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today December 17, 2021

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Begin December 17, 2021 H 1:00 pm
End December 17, 2021 H 5:00 pm

Mark your calendars for Friday, Dec. 17, when WURD will host its 2021 Empowerment Experience! This year’s theme is “The Power, Purpose and Possibility of Black Women: Conversations on Healing and Wholeness.” The all-virtual event will feature a keynote from Dr. Robin Smith and several hours of exciting panel discussions which include expert panelists! See the lineup below.

The WURD Empowerment Experience will be available on air (900AM and 96.1FM), online (wurdradio.com and the WURD App) and via WURD TV, through Facebook Live and YouTube. It is free and open to the public.

1-1:40 p.m.: Kickoff Keynote Conversation with Dr. Robin Smith, moderated by Sara Lomax-Reese, President & CEO, WURD Radio
Panel Discussions
1:45-2:45 p.m.: Healing Mind and Body in a Time of Hurt

  • Carol Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP, Founder/Activist Penn Global Visions LLC and Penn Global Medical Group LLC

  • Marquita Williams, Ph.D., Psychologist, Senior Advisor for Community Behavioral Health and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

  • Helena Fontes, D.Min., Founder and CEO, NewView Institute

  • Moderator: Sara Lomax-Reese, President & CEO, WURD Radio

2:50-3:55 p.m.: Women’s Wellness: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Village

  • La’Tasha D. Mayes, Founder / President & CEO, New Voices for Reproductive Justice

  • Dr. Seun Ross, RN, Ph.D., Executive Director of Health Equity, Independence Blue Cross

  • Dr. Anuli Mkparu, M.D., Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Sunnyvale Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Clinic

  • Marianne A. Fray, CEO, Maternity Care Coalition

  • Moderator: Andrea Lawful-Sanders, “The Source” host, WURD Radio

4-4:50 p.m.: The New Women of WURD

  • Tonya Hopkins, “The Food Griot”

  • Janee Latrice, Performing Artist and Entertainer

  • Carol Riddick, Singer/Songwriter

  • Moderator: Tiffany Bacon, Program & News Director, WURD Radio

  • Moderator: Sara Lomax-Reese, President & CEO, WURD Radio

Sponsored by PECO, Comcast, Keystone First, Temple University, Einstein, PA Lottery, Spectrum Health, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Blue Cross and Envision 2 B Well and supported by the Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy.




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