MEMPHIS (TN Tribune) – More than 40 black women who have been elected to public office will travel to Bluff City this week for a national conference focused on policies that empower black women to lead and serve their communities.
The National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, also known as NOBEL Women, will host black elected officials from Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Florida, New York, Minnesota, Louisiana, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Alabama.
With the theme “NOBEL Women Responding to the Call: Breaking Glass Ceilings While Taking Our Place at the Table”, the organizers also invited women to the leadership of large companies and non-profit organizations. The group will meet at downtown Hyatt Centric.
Established in 1985 to increase the presence of black women in state governments, NOBEL Women is a non-partisan, non-profit organization primarily made up of black women who hold or have previously held public office.
As we celebrate its 36th Annual Legislative Conference, the leaders of the organization have their eyes on the future. The conference programming this year centers on expanding the representation of leaders in the public and private sectors, according to NOBEL Women President Karen Camper (D-Memphis), who is also the House Minority Leader. representatives from Tennessee.
“From the boardroom to Capitol Hill, we make no apologies for standing up for black women who are driving change and innovation across the country,” Camper said. “Because we had to cancel our conference in 2020, there is a lot of excitement and energy ahead of this year’s gathering. “
Tennessee Senator Raumesh Akbari (D-Memphis), a NOBEL Women officer who also serves as the national conference chair, says she can’t wait to introduce her hometown and some of the community’s inspiring leaders.
“NOBEL Women has always been a group that rises and seeks to inspire its members,” Akbari said. “I can’t wait for our members to experience the connectivity, passion and creativity that is growing in our city, driven largely by black women. “
The NOBEL Women conference begins on Thursday October 7 with a program until Sunday October 10. Sessions will cover COVID-19, Workforce and Small Business Development, Health Care, Marijuana Reform and Digital Literacy.
Terri Jackson, Executive Director of the WNBA Players Association, will address conference attendees on Friday evening. The Women’s National Basketball Players Association works to protect the rights of women players and help them achieve their full potential on and off the court.
On Saturday, NOBEL Women will present the organization’s Shining Star Award to Jotaka Eaddy, who founded the social movement #WinWithBlackWomen in 2020 and co-hosts the award-winning OWN series: Oprah Winfrey Network Television Speak Sis !, and Pastor Earle Fisher, the founder of # UPTheVote901 and senior pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Memphis.