Schedule

Daily Schedule At-a-Glance

Vendors will be available Thursday through Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Registration & Check-In
 

6:30 – 9:00 PM

  • Welcome Reception at Gantt Center with Dr. Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH, 11th President of Spelman College
  • Reception attire is Southern Chic
 

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Check-In
 

7:30 AM – 8:50 AM

Breakfast & Opening Plenary Featuring Region & Chapter Roll Call
 

9:05 AM – 9:55 AM

Workshop Block 1
 

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Workshop Block 2
 

11:15 AM – 12:05 PM

Vendors & Networking
 

12:20 PM – 1:20 PM

Lunch
 

1:35 PM – 2:25 PM

Workshop Block 3
 

2:40 PM – 3:30 PM

Workshop Block 4
 

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Line Dancing Social with NAASC Charlotte Chapter
 
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Registration Check-in
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Maintaining Mindfulness with Jeryn – Start your day with a moment of mindfulness, Jeryn Alise Turner, Founder of Chameleon Consciousness, will share interactive tools and techniques to help you embody wellness.To learn more about Maintaining Mindfulness in Mainstream Society, visit jerynturner.com.
8:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Regional Meetings
11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Vendors & Networking
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Queen Charlotte Luncheon (w/group photo)
1:45 PM – 2:35 PM
Workshop Block 5
2:50 – 3:40 PM
Workshop Block 6
7:30 PM – Until
SpelHouse Social with Morehouse College Alumni Association (MCAA) Charlotte Chapter. There is no additional fee for this social event if you are already registered for the summit, but RSVPs are requested to assist us with headcount.

7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Registration Check-in
 
6:50 AM – 7:45 AM
Charlotte Sunrise Serenity A Morning Stroll with Clarrette
Join us on an exhilarating one mile walk as we view some of the highlights of downtown Charlotte. Meet at 6:50 on the main level by Coastal Kitchen restaurant. The walk will be led by Clarrette Gray , Social Activities Chair, and member of the Charlotte. Attire: Workout attire.
 

7:30 – 8:30 AM

Breakfast
 
8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Maintaining Mindfulness with Jeryn – – Start your day with a moment of mindfulness, Jeryn Alise Turner, Founder of Chameleon Consciousness, will share interactive tools and techniques to help you embody wellness.To learn more about Maintaining Mindfulness in Mainstream Society, visit jerynturner.com.
 

8:45 AM – 9:35 AM

Updates from Spelman College
 

9:50 AM – 10:40 AM

Workshop Block 7
 

10:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Vendors & Networking

 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch
 

1:15 PM – 2:05 PM

Workshop Block 8
 

2:20 PM – 3:10 PM

Keynote Conversation
 

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Book Signing with Tayari Jones
 

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

Book Signing with Tina McElroy Ansa
 

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Plenary
 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sisterhood Brunch

Schedule is subject to change.

Workshops & Speakers

Workshop Block 1 - Thu 9:05 AM - 9:55 AM

Retool: Professional Development

How To Organically Market Yourself To Create Impact For Your Brand and Your Company

The workshop is designed to maximize its impact on career and life. Participants engage in interactive discussions to define their brand and uncover its potential across personal and professional domains. Emphasis is placed on aligning one’s brand with career goals for optimal success. Practical strategies, including LinkedIn optimization and effective networking, are shared to enhance brand visibility and efficacy. The session concludes with a comprehensive wrap-up, consolidating key insights and action items to empower participants in leveraging their brand for ongoing personal and professional advancement.
Neshe Conley – C’2013, is a seasoned digital marketing expert and media relations consultant who boasts over five years of experience in communication and social impact, serving individuals, non-profits, and corporate entities.
Reconnect

Interdisciplinary Leadership and Development: Keys to Managing the Leader in You

The workshop delves into leadership and personal development dynamics across disciplines. It explores essential skills and qualities vital for effective leadership, stressing the symbiotic link between personal growth and successful leadership. Topics include defining interdisciplinary leadership, recognizing leadership styles, fostering a growth mindset, and honing communication and relationship-building skills. Participants learn to navigate change, develop emotional intelligence, resolve conflicts, and foster collaboration. Tailored for leaders of all ages and demographics, this workshop aims to enhance effectiveness and capacity across various leadership roles.
Minister Erika Smith, MDIV – C’2016, is an interdisciplinary leadership and development coach specializing in professional, administrative, and religious realms. She advocates the fusion of psychology and religion, aiding in identity and spiritual formation. Erika supports churches and communities through research, religious education, program development, and organizational change. Her expertise spans dissemination research, program design, and human development. Passionate about community and church leadership, she offers training and counseling, emphasizing identity and spiritual growth.

Workshop Block 2 - Thu 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

Recharge – Wellness

Soul-Care as a Reclamation Practice for Black Women

This workshop will explore soul-care practices unique to Black women that integrate our history and culture to nurture and support our holistic wellness. We will discuss practical ways to support our physical and mental health by reconnecting with ourselves and reclaiming our most valuable resources (time, energy, and money).

Michaele Evans, MA, AMFT, CYT – C’2012, is an EMDR-trained, trauma-responsive psychotherapist and wellness consultant who fuses strategy, mindfulness, and imagination to foster collective healing and liberation. Michaele supports individuals & organizations in nurturing compassionate care practices to create equitable environments that center well-being. During her decade-long career in finance, Michaele recognized the detrimental impact of stress & trauma and felt called to deepen her knowledge in healing modalities that combat and protect against those negative effects. Michaele, a North Carolina native currently based in Los Angeles, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology.
Retool – Financial

Women Who Win: A Workshop for Women & Wealth

Learn to identify obstacles hindering financial growth in investment, homeownership, retirement savings, and debt management. Address money mindset, budgeting, and rules for saving and investing. Understand distinctions between saving, investing, and financial institutions. Grasp concepts like compound interest’s impact on personal finances. Develop strategies to achieve financial goals consistently. Lastly, communicate intentions and aspirations to reshape your financial relationship for attainable goals.
Jennifer McReynolds – C’2001, armed with over two decades of financial expertise, merges Wall Street acumen with a passion for aiding families and small businesses. Starting her journey on the Fixed Income Trading Floor after Spelman College, she later spearheaded Investor Relations for a $300M mobile tech Venture Capital Fund. Witnessing widespread financial concerns, Jennifer transitioned in 2018 to The ALZ Group, LLC, the McReynolds Family Advisory Practice. Here, she focuses on guiding Main Street Americans through financial planning, serving as a steadfast ally throughout their investment voyage. An avid researcher and podcast enthusiast, Jennifer cherishes crafting cherished memories with her loved ones.

Workshop Block 3 - Thu 1:35 PM - 2:25 PM

Recharge – Wellness

Who I BE? A Calling Into Selfhood – Spiritual Wellness

“My journey to the truth of God cannot be parsed from my journey to the truth of who I am.” – Cole Arthur Riley. Women often define themselves by what they do, their titles, and/or their assigned roles. In this workshop, we will begin to explore the question of “who am I” or “who I BE” by exploring/identifying what resides at one’s core/soul. This interactive workshop will include music, be guided by writings from Cole Arthur Riley and Dr. Howard Thurman, and conclude with tools to assist in honoring and protecting what one identifies at their core on a daily basis.

Rev. Angela “Angie” Johnson – C’95, is an ordained Elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She received her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. Rev. Johnson identifies as a HEALER, facilitating healing and personal discovery through dialogue, reflection, and community building. She serves as Connections Pastor at Impact Church in East Point, GA, and is affectionately known as the “Holy Ratchet Pastor” for her love of Hip Hop, tattoos, reality TV, and insistence on speaking truth to power.

Recharge – Wellness

Eat to L.I.V.E. – Mindful Eating Habits for your Life Vision

Are you experiencing weight or health issues? Have you tried changing your diet, yet nothing has changed? It’s not about eating vegan or Keto; it’s about eating to L.I.V.E. In this workshop, we’ll explore your relationship with food and learn four mindful eating habits you can apply to your next meal.

Shelley Chapman, EdM – C’2003, is a mindful nutrition coach and educator who helps women shift from emotional and stress eating to mindful eating. She transformed her life and lost 60 pounds by learning about food, nutrition, dietary lifestyles, and focusing on her emotional healing. Shelley has been featured twice on Dr. Oz and in Women’s Health Magazine. She has led workshops with Calm, Papa Johns, Food Network, National Institute of Mental Health, Teach for America, New York University, and Emory University. Shelley also creates cooking videos for her YouTube channel, The Mindful Plate, with over 15,000 subscribers.

Workshop Block 4 - Thu 2:40 PM - 3:30 PM

Retool – Financial

Essential Components for a Strong Financial Plan

The workshop explores the building blocks of wealth and reveals financial considerations that complete a solid financial plan.
Dawn Mabery Chestnut – C’99, is CEO of Mabery Consulting, which she founded over a decade ago. Today, the firm is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs to financially plan their future. As a professor of financial planning, Dawn educates individuals seeking financial credentials. Dawn’s upbringing instilled frugality, inspiring her career path. Debt-free herself, she seeks to simplify financial planning. In her leisure, she tends her vegetable garden, jogs, or sews. Her credentials include a Master’s Degree in Personal Financial Planning and the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. A Lifetime Member of NAASC, Dawn formerly chaired the Scholarship Committee for her Spelman Alumnae Chapter and served on the Investment Committee for the NAASC Atlanta Chapter. She remains a member of the Chapter, and is committed to community involvement.
Retool – Professional Development

Strategic Sparks: Igniting Success in Entrepreneurship

Discover the keys to entrepreneurial success in The Blueprint for Spelman Entrepreneurs workshop. Unveil the art of startup triumph, exploring strategic planning, funding, marketing, and sustainable growth. Navigate real-world hurdles with confidence, crafting a robust business foundation. Whether launching your first venture or elevating an existing one, this workshop empowers with essential insights and strategies for mastering the entrepreneurial journey.
Lynette Watson – C’88, founder of LSW Strategic Management, Lynettespecializes in strategic planning, sustainable growth, and diversity for small to mid-size companies. She also co-owns Let’s Get Fiscal, aiding small businesses with back-office operations. Dedicated to empowering African American-owned businesses, she emphasizes preparation, strategy, and inclusion in development projects. Lynette’s consulting exemplifies commitment to positive change, fostering inclusivity across business scales.

Workshop Block 5 - Fri 1:45 PM - 2:35 PM

Retool – Financial

“Affluenza” – The Unspoken Pandemic

The workshop aims to tackle spending, saving, and debt management, while also addressing the pressure to match others’ lifestyles, impulsive spending, and breaking harmful financial cycles and habits.

Pam Jasper – C’99, earned her Economics degree at the guidance of Dr. Stone, Dr. Tribble, and Dr. Hornsby. Pursuing her CFP license in her 20s at Emory University, she embarked on a 25-year career journey. Pam’s experience includes roles at Invesco, AT&T, Cox Communications, and J.P. Morgan Chase. Currently, she spearheads mergers & acquisitions portfolios at First Citizens Bank in Atlanta, GA.
Retool – Professional Development

Empowered Pivoting: Navigating Transitions with Confidence

This workshop is intended for women of all ages, backgrounds, and careers. If you are seeking or feeling a transition in your life or career but need help with direction, this session is for you. Pivoting can seem hard, but undaunted participants will leave this session with strategic methods and helpful tools for successful transitions.
Tiffanie “Lanelle” Mackey – C’2009, a Womanist theologian, advocate, and entrepreneur, prioritizes the advancement of Black and brown women and marginalized communities. Pursuing a Doctor of Ministry, she designs workshops and materials on politics, policy, faith, and civic engagement. Tiffanie also consults with nonprofits and communities, offering policy advocacy, programmatic support, and strategic guidance and guides private clients through transitions and business startups.

Workshop Block 6 - Fri 2:50 - 3:40 PM

Reconnect – Leadership Development

NAASC Leadership Development Institute – Creating and Sustaining Chapters

The workshop shares strategies and advice for Chapter Leaders to help them create and sustain a successful and effective NAASC Chapter.
Felicia Sadler, Esq. – C’91, serves as Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section, of the U.S. Department of Justice. With nearly 25 years of experience, she enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), advocating for over 50 million Americans living with disabilities. Throughout her tenure, she’s managed diverse cases, negotiated settlements, and served as Acting Deputy Chief. Committed to community service, she is President of the NAASC Southern Maryland Chapter, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and The Links Incorporated. and The Links Incorporated. She’s also served on the Prince George’s County Board of Education and the Human Rights Commission. A Spelman College alumna, Ms. Sadler earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, with her husband and daughter.
Samara Hassan – C’91, Samara resides in Houston, Texas. She obtained her degree in Economics from Spelman College in 1991. Samara currently serves as president of the Houston chapter of NAASC. Professionally, Samara is an award-winning pharmaceutical sales representative and a member of the leadership team for her employer’s black employee resource group. Samara plays a role in creating the group’s nationally recognized programming that focuses on building one’s brand, conflict resolution within teams, and having a growth mindset. Samara has received awards for the impact she has made on her peers. Samara enjoys attending wellness retreats and spending time with her grandson, Jace.
Reconnect – Leadership Development

NAASC Leadership Development Institute – Creative Fundraising for Chapters and Regions

The workshop highlights and shares strategies and advice to create successful fundraising campaigns for Chapters and Regions.
Rhonda R. Waller, Ph.D. – C’91, prioritizes enhancing communication and leadership within the NAASC and its alumnae community. As NAASC Corresponding Secretary (2016-2022), she spearheaded the creation of the Journal of Sisterhood. Currently, she chairs the Leadership Development Institute and the True-Blue Sister Summit Program Committee. Rhonda is a founding member and Corresponding Secretary of the NAASC Golden Isles (GA) Chapter. With over 25 years of professional experience, she currently serves as Managing Director at Bizzell US where she provides training and technical assistance to non-profit organizations and state health departments. Additionally, she’s an adjunct psychology professor at Montgomery College (MD). Rhonda holds degrees from Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Howard University. She cherishes her role as a mother and is co-owner of Tru Blu Legacy Inc. with her daughter Kai Adura (C’2019) and Spelman sisters Joslyn Jackson (C’96) and Lauren Jackson (C’2024).

Workshop Block 7 - Sat 9:50 AM - 10:40 AM

Retool – Financial

Leaving a Lasting Impact Through Estate Planning: Estate Planning Tools and How They Can Work for You

This workshop explores the art of leaving a legacy, not chaos. Discover essential documents, key considerations, and common pitfalls to sidestep in estate planning. This comprehensive overview underscores the significance of estate planning and aims to equip participants with fundamental tools to construct a personalized plan for themselves and their families.

Patricia W. Bradford – C’85, owner of Estate Law 2 Go, PA in Tampa, Florida specializes in estate planning and probate. A Spelman College alumna and Florida State University College of Law graduate, she transitioned from teaching to law. Previously a trial court staff attorney and Assistant Attorney General, she opened her private practice. Active in professional organizations including BNI and the Florida Bar, she’s also involved with chambers and bar associations

Olivia Smith – C’2004, a Georgia native, holds a Political Science degree from Spelman College and a law degree from Loyola University New Orleans. With 15 years of legal experience, she shifted from criminal defense to estate planning and probate due to a personal family journey. As owner and partner of SR Law Group, she specializes in Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate within the black community. Co-hosting the podcast “Black Parents Aging,” Olivia aids children of aging parents. Active in her church and community, she serves as Estates Chair for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and on the advisory board of Changing How Individuals Prosper (CHIP).
Retool – Professional Development

Being Human: The Competitive Advantage

The workshop will uncover your edge in the AI era, where humanity reigns supreme. Delve into AI’s transformative potential, discover its limitations, and unlock essential skills for thriving in an AI-driven workforce. By session’s end, gain insights into AI’s influence, navigate career transitions confidently, advocate for your role in AI, and unleash your innate human potential.
Diya Wynn – C’96, a Principal at Amazon Web Services (AWS), spearheads global customer engagement on Responsible AI. Recognized in 2023 as one of Business Insider’s top 100 figures in AI, among 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics, and honored with the VentureBeat Women in AI – Responsible AI award, she’s dedicated to making Responsible AI practical and accessible. Diya collaborates with organizations to foster trust in AI, prioritizing risk mitigation and addressing unintended impacts. Beyond her AI endeavors, she’s committed to shaping the future by mentoring dozens and encouraging boundary-breaking innovation, starting with her two sons and extending to those she guides.

Workshop Block 8 - Sat 1:15 PM - 2:05 PM

Recharge – Wellness

Creating Space for Sexual Satisfaction: The Spelmanite’s Guide to Sexual Wellness

Sexual satisfaction is an important part of a healthy and fulfilling relationship. However, many women find it difficult to create space for sexual intimacy in their busy lives. This workshop will provide participants with the tools and resources they need to create more space for sexual satisfaction and wellness in their own relationships.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define sexual satisfaction and its importance in in their own lives
  2. Identify barriers to sexual satisfaction
  3. Develop strategies for creating more space for pleasure
  4. Communicate effectively with their partners about their sexual needs and desires
Ayanay Ferguson, PhD – C’95, is a sexual being, Christian, wife, mother, cancer thriver, clinical psychologist, and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She is passionate about helping women who are having trouble finding their own pleasure break the guilt and shame cycle brought about by the church and society so they can transform themselves and have positively intimate and amazing sex lives. She is a graduate of Spelman College, New York University, and Georgia State University. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is fully licensed to practice in the State of Georgia. She runs the Sexual Health Clinic for the Atlanta VAHCS.

Renée Burwell, LCSW, MPA, CST-S, CSE – C’2004, is a skilled psychotherapist and educator with specializations in couple’s work, sex therapy, and trauma. Her practice, Pandora’s Awakening, focuses on helping individuals, families, and communities heal and become more authentically themselves. Renée holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Spelman College and is AASECT certified as a sex therapist, supervisor, and educator.

Reconnect – Leadership Development

NAASC Leadership Development Institute – NAASC Membership and Strategic Messaging

Dr. Daria Valentine, Ed.D. – C’2000, Principal at the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, brings 20 years of leadership in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Notably, as Assistant Principal, she raised the graduation rate by 6% and boosted the college acceptance and attendance rate. With degrees from Spelman College, National Louis University, and The George Washington University, she’s an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Alpha Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter. Daria’s has proudly served the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College as National Assistant Corresponding Secretary, NE Region Secretary and President of the Southern, MD Chapter, championing scholarships and student recruitment. As President-elect, she’s committed to transparency, alumnae engagement, and student mentorship, ensuring the association’s vitality and impact.

Keynote Conversation - Sat 2:20 PM - 3:10 PM

Featured Presentation

A Keynote Conversation – Moderated by Emma J., C’2015

Tina McElroy Ansa – C’71, Tina McElroy Ansa, a teacher, editor, publisher and gardener, is the author of five award-winning novels, including Baby of the Family, The Hand I Fan With, Ugly Ways, You Know Better and Taking After Mudear. All five of of her novels are on the Georgia Center for the Book’s “List of Books All Georgians Should Read.” Baby of the Family and The Hand I Fan With both received the Georgia Authors Series Award. And Ugly Ways was nominated for an “NAACP Image Award in Fiction.”

 

In 2020, Ansa edited and wrote the Introduction to the anthology MEETING AT THE TABLE: African -American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community with her freshman Spelman College roommate journalist Wanda S. Lloyd in response to the turbulence and social justice protests that emerged in American life. Ansa’s DownSouth Press published the collection of stellar essays by a cross-section of 15 brilliant black women thinkers.

 

In 2004, Ansa founded the Sea Island Writers Retreat in her home state of Georgia and has taken the retreats on the road around the country, including to the Spelman College campus. The most recent retreat was held in November of 2022 on Tybee Island, Georgia, with Ansa, Crystal Wilkinson, Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Dawn Turner, Nic Stone, Wanda Lloyd (Class of ‘71), and Regina Taylor leading workshops

 

In 2007, Ansa founded the independent publishing company DownSouth Press, which published her fifth novel, Taking After Mudear. That novel also was chosen for the Georgia Center for Fiction’s “… Should Read List.”

 

In 2021, Ansa launched the podcast with sister Lloyd, appropriately titled, “2 Old Chicks Who Know a Lot of Sh*t” The podcast is in its fourth year.

 

Ansa has received the Bebe Moore Campbell Memorial Award from the National Book Club Conference. She has been awarded the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for her body of work and for her contributions to the literary arts community of Georgia. She was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent at the Gwendolyn Brooks Center of Chicago State University.

 

As well as lecturing and reading around the country, Ansa has also contributed “Essays From Georgia” to CBS Sunday Morning.

 

In 2011, Ansa was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from her alma mater Spelman College.

 

Ansa serves on the board of the St. Simons Island African-American Heritage Coalition. She is the first African -American. “Come her’” on the board, which fills her with pride.

 

She is at work on her sixth novel and is writing her first work of nonfiction. She is blessed to live and write on St. Simons Island, Georgia, along the Gullah-Geechee Corridor, where she always has greens growing outside her door.

Tayari Jones – C’91, New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, most recently An American Marriage.

 

Published in 2018, An American Marriage is an Oprah’s Book Club Selection and also appeared on Barack Obama’s summer reading list as well as his year-end roundup. The novel was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly known as the Orange Prize), Aspen Words Prize and an NAACP Image Award. It has been published in two dozen countries.

 

Jones, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship, and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship.

 

Her third novel, Silver Sparrow, was added to the NEA Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.

Emma Jackson – C’2015, From Durham, N.C., Emma J. is an International Model, Actress, Award-Winning Documentary Producer, HBCU Advocate, Event Producer, and Host! You may recognize her from various commercials: Secret Deodorant, North Carolina Lottery, Harris Teeter, Lenovo, Atrium Health, South Africa’s Primus Beer, and Ryobi!

 

You can watch Emma J. on Black & Sexy TV’s Chef Julian (streaming on Tubi), VH1’s Games People Play, and the host of ABFF Insider by the American Black Film Festival.

 

Through her own production company, Mary & Emma Productions, she directs the documentary, What Keeps Me Going, and the short film 1963. Through 4910 Rosalie Productions, she is an Award-Winning Documentary producer for Target St. Louis Vol.1. Emma J. is a 2015 graduate of Spelman College. She curated events with brands and icons such as Skyy Communications, Human2Human with Stacy Ike, Nice Crowd, Combs Enterprises’ Empower Global, Black Enterprise, Tene Nicole, and many more!