WETATi 3rd International Women’s Conference Set for This Weekend

On March 21-24, hundreds of delegates from the United States, Africa, the
Caribbean and elsewhere will descend upon Beltsville, Maryland to attend the 3rd
Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi) International
Conference, Red Carpet Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The conference will be
held at the Sheraton Washington North Hotel. The theme of this year’s conference
is, To EDUCATE A Woman Is To CHANGE The World…”It is Better to EDUCATE a
Girl Than to FIX a Woman.”Margaret Dureke, JD

WHO & WHAT IS WETATi
WETATi is a global business network for women of all generations (WETATi
Women of Today, WETATi Next Generation, WETATi Daughters of Destiny);
where WETATi empowers, educates and challenges women to achieve their
impossible regardless of their socioeconomic status, geographical locations or
other limitations — through Education, Wellness & Economic Emancipation
Empowerment Programs!

The conference seeks to bring together individuals, governmental agencies and
companies from different cities, states, and countries; races, gender and ethnicity
to discuss issues that matter to women and their families; which ranges from
women empowerment to development issues in developing countries. It will
provide a forum where women and men from all over the world will meet and
interact with government, diplomatic and business leaders from various countries, as well as from our local governments and citizenry from the Maryland,
DC and Virginia areas. It will also be a place where U.S policy makers and their
foreign counterparts, as well as representatives of international agencies, can
discuss their current initiatives as they relate to private sector initiatives. In short,
it is a place for effective networking, building coalitions, alliances and
partnerships, which can lead to mutually beneficial profitable business and
personal relationships.

Some of the issues to be discussed include procurement from U.S. government
agencies, investments in Africa and the Caribbean, women and HIV/Aids and
other health matters, funding for women and minority owned businesses,
banking and financial management and business solutions, the benefits of
education and the importance of economic empowerment. A special panel will
address the WETATi Next Generation and how they can leverage their age and
talent to become successful leaders and young entrepreneurs of our world today.

This is a conference designed to build personal and business relationships,
business opportunity to leverage and linkages between women in the United
States and women from other countries,” says Margaret Dureke, Founder and
President of WETATi. “So far the response has been tremendous and we are very
poised and positioned to achieve more than the impossible this year.” Rev. Dr.
Agorom Dike, President, Caribbean African Christian Leadership Council said it
best, “The conference last year was indeed a milestone for many of us who
attended. This year promises to be a record breaking conference with
representatives from different parts of the world who I know will experience
empowerment and transformation.” Experiences of U.S. Companies doing
business in Africa and the Caribbean and elsewhere will also be discussed. This
is a must attend conference for those seeking to do business with the United
States government and foreign countries.

Several local, national and international governmental and non governmental
agencies will be represented at the conference, including embassies,
pharmaceutical companies, healthcare institutions, investment firms, etc.

Some of our Distinguished Confirmed speakers include:
First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Her Excellency (Mrs.) Sia Nyama
Koroma; President Obama’s Senior Advisor Dr. Kenneth Bedell, Faith-Based and
Neighborhood Partnerships Center, U.S. Department of Education; His Excellency
Bockari K. Stevens Ambassador of the Republic of Sierra Leone; Randolph N.
Bennett, Director, Office of Residential Design and Cultural Heritage, Bureau of
Overseas Buildings Operations, U.S. Department of State; Her Excellency Sonia
Johnny, Esq., St. Lucia Ambassador to the United States; Her Excellency, Jacinth
Henry-Martin, Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis to the U.S.; His Excellency
Hubert John Charles, Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the U.
S.; Her Excellency Deborah Mae Lovell, Ambassador of Antigua & Barbuda; Her Excellency Audrey Marks, Former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States;
Jummy Olabanji, Emmy Award Winning Reporter and Anchor, ABC7/WJLA-TV &
News Channel 8; Isiah (Ike) Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County
Maryland; Eric Olson, Councilman District 3, Prince George’s County Maryland;
Walter Lee James, Jr., Mayor, Town of Bladensburg, MD; Dr. Ijeoma Otigbuo,
Professor/Director, AIDS Awareness Resource Center, Natural Applied Science,
Montgomery College, Maryland; Dr. Trudy Hall, Vice President of Medical Affairs,
Laurel Regional Hospital, and Director of Rehabilitation Services at Dimensions
Healthcare System; Dr. Allison Williams, Southern Maryland Medical Group; Mr.
Robert Brunner, Vice President Americas, Arik Airlines LTD, NY; Dr. Nicole
Jasper, MD- Atlanta Georgia; Doris Crenshaw, Civil Rights Activist and Founder/
CEO, Southern Youth Leadership Development Institute (SYLDI), Alabama, USA;
Dr. Debra Bartlett, President/CEO, CEO Network, Nassau, Bahamas; Mrs. Yemisi
Aiyegbusi, Yem Yom Ventures Limited, London, UK; Mrs. Marie Makanjuola,
Environmental Department, London, UK; Aisha Jones, International Trade
Specialist, U. S. Department of Commerce; Attorney Midgett Parker- Linowes and
Blocher LLP; Gemina Archer-Davies (HR Management Consultant) former
Director of Corporate Human Resources Management at the African Development
Bank; Gbenga Ogunjimi, Founder/CEO, LDI Africa; Renee Nash, Director of
Information and Public Affairs, WHUR Radio, Howard University; Attorney Kendal
H. Tyre, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Maria Randall, Vice President, Industrial
Bank; Jainaba Ceesay, Assistant Vice President, Small Business Banker, M & T
Bank; Reverend Dr. Agorom Dike, President, Caribbean African Christian
Leadership Council; Anne Reese Carswell, Associate Director, Academic Affairs,
Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland College Park; Nneka Ezenwa
Chiazor, Aphropolitan; Rev. Dr. Diane Johnson, Jerusalem African Methodist
Episcopal Church; Rev. Dr. Kemi Onanuga, Redeemers Community Development
Corporation; Nneka Dureke, Chief Superintendent with the Valuation Unit the
Nigerian Customs, Lagos, Nigeria; Edwina Thomas, Sierra Business Solutions,
Gaithersburg, MD; Iruka Ndubuizu, President/CEO, Eureka Consulting, Inc.,
Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Angel Dureke, Founder & President, WETATi Next
Generation (Global); Chidinma Dureke, President/CEO, Chichisart and Vice
President WETATi Next Generation (Global); Jumoke Akinola, Founder, WETATi
Next Generation, University of Maryland College Park; Rosa Abraha, President,
WETATi Next Generation, University of Maryland College Park & much more.

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