Susan L. Taylor, editor emerita of Essence magazine and founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, will headline events at Jackson State University on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.
“A Night With Susan L. Taylor,” will culminate Women’s Emphasis Week, which is held in recognition of Women’s History Month. Taylor will discuss leadership and other topics on Friday, March 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Student Center – Ballroom A. The event is free and open to the public.
On Saturday, March 23, Taylor will give the keynote address during the 2013 Emerging Leaders Leadership Summit. The luncheon will be held at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Center. Taylor’s address is entitled: “Bold, Visionary Leadership: From the Inside Out.”
The one-day conference offers presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities for students across the state. The summit attracts student leaders who are interested in learning new skills and getting involved with their local and global communities.
Lori Jackson, associate director for Campus Life, said Women’s Emphasis Week is sponsored by the Division of Student Life and the Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion/Student Government Association.
Jackson said organizers were excited about the opportunity to have Taylor’s discussion be the culmination of the week.
“She’s an iconic female figure, not only in the journalism world, but to women period. She brings a wealth of inspiration, knowledge and encouragement for all women,” Jackson said.
Taylor worked at Essence, a magazine for African-American women, for 37 years, including serving as its editor-in-chief. The National CARES Mentoring Movement was founded in 2005. The organization works to connect mentors with local youth-serving and mentoring organizations.
Women’s Emphasis Week began Monday, March 18. The following is a schedule of events:
Monday, March 18
Relax, relate, release
Free massages, Student Center – Ballroom B
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19
Community leaders discuss various issues, Student Center Theater Room 2200
Wednesday, March 20
Protect Yourself Self-Defense Class
JPD Deputy Chief Lindsey Horton
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 21
Walter Payton Center
For more information about Women’s Emphasis Week, contact Lori Jackson, 601-979-4224.
For more information about the Emerging Leaders Leadership Summit, contact Tinna Holt, 601-979-3309.
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