Hey hey ELGL fam! Today’s a big day for me… not only am I publishing my very first ELGL blog post, but I just landed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend the Engaging Women in Public Service conference put on by the UNC School of Government. Yes, I am currently listening to Beyoncé’s Run the World on repeat… I’ll be live tweeting from both the ELGL account and my own so if you don’t already follow both of those handles, I command you to do so now And if you follow and interact with me via twitter, I may or may not send you a super sweet bag of goodies 😉 Take it from our #ELGL18 attendees, we’ve got some great swag.
For those that are unfamiliar and unable to make it to the conference, #EngagingWomen18 is a one-day event designed for women interested in strengthening both their leadership skills and professional trajectory in public service. This is my first year attending so I’m really looking forward to networking, spreading the word about #ELGL and learning from some amazing speakers. Speaking of speakers, here’s a bit about the two women we will be hearing from:
Jaki Shelton Green
Jaki Shelton Green is a writer and poet, a North Carolina native whose publications include Dead on Arrival, Dead
on Arrival and New Poems, Masks, Conjure Blues, singing a tree into dance, breath of the song, Blue Opal (a play), and Feeding the Light. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Crucible, Obsidian, Essence Magazine, Callaloo, and Black Gold: An Anthology of Black Poetry, among many others. In 2014 the North Carolina native was inducted into the state’s Literary Hall of Fame and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; in 2009 she served as the North Carolina Piedmont Laureate. Among other honors, she was named the 2016 Lenoir‐Rhyne University Writer‐ in‐Residence and received a 2007 Sam Ragan Award for Contributions to the Fine Arts of North Carolina and a 2003 North Carolina Award (literature), the state’s highest civilian honor for significant contributions to the state and nation in fine art, literature, public service, and science. Green has taught poetry and facilitated creative writing classes at public libraries, universities and community colleges, public/private schools, and literary organizations. As a creativity coach, Green facilitates workshops and trainings in the United States and abroad, and as a community arts advocate, creates and facilitates programs that serve diverse audiences and populations. Additionally, she judges poetry for schools, anthologies, and prizes such as the Lucille Clifton Poetry Award. Green is the owner of SistaWRITE, which provides retreats and travel excursions for women writers.
Dr. Ella Bell
Ella L.J. Edmonson Bell is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is also an author, managerial consultant, and advocate on women’s workplace issues. She is the co‐author of Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity and the author of Career GPS. Ella’s scholarly work has been reported in the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Working Women, Black Enterprise and Essence Magazines. She is considered by industry and the academy to be one of the leading experts in organizational change, and the management of race, gender and class in organizational life.