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Excellence by Design Brings Empowering “Gurl…Ask Me Anything” Conference to Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CA-  “Gurl…Ask Me Anything!” is an evening of storytelling and sharing, all part of a dynamic conference aimed at building authentic relationships to help women break free from the fears that hold them back from doing what God has purposed for their lives.

On Saturday, March 19, at the Mt. Rubidoux Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 5320 Victoria Avenue in Riverside, this amazing girls’ night out will feature soul-stirring praise and worship, spoken word, dance, a vendor expo, and inspiring stories by three women who will share how they moved from fear to freedom (#FromFearToFreedom).

Conference goers will hear from former professional soccer player, motivational speaker and author Jasmine Henderson. Her first book, A Broken Vow, was inspired by her life changing journey from virgin to single motherhood at age 25. Josie Aiello, a national recording artist, will share how she chose to leave a successful yet unfulfilling singing,songwriting career to answer “The Call” to sing for the Lord; and Dr. Sally D. Williams, an educational psychologist, author, and life coach, will speak on the importance of keeping your integrity when faced with fearful decisions.

“It’s time to have safe, open, relevant and needed conversations between women of all ages,” said Desiree Foster-Collins, president and co-founder of Excellence by Design.

“Gurl…Ask Me Anything” is open to women from ages 16 and up. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for general admission and 5:30 p.m. for VIP premium ticket holders. VIP guests will be treated to a Meet and Greet with the featured guest speakers, an “Hors d’oeuvres Hour” before the conference, reserved seating, a special VIP gift and more. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $10 for students (ages 16-22 years) to $40 for the VIP package. There is also a special pricing for groups of 10 or more and an early bird ticket price of $20 that is available through March 12. After March 12 general admission ticket prices will be $25 per person. Vendor opportunities are also available. Child care will not be provided, and nursing mothers are welcome. For more information, to register as a vendor, and to purchase your tickets online visit excellencebydesign.us.

If you have questions about the conference, or want to know more about Excellence by Design (EBD) call 951-888-0398 or send an email to info@excellencebydesign.us.

Linda Jackson, Encourages Women to Consider Financial Legacy in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Linda Jackson, a senior certified housing counselor and branch manager of NID Housing Counseling Agency of the Inland Empire, is encouraging women to make personal financial matters a priority. Seasoned financial counselors like Jackson agree that one of the first steps towards financial freedom involves reviewing one’s credit report for items that need to be addressed such as errors or even unflattering information like late or missed payments. In response, Jackson offers a free credit education class that teaches consumers how to improve their credit score, avoid costly loan products, and enforce their consumer rights when dealing with debt collectors. The class also teaches consumers how to spot identity theft. One of the first places to discover identity theft is on one’s credit report. Research indicates that women are more likely to be victims of fraud than men.

“The importance of a good credit rating cannot be underestimated,” said Jackson. “As we celebrate the lives of extraordinary women this month, I believe this is the perfect time for all women to consider their financial legacy by becoming educated on how credit works. We teach valuable information that should be passed on to one’s children and grandchildren.”

Linda’s credit education classes are held in two Inland Empire locations. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the NID office at (909) 887-8700 or by visiting Eventbrite and searching, Financial Fitness with NID. The classes are on Thursday, March 10 and Thursday, 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Realty One Group located at 325 W. Hospitality Lane, Suite 100 in San Bernardino. On Wednesday, March 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the class will be held at Faith Church located at 9239 Utica Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. to Honor Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Kim Carter at Scholarship Fundraiser

Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers

Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers

ONTARIO, CA – Sacred Sistahs, Inc. will host its 8th Annual Awards Recognition and Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport located at 2200 East Holt Blvd. in Ontario.

Sacred Sistahs will honor three high school seniors with a scholarship. Akua Adeneke McLeod of The Webb School, La Verne, CA, Kennedy Jordyn Parker Tucker of Colony High School, Ontario, CA, both of whom have each completed the Sacred Sistahs, Inc. rites-of-passage program, and Nia Lynn Rasshan, also of Colony High School, Ontario, CA will receive scholarships at the start of their fall semester in college.

Sacred Sistahs will also honor several outstanding African American women who have significantly impacted the lives of others in the community including Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and Black Lives Matter Organizer, Shannon Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of the Nationally recognized Time for Change Foundation for her commitment to helping women and children, and Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers, Founder and President Emeritus Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation and governing board member of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, for her outstanding contributions in the field of education. Carolyn Tillman, Special Assistant to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, will deliver the keynote address.

Sacred Sistahs, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower, serve, and improve the overall health, well-being, spirit, and vitality of African American and African women and children by nourishing and elevating the mind, body, and spirit. For information on how to register, please visit www.sacredsistahsinc.org/news_and_events or call (909)910-7564.