managing workplace diversity and women and youth issues. Each year she addresses more than 200,000 people, inspiring them to face the obstacles that stand in the way of a more fulfilling existence. Russell-McCloud has made presentations to organizations such as Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, McDonald’s and General Motors.

Before embarking on a speaking career, Russell-McCloud was the Chief of Complaints for the Federal Communications Commission. She is a graduate of Kentucky State University and the Howard University School of Law.

“I look forward to Celebrating Womanhood,’” said Russell-McCloud. “Every woman’s position, placement, plight and progress is worthy of our intentional focus. Within each woman, whether towering or tiny, established or emerging, we capture a bit of her greatness and her ‘anyhow spirit’. She is the woman who reaches beyond her grasp, and sets an example by walking her talk. In sharing lessons learned, we are empowered and gain strength anew for our life journey. We salute, gender – female.”

The vendor fair kicks off at 3 p.m. May 17 in Pierson Auditorium at University Center, 50th Street and Rockhill Road. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by Russell-McCloud’s keynote address at 7 p.m. After a question-and-answer session, participants will be invited to network with one another.

Activities on May 18 begin at 8:15 a.m. in the same location with an address by Yvonne Maddox, Ph.D. Breakout sessions will follow, as will a luncheon address by the Honorable Angela Bennett. Participants also will be invited to participate in a town hall discussion moderated by Delores Jones, radio talk show host. The afternoon concludes at 3:15 p.m. with additional networking opportunities.

For more details or to register for the event, go online to or call (816) 235-6222. Participation costs $214 for the general public and $124 for students. Vendors interested in participating in the vendor fair should call (816) 235-6010.

UMKC is one of four University of Missouri campuses. It is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.


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