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San Bernardino Valley College Hosts Weeklong Leadership Academy for Young Women

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- A recent series of workshops at San Bernardino Valley College educated young women about the importance of aspiring to leadership roles to bring about change in their local communities.

Sponsored by the BLU Educational Foundation, the Soul Sisters Leadership Academy was launched on July 18 and attended by several dozen local high school and college students, ages 14 to 21. Workshops focused on African American women’s history, self-identity, racism, sexism, and the importance of women taking leadership positions on school and college campuses.

“I am glad that we can discuss the realities of discrimination in a safe and open environment,” says Ana Stewart, an SBVC economics major. “I don’t think there is enough discussion about the challenges of being minority and female in the Inland Empire.”

Debra Robertson, the mayor of Rialto, shared an inspiring account of her own path to becoming the first black mayor of her city, referencing her family’s long history of community involvement.

For more information on the BLU Educational Foundation, visit www.bluedfoundation.org.

Photo Recap: United Nations of Consciousness Hosts Ribbon Cutting with FREE Backpack Give-Away

By Naomi K. Bonman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- They say it takes a village to raise up a child, and that is exactly the motto that United Nations of Consciousness (UNC) has been doing with our youth in San Bernardino.

The organization recently acquired a space where they are able to meet and hold activities for the youth at Anne Shirrells Park. However, things are never quite official until there’s a ribbon cutting.

UNC held its official grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, July 30 at Anne Shirrells Park. Youth from all across the community came out to receive their backpacks filled with goodies, lunch provided by McDonalds, and a day filled with activities stations which included art, reading, building blocks, coloring, movies, and more.

To show their support, government and elected officials were in attendance, from Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, Rick Van Johnson, Carolyn Tillman, and the Black Chamber of Commerce Inland Empire.

If you would love to get involved with UNC and their community endeavors, please visit www.uncyouth.org or www.unclife.org.

Inland Prosperity Conference: Learn, Act, Prosper

ONTARIO, CA- Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, chief executive officer of Dynamic Vision International and author of “Think Like a Negotiator,” will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Inland Prosperity Conference on Friday, July 29, in Ontario.

The conference is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center, 700 N. Haven Ave.

Lewis Fernandez is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran with 23 years of honorable military service and over 30 years of leadership, contracts management, and negotiation experience. She has negotiated contracts from $1 to over $100 million both stateside and internationally. Her upbeat, interactive, and engaging “Think Like a Negotiator” presentation will show attendees that not only is everything negotiable, but also how to find more power, negotiate better deals and create ethical win-win results in both business and personal situations.

In addition to the keynote presentation, accomplished local entrepreneurs, authors, and business leaders will lead three panel discussions on “The Power to Prosper,” “Taking the Leap to Achieve Your Dreams,” and an interactive session on “Technology Time Savers and Money Makers.” Parking is free and the $67 admission includes a light breakfast and lunch.

The 2016 Inland Prosperity Conference is sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino, Bank of America, Monpreneur.buzz, Hispanic Lifestyle, and The Wright Place TV Show, and is presented by the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women’s Business Centers.

Registration is $67. Vendor space and sponsorships are also available. For registration or additional information, visit the IEWBC website at www.iewbc.org or call Nicole Kinney (909) 890-1242.    

The Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women’s Business Centers are programs of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino. Housed in the College of Business and Public Administration, IECE, which administers the programs in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is inland Southern California’s leading organization dedicated to supporting and promoting entrepreneurship. The WBCs provides business counseling, training and mentoring designed for women business owners.