Thursday, September 5, 2013

See you next year!

The blog could not begin to cover all the sights or sounds of the conference.  Friendships were made, wounds were healed, and spirits were renewed.  Each of you are invited to go forth with the knowledge gained and incorporate it in your daily lives.  Perhaps next year, the book you have been wanting write will be considered as apart of the Author's Table or the business you are getting off the ground can claim a position as a sponsor for the conference.  Whatever it is, we hope that the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton inspired you to move into your calling and create the legacy for the next generation.  Until next year.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Thanks to our Sponsors!

The Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton in partnership with the National Institute of Human Development, Incorporated would like to, once again, acknowledge our sponsors! They include:

  • Miles College
  • City of Alabama
  • 5th Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Councilman Steven Hoyt, District 8, City of Birmingham
  • Alabama Power
  • Regions Bank
  • Gourmet Food Service
  • Troy University
  • Lawson State University
  • Albright/Rainey & Associates
  • AlaPestCompany
  • Wesley Peachtree Group
  • BWC Consulting

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Photos, Photos Everywhere

Thanks to  Alpha Photography, the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton was visually chronicled.  Check out the many pictures by clicking above the pictures.  Be sure to "Like" them on Facebook at Alpha Photography.

If These Hats Could Talk

"The real truth of the story is perspective. You can interpret your own story. 
Don’t let any one else determine the meaning of your story." 
Bishop Teresa Snorton

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Hats Off Luncheon of the Phenomenal Women's Summit, Bishop Teresa Snorton, the host of the event, gave the closing message. After a musical selection by Denver Woods, a Phenomenal Young Woman, Bishop Snorton sought to see the participants off.

Bishop Snorton reflected on growing up with her mother and mother in law, a mother of 18 who raised 4 other children in addition. Snorton reminisced on how, once their parents left, they would play in hats and gloves when they were younger. 

She told these stories to note the value and importance of their own .  Bishop Snorton gave two points in regards to the being our personal griot:

  1.  Our stories are important and they are worthy of being told.  Referencing Deuteronomy 6: 1-9, Snorton paraphrases that this is the commandment, and these are the stories.  All the generations to come after might know how God has blessed them. Phenomenal Women must see the need for recounting the stories and how they can impact the future women to come.
  2.  Always be clear about the perspective from which you are telling it. "Sometimes we are our own unrooted friend," Bishop Snorton, referencing Dr. Jarralyn Agee's Plenary Session, "We are sometimes what keeps us back".  She conveyed the importance of choosing carefully the words used to describe their events, that they aren't damaging or demeaning.  Bishop Snorton referenced Numbers 13:30-33; Numbers 14: 20-25 "Let us go up, and take possession so that we may go and overcome up" about the episode where Caleb saw God's vision, while people had different perspectives.
Bishop Snorton encouraged the women to leave the conference with a new boldness to own their story and share with all who would hear.  Hear the entire message above.

Mary J's Hat and the Phenomenal Women.

What happens when you put Phenomenal Women in a room full fantastic hats?  You get stories as unique as the hat themselves!

On Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Phenomenal Women's Summit Closing Luncheon, the attendees were invited to a Hat Luncheon, featuring the hats of Mary Jefferson. Officially known as Mary J's Hats, Jefferson, for the past 25 years has had her personal hat collection featured in plays, photo shoots, teas, celebrations and films.  Watch her story in this introduction:

Each lady was invited be outfitted for a hat that matched their personality - and their outfits!   Possessing a new "Hattitude", these Phenomenal Women showed off their new found friends at the Hat Parade.  While the ladies weren't able to keep them - these hats are not for sell! - the memory of how they felt in the hat will resonate long after Summit has ended.

See also an excerpt of the parade on the Alpha Photography Facebook page.

And a longer home video:

Phenomenal Women Keep Moving

On Saturday, August 30, 2013, during the Morning Workout of the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Snorton, the paramedics were called for one of the participants who had a small accident.  While it was concerning and scary for those exercising with her, what is cause for documentation was the reaction to the hiccup of the morning.  

Some women reflected on the situation, talking with each other, being emotional supports for one another.  Others, when realizing they could not assist in the immediate situation, formed small groups who continued the workout by walking the rooms of the conference area, determined to keep moving.

Once things were settled with the paramedics, those who were still moving paused to bond spiritually by lifting Sis. Wilson in prayer.  They then decided to continue their exercise, knowing their friend would not have wanted to interrupt the progress to be made.

Perhaps, this was the spirit of the mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and activists who keep moving in the midst of  larger tragedies.  The unifying of the mind and hearts, in fact, created a space where trailblazing was the only option, because halting, becoming stagnant or deviating from the course were not.  And once the tools for the task, be they walking shoes, cakes, coin keeps or, in today's case, floor, chair, towel and water were again presented, little prompting was necessary to solidify the future of the movement. 

The women of the Summit are asked to continue to lift up Sis. Wilson in prayer.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The New Phenomenal Women

As a special treat to the Phenomenal Women's Summit luncheon honoring the Past and Present Trailblazers on Friday, August 30, 2013, the audience was allowed to embrace New Phenomenal Women.  These women are "new" not because they have not always been Phenomenal, but because they are now recognizing their Phenomenal nature.

Two young women were invited to present their talents.  Ms. Deidre Gaddis, a student at Miles College, blessed the room with her voice.

Ms. Erica Stanley, from Antioch, Tennessee, offered a cello duet, with D'Marie.

In addition, Ms. Cathy Tolleson, Director of Outreach at The Lovelady Center, for whom the mission project, Pack a Purse (where members of the Summit brought used purses to pack with toiletries), was complete, brought a group of her women to do a special presentation of their "Cardboard Stories".  "Cardboard Stories" are stories written on cardboard, as most women who find the center are homeless, chronicling who there were before and who they have become.

Investing in our Future Health Fair

On Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton,  the women of the conference were invited to focus on their health during the "Investing in our Future Health Fair". Vendors came from around the City of Birmingham to impart knowledge of various subjects in 30 minutes sessions.  A few of the featured presenters included:

Brownstone Health Care -
Dr. LaShelle F. Barmore, Family Medicine Physician of Brownstone Health Care, discussed choosing a good Primary Care Doctor.

Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Princeton Baptist Medical Center presented on several topics, including Dementia and Alzheimer's prevention.

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness
Representatives discussed signs of mental illness, resources for diagnosis and improving the quality of life for those living with issues

Other presenters included:

Zelia Baugh 
"Behavior Health Services: What You Need to Know"

Pamela Jones 
"Breast Health"

Sue Bunnell
"Living and Maintaining A Health Lifestyle"

Ms. Jacky Wimbledufff

Schaeffer Eye Center

50th Anniversary Civil Rights Tribute & Awards

At Friday Luncheon on August 30, 2013, at the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton, the women took time out to recognize Phenomenal Women as Trailblazers: Past and Present with a slideshow of persons who are trailblazers yesterday as well as today.  Additionally, awards "Honoring our Living Legends" were presented to the honorees.  

See the Slideshow below:

Reflections of the Living Legends

Linda Coleman,  Merika Coleman Evans and Juandalynn Givan

Yvette McPherson-Richardson, Belinda McCain, and Patsy Jones.

LaJuana Bradford, J. Richert Pearson and Diana Knighton

The Full List of Honorees is as follows:

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America 
Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor 
Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State 
Yvonne Kennedy, Alabama State Legislator (posthumously) 
Lola Haynes Hendricks, 1960s Civil Rights Activist (posthumously) 
Lucinda Thelma Brown Robey, 1960s Civil Rights Activist (posthumously) 
Atherine Juanita Lucy, 1st African American admitted to University of Alabama, 1956 
Vivian Malone Jones, 1st African graduate, University of Alabama, 1965 (posthumously) 

Terri Sewell, First African-American U. S. Congresswoman from Alabama 
Linda Coleman, Alabama State Senator 
Priscilla Dunn, Alabama State Senator 
Barbara Boyd, Alabama State Legislator 
Merika Coleman Evans, Alabama State Legislator 
Juandalynn Givan, Alabama State Legislator 
Mary Moore, Alabama State Legislator 

Yvette McPherson-Richardson, Alabama Board of Education 
Belinda McCain, Mayor, Sipsey, AL
Maxine Parker, Birmingham City Council
Lashunda Scales, Birmingham City Council
Patsy Jones, Opelika City Council

Bobbie Knight, Alabama Power 
LaJuana Bradford, Regions Bank 
J. Richet Pearson, Dean, Miles School of Law
Mattie Mashaw Jackson, Miles College (retired) 
Diana Knighton, Miles College 

Odessa Mack, 1960s Civil Rights Activist 
Carstella Scott, 1960s Civil Rights Activist 
Helen Shores Lee, Circuit Court Judge and Civil Rights Advocate 
Carolyn McKinstry, Civil Rights Advocate 
Georgia McCoy O’Neal, Civil Rights Advocate 

Four Little Golden Girls: The Bombing that Galvinized the Civil Rights Movement

Cast of Four Little Golden Girls (Photo courtesy of Alpha Photography)

Today, as a Footsoldier of the Civil Rights Movement, I pledge...

The participants of the Phenomenal Women's Summit wore Purple on Friday Evening, August 30, 2013 to attend the opening preview of Four Little Golden Girls, a new play by Ernestine Dilworth-Williams with music by Stu Gardner.  The play was directed by Melvin Nevett and starred Tony Award Winner Melba Moore.  It also stars Angel Armstrong, LaShonda M. Corder, LaTonya Matthews, Antoinette M. Stewart and Chalethia Williams (Member of the Actor's Equity Association), with Michele Chaverst, Star B. Corder, Allison Hickman, Adriaonna Jones and Diamond Sparks.  The production was presented as a part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Movement and the Bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

Four Little Golden Girls engaged the memory of six women, Rena, Bea, Effie, Roalea, Mae Lee and Ellen, who were also little girls during the time that the infamous bombing on September 15, 1963.  Gathered together to watch the Presidential Medal Ceremony commemorating Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins, and survivor, Sarah Collins Rudolph, the six women discussed their reactions to the event those years ago and how it shaped them to be better women.  With artifacts of African American culture surrounding them - quilts, African American art including a framed Buffalo Soldier Commemorative Stamp Poster, and other historical facts - the audience left with a true understanding of the weight of the Civil Rights movement on those left to pick up the pieces.

A full band and vocal ensemble (under the direction of Ruth Randall and featuring musicians Anthony Williams, Russell Smith, Jefferson Drew Stephen Hundley) brought the score to life, with a fusion of gospel, jazz, funk and R&B.  Their accompaniment, especially under scoring Rena's (Moore) "Lean on Me",  left the audience emotionally connected with the cast and with vivid memory of the history of Birmingham.

The play will continue its run September 6, 2013 at 10:00am and 7:00pm, Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

The Visible, Yet Unsung

PWS Senator Linda Coleman from Phenomenal Women's Summit on Vimeo.

Today, as then, our challenge is about building inclusion and opportunity for those coming after us. Not just those of us who are here, but ensuring that the bridge that those unsung heros -- those phenomenal women of the past, those ordinary people who did extraordinary things -- that we pass that banner on, we pass that torch on, we hold it high for the next generation. And we continue to show up and build that bridge so that is it there for those who come after us, that it is always there so that they are able to use it.

Senator Linda Coleman

At Friday Luncheon on August 30, 2013, at the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton, the speaker was Senator Linda Coleman who represents District 20 in the State of Alabama.  After an introduction by D'Marie, Senator Coleman discussed "the visible, yet unsung"; women who fought alongside their male counterparts in the movement, but have not, even to now, been recognized.  She started by asking the question of why women were left out since, as Berneice King has once said, that the Civil Rights Movement would not have happened if it was not for the movement.  Senator Coleman also made reference to the separate March down Independence Ave that

"Woman had many obstacles to overcome," said Senator Coleman, presenting to the luncheon guests that the men were at the helm only after the women spearheaded the movement. It was women who were domestics, working in houses and clerical positions who used the buses for work.  While these voices were unceremonious left out (there is visible documentation of their presence in pictures), the women still did make their mark on the movement.  

Senator Coleman went on to give more history of women such as Gloria Richardson, Poinsetta Wright, Fannie Lou Hamer, Michelle Obama, Alexis Herman and Condolezza Rice.   "It is because of that history that we are here today,  celebrating 50 years past and 50 years forward."  Hear the entire poignant and empowering speech above.

Breakout sessions

On Friday morning, August 30, 2013, of Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton's, participants choose from 6 different sessions: Civil Rights Art Exhibit the Birmingham Museum of Art; Avoiding Self-Inflicted Overload by Ms. Joyce Brooks; Your Mind, Your Mouth, Your Money by Ms Carla Cargle; Succeeding in Your Personal Relationships by Rev. Mildred Watson; Taking Care of Your Mental Health by Dr. Amanda Ducksworth; and Tapping into Your Body's Spiritual Power by Rev. Bridget Piggue.  Below are the summaries of a few of the classes:

Civil Rights Art Exhibit the Birmingham Museum of Art
Participant were chartered to see the Etched in Collective History Art Exhibit, curated specifically in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Right Movement in Birmingham.  More information about the tours by visiting the Birmingham Museum of Art's website.

Avoiding Self-Inflicted Overload by 
Ms. Joyce Brooks
Joyce Brooks was an executive at a prominent company in Alabama when she became ill from the stress of balancing her work and home life.  After discovering her love of painting and shifting her focus to balancing her full life, she noticed her stress fall away.  Brooks, in this workshop, presented ways to balance, exercise self-care and the importance of relieving stress from everyday life. See a clip on the Alpha Photography Facebook Page.  Learn more about her book, Self-Inflicted Overload: Five Steps to Achieving Work-Life Balance & Becoming Your Very Best at

Succeeding in Your Personal Relationships by Rev. Mildred Watson
Considering healthy courtships and loving the self, Rev. Mildred Watson's workshop presented ideas from her book, The Woman, The Preacher.  She also presented self-assessments and lead discussions where participants on  in the post, Meet Rev. Mildred Watson.

Photo courtesy of Alpha Photography
Taking Care of Your Mental Health by 
Dr. Amanda Ducksworth
In this workshop, Dr. Amanda Duckworth encouraged participants to consider their own mental health.  So often it is easy to, with the hustle and bustle of the day, overlook our mental stability.  Dr. Duckworth had her attendees consider where they stood, and looked at biblical examples to assess their place including Elijah, Moses, Tamar, Jesus and the Woman at the Well. She then offered "prescriptions for managing mental health" including rest, prayer, medications and worshipping.

Morning Plenary Session with Dr. Jarralynn Agee

“...understand the concept of something that is exceptional, that is so far outside for the curve that it stands alone.”
~ Dr. Jarralynn Agee

During the Plenary Session of the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton on Friday, August 30, 2013, Dr. Jarralynn Agee, author and Professor at University of Alabama Birmingham, presented the Morning Plenary Session.  The co-author (with Candace Sandy and Dawn Marie Daniels) of Tears of Triumph, Women Learn to Live, Love and Thrive and founder of Positive Pathways Program (P3), came with share her wit, knowledge and wisdom.

“What is a hero’s journey?” asked Dr. Agee, echoing the thoughts of the crowd, “How did I get to where I am today?”   She mentioned the dichotomy of being the sister of one sibling who went to Ohio State and another who went to the “State Pen”.  Dr. Agee mentioned having to walk between the two worlds, never choosing because those experiences shaped her life.  She had to learn how to be a Sistah girl and also use the Ohio Bell voice (the “professional voice” used to get things done).

Dr. Agee brought to the conference her ideas of whom you keep in your circle, who you keep as an association, and those you keep far away.  “What is a friend?” she asks?  The audience mentioned “honesty”, “truth”, “Ride or Die”, and “unconditional love”.  “There is a strong emotional bond to friendships”.  Dr. Agee shared stories of her own life and friends before engaging the audience in a conversation on the friend we keep in our circles.

The discussion of friendship commences with the discernment of different kinds of friends.  “There are different kinds of friendships” said Dr. Agee, “spiritual friendship, worldly friendship and unrooted friendship”. The friendships are defined as follows:

  • ¨     spiritual friendship – Those who stand beside you, understand your goals, supports your plan see you pain and celebrate your success, even those you haven’t acquired yet.

  • ¨     worldly friendship – Thos who stand with you, support your goals, see you for who you are right now, focus on you right now, and celebrate your successes as they happen

  • ¨     unrooted friendship – stand behind you – but at a distance, support your desires, see you for what you used to be, may relish in your pain and personally or behind your back may celebrate your success.

Dr. Agee was certain to have everyone understand what separates “goals” from “desires”.  “Goals are things you want to reach versus desires which are things we want to have.”  The audience then gave examples of people who were in their circle as spiritual friends.

“What keeps us stuck on other kinds of friends?” Dr. Agee then asked. The audience responded that “the truth hurts” and “the inability to see”.  Dr. Agee brought up her co-author, Candace Sandy, to discuss unrooted friends.  “Unrooted friend place us in a box and we believe them so we’ll put them there,” Sandy mentioned.  These are “boxers” those who “put us there - pack us up and wrap up the tape”.  Using volunteers, the participants were able to identify traits of unrooted friends (“those friends [that] keep people in the box and we stay there because we are comfortable”).

Dr. Agee recommended to participants to work around the “negative schema” the way of thinking about where the individual mindset lies in state (the current place of where I am – happy) and the trait (what we carry that will not change tomorrow – height.   She encouraged participants to determine, “Who are the believers in your life, who are you supporters?” and only take along those persons who are the believers.

Dr. Agee concluded with visibly showing the circle of influence, using audience members to design where physically people should place their spiritual, worldly and unrooted friends.

The challenge of the session is for the phenomenal women to not be afraid of success.  “With success comes responsibility,” declares Dr. Agee.  She encouraged participants to think outside of who we are, and pursue abundance.  “If we were willing to become everything that we are destined to become, we will be an inspiration to others,” said Dr. Agee.  “We ought to be selfish to help others.”

Morning Meditation with D'Marie

Returning for a second year by popular demand, singer/songwriter and new recording artist D'Marie (Rev. Dollie Howell Pankey) lead the women in meditation on Friday, August 30, 2013 aof the Phenomenal Women's Summit. Below is snippet of her song, "Misty Rain" from the Friday Session.

Author's Corner: Meet Rev. Mildred Watson

Meet Rev. Mildred Watson, CEO and founder of conference sponsor Love One Million Ways.  At the Phenomenal Women's Summit presented by Bishop Teresa Snorton, Rev. Watson coordinated the Author's Corner as well as presented her book, The Woman, The Preacher.

Love One Million Ways focuses on the well-being of the entire person and takes a holistic approach to maintaining and improving that well-being.  With a special focus on healthy courtships and spiritual development, LOMW offers many avenues to enhance the self.  

Rev. Watson's semi-autobiographical book, The Woman, The Preacher, offers spiritual and real life advice, grounded in lessons learned in her own life.  

Check her website for more information on purchasing the book, candles and information on upcoming appearances.

Phenomenal Ladies' Night!

During Illuminate the Night in White Reception at Bishop Teresa Snorton's Phenomenal Women's Summit on Friday, August 29, 2013, the ladies showed their swag when the jazz band, Private Property Band, struck up "Ladies Night".  Check out the Old school and New School uniting for the dance!

God's Phenomenal Women

“We still need trailblazers because there are frontiers to be conquered, there are still changes to be made and there are still barriers to be torn down.” ~ Bishop Carolyn Guidry

“Why we still need trailblazers,” started Bishop Teresa Snorton when introducing Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at the Opening Plenary Session of Bishop Snorton’s Phenomenal Women’s Summit. Bishop Guidry, one of Bishop Snorton’s trailblazer is the now retired 122nd AME Bishop, who was also the first female Presiding Elder in the 5th Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church and a contributor to the fourth edition of Those Preaching Women by Rev. Dr. Ella Mitchell. She used as a bases Genesis 1:26-27, with a focus on “God’s Phenomenal Woman”.

Infusing her own history as a woman growing up in Jackson, MS to becoming a Bishop in the AME Church, Bishop Guidry deposited into the hearts and minds of the woman an uplifting and encouraging message about the importance of being a trailblazer.  Commencing with a definition of the word “Phenomenal”, she then listed biblical women starting with Eve and ending with everyday now women including the “big rig driver” all whom are phenomenal in there areas.  Because, Bishop Guidry says, “God is still using Phenomenal Women in the preemptive to help with world today.”

To be phenomenal does not mean we have to do big things, Bishop Guidry stressed, reminding us of the women sewing bags to keep pennies and women who baked pies and stood across the street to sell to the men working in the factories. In fact, “it all began in the background.”

“Yes we still need trailblazers”, Bishop Guidry declared. She encouraged the participants to consider what would happen if “maybe if Phenomenal Women gathered together in prayer to feed the hungry, clothe the naked”, how much different the violence in the world could be.  “If we could just love people as we love ourselves,” said Bishop Guidry, “we could change the world.”

She also cautioned that, “Being a trail blazer is never easy because the first one takes all of the shots from all the sides.”  But if it is our place to be and our call to be, we should go. “When God calls you to be in a place, God provides for you in that place.”

Bishop Guidry’s challenge for the weekend was for the women to consider, “Will you decide, after this weekend, to be used?”

Video to come!

Opening Plenary Session

"Thank you for all the Phenomenal Women in this place."
~ Bishop Carolyn Guidry

On the evening of Friday, August 29, 2013 at the Sheraton in Birmingham, AL, over 200 women from around the country participated in the  Opening Plenary Session of Bishop Teresa Snorton's Phenomenal Women's Summit.  This session set both the tone for the conference and established protocol for the weekend.

The program official started with Greetings and Welcome by Bishop Teresa Snorton, the Presiding Bishop, 5th Episcopal District, CME Church, PWS Program Chair.  The Greetings included a special welcome from Fairfield, Alabama Mayor Kenneth Coachman, who took several of the attendees on Civil Rights tour earlier in the afternoon, starting at Miles College.

Immediately following was the Invocation by Rev. Zethelyn Johnson, Pastor of Cherokee CME Church, Church, Cherokee, AL. Mrs. Carolyn S. Hassell did the honors of recognizing Sponsors which included: Miles College, City of Birmingham, Alabama Power, Regions Bank, Gourmet Food Services, Love One Million Ways, Albright/Rainey & Associates, AlaPestCompany, Wesley Peachtree Group and BWC Consulting.

There was then a musical Selection with a Reprise by Greater St. Paul CME Church from Bessemer, AL (see a clip below).  

Bishop Teresa Snorton then Introduced the Speaker of the hour, Bishop Carolyn Guidry (see post God's Phenomenal Women).  Following another selection, Bishop Guidry inspired the participants of the conference, challenging them to be their own trailblazers.

Following the Plenary Address, Bishop Snorton called for Moments of Reflection, asking inviting each of attendee to call the names of those who have gone before, then the name of Sistah Girls and, finally, those who they have been called to be a trailblazer for.

For the Benediction, Bishop Guidry recited Maya Angelou's poem "Phenomenal Woman".

A Meditation
"For these we call by name, those who blazed trails for us. 
For these who you have given us as gifts in our live. 
For those who inspire us and you have given us as friends.

Be in prayer as you discern the voice of God.  
Pray for clarity for what you will need to complete the task.
Let go of some things so that you can embrace others.

~ Bishop Teresa Snorton

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Illuminate the Night in White

After the Opening Reception, the ladies took some time to unwind and fellowship with one another. Check out the pics below!

Welcome to Birmingham!

Guess what day it is? (Hint: It's not Hump Day...sorry camels).  Today is the Opening Day of Bishop Teresa E. Snorton's Phenomenal Women's Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, AL.  This year's theme, Phenomenal Women as Trailblazers: Past, Present and Future honors the legacy of the Civil Rights Movements, specifically the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.  Like last year, this blog will chronicle the events of the weekend and give a glimpse into the women experiencing the conference.  Monitor frequently for the most up to date information on the Summit.

Want to join?  It's not too soon to join us!  See for more details.