Program 2017

Programme

 

Friday, April 21, 2017
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP),
Nyumburu Cultural Center
11:30am – 6:00pm

 

11:30am – 11:55am – Registration & Networking

 

12:00pm – 12:40pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

Angel Dureke, President, WETATi Next Generation Corporate;
Janice Chew, WETATi, Executive Planning Committee 2017;
Victoria Ajimoko, President, WETATi Next Generation — University of Maryland College Park;
Anne Reese Carswell, Executive Associate Director, Nyumburu Cultural Center,  University of Maryland College Park;
Brenda Chavis, WETATi Corporate, COO

 

 Greetings

 

Deputy Secretary of State Luis Borunda, Office of the Governor, State of Maryland;
Ambassador Sheik Omar Faye, Republic of The Gambia;
The Hon. Todd M. Turner, Councilman, Prince George’s County Council, District 4;
The Hon. Monroe Dennis
, Mayor Pro Tempore, College Park, Maryland;
The Hon. Walter L. James, Jr., Mayor, Town of Bladensburg, Maryland;
David Seyler, Sr., Vice President, Old Line Bank

 

Opening Keynote Speaker

 

Her Excellency, Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke, President & CEO, WETATi

 

12:45pm – 1:10pm (LUNCH) 

(The Nyumburu Cultural Center – Mezzanine Level)

 

1:15pm – 3:15pm – ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONVERSATION & PANEL DISCUSSION

 

TOPIC:
How Do We Educate & Empower the Next Generation and Millennials to THINK,
EMBRACE AND ACT ENTREPRENEURIALLY TOWARDS GENERATIONAL WEALTH BUILDING?

 

MODERATOR:
Towanda Livingston
, Director SLMBE Office, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)

 

PANELISTS:
David Seyler, Sr.
, Vice President, Old Line Bank;
Dr. Florence Etop
, Entrepreneur and Professor of Physics, Dept. of  Natural Sciences, Bowie State University;
Sheri M. Green, Executive Director, Mistaken Identity Foundation;
Victoria Ajimoko, President, WETATi Next Generation — University of Maryland College Park;
Chidinma (Chi-chi) Dureke, Vice President, WETATi Next Generation Corporate; President, CHDesignz; Co-Founder, Nkem Life Blog;
Chuckwunonso (Angel) Dureke, President, WETATi Next Generation Corporate; Co-Founder, Nkem Life Blog; Photographer;
Destiny Dureke, President, WETATi Daughters & Sons of  Destiny Corporate, Author

 

3:30pm – 5:30pm – WETATi Entrepreneurship Competition –
 JUDGING OF THE CONTESTANTS

(Winners will be announced at the WETATi GALA on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7pm)

 

HOST/MC FOR COMPETITION:
Meghan Enriquez,
Founder & CEO, True-Conversations

 

JUDGES:
Mr. Steven A. Nash, NHA,
President & CEO, Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, Inc.;
Ana Harvey, Director, District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

 

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Closing Keynote Speaker

 

 

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP)
The COLONY Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

 

9:00am – 9:45am
Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast

(Served in Nyumburu Cultural Center) 

 

10:00am – 10:15am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Angel Dureke, Janice Chew, Breanna Coleman, Anne Reese Carswell, Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke

 

 10:15 am – 10:20 am
Greetings

Elijah Cooks, Chair and Professor, Business Studies Department, Prince George’s Community College;
Keena Chew, Director Communications, WETATi Corporate

 

 10:20am – 1:15pm
Business Development & Economic Empowerment Panel Discussion

 

TOPIC:
Creating Economic Education & Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship

 

MODERATOR:
Barrett Holmes Pitner, Columnist, Daily Beast

 

PANELISTS:
Princess Gilale Selassie
of Ethiopia, Entrepreneur and Social Activist;
Dr. Florence Etop, Entrepreneur and Professor of Physics, Dept. of  Natural Sciences, Bowie State University;
Elijah Cooks,
Chair and Professor, Business Studies Department, Prince George’s Community College;
Lucretia Freeman-Buster, Associate Director, DC Small Business Development Network, Howard University School of Business;
Shenetta Malkia, Founding President & Executive Director, Empowerment Essence Inc. & Ms. Maryland International;
Nicholas Ihuomo, President, WETATi Next Generation, Howard University;
Victoria Ajimoko, President, WETATi Next Generation – University of Maryland, College Park;
Breanna Coleman, Vice President, WETATi Next Generation – University of Maryland, College Park;
Destiny Dureke, President, WETATi Daughters & Sons of Destiny Corporate;
Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke, Entrepreneur

 

1:15pm – 1:30pm
 SESSION CLOSING & REMARKS 

 

1:30pm – 2:00pm
LUNCH & NETWORKING

(The Nyumburu Cultural Center – Mezzanine Level)

 

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION WINNERS’ SHOWCASE
WETATi – Anne Reese Carswell Scholarship Award Presentation & GALA

(The COLONY Ballroom)

 

 6:00pm – 6:45pm – WETATiwood Red Carpet Appearances, Photo Ops and Interviews

Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, Broadcaster & Reporter, Co-Host IN FOCUS, Voice of America (VOA)

 

 7:00pm – 9:30pm – Competition, Scholarship and Awards GALA

Hosted by
Shenetta Malkia Angel Dureke

 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

Prayer – Janice Chew, WETATi Executive Planning Committee 2017

Victoria Ajimoko, President, WETATi Next Generation – UMCP;
Anne Reese Carswell, Executive  Associate Director, Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland College Park;
Celeste Johnson-Matheson, WETATi Executive Planning Committee 2017

 

 7:15pm – 7:45pm

DINNER

AUCTION

Ike Umeh — Your Health Matters

WETATi Impact

Nicholas Ihoumo, Victoria Ajimoko, Breanna Coleman, Nayeem Ali,
Chris Wright,  Destiny Dureke, Kimberly DelValle Mosley

 

Presidential Address – Her Excellency, Dr. Margaret Dureke, President & CEO of WETATi, and
Goodwill Ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia

 

Greetings –  The Hon. Walter L. James, Jr., Mayor, Town of Bladensburg, MD & WETATi Man Ambassador;
Elijah Cooks
, Chair and Professor, Business Studies Department, Prince George’s Community College; 
Destiny Dureke, President, Daughters &  Sons of Destiny Corporate 

 

Keynote Speaker – Steven A. Nash, NHA, President & CEO, Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation, Inc.

 

Greetings – Alonzo Washington, Delegate Prince George’s County, District 32

 

 Presentation of WETATi – Anne Reese Carswell Scholarship Awards  

 

Presentation of WETATi Corporate Achievement Awards

 

Closing Keynote Speaker – Ana Harvey, Director, District of Columbia Department of
Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

 

Presentation of WETATi Entrepreneurship Competition Winners

Special Presentations

 Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks

Closing Prayer 

 

SILENT AUCTION THROUGHOUT THE EVENING

 

DANCE

9:30pm – 11:30pm

                                                                                   

 

 

  Sunday, April 23, 2017
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), Garden Chapel

 

11:00am – 12:30pm – Chapel Service

 

Rev. Dr. Ruby Reese Moone, Presiding
Chaplain, University of Maryland College Park, Chair, and
National Movement for Civil and Human Rights
“PEARLS OF WISDOM”

 

12:35pm – 2:00pm

 

Discussion Immediately Following Worship Service
Presented by Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi)

TOPIC:  The Plight of Women Empowerment in 2017 and Beyond –  Where Do We Go from Here?
Celebrating Those Who Have Come Before Us!

 

Tiffany Blossom – Solo
Towanda Livingston
Rev. Irene Smith
Brenna Coleman – Liturgical Dance
Ambassador Dr. Margaret Dureke

 

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