Change Symposium: Reflections and Conversations on Obama's Presidency
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 09:00AM 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

Art Fennell - Moderator
Journalist & News Anchor

Art Fennell is an Emmy-Award winning nationally known journalist with a forthright point of view. With more than 20 years experience in the media, Mr. Fennell has an untarnished reputation and is highly respected among his peers. His current assignment is Executive Producer and Anchor of “Art Fennell Reports”, a candid and honest news magazine program focusing on national and regional news and sports, in-depth reports on issues and inten/iews with national newsmakers. The program is seen on the Comcast Network based in Philadelphia. Prior to formatting and launching “Art Fennell Reports”, he was Principal Anchor and Managing Editor for CN8 News on the Comcast Network. Highly accomplished, Mr. Fennell is the recipient of the 2009 “Journalist of The YearAward” for his wo rk in the Philadelphia region and the 2006 Emmy Award for “Outstanding News Anchor” in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Fennell, who also sen/es on Special Assignments for TV-ONE, led the network’s live national coverage of “The Michael Jackson Memorial" from Los Angeles, “The Democratic National Convention" from Denver, “Election Night 2008” from Chicago, and the historic “lnauguration of President Barack Obama” from Washington, DC. He has also conducted an exclusive one on one interview with Barack Obama. He has held professional leadership positions in newsrooms across the country including anchor, reporter, host, producer, and photographer. His other assignments included NBC-10 in Philadelphia; WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia; WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia; WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina; WBTW-TV in Florence, South Carolina, and The South Carolina Educational Television Network.

Dr. Bernard E. Anderson
Senior Economist, Brimmer & Company, LLC

Bernard E. Anderson, a native of South Philadelphia and a nationally respected economist, has held leadership positions in academia, public service, and the private sector. He is the former Whitney M. Young, Jr., Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

After earning his Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, he was appointed to the Wharton School faculty. He is the author of six books and numerous scholarly articles on economic and employment policy, and was the first African-American to earn tenure in the Wharton School.

He took leave from the University to serve as Director of the Social Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He later returned to Philadelphia as Managing Partner of the Urban Affairs Partnership. In 1991, Governor Robert P. Casey appointed him the first Chairman of the Pennsylvania Inter-governmental Cooperation Authority, the fiscal oversight board for the City of Philadelphia. He was later appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards Administration, a position he held until 2001. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the board of directors of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, United Bank of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was formerly Chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, and is currently Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University.

Cheryl Benton
Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs

Cheryl Benton was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs in May 2009. Before joining the Department of State, Benton accrued more than twenty years of political and public affairs experience and expertise. DAS Benton has an extensive background and knowledge of managing complex public policy, advocacy and regulatory issues for Fortune 500 companies, associations and organizations as well as developing and implementing grassroots and grasstops strategies and campaigns. She has achieved victories for several political candidates at the local, state and national levels.

The Bureau of Public Affairs carries out the Secretary’s mandate to help Americans and foreign audiences understand the foreign policy priorities of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Benton leads the Department’s outreach and strategic planning effort, including utilizing the State Department’s assets in outreach to national and international media outlets.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Benton was a principal at the Dewey Square Group in Washington, DC where she led projects, devised and implemented successful strategies, managed field operatives, and engaged stakeholders and influencers in some of the most important and challenging issues of our times - including nuclear energy and HIV-AIDS.

In 2008, DAS Benton worked with the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign co-chairing Women of Color for Clinton, providing strategic counsel to the campaign and sen/ing as a surrogate in several states including, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia.

DAS Benton holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston.

Therman E. Evans, M.D.
Physician, Pastor, Professor, & Motivational Speaker

http://www.drthermanevans.com

As a physician, Dr. Therman E. Evans has an extensive and impressive background that has contributed and led him to his current leadership position. He is the founder and CEO of Whole Life Associates, a graduate of Howard University undergraduate (BS) and medical school (M.D.), the former Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Cigna Insurance and Healthcare Corporation, as well as the National Health Director and Washington Bureau Chief for Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Operation Push. Additionally, he studied and achieved his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in theology from the United Christian College of New York. 

Dr. Evans has published over 30 articles in various health journals and newspapers, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the National Medical Association, The Los Angeles Times, HealthQuest, Ebony Magazine, Washington Post and Black Collegian Magazine. For 10 years he hosted a two-hour radio show called “Lifeline” in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Evans was appointed in 1998 and formally installed as Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center on July 25, 1999. As the Senior Pastor, he has brought the message of “wholeness” in mind, body, and spirit to the dynamic and growing membership and ministries of the Morning Star congregation. Likewise, he has established healing through outreach services that positively increase self-reliance, health and well being to an economically and socially depressed community.
Kenny Gamble
Chairman, Universal Companies

www.stoneridgeinvestments.com

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.”

William H. Gray, III
Former Congressman (D-PA) and Co-Chairman, GrayLoeffler, LLC

http://www.grayloeffler.com/

Mr. Gray is the Co-Chairman of GrayLoeffler, LLC. From September 1991 to June 2004, he was President and CEO of The United Negro College Fund, where he led the organization to unprecedented fundraising success. UNCF, one of the largest educational charities in the U.S., provides financial assistance to minority students to attend college and supports private historically black colleges and universities.

He represented the Second District of Pennsylvania as a Congressman from 1979 to 1991 and was elected by his colleagues to a number of prestigious leadership positions. Mr. Gray was elected as Chair of the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives in 1985 and in 1988 he was also elected as the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus. He was elected as the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives in June 1988. Thus, he was the first African American to chair a finance committee, the first to head the majority caucus, and the first to achieve the number three position in the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. President Bill Clinton appointed him as the Special Advisor on Haiti to the President and to the Secretary of State in 1995.

For 47 years, Mr. Gray was an active Baptist minister. He first served at Union Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ and then at the Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. He retired from Bright Hope in 2007, after 36 years as pastor.

Mr. Gray received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from Drew Theological Seminary and another master’s in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970.

John L. Jackson, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication and Anthopolgy, University of Pennsylvania

John L. Jackson, Jr. is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Penn, Dr. Jackson taught in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and spent three years as a Junior Fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows. Dr. Jackson received his BA in Communications (Radio, TV, Film) from Howard University and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

As a filmmaker, Dr. Jackson has produced a feature-length fiction film, documentaries and film-shorts that have screened at film festivals internationally. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and Han/ard University’s Milton Fund. He has also been a Lilly Endowment Fellow at the National Humanities Center.

Dr. Jackson has published three books, Harlemworld: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Real Black: Adventures in Racial Sincerity (University of Chicago Press, 2005), and Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness (Basic Books, 2008).

Dr. Jackson is currently writing a book on global Black Hebrewism (under contract with Han/ard University Press). He is also working on two documentary films, one about contemporary conspiracy theories in urban America, another examining the history of state violence against Rastafari in Jamaica.

Robin L. Smith, Ph.D.
Television Personality, Author, Ordained Minster, Keynote Speaker, and Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Robin L. Smith is a national television personality, #1 best-selling author of Lies At The Altar- The Truth About Great Marriages, and the popular book Inspirational Vitamins, A Guide To Personal Empowerment - Foreword written by Stevie Wonder. She is also a contributing author for the book The Audacity of Faith, an ordained minister, keynote speaker, and licensed psychologist. She is one of the most sought after speakers and relationship experts in the country.

Her contributions include appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, NBC/T he Today Show, ABC News/Good Morning America, CBS/T he Early Show, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, and many other news and talk show formats. Dr. Smith also hosted a five-day a week call-in program on Oprah Radio where listeners got their daily dose of Inspiration, Information and Empowerment.

Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Temple University, her master’s degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and obtained her undergraduate degree from LaSalIe University. In May of 2007, Dr. Smith received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.

lyanla Vanzant
Founder and Executive Director, Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development

lyanla Vanzant, the founder and Executive Director of the Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development, is by many accounts, the premier African-American teacher, writer, and speaker on the subjects of spirituality and personal development. The former talk show host is the author of 13 titles that include three New York Times Best Sellers. Ms.Vanzant has been a recurring guest on shows like Oprah l/l/infrey, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show and other national talk shows.

Despite all of her success, life has not been easy. A difficult and dysfunctional upbringing resulted in her being raped at the tender age of nine; a teenage mother by age 16; a long-time welfare recipient; a partner in an abusive relationship, and the sun/ivor of two suicide attempts.

She attended Medgar Evers College at the age of 30, where she earned a B.S. Degree in Public Administration and Early Childhood Education, Summa Cum Laude. From there she went to City University Law School at Queens College and on to the Public Defender’s office in Philadelphia. After leaving this position, a guest speaking engagement on a local radio talk program in Philadelphia led to a weekly show and the penning of her first book, Tapping the Power l/l/ithin: A Path to Self Empowerment for Black Women.

In September 2008, Ms. Vanzant celebrated the re-release of her first published work - the 20th Anniversary Revised Edition of Tapping the Power Within.

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
PRESIDENT & CEO, GREATER PHILADELPHIA URBAN AFFAIRS COALITION

www.gpuac.org

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
STONERIDGE INVESTMENT PARTNERS, LLC, CHIEF EXECTUIVE OFFICER & CHIEF INVESTMENT STRATEGIST

www.stoneridgeinvestments.com

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

www.stoneridgeinvestments.com

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.”

Excellence and Equity --Securing Our Future
Friday, Sep 28, 2012 - Friday, Sep 28, 2012 12:00AM - 11:59PM Add to OutlookPublic Education in the 21st Century

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TO WURD SPEAKS EXCELLENCE AND EQUITY SYMPOSIUM!!


 

 

Topics to be Explored:

Creating a "System of Great Schools" - Public Education in Urban America

Promising Trends and Models of Success  - Locally and Nationally

Demanding Excellence - Advocacy and Accountability

Where Community Action Makes the Difference

The Philadelphia Plan - Dr. Hite and Beyond

Closing the Gap and Remove the Barriers

Money and Education – The Voucher Debate