The upcoming Women’s Empowerment Conference in Jackson was created to inspire people to do exactly what inspires them. The panel of guest speakers for the event features women of all ages, backgrounds and professions coming together to share their stories on how they got to where they are today in an effort to empower and inspire the audience.
Check out our brief Q&A with host and guest speaker, Ronnika Joyner, below as she tells us a little about how the conference was created and what guests can expect from the panel.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How did this conference come about?
RONNIKA JOYNER: Well, the event coordinator, Trania Jones, has always had a vision to do this. She did it in Georgia and it did so well so she asked me and Councilwoman Larita Stokes to help her build it for Mississippi. Trania always tries to find a way to give back to the community.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: The conference is this weekend, on November 2 and the theme is “How Did I Get Here?” What exactly do you all mean by that? Are you asking women how did they become successful, how did they reach a point to where they wanted to strive for success?
RJ: Everybody sees Larita Stokes and what she’s doing, we have a business owner, Tongie Scott who owns two businesses, we have recording artist Tammie and myself, I own my own business, inGENEus PR so people look at us and they ask “how did you get here?” The idea was to pick women who have really been through it – been through the struggle, things weren’t always that easy for them but they still got to where they are. I’m representing more of the younger class, representing the transition of getting there. Trania felt like I am there for the audience that she’s trying to reach so we’re basically talking about our journeys.
Joyner’s speech will revolve around the secret, personal struggles she went through behind the glamour of being Miss Jackson State University, becoming a member of a sorority and establishing her business. The event will be held Saturday, November 2 at Brinkley Middle School in Jackson, Mississippi.
For more information about this event or to register to attend, visit WomensConferenceMS.eventbrite.com or email the event organizer, Trania Jones, at HDIGH@gmail.com.