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eration,” facilitated by Dr. Refl ecting on her time Trent. spent in the Race and Gen- The Generational Wealth der strand, Soror Zaehringer strand was broken up into said, “Courageous women two small group sessions. came forward and told their In the session “Maximizing secrets to us and you could Your Success in the Work- see the healing happening.” place,” participants heard Throughout the confer- from Soror Harris once ence, she said she witnessed again as she shared insight participants connecting, on achieving and ascending sharing resources and dis- professionally and closed in During the Closing Session, Dr. Michelle Callahan, psychologist and cussing the need for the con- on how to turn wealth gen- author (LEFT), facilitates a Leaders Roundtable Discussion featuring versation to continue and for erated from professional (LEFT TO RIGHT): Congresswomen Marcia L. Fudge, conference chair it to also include girls and success into generational and 21st National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; young women of color. wealth. Soror Lynn Rich- Soror Brittany Grimes Zaehringer, Esq., director of operations, Delta “It is important that we ardson, fi Research and Educational Foundation; Dr. Elsie Scott, president share our secrets and deal nancial coach and author, helped participants and CEO, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; and Dr. with our issues,” said Soror to expose hidden money PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Zaehringer, “but we need toJohnnetta B. Cole, director, Smithsonian Museum of African Art. secrets that deplete wealth, let our young girls know— unveil action plans to build and it’s before Delta Acad- or enhance a secure fi ible Scars…Transparent Wounds,” emy. Sometimes, by middle nan- cial roadmap and develop multiple facilitated by Dr. Portia Hunt, psy- school, it is too late. They have al- streams of income to pass on genera- chologist; and “Domestic Abuse: ready experienced the trauma; they tional wealth in her session, “Break Love Doesn’t Hurt,” facilitated by Dr. may have already been hurt.” the Silence About Financial Challeng- Charlotte Freeman, clinical psycholo- She said there is a need to es and End Your Battle With Money gist, and Lt. L. Angela Currin of the fi nd ways in families, schools, and For Good.” Memphis Police Department. churches to be honest and create a Dr. Elders presented the keynote, At the conclusion of the small safe place where people can come “Health Care Disparities, Overview group sessions, participants came to- forward and tell their secrets. Not do- of Women’s Health—Dispelling Se- gether within their strands to develop ing so, she feared, may cause trauma crets,” during the Mental/Physical personal action plans with assistance to fester into anger, anger to fester Health and Wellness strand. Small from facilitators. Strands were held into disease, and disease to fester group sessions within this strand on Friday and repeated on Saturday into death. included: “Love Don’t Cost a Thing, to afford conference attendees the op- “So often we don’t have a safe or Does It?,” facilitated by Dr. Valer- portunity to participate in two strand space where we, especially as profes- ie Wardlaw, project coordinator for topics during the conference. sional women,” said Dr. Scott, “can Know Your Status: Get Tested; “Invis- During the closing session on come and share some of our secrets Saturday, April 14, Dr. Cal- and feel that nobody is going to take lahan facilitated a Leaders it and use it against us to prevent us Roundtable Discussion, fea- from moving up the chain or from turing: Dr. Cole; Soror Britta- getting ahead, so this has been a ny Grimes Zaehringer, Esq., wonderful opportunity.” director of operations, Delta While many personal and fam- Research and Educational ily secrets were released during the Foundation; Dr. Elsie Scott, conference, Dr. Scott recognized that president and CEO, Congres- many women may have held back be- sional Black Caucus Founda- cause they did not felt safe enough tion; and Soror Fudge. Pan- or because theirs were stories that elists shared their personal ought to be released in a different refl setting and at a different time. She en- ections and helped tie to- gether all of the information couraged these women to take time The Hortense Golden Canady International Women’s and insight shared during to refl ect on what they are holding Conferene, “Secrets: Breaking the Culture of Silence” the conference by highlight- back and how it might prevent them concludes with a Spiritual Activity led by Rev. Dr. ing best practices and les- from moving forward. She encour- Leslie Callahan of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadel- sons learned as takeaways phia. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER for participants. CONTINUED ON PAGE 77 13 ▲ JOURNAL Summer 2012


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