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WURD Radio Presents: The 2017 EMPOWERMENT EXPO!

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Join the WURD Family at the 1st Empowerment Expo featuring: 

Holiday Marketplace — shop until you drop with a wide array of local, small businesses

Wellness Pavilion — get life-saving health screenings and information

Career and Job Fair — learn about employment opportunities around the city

Watch WURD President/CEO on NBC10 as she talks about THE WURD EMPOWERMENT EXPO

The day will feature three powerful panel discussions:

Mind Your Business (11am – 12 noon)

Moderator: Charles Ellison – WURD Radio Host, Reality Check

Baron Holland – Senior Vice President and Small Business Banking Manager, Bank of America, Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware 
Kimberly S. Reed – CDP, The Corporatepreneur Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group
Mary Tonita Austin – CEO of MT Austin and Associates, LLC

Diversity and Inclusion Career Roundtable (1pm – 2pm)

Moderator: Sara Lomax Reese – President/CEO of WURD Radio

Co-Moderator: Aundrea Cline-Thomas – NBC10 Reporter 
Jeffrey Brown – President/CEO Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.
Ronald W. Davis – Director of Diversity and Community Development, Parx Casino
Sulaiman Rahman – President/CEO DiverseForce, LLC
Donna Allie, Ph.D. – President and CEO of Team Clean

Violence as a Public Health Issue (3pm – 4pm)

Moderator: Christopher Norris – WURD Radio Co-host, Wake Up With WURD

Victoria Greene – Founder and Director of EMIR Healing Center
Scott Charles, M.D. – Trauma Outreach Coordinator, Director of the Cradle to Grave Program, Temple University Hospital
Caroline Menapace – MSW, LSW, Violence Prevention Specialist for the CHOP Violence Intervention Program
Michael O’Bryan – Director of Youth and Young Adult Programs at the Village of Arts and Humanities
Marla Davis-Bellamy – JD, MGA, Director of Philadelphia Cease Fire; Director for Civic Engagement at the Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy

Healing Drum Circle featuring: Music Over Matter (5pm – 6pm)

 DJ: Ashley “DJ A List” Johnson 


Special Workshops on wealth creation, wellness, cooking, and an Expungement Clinic hosted by the Defender’s Association.

Expungement Clinic

w/ Keir Bradford-Grey, Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia

– We will have an informational table with legal resources set-up in the Pavilion at CCP

– Those interested in a criminal record expungement can join us from 12PM-4PM at the Center for Business & Industry Building

– There will be an entire team that will patiently walk interested parties through the expungement process

– Assistance with record expungements for non-Defender clients will be available

– We encourage people to Pre-Register Here (walk-ins are always welcome) so that we can determine who had previously handled cases and maximize the time that is spent with each client


We want to see you at the WURD Empowerment Expo! Bring the whole family for a day of fun, information, community and conscious consumerism.

And if you’re a forWURD member, you can check out the special members-only VIP lounge.

Lastly, for new and/or renewing members, membership is only $75 on the day of the event!  

See You Soon!



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