Young ladies ages 9 to 17 are invited to join us for our free 'Run the World (Girls) EmPOWERment Event on Saturday, September 7th! Get more details and get registered!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. YOU MAY STILL REGISTER ON-SITE AT NOON

This event is FREE and will empower the young ladies, ages 9 to 17, who attend! They will be connected with women leaders here in Buffalo! They will be able to participate in workshops that will allow them to explore their interests, experience personal growth and learn tools that will help them as they become young ladies!

This event is powered by the Buffalo Police Department, City of Buffalo, Shea's Performing Arts Center, D'Youville College and Power 93.7 WBLK!

The event will be held from 12 pm to 4 pm at D'Youville College. Check-in will take place from noon to 12:45 on the 6th floor of the D’Youville Academic Center. Workshops will take place within the same building. This event is completely FREE! We will provide a light lunch during check-in. There will be community partners with resources for the young ladies, including Say Yes Buffalo, Girl Scouts Inc., Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Healthy Corner Store/Cornell Cooperative Extension, Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs, William-Emslie YMCA, G.I.R.L.S. Sports Foundation and the Police Athletic League!

The EmPOWERment Event will be followed by a FREE celebrity kickball game featuring performances by B.A.S.E. and Devastation Dance Company. Announcing by Ronnie Morrison! Music by DJ Yasmin Young and some of Buffalo's POWERful women playing!

Run the World (Girls) Empowerment Event - Ages 9-17
Saturday, September 7, 2019
12 pm to 4 pm
D'Youville College - Academic Center
320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, NY 14201

The schedule is as follows (See more detailed info below):

12:00 - 12:45 pm: Registration/check-in
1:00 - 1:45 pm: First workshop
2:00 - 2:45 pm: Second workshop
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Panel discussion
4:00 - 6:30 pm: Free celebrity kickball game at Dobson Field (in the case of rain, the game will be moved to the gym)

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Panelists

Zandra Cunningham - Founder and CEO of Zandra Beauty

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18-year-old Zandra A. Cunningham has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the youngest millionaires in America. Zandra’ fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; inspired by a simple “no” from her dad. Zandra is one of the youngest internationally recognized formulator and plant-based skin care moguls. She has grown her brand Zandra from a kitchen table hobby into a international brand. Her mission is simple, to educate and empower girls and women across the globe via STEAM and entrepreneurship. Zandra is an author, international speaker, consultant and trainer. She travels the country teaching and hosting community girl empowerment/entrepreneurship events via her Zandra TLC Foundation. Zandra is the youngest to graduate from the all adult class of the Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program at the University At Buffalo, a graduate of Lucky Break University and member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, she teaches classes on entrepreneurship, advising youth and adults on how they too can get started early building their dreams. As a TEDx speaker, Zandra is a recognized entrepreneur due to her work in the Buffalo community and beyond. She has been featured on several news outlets such as Black Enterprise, NPR, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Boss, Girls Life Magazine, Teen Boss, Forbes, INC, USA TODAY, Nickelodeon, The TODAY Show, Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, The Harry Connick Jr. Show, Good Morning America and ABC Nightline in addition to facilitating many workshops/presentations for well known organizations like BALLE, United Nations,State Colleges, Universities, Girls Scouts USA, Boys and Girls Club, Buffalo & Jackson Public Schools and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta Sororities to name a few.

Ellen Grant - Deputy Mayor for the City of Buffalo 

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Ellen is the Deputy Mayor, City of Buffalo-originally 2012-2015 & back since July. She has over 25 years experience in government, not for profit sectors and academia. Dr. Grant Ellen has received a number of awards at the local and state level, including Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently, she is Emeritus on State University of NY at Buffalo Foundation.

Shatorah Donovan - Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Buffalo

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In her role she ensures that Buffalo is a City of Opportunity for all. Sometimes
she helps minority and women owned businesses grow, other times she helps
craft policies for inclusive work environments, and at times she teaches
others what diversity and inclusion looks like in the workplace. In her
free time she likes to hike, cook new recipes, and spend time with her
husband, Derek, and her dog, Synclaire.

Madison Carter - 7 Eyewitness News Anchor

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Madison is the 7 Eyewitness News noon anchor and award-winning investigative reporter. She joined the 7 Eyewitness News team in the summer of 2018. She grew up outside of Washington, DC, and attended Syracuse University. Madison is typically reports on justice-related issues and aims to highlight under-represented communities in Buffalo using her platform in media. Madison is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Lorna C. Hill - Ujima Company, Inc. Executive Director

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Lorna C. Hill is an actress, poet, playwright, and the founder and Executive Director of Ujima Company, Inc., the oldest professional repertory theatre company in Western New York. Ujima, a multicultural membership organization, is dedicated to providing a vehicle for African American performers, theatre crafts people and administrators. Her experience includes stage, feature film, television, commercials, industrial films, and voice-overs. Ms. Hill was the first woman accepted at Dartmouth College, where she received her B.A. in American Intellectual History in 1973. She is a perpetual Ph.D. candidate at the State University of New York at Buffalo (ABD), where she received her M.A. in 1978.

Thembi Duncan - Director of Arts Engagement and Education at Shea’s Performing Arts Center (Panel Moderator)

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Thembi Duncan is the Director of Arts Engagement and Education at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Her background as an arts administrator extends to the Washington, D.C. area where she served at Young Playwrights’ Theater, the African Continuum Theatre Company, and Ford’s Theatre. She has also worked extensively as an actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist. To learn more, visit thembiduncan.com.

Workshops

1:00-1:45 PM

Prepare Yourself for College and Career with the Ladies of Say Yes Buffalo (Ages 13-17)
Empower Hour with Cambria Daniels (Ages 9-12)

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Empower Hour: Interactive workshop designed to develop the BOSS mindset! Inspiration for young ladies to reach and develop their true potential including self-esteem, CBT practices to increase ladies pro-social choices in order to thrive in all aspects of life.

KeyBank Money Management Skills with Kawanza Humphrey (Ages 13 - 17)

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During this session, we will focus on the importance of budgeting in money management. Mastering these skills will allow you to have the confidence to dream big in life!

Esthetics/Makeup Skills with Deja Flakes of SoExtra Beauty (Ages 13 - 17)

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-Skin Care Overview & Education
-Makeup Tips/Tricks for back to school
-Live demonstrations (brow fill in, mascara magic, soft glow for school)
-Hands On Learning

Deja is a certified makeup artist from JLS Makeup School in Hollywood, California. Trained in traditional makeup for beauty, bridal, fashion, film/TV and print. She is very passionate in her makeup artistry and it shows in all of her client interactions and makeup applications. Her goal is to enhance the natural beauty of each client. Deja has worked on video sets, photo shoots, and concerts. Her most recent clients include Buffalo’s own Amber Simone and Joy the Drummer. She now offers personal and group makeup lessons at Luxury Beauty & Co. and works to create the perfect look desired for each person.

What Employers Really Want: Preparing Youth for Workplace Success with Tocarra Lewis of the Buffalo Urban League (Ages 13-17)

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The employment workshop is designed as a first step toward helping youth prepare for entry- level jobs by developing the skills and knowledge that are essential for success.

Workshop Objectives:
-Prepare youth for employment
-Provide youth with the necessary pre-employment skills
-Empower youth for success
-Promote job retention and advancement

Beginners Dance with Buffalo All-Star Extreme (Ages 9-12)

Theatre Improv Workshop & Kavinoky Backstage Tour with Thembi Duncan of Shea's Performing Arts Center (Ages 9-12)

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Learn the basics of physical improvisation through games like Airplane, Family Portrait, Hitchhiker, and Freeze Tag. Also, enjoy a backstage tour of the Kavinoky Theatre, located right on the D’Youville campus. No acting experience needed!

2:00-2:45

Empower Hour with Cambria Daniels (Ages 9-12)

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Empower Hour: Interactive workshop designed to develop the BOSS mindset! Inspiration for young ladies to reach and develop their true potential including self-esteem, CBT practices to increase ladies pro-social choices in order to thrive in all aspects of life.

Money Management (Star Savers) with Katie Sugorovskiy from Good Neighbors Credit Union (Ages 9-12)

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Workshop Details: Money- Being smart about making it, saving it, spending it!

Dance Cardio & Stretching with Charnice Martin from the William-Emslie YMCA (Ages 9-12)

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Charnice has been dancing since age 3 and now dance is a huge part of her life. Since working for the Emslie YMCA she created different dance cardio routines for her clients. She enjoys motivating and helping her clients achieve their fitness goals all while having fun and challenging them to reach their full potential.
Esthetics/Makeup Skills with Alisha Beard of Wise Choice Rejuvenation Co. (Ages 13-17)

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-Introduction
-Skin Care Regiment lecture (Esthetics)
-Makeup lecture (My Makeup kit tour).
-Eye Shadow Demo

Alisha holds a passion for the Beauty Industry and has been a licensed professional for 12 years. Straight from high school, she pursued her career as a cosmetologist and later went to school for a second time to further her education in Esthetics as an Esthetician. She's the owner of Wise Choice Rejuvenation Co, which is a beauty studio offering all Esthetics Services located in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition, she’s a Makeup Educator at a local Beauty School. Alisha loves everything about the beauty industry and takes every opportunity to expand her knowledge and skills. Aside from her Cosmetology and Teacher licenses in NYS she's also licensed in Florida and hold additional certifications such as Lash Extensions and Air Brush Makeup certificates. She enjoys networking with other business owners and participating in events. Alisha is also the Vice President of Zeta Amicae of Buffalo N.Y which is an adult auxiliary sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Her favorite thing about being a member of Zeta Amicae is building a connection with her community through community service.

Theatre Improv Workshop & Kavinoky Backstage Tour with Thembi Duncan of Shea's Performing Arts Center (Ages 13-17)

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Learn the basics of physical improvisation through games like Airplane, Family Portrait, Hitchhiker, and Freeze Tag. Also, enjoy a backstage tour of the Kavinoky Theatre, located right on the D’Youville campus. No acting experience needed!

"My Front Seat Life" with Kelly Marie Wofford (Ages 13-17)
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This workshop will teach participants the importance of developing a healthy relationship with themselves. They will learn how to increase self-esteem and self-love by developing a self-care game plan which includes developing boundaries and asking for help.

Celebrity Kickball Game

Announcing by Kendra Brim and Ronnie Morrison! Music by DJ Yasmin Young. Cecelie Owens will be the referee!

Opening Performance by Devastation Dance Company

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"Devastation was established in 1997 by Ms. Tamee Ebo. This organization was created to serve as not only a extra curricular activity, but as a youth empowerment structure. Drill was the primary activity of this organization until 2016. During a much needed transition period they developed into the Devastation Dance Company now Dance Company & Academy. Each dancer apart of Devastation must with-hold academic requirements, participate in community service events, empower, uplift and encourage each other as well as others. The only competition they are taught to have is with themselves. Strive to be the best you, you can be! Our dancers have achieved various community leadership awards and acknowledgements on top of scholarships. While the program offers a variety of dance programs and levels to youth, they have also incorporated adult health and fitness programs. The Devastation Dance Company & Academy can be located at 2824 Bailey Ave, Buffalo NY, 14215. We are the future! WWW.Thedevastationdancecompany.studio 716-939-3052"

Half-time Performance by Buffalo All-Star Extreme

By Yasmin Young

"B.A.S.E. is a Cheerleading and Dance all-star program that trains athletes at different skill levels. We strive to see that every athlete feels safe and happy in our facility. At BASE you won’t feel like a number, but a member of one great cheer, dance and tumble family!​"


Celebrity Kickball Players:

Shannon Smith WIVB Channel 4
DJ Brei
Shatorah Donovan Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Buffalo
Barbara Lark Buffalo Police Department
Valerie Stover-Kelly Buffalo Police Department
Jennifer Whitaker Buffalo Police Department
Latasha Howard Buffalo Police Department
Joelle Bence Buffalo Police Department
Shyasha Spencer Buffalo Police Department
Danielle Roberts William-Emslie YMCA
Kendra Brim Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals President
Patrina Daniels Buffalo Police Department
Hiba Khalil Buffalo Police Department
Shatorah Donovan City of Buffalo Chief Diversity Officer
Antionette Palmer City of Buffalo Director of Compensation & Benefits
Machin Heather City Hall employee
Sam Jakubowski City Hall Human Resources
Valerie Crespo City Hall employee
Jennifer Gonzalez BPD Report Technician
Allysa Taborn Buffalo Police Department
Nekia Kemp Executive Director, Police Athletic League of Buffalo
Thembi Duncan Director of Arts & Education, Sheas Performing Arts
Thelma Jones Buffalo Police Department
Candice Thompson Child Care Resource Network
Rebecca Harris City of Buffalo