2019 Sisters Empowering Sisters Annual Conference - 15 Year Anniversary

Oronike Odeleye
Oronike Odeleye, Keynote
Zandra Cunningham
Zandra Cunningham, Keynote
Dr. Candice Norcott
Dr. Candice Norcott, Keynote

The Image Initiative, Inc. celebrated our 15th year Anniversary of the Sisters Empowering Sisters Annual Conference on March 22-23, 2019. 15 years of impacting lives and striving to make a difference. The conference featured Zandra Cunningham, an 18-year-old entrepreneur and founder of Zandra Beauty, author, and philanthropist and Oronike Odeleye, Arts & Entertainment consultant and founder of the #MuteRKelly campaign who was featured in the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly and special guest Candice Norcott, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, national consultant, and public speaker also featured in the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly.

Opening remarks were provided by Image Initiative alum Kenneisha Reaves, SaQuota Reaves and Chelsea Willis. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority, Inc. showcased a special stepshow performance. 
  
Special guest performance by Chloe and Maud Arnold, founders of Syncopated Ladies, Emmy® Award nominated, internationally recognized tap dancing, choreographing, and producing duo. 
 
Workshop moderators, facilitators and panelists included: Vanessa Chavez-Asforis, Ghylian Bell, Tania Williams, Portia Flowers, PhD, Maria Maldonado-Lewis, Tamica L. Barnett, Maria Davis, Robin Ayers, Akua Goodrich, Geneva Moore, Candace S. Carter, Hasan Stephens, Antonio Diaz, Anthony Williams, Klass Jones, Serena Nunn, Des Alvares, Jessica Sanchez, Stephanie Godinez, Tammi White, Lateasha DeGuzman-Gbor and Nina Rodgers.

Music was provided by DJ Bella J.
 

Over 175 girls were in attendance from the Syracuse City School District.
 

Selected Speakers

Vanessa Chavez-Asforis
Vanessa Chavez-Asforis
Ghylian Bell
Ghylian Bell
Tania Williams
Tania Williams
Portia Flowers, Ph.D.
Portia Flowers, Ph.D.
Maria Maldonado Lewis
Maria Maldonado Lewis
Tamica Barnett
Tamica Barnett
Maria Davis
Maria Davis
Robin Ayers
Robin Ayers
SaQuota Reaves
SaQuota Reaves
Akua Goodrich
Akua Goodrich
Genny Moore
Genny Moore
Candace Carter
Candace Carter
Hasan Stephens
Hasan Stephens
Antonio Diaz
Antonio Diaz
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Klass Jones
Klass Jones
Serena Nunn
Serena Nunn
Des Alvares
Des Alvares
Jessica Sanchez
Jessica Sanchez
Stephanie Godinez
Stephanie Godinez
Tammi White
Tammi White
Nina Rodgers
Nina Rodgers
Lateasha DeGuzman-Gbor
Lateasha DeGuzman-Gbor
Syncopated Ladies
Syncopated Ladies
DJ Bella J
DJ Bella J

The Sisters Empowering Sisters Conference has changed my life; this program has given me a reason to look towards my future.
-- Sofia, 10th grade

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