Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference

Presented by the AADC Black Alumnae Network (BAN)

Saturday, October 29, 2022, via Zoom

Embracing Herstory, Progressing in Sisterhood

On behalf of our planning committee, Conference Chairperson Dorothy Brown Clay ’77 and BAN President Candace Reynolds ’09, we invite all Douglass alumnae and friends, and the Rutgers community and beyond, to come together to explore the past and present of social action; emerging expressions of gender identity; the elusive practice of work-life balance, new boundaries, self-care and financial literacy and freedom using wealth creation options.  Plus, we’ll have giveaways throughout the day!

As a result of the pandemic, we have all experienced profound moments—both positive and negative—which have left our lives forever changed. Many have looked to the past and reflected on discarding what no longer serves them and celebrating what gives their lives meaning. This conference and celebration acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the Black Alumnae Network is an opportunity  to come together to explore, be inspired and to connect.

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Dr. Roy Jonathan Cobb, son of the late Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, will join us to pay tribute to her legacy. We will hold a moment of silence in remembrance of Suzzanne Douglas, his wife and an AADC supporter. Our featured guest speaker will be Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and we will host the following powerful breakout sessions. Read more about our speakers in our announcement.

Featured Guest Speaker: Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, United States House of Representatives, State of New Jersey
The State of Our Union – We are Not a Footnote

Sisters Conference Breakout Sessions:

Creating Safe Spaces for Gender Identity Discussions in the Black Family/Community
Presented by Joan Collier, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Rutgers University Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Black Women Showing Up:
The Past 40 Years of Social Action
Presented by Lezli Baskerville, Esq., President & CEO
National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

Balance & Boundaries:
Black Women & Self-Care
Presented by Dr. Carol Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP, Doubly Certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine, and a Mind Body Medicine expert

Out of the Box Wealth Generation: A Conversation on Alternative Investments
Presented by Crystal West Edwards, Esq.
Principal, Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C..

Plus, giveaways throughout the day!

AADC Black Alumnae Network Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference Committee

Dorothy Brown Clay ’77, Chair; Tiffany A Francis ‘04, Tiffany Toliver ‘04, Frances Caffie-Wright ‘77, Joy Cara Dingle ‘92, Jess Bagtas ‘15, Denise Busby ‘76, Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey ‘86, Bertha Lee Aiken ‘81, Candace Gaddy-Kates ‘14, Candace A. Reynolds ‘09, Karen McLane Torian ’73, Cecile Coleman ’14, AADC Director of Alumnae Relations Lorrie Delaney ’18, AADC Executive Director Valerie L. Anderson ’81

The AADC Black Alumnae Network (BAN) is an AADC affinity group as established in 1981
to address the social, political and economic concerns of alumnae of African descent through programming, mentoring and networking. Developed to promote and strengthen sisterhood among its members, AADC BAN provides its members a voice and educates the larger community about issues pertaining to her alumnae.