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Claflin University Seeks to Empower during 3rd Annual Women’s Conference March 21-22

Mar 18, 2013

Claflin University will host its 3rd annual Women’s Conference March 21- 22 as the signature event of the campus’ celebration of National Women’s History Month.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Empowering Greatness – Leadership, Wealth and Health”.   Amanda Miller Littlejohn, a public relations firm executive and social media expert, will serve as the keynote speaker for the March 22 luncheon.

“We invite all women in the community and beyond to join together for this empowering conference,” said Sadie Jarvis, director of counseling.  “This conference will motivate, develop self-esteem and set women on a path toward becoming visionary leaders.”

The two-day conference will feature health screenings, workshops and poetry readings, among other activities.  The cost for adult women to attend is $25 and $15 for high school students. There is no charge for Claflin students to attend. 

Littlejohn is the founder and CEO of Mopwater Social Public Relations, a firm based in Washington, D.C.   She helps new companies define themselves through branding exercises, coaching, writing and communications.  A former writer for several Washington newspapers, she is currently a columnist for Black Enterprise magazine and contributor for The Washington Post’s The Root DC where she writes about parenting and African-American culture.

She is the 2012 recipient of the PR Practitioner Award from the National Black Public Relations Society and a 2011 finalist for the Washington Women in PR’s Emerging Leader Award.  Littlejohn is a board member for the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

Other scheduled speakers for the conference include: Cynthia Vaughn, diversity outreach program analyst with the National Credit Union Administration’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion; Tawana Jones, director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion; Crissy Ortiz, executive director of Optimal Talent Solutions; and Sharon Ellington, talent acquisition representative from the S.C. Federal Credit Union.

On Thursday, March 21, the conference will kick off with a health fair starting at 9 a.m. in the Multi-purpose Room of the Student Center and an HPV/cervical cancer and lupus workshop at 11 a.m.  There will be cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass, blood pressure, sickle cell and vision screenings available that day, including a session with a beauty consultant and massage therapist. 

Registration for the Friday workshops and luncheon will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center on Friday, March 22.   The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Ministers’ Hall.

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

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