National Black Women’s Town Hall celebrates 5th anniversary

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blanche_williams2x2webCelebrating bold ideas, fresh energy, and new relationships!

The National Black Women’s Town Hall (NBWTH), Inc. is full speed ahead as they build upon the success of their past events and efforts and move forward with bold new ideas, fresh energy, and new relationships, due in part to an overwhelming response to an open letter written in February to black women and organizations nationwide. 2013 represents their fifth year anniversary marked by an increase in its board leadership and volunteers along with its new Advisory, Sisterhood and Collegiate Councils.

“We are excited about the strides we’ve made since 2008; however, we knew we had to make some changes to our business model by expanding our perspective, increasing our membership and developing win-win sustainable relationships,” shares Blanche Williams, NBWTH Founder and President.  “We look forward to an amazing year ahead as we develop the online and grassroots community with our sisters around the country and the world.”

The NBWTH Board of Directors welcomes author/activist Rochelle Soetan from Maryland as its newest member joining Suluki Id-Deen from Florida and Cheryl Pressley from North Carolina.  Its Advisory Council welcomes communications expert Janine Fondon, Founder of UnityFirst.com and Filmmaker/Journalist Daphne Valerius while its Collegiate Council engages young leaders on HBCU campuses including Tayler Cloud from Hampton University in Virginia and Anita Foster from Spelman College in Atlanta.  Our valued volunteers serving on various committees include Elda Auxiliaire, Ellen Carr, Lisa Haidara, Thalia Griffin-Mercer and Anita Nahal, PhD.

In the truest spirit of collaboration,  the NBWTH Sisterhood Council is dedicated to joining forces in friendship and effort with sister organizations, including Every Girl Can in Maryland/DC led by Yasmin Anderson-Smith and The Sisterhood Agenda in the Virgin Islands led by Angela M. Coleman, MBA. 

In keeping with their motto, “Exciting things happen when sisters come together ,” the National Black Women’s Town Hall (NBWTH), Inc. is pleased to announce a series of powerful initiatives designed to build its social media presence, sisterhood partnerships, and nationwide impact, including:

  • First Friday Facebook Focus kicked off this May and is dedicated to building a full day conversation (9am-9pm) by posing questions and discussing provocative topics between NBWTH Facebook Friends.  Upcoming dates: July 5, August 2, Sept 6

  • Sisterhood Collaboratives will kick off on June 22 when the NBWTH joins forces with UnityFirst.com to support their 2013 Common Ground Leadership Awards and Resource Reception at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA, to honor people and organizations from all walks of life that are inclusive leaders and role model examples of excellence for corporations, communities and the next generation.  Tickets and information can be found at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6723936475
  • Health Symposium 2014 is in the planning stage with the theme, The State of Black Women: Taking Control of a Healthy Future,” and will center around the growing epidemic and efforts in HIV/AIDS, obesity, and mental health with a focus on disparities by region, socioeconomics, and generation. 

  • Our Town Hall is a nationwide initiative designed to create sisterhood communities and conversations around the country embracing the unique aspects of each area while maintaining the mission of the NBWTH through our “town hall to-go.”

  • Awarene$$ Campaign is a fundraising, grant-writing, and development effort to identify and build relationships with black-owned corporations, foundations, and individuals with a desire to make a lasting contribution to the leadership and personal development of black women and girls.

About NBWTH

The National Black Women’s Town Hall, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization created to address black women’s issues and concerns through dialogue, awareness, advocacy, solution building and mentorship. Our mission is to engage women of color around the country; from of all ages, backgrounds, and stages in life, in meaningful conversations that culminate in a national town hall style meeting that highlights common issues and goals that will serve to springboard the development of collaborative efforts, leadership, and strategic action to support real change.  For more information, contact Blanche Williams (202) 497-4564 and visit www.blackwomenstownhall.com .

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