Women's Empowerment Roundtable Summit 2021

Women’s Empowerment Roundtable Summit 2021 (Sustainable Coffee TALK 3)

Achieving Global Goals,

Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Friday, March 19, 2021

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Ensure a sustainable future by empowering girls and women.

Speakers on gender equality with local and global experience will share their best practices and lessons learned in advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.

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Keynote Speakers

Gail Farngalo, Senior Adviser and Lead on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and Focal Point for UN Women and the Commission on the Status of Women, Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly


Monica Delores Hooks, Executive Director, City of Atlanta’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative


Honorary Guest SpeakerConsul General Michel Gerebtzoff, Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta Roundtable

Discussion #1

The Wellbeing of Women and Children: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children, and Our Future

H.E. Lady Sandra Williams, Governor General ‘s Goodwill Emissary, President and Founder, The Halo Foundation, Inc., Antigua and Barbuda

Dr. Angela M. Wakhweya, Senior Director, Health Equity and Rights Team, CARE, Atlanta, Georgia

Colette Cottman, Community Development Specialist, Microsoft, Atlanta, Georgia

Madinah S. Ali, President & Co-Founder, Safe PC Cloud, Safe PC Solutions; Atlanta Lead for Women In Technology, Microsoft, Atlanta, Georgia

Michelle White, Principal, Western High School, Baltimore, MD

Cheri-Ann Taylor, Director of Student Behavioral Health and Well-Being, Clayton County Publics School System, Georgia

Chinita Allen, Founder and Education and Advocacy Consultant, Chinita Allen Education and Advocacy Consulting, LLC, Georgia

Moderator: Carolyne A. Opinde, Dr. h.c., The NGO Whisperer™, United Kingdom

Roundtable Discussion #2

Women and Entrepreneurship: Re-visioning Your Business Through Partnerships and Co-branding

Alecha Benson, Co-Founder, Nirvana Tea Inc., Michigan Renee Smith, Co-Founder & CTO, Parking BOXX, Canada

Farhana Hasan, Founder & CEO, HerWILL, Georgia

Professor Thuli Madonsela, Founder, The Thuli Madonsela Foundation (Thuma), South Africa

Martice Sutton, Founder, Girls Going Global, Georgia

Mary Ehrsam, President, Partnerships, Operation HOPE, Inc., New York

Moderator: Robbin Jorgensen, Founder and CEO, Women Igniting Change®, Georgia

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