Judge Patricia Titus
By Sheila Bankhead Grisham, Esq.Contributing Religion WriterEquipping women to navigate today's economic turbulence, the Business and Professional Women of Southern California, First Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ will host ‘PowerPoints for Women@Work in Challenging Times' at its 2011 Annual Day Conference and Luncheon. The Honorable Patricia Titus, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be the keynote speaker.The conference will be held Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the historic Emmanuel Church of God In Christ, 1399 East 33rd Street in Los Angeles where Supt. Wilbert Jones, Jr. is host pastor. Also, Emmanuel was the home church of the first national president of the Business and Professional Women of COGIC, the late Mrs. Bessie Christian. All are invited to a day of dynamic workshops, networking and expert speakers who will provide practical tools for Strategic Career Planning, Business Development, Organizational Leadership, Marketing and Financial Essentials including discussion of Contracts and Grants. Power Panelists include Barbara Walker, MBA & Financial Planner; Debra Freeman, former Chief Labor Negotiator/ Employee Relations Manager for the County of Riverside; Gladys Ross, Chief Operating Officer, West Angeles COGIC; Colette Moore, owner of PrideStaff; Lori Atwater, International and Technology Business Development; Syna Dennis, former Black Women Lawyers president; Francine Alley Jones, International Ministry and founder of Standing Tall Home for Girls; Dawn Patton, owner of Take It Down and marketing consultant; Dewanna Hubbard, Detective III and Officer in Charge of Juvenile Investigation - Chaplin; Charletta Benjamin, Executive Assistant, West Angeles COGIC and CEASE board member; Sylvia Reid, Auxiliary Coordinator, West Angeles COGIC; Yolanda Smith, H & R Tax; Joanne Harper, M.A.; Dr. Doris Sims, education consultant, Yvonne Rembert, finance; Tamara Valdry, Nellisa Lockley, and others.The speakers will share strategies to empower both men and women including students, young as well as experienced workers and professionals, business owners, downsized workers in transition, organizational leaders, and those transitioning into ‘encore careers' and other post retirement pursuits. "Our theme is ‘Women@Work, Capitalizing on our Capacity with Initiative, Innovation and Industry' based on scriptural guidance from II Kings 4:1-7, Luke 19:12-28, and Genesis 24:17-32. In these challenging times of limited resources, competition, cutbacks, and lay-offs, it is critical that women be proactive and ‘capitalize' - exploit, promote and maximize our ‘capacity' -- the gifts, skills and talents that God has endowed each of us," said Dr. Wanda Barnett Street, M.D. "However, initiative, innovation and industry are vital ingredients in the formula for success. The final factor for success, God's power and inspiration, is indeed the greatest PowerPoint of all," she added. The workshops are free, however, lunch and materials are $25. Dr. Street and Attorney Sheila Bankhead Grisham are co-chairs of the State Business and Professional Women under the visionary leadership of Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis. For information, call (323) 293-7737.