We are the World: Forging Connections Throughout the Diaspora - An Evening with Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Saturday, October 01, 2011 08:45AM Add to Outlook

Join WURD when we host Nontonmbi Naomi Tutu, daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

This intergenerational event will highlight Ms. Tutu's recent "Sister's Sojourn" to South Africa. During this 10-day

journey, Ms. Tutu guided a group of women through South Africa examining the struggles, barriers and triumphs African women from across the globe experience.

A powerful women's and human rights activist, Ms. Tutu will share the linkages between the quest for equality and justice for women in South Africa with her sisters in America.


Event Panelists

Sharmain Matlock-Turner


Sharmain Matlock-Turner is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, an organization that unites government, business, neighborhood and individual initiatives to provide quality of life for working families. As the first woman to lead GPUAC in its 40-year history, Ms. Matlock-Turner directs the activities of the organization. In 10 years of her leadership, the Coalition has grown from a $20 million organization to one with an annual budget of $34 million and over 400 employees.

Prior to joining the Coalition, she served six years as associate vice president for legislative and community affairs for Mercy Health System and 10 years as chief of staff to the late State Senator Roxanne H. Jones.

Active in community affairs, Ms. Matlock-Turner serves on numerous boards and commissions. She chairs the Boards of Trustees for the West Oak Lane Charter School, the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC), and the People's Emergency Center. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of La Salle University, The Reinvestment Fund, and the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation, which governs the Philadelphia Gas Works. In addition, Ms. Matlock-Turner is on the economic advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Clear Channel Advisory Board, is honorary co-chair of Philly Counts, the citywide campaign to raise awareness about the 2010 federal Census, and serves on the not-for-profit client advisory board of the Trion Group, Inc.

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards and honors. In 2009 alone, she was recognized as one of the Philadelphia Tribune's "Most Influential African Americans," and received the Philadelphia Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award and OARC's Leadership Award. In March 2010, she was awarded the "Take the Lead" award by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Ms. Matlock-Turner holds a bachelor's degree in education from Temple University. Ms. Matlock-Turner is a resident of Philadelphia and is married to Tony Turner. She has two grown daughters, Ayanna Matlock and Naima Turner.


Steven L. Sanders


Steven L. Sanders has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. During his career, he served as President and CEO of a $4.5 billion asset management firm where he was responsible for macro-economic analysis, equity portfolio management and new business development. Prior to joining StoneRidge Investment Partners as CEO and Chief Investment Strategist, Mr. Sanders co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of First Genesis Financial Group. In addition, Mr. Sanders previously served as Chief Investment Strategist of Creative Financial Asset Management. In 1986, Mr. Sanders founded Sanders Financial which focused on high net worth individuals and small pension plan sponsors. Its success led to the formation of Advent Capital Management Partners which provided investment management to larger retirement plan sponsors. In 1996, the two companies merged. Mr. Sanders serves on several corporate and civic boards. Mr. Sanders holds a B.B.A. in Risk Management from Howard University.

Kenny Gamble
Chairman, Universal Companies


Kenneth Gamble began singing at a young age, recording for various labels including Epic, Columbia, Arctic, and Atlantic Records. The most well-known is Philadelphia International Records, which he co-founded with Leon Huff in 1971; and still serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Gamble is recognized as a true pioneer in soul / rhythm & blues music. He has written and produced more than 3,000 songs recorded by numerous artists, including the Jackson Five, the Intruders, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Phyllis Hyman, Jerry Butler, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, the Ojays, MFSB, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, the Delfonics, and many others. Mr. Gamble’s musical output includes more than 170 gold and platinum songs and albums. In 1974 and 1989, he won the coveted Grammy Award for “Me & Mrs. Jones” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” During his illustrious career, Mr. Gamble has received numerous awards not only for his musical genius, but for his sincere dedication to address the plight of those less fortunate. He has founded or helped to build numerous organizations, including the African American Foundation, Universal Institute Charter School, The Universal Community of Truth, and the South Philadelphia Ministries Task Force. In 1993, he founded Universal Community Homes (UCH) and now is engaged in one of the largest and most successful community revitalization efforts in Philadelphia history. Mr. Gamble calls the rebuilding of his community “The Biggest Hit Of My Life.”