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Contact: Leonard T.DeShield, Jr.
AAW-PEACE Conference Unites Women Worldwide from Africa to North America in Entertainment to Encourage, Engage and Empower Youths – Sept. 2nd-4th
Liberian President, H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Honorable Robert L. Johnson
to Serve as Chair and Honorary Chair for two-day event in Liberia, West Africa
Washington, DC (July 12, 2011) – In his address to the Ghanaian Parliament in 2009, President Barack Obama reminded the people of Africa that it would no longer be the great men of the past who would transform the continent, but “the future of all of our countries is in the hands of the young people – people like you.” The African & American Women in Entertainment for Peace, Youth Empowerment and Cultural Exchange (AAW-PEACE) Conference aspires to accomplish that goal by leaving a lasting impression on the country of Liberia.
From September 2-4, 2011, the AAW-PEACE Conference will engage in a bi-continental effort to bridge women around the world from Africa to North America in entertainment and politics, as they engage in panel and roundtable discussions and workshops; thereby, providing the necessary and essential tools for future leaders of Liberia to succeed. Additionally, the two-day event will act as a catalyst for the Creative Arts & Minds Programs (CAM), an after-school development program for performing and creative arts and micro-credit to encourage and support young entrepreneurs.
”We are at a very crucial stage in developing young minds in Liberia and creating avenues to expand their horizons and dreams”, states Barkue Tubman, Founder of AAW-PEACE.” “Through continuous efforts, I envision combining my passion for connecting youths in Liberia and globally through entertainment and networking with women leaders, while accessing my compassion for humanity.”
AAW-PEACE Conference producers have invited experts in the U.S. entertainment industry, law and politics, diplomacy, and business to create a captivating and unprecedented program of events. Other prominent business leaders of Liberia and beyond in West Africa will play a primary role in constructing a blueprint on how to effectively navigate and implement a business or educational initiative.
Her Excellency Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, proudly accepted the invitation via letter to serve as Chair of the Conference. [Read entire letter from the President]
To register for this dynamic two-day event or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for branding your business to a global market, consumers and the international media, please visit the official website at www.aawpeace.org or email [email protected].
AAW-PEACE Conference is sponsored in part by Total, The RLJ Companies, RLJ Kendeja Resort & Villas, National Social security Corporation of Liberia, Firestone, City Parking Management and West Africa Premiere Events Solutions & Rentals. Proud partners include MBL Entertainment Intl. Group, American Talent Agency, Relevant Inc., Ministry of Gender and Equality (Liberia), Ministry of Education (Liberia), Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, and DeShield Enterprises, LLC.
About The Republic of Liberia (In Brief)
Liberia is Africa’s oldest republic, founded by freed American slaves on July 26, 1847. The West African nation was relatively calm until the coup in 1980, which marked the end of dominance by the minority Americo-Liberians, who had ruled since independence. After many years of conflict and instability Liberia is celebrating a new day of hope, stability, peace and economic growth.
About President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Chair)
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and the first elected female Head of State in Africa. Throughout her career she has demonstrated passionate commitment to hard work, integrity and good governance, advocating for the rights of women and the importance of education to provide a better future for her country and its people. Newsweek magazine listed Johnson-Sirleaf as one of the ten best leaders in the world.
About Robert L. Johnson (Honorary Chair)
Robert L. Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in a diverse portfolio of companies in consumer financial services, private equity, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production, gaming and automobile dealership industries. In July 2007, Johnson was named by USA Today as one of the 25 most influential business leaders of the past 25 years.
AAW-PEACE Conference Board of Directors
Barkue Tubman, – Liberian – Founder & Chair of the Board
Lisa Pickrum, – American – Co-Founder & Vice Chair of the Board
Mona Scott-Young – Haitian-American – Board Member
Korto Momolu – Liberian – Board Member
Isha Tejan Cole-Johansen – Sierra Leonean- Board Member
Marie “Free” Wright – American – Board Member
AAW-PEACE Conference Executive Members
Mya Padmore – Liberian/Israeli/American – Executive Member
Leonard T. DeShield, Jr. – Liberian – Executive Member
Teri Weefur – Liberian – Executive Member
Natina Nimene – Liberian – Executive Member
Note: Full bios of Board of Directors and Executive Members are available at AAWPEACE.org.
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