LEADS at Spelman College, Atlanta, hosted the 5th Anniversary Leadership and Women of Color Conference on May 13 and 14 in Atlanta to explore how leadership, gender, culture, and economics influence civic engagement for strong communities.
At the glitzy Awards Banquet, Spelman recognized individuals and organizations that have helped shape and enhance the role of past, current and future generations of leaders at its signature event, the “Legacy of Leadership Awards” dinner.
The honorees included five organizations that focus on economic issues:
Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, AACC, Atlanta Business League, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Women’s Business Council, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
Bestowing the honor to the recipients, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College told the large gathering, “This year’s Legacy of Leadership Award honorees represent a stellar group of leading organizations. We are proud to have each organization join our academy of distinguished leaders!”
Accepting the prestigious award on behalf of the Asian Chamber, its President, Subash Razdan, thanked the Spelman College for the honor, appreciating, “His organization AACC is humbled to be in the select group of premier Chambers/Business organizations such as Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Business League, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Women’s Business Council.”
He added, “AACC is able to serve the community because of the dedication and commitment of its office bearers to strive to unify the Asian American business community to promote economic development in Georgia, identify its issues, needs and concerns and provide a voice when one is needed.”
Razdan congratulated the other recipients as well as the LEADS at Spelman College for hosting a very successful and premier leadership conference with the mission to unite the best minds, best practices to address workplace, community challenges and first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency
The 2009 Spelman College Leadership and Women of Color Conference, themed “Building a Community for Change,” facilitated important dialogue on leadership issues in the 21st century. The conference united top leaders from the public and private sectors to provide the necessary survival tools to acquire leadership, professional, personal, and community engagement skills to be successful during challenging economic times.
The two-day conference, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, also hosted a media panel discussion, “The First 100 Days: An Analysis of President Obama’s Change Commitment for Building Strong Communities.” Donna Brazile, renowned political pundit, syndicated columnist and author of “Cooking with Grease,” headlined the discussion on President Obama’s first 100 days in office in her keynote address.
“President Barack Obama has urged all Americans to participate in a new era of service and community involvement in the United States, As a nation undergoing rapid changes and unprecedented difficulties, we are experiencing high anxiety in our workplaces, communities and households,” said Jane E. Smith, Ed.D., executive director, LEADS at Spelman College. “However, the conference assembled a team of multicultural leaders, both women and men, to offer creative and innovative solutions to help us lead through these turbulent economic challenges and to identify unique opportunities for positive, sustainable change in our professional and personal lives. Leadership and civic engagement are proven methods to help realize the goals of building stronger and more productive communities,” remarked Dr. Smith.