Press Release: Sac Cultural Hub and UC Davis OCCR partner to present the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Exceptional Women across Northern California

Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation


Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation

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Twila Laster, Program & Marketing Director – 916.662.3502
Pleshette Robertson, Executive Director – 916.234.3589
Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation  

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Sac Cultural Hub & UC Davis OCCR partner to present the 5th Anniversary Celebration of Exceptional Women across Northern California

EWOC-Exceptional Women of Color

SACRAMENTO (September 15, 2013) — Twenty-two 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 2013 issue of THE HUB Magazine. These women will receive public acknowledgement and presented with the EWOC Excellence Awards at the 5th annual Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Networking Brunch Conference taking place on Saturday, October 5, from 8 am to 3 pm, at the Red Lion Hotel and Woodlake Conference Center in Sacramento, CA.  To see photos of the EWOC Honorees go to:

The event is presented by the Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation (SCHMF) and hosting partner UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations (UCD OCCR). Corporate and Community Partners include: Susan G. Komen for the Cure–Sacramento Valley, Allstate, Schools Financial Credit Union, California Black Health Network, Covered California, U.S. Air Force, SMUD, California Endowment, Verizon/Nokia, Nehemiah Corporation, Walmart, Hewlett Packard, UCDMC African American Faculty & Staff Association, Roberts Family Development Center, Cares Community Health, Scranton Law Firm, Wells Fargo, The Ward Firm, The Gospel Vine, Twlia Makes It Happen, T.E.A. Consulting, Leatherwood Marketing, and THE HUB Magazine.

EWOC 2013 offers attendees a total conference experience which includes a renowned keynote presenter, workshop presentations, a Health & Wellness Pavilion, Book Signing Exhibit, and Shopping Pavilion. MCs/Hosts for the day include actor Petri Byrd from TV’s “Judge Judy,” and actress Neketia Brown, spokes model for Sac Cultural Hub Media Company. Both MC’s will facilitate an indispensable dialogue as this year’s EWOC speakers and workshops shed light on remarkable accomplishments to date and the way forward for empowered women. The celebration theme, “Move Forward in Becoming the Soul of the Nation,” will be shared through Keynote Presenter Assemblymember Holly Mitchell. In her career and service as Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and member of the 54th Assembly District, Member Mitchell demonstrates the importance of continuing on the path to equity in health, education, and economics as well as a life long commitment to social justice.

The Conference will also be supported by several workshops, and the newly trending Women to Watch Talk Show and the Men’s Distinguished Perspective Panel. Re-imagining the role of women as leaders in economic development, health, family, faith, and community will be the topic of discussion on the Women to Watch Talk Show. Hosting the show is Tia Ewing, Anchor and Reporter at Fox 40. Panel experts will include:

  • Bunmi Awoniyi, Superior Court Judge Sacramento County Superior Court
  • Tamara Bennett, Pastor of This Is Pentecost (TIP) Fellowship Ministries
  • Dr. Melva Green, Psychiatrist and Expert featured on A&E’s Hoarders
  • Karen Massie, Veteran Reporter of News 10
  • Detria Russell, COO and Director of External Government Affairs at Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America

The “Men’s Distinguished Perspective Panel Presentation” will offer attendees a male perspective on “Why They Think Women Make Great Leaders!” This segment will be hosted by Dr. Cedric Shelby, Founding Pastor of Christian Life Family Worship Center. Panelists include: 

  • Eddie Fairchild, Certified Mortgage Planner – Summit Funding, Inc.
  • Dr. Charley Hames, Jr., Reverend of Beebe Memorial Cathedral
  • Dr. Thomas Hopkins, Chief Medical Correspondent for KCRA-3 in Sacramento
  • Larry Lee, President & General Manager of the Observer Media Group
  • Allen Warren, Council member District 2 – City of Sacramento

EWOC 2013 also offers youth and young women opportunity to participant in the simultaneous Youth/Young Women’s Summit (YWS) which is geared towards ages 12-21. YWS will feature workshops to help young women expand their future vision and pursue the careers they desire by connecting them with successful and professional women eager to share what they know with the next generation of women leaders.

As part of the YWS, two young women (ages 14-21) will be presented with the Young Exceptional Women of Color (Y-EWOC) Scholarship Award. This award is presented annually to presented to winners of the Y-EWOC Scholarship Competition where individuals submit applications on what it means to be an exceptional woman of color. Awards received are in the amount of $500.  For more information on YWS and the scholarship opportunities, visit

The 2013 Exceptional Women of Color Conference will take place Saturday, October 5, from 8 am-3 pm at the Red Lion Hotel and Woodlake Conference Center in Sacramento, CA.  Admission is $85 per person 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 located at or call (916) 470-2337.  Sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available by calling Twlia Laster, Program & Marketing Director at (916) 662-3502 or Lesley Leatherwood, Community Advertising Manager at (916) 838-9267 or contact our office directly at (916) 234-2589.

SCHMF acknowledges the members of our EWOC Advisory Committee for providing strategic advice and support.  Members include: Michael Blair, Media Consultant-The Gospel Vine; Brenda Bufford, Chief-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, Member at Large, 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.


Sac Cultural Hub Media Foundation (SCHMF)—was created in 2003 to develop programs that mentor young adults and women of color in under-served communities. SCHMF has implemented programs in partnership with corporations and businesses to promote mentorship, higher education, provide entrepreneurship opportunities, further diverse partnerships, encourage collaboration in the community, offer educational workshops and exceptional signature events that include: Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Networking Brunch Conference, Hub Choice Awards (HCA), and the Black Physicians Forum (BPF).  Our mission is to provide exciting non traditional vehicles of engagement where professionals, businesses and non-profit organizations can market services and products, mentor those in need, and provide public service information to educate and inspire the urban community. The Foundation’s primary goal is to motivate and empower African American professionals, communities, and youth to thrive and succeed in life.

UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR)—is to ensure the attention to those components of the campus community that affect community, campus climate, diversity and inclusiveness.  OCCR provides leadership in diversity education training, affirmative action, equity initiatives and campus community relations. OCCR serves the campus and general community by working in collaboration with a broad, diverse cross section of the campus community to develop a strategic plan to guide the university in the development and assessment of policy, programs, initiatives and outreach efforts to increase diversity, improve campus climate and promote inclusiveness.


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