2018 INTERNATIONAL
WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
NASSAU BAHAMAS

March 1-4, 2018

Registration is Open!

2018 International Women's Conference

The International Black Women's Public Policy Institute presents three days of Town Hall Meetings, Interactive Panel Discussions, Young Women Teach in Sessions and Social Engagement.

Revolutionizing the Cause

Visionary Speakers

BARBARA A. PERKINS
BARBARA A. PERKINSCoach, Speaker, Author and
Founder/President, IBWPPI
SIMONE SMITH BEAN, ESQ.
SIMONE SMITH BEAN, ESQ.Managing Partner,
Smith Bean & Co.
MARIE YOLAINE EUSEBE
MARIE YOLAINE EUSEBEFounder/CEO,
Community 2 Community
GAIL PERRY-MASON
GAIL PERRY-MASONFinancial Expert
and Author
VANESSA K. DE LUCA
VANESSA K. DE LUCAEditor-in-Chief,
ESSENCE Magazine
DR. LULA BALLTON
DR. LULA BALLTONCommunity Development
Expert
PENELOPE JONES MENSAH, ESQ.
PENELOPE JONES MENSAH, ESQ.Managing Partner,
Jones-Mensah & Co
KHRYSTLE RUTHERFORD-FERGUSON
KHRYSTLE RUTHERFORD-FERGUSONVice Chairman - Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers' Confederation
LORI GEORGE BILLINGSLEY
LORI GEORGE BILLINGSLEYVP, Community Relations,
Coca-Cola North America
DR. ROSLYN ELLISON BLAKE
DR. ROSLYN ELLISON BLAKEPresident,
MB Ellison, Inc.
TAMMILEE JULES
TAMMILEE JULESPoet In Residence,
IBWPPI
MCGHEE WILLIAMS OSSE
MCGHEE WILLIAMS OSSECo-CEO,
Burrell Communications Group
KATHLYN ADAMS SEAY
KATHLYN ADAMS SEAYPhilanthropist and
Director, IBWPPI
MICHELLENE DAVIS
MICHELLENE DAVISEVP, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health
VANESSA LÉON
VANESSA LÉONCEO,
Pinchina Consulting
HON. PAULETTE ZONICLE
HON. PAULETTE ZONICLEPast Consul General
to the Bahamas

Don't Miss a Thing

Conference Agenda

  1. Day 1 | March 1
  2. Day 2 | March 2
  3. Day 3 | March 3
  4. Day 4 | March 4
12:00 – 6:00 pm

Registration Opens

The Level, 4th Floor
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Estavida Terrace
Join us for a Taste of the Bahamas where guests will be invited to experience a variety of savory Bahamian dishes and beverages. Entertainment will be provided by local Calypso and Junkanoo artists.
8:30 - 10 pm

Late Night Dessert Reception

President's Suite
Hosted by the President, Barbara A. Perkins
6:30 - 7:30 am

Morning Inspiration and Movement

Gazebo Patio - On the Beach
Instructor: Tammilee Jules
Rise, Shine and infuse your day with positive energy. Set the intention for the days ahead all while seeking to give your body the gentle workout that it craves. This guided hour is sure to kick start your day.
7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast

The Market Terrace Buffet
8:30 - 4:00 pm

Registration (Reopens 2:30pm - 4pm)

The Level - 4th Floor
9:00 - 10:15 am
10:30 - Noon

Session #1 –
The Impact of Black Women’s Leadership in a Global Society

Ballroom B
The Impact of Black Women's Leadership in a Global Society
PANELISTS: Paulette Zonicle, Penelope Jones-Mensah, Lula Ballton, McGhee Williams Osse, Vanessa Leon
MODERATOR & PRESENTER: Michellene Davis
12:30 - 2:15 pm

Key Influencers Luncheon

Ballroom C
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Vanessa K. De Luca, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief
MISTRESS OF CEREMONY: Kathlyn Adams-Seay, Philanthropist
2:30 - 3:45 pm

Session #2 –
Sustainable Economics for Women at Home and Abroad

Panelists: Gail Perry Mason, Dr. Roslyn Ellison Blake, Bahamian Speaker from the Chamber
Moderator & Presenter: Lisa Cagnolatti
4:00 - 4:30 pm
6:00 - 10:00 pm

Friday Night Themed Party - Bahamian Night

Pool Deck
Dinner, Band & Show
-OR-
Evening On Your Own
7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 11:00 am
9:00 - 11:30 am

Session #3
Young Women Lead

A roundtable discussion on topics that cross multiple barriers and include multiple issues of importance, such as sexism, racism, religion, politics, health and wellness, economic, leadership, mentoring and the Black Woman’s Agenda.
Panelists: McGhee Williams Osse, Ebonee Rice, Vanessa Leon, Kelsey Perkins, Cortney Walters, Marie Yolaine Eusebe, DShawna Bernard, Jonelle Henry, and Nicole Benton
Co-Moderators: Michellene Davis and Maleena Lawrence
11:30 - Noon

Afternoon On Your Own

Optional Activities List to be posted soon.
6:00 - 7:00 pm
7:00 - 10:00 pm

Elegant Cultural Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America
8:00 - 11:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship Service

Messenger: Rev. Barbara A. Perkins
A White Affair. All Attendees are asked to wear white attire.
11:00 - Noon
1:00 pm

Where to find us

Venue & Info

Meliá Nassau Beach - All Inclusive

CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS AND WHITE SANDS IN THE BAHAMAS. Overlooking one of the finest beaches in the world is Meliá Nassau Beach - All Inclusive. Located in the north of the island, on the stunning Cable Beach, with its fine, white sand and turquoise waters, close to the centre, shops, restaurants, night spots in addition to its bright rooms, pools and activity programme, the Meliá Nassau Beach - All Inclusive is the ideal base for discovering an authentic tropical paradise and one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

The Meliá Nassau Beach - All Inclusive provides 694 rooms and 32 suites with fabulous views; 3 outdoor pools with waterfalls facing the sea; a free, fully equipped 24-hour gym; various dining venues (Aqua / The Market Place / EstaVida / O' Grille / Wet Bar); free WiFi internet in all areas; a Kids' Club; a gift shop; and more.

Address:

Nassau, W Bay St, Nassau, Bahamas

Email Address:

melia.nassau.beach@melia.com

Phone Number:

+1 242-327-6000
Transport

Transport

All-inclusive price does not include airfare. All attendees must book their own roundtrip travel.
Extended Stay

Extended Stay

Extended stay up to 3 days is available. You will be charged by the hotel after you check-in.
Meals

Meals

Enjoy the tastes of the Bahamas. Meals are provided with most reservation options. 
Local Full Package
$250 /Person
  • Access to all Sessions and Events
  • All Meals excluding Gala Dinner
  • Hotel Room not included
  • Air Travel not included
Vendor Booth
$350 /Person
  • Full Conference Hours
  • Two 6ft. Draped Tables and Chairs
  • One Friday Luncheon Ticket
  • Listing in Program

Supporting IBWPPI

Conference Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Toyota

Media Partners

Essence
Washington Informer
Guardian Radio

Silver Sponsor

Dovetech LLC

Friends of IBWPPI

Bahamas Tourism
Lavender Blue
Image Builders Etcetera
Tour and See
CB Communications
Smith Bean & Co.

So, what are you waiting for?

Join us in Expanding the Circle, Expanding the Message, and Expanding the Impact!

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