Choose Your Team
Event Planning

Captured Event

October 22, 2011 - Professional Organization of Women's Why We Can't Wait: Changing Times for Professionals of Color

What: 13th Annual Professional Forum and Silent Service and Gift Auction

Where: Missouri History Museum

When: October 20, 2011

Time: 5:30 PM Reception/Silent Auction; 6:30 PM Panel Discussion; 7:30 PM Question & Answer Session

Ticket Prices: Free and open to the public, but reservations were requested.

Beneficiary: Professional Organization of Women

Founders: Rhonda Bean, Kimberly Charles, Sheree Cunningham, Ralonda Jasper, Nicole Labeach, Faustenia Morrow

President(s): Candace Ellison

Co-President(s): Rolanda Jasper, Board Chair

Introductions: Stephanie Davis, Co-Chair, POW Community Outreach Committee, Rebeccah Bennett, Founder, Emerging Wisdom Vector Communications

Welcome: Nicole Fordson, Professional Forum Chair, Alex Detrick, Missouri History Museum

Speaker: Stefanie Davis, James Price, Rebeccah Bennett, Tony Thompson, Redditt Hudson, Michelle D. Tucker, Candace Ellison

Catering: Butler's Pantry

Entertainment: Forum with Panel Discussion, Questions and Answer Period

Sponsors: Express Scripts, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Tiffany & Co., Missouri History Museum, Brown Shoe, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Attire: Business/Cocktail

Special Thanks: to our event vendors-Butler's Pantry, Brainstorm Media Group (CEO Macus Strauther), Stanley Hinson Video Productions, Proximitee Design

Board of Directors: Officers-Rolanda Jasper, Chair, Malaika Horne, Ph.D., Vice Chair, Zundra Bryant, Treasurer, Gail E. Taylor, Parliamentarian; Cheryl Polk, Nicole LaBeach, Ph.D., Karen Robertson, Geoff Green, Kathy Conley Jones, LaVicki Hart, Tonya Kincaid, Tony Neal

Steering Committee: Executive Committee Officers-Candace Ellison, President, Marian Qualls-Nelson, Treasurer, Mitzi Lowery, Parliamentarian, Stacey Dabney, Immediate Past President; Committee Chairs-Linda Peoples, Communications; Stefanie Davis, Arkenya Troutman, Community Service; Faith Lane, LaTrice Turner, Membership; Bolanle Ambonisye, Professional Development

Blacktie Photos by: Terry Baer

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Tony Thompson, Michelle Tucker, Redditt Hudson, Rebeccah Bennett
Tony Thompson, Michelle Tucker, Redditt Hudson, Rebeccah Bennett

Professional Organization of Women's Why We Can't Wait: Changing Times for Professionals of Color

The Professional Organization of Women (POW) hosted its 13th Annual Professional Forum and Silent Service Auction, "Why We Can't Wait: Changing Times for Professionals of Color", at the Missouri History Museum, Thursday, October 20, 2011. The evening provided an opportunity to network and hear from a distinguished panel, who discussed the ways minority professionals can sustain, evolve, and compete in these ever-changing times.

James A. Price, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion/Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, opened the program with some general remarks about adapting to a dynamic work environment. Rebecca Bennett, Senior Consultant for Public Policy, Planning and Organizational Development at Vector Communications, and Founder of Emerging Wisdom LLC, then moderated a lively discussion that expanded on the topic. Her panel included:

  • Tony Thompson., President, Kwame Building Group
  • Redditt Hudson, Racial Justice Manager, ACLU of Eastern Missouri
  • Michelle Tucker, Senior Vice President-Corporate Social Responsibility Market Manager, Bank of America

Besides the forum, guests could bid on one-hour mentoring sessions with leading professionals representing various industries. Proceeds from the auction will support P.O.W. community outreach initiatives benefiting the St. Louis community.

POW comprises a non-profit organization whose members share a vision and commitment to enrich the professional, social and community aspirations of African-American women in entry and mid-level management positions. The organization prides itself on its inherent ability to form lasting community partnerships with African-American, female-based organizations. POW works with women of all ages, empowering each of them to learn, lead and succeed in whatever they do. The organization pursues a breadth of community initiatives, networking and professional development activities as part of its mission.

For more information about the 13th Annual Professional Forum and Silent Service Auction, please contact Linda Peoples at (314) 963-5287 or visit POW's website,


See More Past Events