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Feb. 26, 2014
Fifth annual Women to Women Conference to be held
WELDON, N.C. – The Halifax Community College (HCC) Women of Excellence (WOE) mentoring group will hold its fifth annual Women to Women Conference on Thursday, March 20 in The Centre as part of HCC's celebration of Women's History Month. This year's theme is "The Ingredients of a Successful Woman." The event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration. The conference starts at 9 a.m.

Harvard University MBA student Brittany Davis will be the keynote speaker. The conference kick-off speaker will be The Honorable Julia Meacham, mayor of Weldon.

Breakout sessions will include:
  • First Impression Mannerisms
  • Zumba!
  • Your Physical Well-being
  • Smart Dollars and Sense: During and After College
  • College Life: The Real Deal
  • Round Table Discussion—Sister to Sister
  • Fantastically, Flawless Fingers
  • Candid Conversation with Brittany Davis
"I want to encourage all ladies of the Roanoke Valley to attend the fifth annual Women to Women Conference this year. For the last four years, we have tried to bring speakers to the area that will inspire, educate, enlighten and empower women. I believe we have accomplished this goal again this year with two very powerful ladies who have worked hard, educated themselves and proven to be leaders in their field. Their experiences can be used to encourage the local community of women to step out of their own comfort zone to become leaders, professionals and educators," said WOE Advisor Cindy Collins.

"I am excited about our breakout sessions and the presenters. I believe they will bring exciting information to the ladies who attend. I look forward to seeing our local women at this year's conference," she added.

There is no charge to attend the conference, but registration is required and runs through March 14. Area vendors will be on site to sell items. For more information or to register, contact Cindy Collins at 252-536-7222 or ccollins926@halifaxcc.edu or visit www.halifaxcc.edu/woe/conference/ to register online. This event is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.

The mission of WOE is to set the standards for females pursuing personal and professional excellence. Values include modeling dignity, honesty, integrity, respect and responsibility as a way of life. The HCC Student Government Association chartered the group in fall 2008.

About Brittany Davis
Having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in business administration, Brittany Davis moved to New York to begin her career in finance at Bank of America in their Credit Products Trading group. She ultimately ended up working in their Middle Market Banking group, managing a portfolio of nonprofit credit clients. While there, she was elected finance chair of the Black Professional Group New York Chapter at Bank of America, and led the financial literacy workshops for New York Mission Society's Summer Youth Program.

Davis left Bank of America to pursue her MBA at Harvard Business School (HBS). Having completed the first year at HBS, she worked on launching a new electronics product for Phillips in South Africa and formed a startup team to launch ExStreamly Audio, a mobile audio platform enabling users to access the sound playing from muted TVs on the walls of gyms, bars, etc. She also created and managed the "Where are the Resources for African-American Entrepreneurs" panel through the HBS African American Student Union, bringing together some of the top entrepreneurs and thought leaders for the discussion.

Last summer, Davis worked at Groupon, joining their Business Optimization team to work with senior management to build out a project management function for internal processes. She is now an associate at Teachstars—the #1 startup accelerator, helping build the next amazing batch of Internet startups. She plans to return to Harvard to complete the remainder of the MBA program this fall.

About Mayor Julia Meacham
Mayor Julia Meacham is a 1964 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School in Roanoke Rapids and a 1965 graduate and former instructor of Davis Beauty Center in Richmond, Va. Between the years of 1967-80, Meacham was co-owner of Roger's Salon and owner of Julia's Hairstyling Salon.

Meacham was elected town commissioner in Weldon in 1999 and served two-and-a-half consecutive terms as a commissioner, as well as serving six of those years as Weldon's Mayor Pro Tem. In 2009, Meacham was elected mayor, and most recently in 2013, was re-elected mayor for a second term. Meacham is the first female mayor elected in Weldon.
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239