Keynote Speakers

2016  •  2015  •  2014  •  2013  •  2012  •  2011  •  2010   •  2009  •  2008  •  2007   •  2006  •  2005  •  2003  •  2002   •  2001

2016 Keynote Speaker

Barbara Greenspan Shaiman


Throughout her career, noted educator, businesswoman and social entrepreneur, Barbara Shaiman, has used her skills and ability to empower others to create social change.

In 1995, she founded Champions of Caring ( a non-profit organization that has empowered over 10,000 youth in Philadelphia and South Africa to become leaders in public service and active, engaged citizens. She has created programs that have inspired and motivated young people with the skills to create service projects to address local and global issues and create cultures of caring within their own schools and communities.

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2015 Keynote Speaker

Ms. Tonya Lapido


The keynote speaker for 2015 is Ms. Tonya Ladipo. Ms. Ladipo has extensive experience in social work and counseling, and is the founder of The Ladipo Group, a therapy and consulting practice focused on serving minority youth and adults.

For more information about Tonya Ladipo and The Ladipo Group, please visit

2014  Keynote Speaker

Shayna Yvonne Rudd


Radiant; Rare; Revolutionary and Resolute Servant are just a few words used to describe this pageant queen turned Artistic Leader! She won the Miss District of Columbia pageant and was hired as a Teach for America Corporation member.

Shayna is now the CEO/ Founder of “The LadyDiva Corporation.” Miss Rudd is also the founder of LadyDiva Productions, LLC, an education, Pageant coaching and Entertainment Company that promotes the power in every human’s story of evolution. Through this company Shayna tours as a speaker, coach and performer. Her first book, “ Lady Lessons: The LadyDiva Guide to Embracing the Truth About You”, was released in 2010 and she held the title of Miss Black USA 2009, touring the United States and even to Accra, Ghana to speak on behalf of hurting women everywhere. 



2013  Keynote Speaker

janet taylor


Founder and owner of Totally organized.

She is an author of “101 Secrets to Living an Organized Life”

Also appeared on the lifestyle TV show “Mission: Organization” which aired on the HGTV

2012 Keynote Speaker



Known for her bold design style and upbeat personality on Trading Spaces and Renovate My Place

Kia has written a Home Improvement column, which was featured in The Washington Post and for the 2005-2007 season she wrote a monthly column in Sister 2 Sister Magazine.

Steave-Dickerson has received the Professional Service Award for MED WEEK 1998. In 2003, Kia was awarded the Women of Distinction Award from Wachovia Bank in Philadelphia.

2011 Keynote Speaker

maria a



Dr. Amarante was an invited guest speaker at Marquette University where she presented on her experience of “Women of Color in Working in Prisons.”

She was also a guest speaker at Norbert College for the “Women of Color Luncheon” and talked about “Career Decision-making”.

2010 Keynote Speaker

danielle parks



Program Director for the Women’s Anonymous Test Site of the Health Federation of Philadelphia

She is responsible for the design, development, management, monitoring, evaluation and daily operation of all operational and programmatic activities of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention program.

2009 Keynote Speaker

kimberly s reed



Kimberly S. Reed, CDP, “Corporatepreneur”, Managing Partner and CEO, Reed Development Group, LLC (RDG), a dynamic speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurial leadership, professional and personal development, empowerment and public speaking internationally. Also, she is a regular speaker and lecturer at the Wharton Business School’s and Villanova University’s LEAD Program.

2008 Keynote Speaker

blondell reynolds brown



She has sponsored and gained passage of legislation that promotes the availability  of… 

Increases access to meaningful opportunities in education, arts and culture.

Now an emerging leader in energy conservation and environmental matters

2007 Keynote Speaker

terri dean


Ms. Dean serves on community, philanthropic, and advisory boards and has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of her career.

She has been profiled in newspaper and magazine articles, most recently in the Spring 2006 edition of the National Black MBA magazine and in a special edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal as a “Woman Worth Watching in 2007”.

2006 Keynote Speaker




Mrs. Marshall-Blake exhibits a strong commitment to the community.

She is people-centered, highly motivated, and uses a participatory approach to problem solving.

She is affiliated with over 30 professional and civic organizations.

2005 Keynote Speaker

melanie marchand


Melanie resigned from Corporate America in the Spring of ‘98 to establish Sisters In Shape, Inc., an organization focused on leading African-American women towards a healthier lifestyle primarily through one-on-one personal training and nutrition counseling.

2003 Keynote Speaker

evelyn sample-oates


On a professional level, Sample-Oates is the Vice President of East Coast operations for PRWT, a national minority corporation based in Philadelphia that specializes in labor force management.

The Philadelphia Tribune identified her as one of Philadelphia’s most influential Africans Americans for the year 2002.

2002 Keynote Speaker


Assistant Professor of Sociology,  Villanova University

Bachelor of Science Degree, Villanova University,

Business Administration, May '90;

Master of Arts Degree, Temple University, '93; Ph.D. Candidate, Temple University

2001 Keynote Speaker

Crystal Lucky


She has published articles on black women writers of the Harlem Renaissance, concentrating on works of little known writers of the period and examining the ways that women’s work realigns literary canons.

Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Afro-American Studies from Yale University