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Claflin University to Host Women’s Conference March 29-30

Mar 23, 2012

Shameeka Ayers

Claflin University will host its 2nd annual Women’s Conference March 29 and 30 as the culminating event of the campus’ celebration of Women’s History Month.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Motivating and Inspiring Strong Sisterhood.”  Shameeka Ayers, motivational speaker and new media expert, will serve as keynote speaker during the March 30 luncheon.

“We invite all women of the community and beyond to join together for this uplifting conference,” said Sadie Jarvis, director of counseling.  “It will truly be a time for us to unite in fellowship, celebrate our many contributions to society and chart a course for a better tomorrow.”

The two-day conference will feature an inspirational walk around campus, health fair, workshops and poetry readings, among other activities.  The cost for individuals to attend is $15.  Tickets for registered groups of 25 or more are $12 per person.  There is no cost for Claflin students to attend. 

Ayers created her alter ego, blog and brand titled “The Broke Socialite” in 2006.  She has created a national series of highly praised dessert events called Sugar Coma Festival and Sugar Coma Tour which have been featured in Southern Living and Atlanta Magazine, among others.  Ayers also produces lavish!, a social media forum where women engage each other on cultural and entertainment subjects. 

A resident of Atlanta, Ayers is a sought after motivational speaker who passionately shares her story about self-discovery, reinvention and her transition from employee to entrepreneur.  She is also an author who penned “Instantly!: How Quickly I Realized I Hate My Job”. 

Other scheduled speakers for the conference include: Dr. Theresa Chandler, director of the Regional Medical Center’s Mabry Center for Cancer Care; Angela W. Patton, founder and executive director of Camp Diva; and Dr. Mary Williams, director of Panther STEPS at Claflin.

On Thursday, March 29, the conference will kick with a health starting at 10 a.m. in the upper level of the Student Center and a walk of empowerment at 11:55 a.m. at Legacy Plaza.  Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Orange and Maroon Room.  The Friday, March 30 luncheon will be held in Ministers’ Hall.

For more information, contact Jarvis by phone at (803) 535-5285 or by e-mail at



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