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March 25, 2013
HCC Women's Conference hosts more than 300 on March 21
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Women of Excellence mentoring group held its fourth annual Women to Women Conference on March 21 in The Centre as part of HCC’s celebration of Women’s History Month. The theme for the event was "Woman! Arise! Breaking the Cycle" and more than 300 guests attended.

Inspirational speaker, motivational humorist, entertainer and author Wambui Bahati was the keynote speaker. The conference kick-off speaker was Leslie Kingsbury, HCC student, graduate of Penn State University and motivational speaker. Bahati has been a successful speaker and entertainer for more than 40 years. While recovering from her own mental illness, she became an expert on the challenges and possibilities facing the more than 20.9 million American adults who have been diagnosed with mood disorders. She also overcame many other difficult, challenging and seemingly impossible life circumstances.

Bahati encouraged audience members to remember the strength and power they were born with – the strength and power that is always available to them. She shared strategies and techniques so guests could focus on their strengths. After presenting a host of characters in the one-woman performance, "I Am Domestic Violence," she shared her personal story. Bahati encouraged everyone to "find someone you can trust."

During her presentation, Kingsbury emphasized that life is not about what a person can get, but what each of us can give. She described her journey from a marriage where she was not empowered to HCC where she is a pre-nursing student. "The time to get competent and trained is now," she added. Kingsbury also noted that everyone has something valuable to contribute. A number of activities took place during the conference including breakout sessions and a luncheon.

This event was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
Behati  Kingsbury
Wambui Bahati Leslie Kingsbury
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Interim Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., rhoadesd@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239