16th Annual African American Leadership Conference


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Challenges and Opportunities"
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
West Tennessee Research & Education Center
Jackson, TN

Conference fee: $35 per person or $60 for two. Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, networking and lots of information.

SEATING IS LIMITED! You must register in advance. Please complete your registration with payment by Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

If you have questions about the conference or the registration process, please call 731-881-7298 or 731-881-3298 or email vgrimes@utm.edu.

Conference Agenda

Conference Emcee: Ms. Anne Banks, retired, WestStar Class of 1997

8:00   Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30   Welcome
• Dr. Tom Rakes, Chancellor, UT Martin
• Charley Deal, Executive Director, WestStar, UT Martin

8:45   Keynote Speaker
• Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent, Jackson-Madison County Schools

9:15   Future of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
• Dr. Glenn M. Vaulx, Sr., Interim President, Lane

10:00   Break

10:15   Financial Strategies for the Next Generation
• Mr. Terry Moore, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

10:45   Connecting with Your Community
• Speaker to be assigned

11:30   The Importance of NAACP for the African American in This Time in History
• Ms. Gloria Sweet-Love, NAACP State President – Tennessee Conference

Noon   Lunch - Catered by D & L Catering

12:45   Luncheon Speaker
• The Honorable Judge Nathan B. Pride, Circuit Court Judge, 26th Judicial District, Division 3 (CONFIRMED)

1:15   State of the Affordable Health Care Act
Moderator: Mr. Evelyn Robertson, WestStar Class of 1997
• Mr. Robert Davis, Jr., Enrollment Coordinator, Hardeman County Community Health Center
• Ms. Ruby Kirby, Administrator, Bolivar Community Hospital, WestStar Class of 2010
• Dr. Teresa Woodard, M.D., Internal Medicine, Brownsville
• Mr. Craig Hobson, Human Resource Manager, Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC

2:00   Awards/Door Prizes/Adjournment

This conference is made possible by the WestStar Leadership Program, AT&T, City of Brownsville; City of Covington; Tennessee Access & Diversity Initiatives; Wal-mart;, West Tennessee Healthcare; and UT Center for Public Service.

Note: We reserve the right to substitute speakers and/or topics.