Approximately 20 women of color on the move in their careers and in the community will be acknowledged for their selfless and extraordinary achievements in the Fall 2012 issue of THE HUB Magazine and will be publicly acknowledged at the 4th Annual Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Networking Brunch & Wellness Conference taking place on Saturday, September 29, from 8 am to 4 pm, at the UC Davis Freeborn Hall in Davis, CA. These women will be celebrated and recognized as EWOC Honorees in several categories and presented with the EWOC Excellence Awards.

The event is presented by the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation (SCHMF) and hosting event partner UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations (UCD OCCR). Corporate and Community Partners include: U.S. Air Force; Waddell & Reed; Allstate; SMUD; Dr. Monica Crooks, D.D.S.; Ronald T. Blanchette, D.D.S.; The Gospel Vine; Twlia Makes it Happen; T.E.A. Consulting; and Leatherwood Marketing.

Under this year’s theme of “Recognizing the Power of Education, Health & Entrepreneurship,” the EWOC Networking Brunch includes an impressive lineup of speakers and workshops, hosted by MCs: actress Neketia Brown, spokes model for and actor Petri Byrd from TV’s “Judge Judy.”

EWOC brings something new to its audience with the presentation of Modern Day Matchmaker, Paul Brunson featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Brunson will host a networking session and workshop on love and business relationships. “Paul is much more than a matchmaker, he’s a life coach”, states Oprah Winfrey. Brunson is the author of “It’s Complicated (But It Doesn’t have to Be): A Modern Guide to Finding and Keeping Love,” and co-host of the new TV show “Lovetown, USA” premiering August 19 on OWN.

The presence of men at this year’s EWOC Conference will increase with the “Men’s Distinguished Perspective Q&A Panel Presentation”. Attendees will get a man’s point of view and learn what men really think about the impact of women in the workplace, community, and at home. This brand new segment will be hosted by Pastor Sherwood Carthen of Bayside South Sacramento. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Ronn Elmore, Psy.d, Relationship Therapist, Ordained Minister and Author
  • William Jahmal Miller, Communications Manager for Kaiser Permanente’s National Community Benefit, Health Policy and Research Division
  • Amar Khalil, Gospel Artist and Lead Singer for Tony Toni Tone
  • Daniel Hahn, Roseville Chief of Police

The flow of the conference will include a keynote presentation by Karen R. Johnson, who will share her inspirational story and spiritual journey that led her to overcome incredible loss, pain and tragedy by relying on her faith after her husband’s tragic death in 2010.

The return of the always popular “PowerDIVAs Talk Show Panel” will feature 13 dynamic, inspirational women of color:

  • Karyn White, R&B Artist
  • Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Giving Officer for Sacramento Regional Community Foundation
  • Apple Daniels, Founder of Greater Vision Marketing Group and Mom Bloggers Academy
  • Shonda Scott, CEO of 360 Total Concept, LLC
  • Deanna Roberts, CEO of D.R. Roberts Event Management and Co-Owner of First Friday of Bay Area
  • Stephanie C. Harper, CEO of Career Magazine
  • Kamane Malvo Marshall, Comedienne Queenie TT
  • Alice Perez, President of Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Zoritha Thompson, Broker/CEO for Goree & Thompson Real Estate, Inc.
  • Ramona Mosley, Program Director for the Health Education Council
  • Pat Fong, President of the Sacramento Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce
  • Shannon Coleman, Budget Manager for the California State Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Dr. Vajra Watson, Director of Research and Policy for Equity, SAYS Founder and Director, UC Davis School of Education CRESS Center

And for youth and young women, EWOC 2012 offers its new Young Women’s Summit (YWS) on Saturday, September 29 during the same time and location. Geared towards ages 12-21, YWS will feature fun discussions and exiting workshops to help young women come together and talk about the issues that mean the most to them.

As part of the YWS, for the first time ever two young women (ages 14-21) will be presented with the Young Exceptional Women of Color (Y-EWOC) Scholarship Award. Submissions can be made via essay or YOUTube video and are due no later than Friday, September 7. Click here for more information on YWS and the Scholarship opportunity.

In addition to the various speakers and workshops, participants will have the opportunity to take part in vendor shopping, as well as the Health & Wellness Pavilion, Book Signing Exhibit, and Hair, Fashion & Beauty Pavilion.

The 2012 Exceptional Women of Color Conference will take place Saturday, September 29, from 8 am-4 pm at UC Davis Freeborn Hall in Davis, CA. Admission is $65 per person until August 31st; $75 per person until September 15; and $35 per person for youth ages 12-21. Advance table reservations (to seat 10 persons) are available for $750.

Register online at For more information and updates, please visit the conference web pages or call (916) 470-2337. Sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available by calling Twlia at (916) 662-3502 or Lesley at (916) 838-9267.

SCHMF gives tribute to the members of our EWOC Advisory Committee for providing strategic advice and support in developing the EWOC conference program of activities. Members include: Michael Blair, Media Consultant-The Gospel Vine; Brenda Brenda, Chief Executive Director-California Partnership for Long Term Care; Victor Jenkins, President-Crave The Spotlight; First Lady Dianna Lovelace-Center of Praise Ministries and First Ladies Academy; Tammy McNiff, Director-UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations; Bonnie Osborn, President-Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce; Alice Perez, President-Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Tommie Whitlowe, Member-Sacramento Valley Section Nat’l Council of Negro Women; and Lee Perkins, Independent MC and Radio Host.


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