Registration open for Soledad O'Brien's PowHERful Education Conference for Girls

Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Foundation and the Women of Color Foundation will host 300 girls from across Northeast Ohio this Saturday, September 23rd at an Enrichment Conference at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.

This free conference which begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 4:00 p.m. is open to young women in high school and college, ages 14-23. Throughout the day there will be sessions on a variety of topics including Blueprint for Success, Healthy You, Internships, Mentors and Getting Your First Job. There will be a special focus on STEM careers with an executive from NASA Glenn Research Center. There are still seats available however, students planning to attend must register at

CSU’s General Counsel Sonali Bustamante Wilson says it’s an honor to provide the facilities for the conference. She adds, “Our educational mission is centered on raising the aspirations of our students and I’ll bet some of our future freshmen are going to be in the room. “I am both honored and thrilled at the support we’re getting in Cleveland,” said Journalist Soledad O’Brien. She founded PowHERful Foundation with her husband Brad Raymond to help underprivileged girls into and through college. The organization, formerly known as Starfish Foundation hosted its first conference in Cleveland last year.

Chairwoman and Founder of the Women of Color Foundation Alexandria Johnson Boone said, “ As our nation endures and starts to recover from multiple hurricanes, it’s worth remembering that Soledad’s witnessing of Hurricane Katrina and her desire to make a difference for underserved populations is what got this whole thing started.” Boone who is also the Publisher and Chief Editorial Officer of CL Magazine for Women of Color, added, “We’ll be thinking of everyone trying to rebuild as we work to build and enrich the lives of young women at the PowHERful conference.


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