News Release

Leadership conference

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photo of C Willi Myles

C Willi Myles will emcee the Variety Show at the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference. Photo by Neil Andersen for University Communications.

Photo of Noura Erakat, Palestinian activist Photo of Ng� Thanh Nh�n Photo of Joe Martin, motivational speaker Photo of Alberder Gillespie, consultant and entrepreneur Photo of Eddie Moore, Jr. Photo of C Willi Myles 

Five speakers will keynote the Feb. 3-6 Power in Diversity Leadership Conference in Atwood Memorial Center and Centennial Hall.

The conference offers personal and leadership development to college students of color through workshops, programs and presentations.

And, participants can network with student leaders from colleges and universities across the state. More than 240 attended the inaugural conference last year.

The speakers are:

Joe Martin, Ed.D.
Martin, who hails from Florida, is founder and president RealWorld University, a leading college student success website. The author and co-author of seven books, Martin is acclaimed as one of the nation's top educational motivators.

Noura Erakat, J.D.
Erakat is an adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. An Arab-speaking Palestinian, she holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the US-based legal advocacy coordinator for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights.

Ngô Thanh Nhàn, Ph.D.
Nhan is visiting scholar at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is a computational linguist, musician and expert on Vietnamese-American affairs. Nhan also is a research fellow at the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Alberder Gillespie
Gillespie is an entrepreneur, strategy consultant and speaker/facilitator who has developed a reputation as a truth-teller, change agent, and strategic problem solver. Gillespie’s clients in multiple industries have benefited from her action- and result-oriented approach. Her ability to design and implement strategic action plans that deliver results led to the successful launch of her consulting firm, Collaborative Connections, which includes a client list of Minnesota’s top corporations and organizations such as Target Corporation, Data Recognition Corporation, INROADS, Apple Valley-Rosemount-Eagan Independent School District and St. Paul Public Schools.  

Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D.
Moore serves as director of diversity at The Bush School in Seattle. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Cornell College, his master's in education administration from Loras College and his doctorate in education from the University of Iowa. A former student-athlete, Moore remains committed to the influence of athletics and academics in the lives of all students. He is the founder of America & MOORE, LLC, which offers comprehensive diversity and cultural competency training for schools, community groups and businesses.

The conference includes a recreation night, variety show, a spoken word/open mic night and a performance of Flow Theatre's "One Race." St. Paul's DJAdvance will provide music for a Saturday evening social.

The Variety Show, which is 8 p.m. Feb. 4, will be emceed by C Willi Myles, a nationally known comedian who attended St. Cloud State. Learn how to enter your act in the two-hour extravaganza. 

Register for the Spoken Word/Open Mic Night 8:30 p.m. Feb. 5.

Meet the managers of the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference.

 

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