Happy Spring! Here are a few updates about the 1st Annual National Black Women's Life Balance & Wellness Conference, which will take place Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 17th at the Robert W. Woodruff Library in the Atlanta University Center, Atlanta, Georgia. This academic library serves four campuses, and is newly-renovated with state-of-the-art, flexible meeting spaces and tech-savvy rooms. This meeting space combined with energetic and engaging speakers will make our conference events dynamic, transforming, and highly interactive.
We are happy to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Tamara Beauboeuf-Lafontant, of DePauw University. She is the author of Behind the Mask of the Strong Black Woman: Voice and the Embodiment of a Costly Performance (Temple University Press, 2009) and is Associate Professor of Sociology and Education Studies.
Her talk is titled "The strong Black woman: A half-told tale of race, voice, and the body." In the talk and dialogue workshop that will follow, Dr. Beauboeuf-Lafontant will explore the emotional, personal, and physical costs of keeping up the appearance of being a "strong black woman" as well as strategies for overcoming this expectation in interpersonal, work, and community relationships.
The conference will provide practical and empowering strategies for:
* Balancing career, relationships, and personal life interests
* Fitness for busy work schedules
* Networking and professional collaborations
* Financial planning
* Spiritual wellness
* Reaching long- and short-term goals
* Healthy and balanced eating habits
* Strategies for achieving career mobility
* Self-care, self-image, and wellness
* …and much more!
I don't know about you, but this is the conference that I have always wanted to attend. The informational tips and life balance strategies that will be shared are practical, relevant, and powerful; they will benefit you tremendously!
Conference Website and Potential Sponsors
Please check out our website at www.LifeBalanceConference.com for more information on the conference. Also, we are currently seeking conference sponsorship. If you know a business, an individual, or an organization that could serve as a conference sponsor, please share the sponsorship webpage with your contact, http://lifebalanceconference.com/?page_id=47 and please also contact us at LifeBalanceConference@gmail.com for more materials to share with potential sponsors.
Call for Proposals
The committees are moving right along, and we are accepting presentation and workshop proposals. Please see the attached Call for Proposals. As you may know, the deadline was March 30th, but has been extended to April 15, 2011. We are looking for presentations, workshops, performances, and more on a variety of topics related to the conference theme of Life Balance and Wellness. Please consider being a presenter. If you know someone who would be a great conference presenter or workshop leader, please forward her this link for more information: http://lifebalanceconference.com/?page_id=45.
Conference registration will be opening soon, and there will be early-bird and student rates. Please stay tuned for more information. Registration fees can be paid electronically, over the phone, and by mail.
Volunteers are needed during the months leading up to the conference, and on the days of the conference.
Committee Opportunities include Publicity, Fund-raising, Hospitality, Speakers, and Program.
Days of Event Opportunities include Greeters, Registration, A/V, Setup, and more.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact LifeBalanceConference@gmail.com with "I want to volunteer" in the subject heading. Share a few sentences about your experiences in the areas above, and about which opportunities you'd like to help out with. There will be incentives for all committed volunteers!
Our Commitment – Your Commitment
We are working hard to make this conference a successful, engaging, and life-transforming event. Please consider making the decision to invest in your overall health and wellness. Here's our challenge to you: Commit to attending the conference and bring at least one of your girlfriends with you. Spread the news about this exciting, practical, and empowering conference to all of the black women you know. This is a community event with a purpose!
As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in July!
Shanesha & Carrie