REGISTRATION OPENS 10.13.22
Why such a late date? With a slightly smaller venue this year, we are setting aside seats first for our #WWB sponsors.
Please understand that #WWB is also a fundraising event for us: enabling us to empower women and girls throughout the year. We don’t want to set individual ticket prices out of reach, so your individual ticket price largely just covers the price of your attendance—lunch, facility rental, A/V, the photo booth, and the like.
Funds from #WWB sponsorships are what equip us to empower women so visibly and reach so many women and girls. These sponsors, aided by our individual donors, are the reason women and girls are able attend our WE 360° series for women entrepreneurs of color, SheStrong program for high school girls, and Y Girls Code clubs for girls in grades 3-12 at no cost to them.
We thank you strongly for your support and encourage you not only to mark your calendars to purchase your tickets on October 13 (sellout danger), but to consider setting aside an extra donation as you’re able. We look forward to seeing you either in person or virtually on October 27. You, and your devotion to empowering women, are very noticed and very appreciated!
Location & program
Panelists & honorees
Director, Amazon Technical Academy
A purposeful leader who elevates people and transforms organizations, Amazon executive Sarah Castle was promoted to director before she was 40 years old. Prior to taking her current role, she worked in Amazon’s books division, on Amazon Alexa voice technology, and in mergers & acquisitions: often one of only a few women working on technical teams. Today she is also an author and an instructor at the College of Charleston, has served as a speaker at The Citadel’s 2022 Women in Entrepreneurship series, and has been a guest on the Snack-Sized Business Podcast. Sarah earned a master’s degree from Cornell University after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
DOJ Accredited Representative
An advocate for the immigrant community with a keen sense of the needs and injustices faced by people of color, Ilsia is authorized by the Department of Justice to act as a legal representative for people in need as they apply to US Citizenship & Immigration Services. She also volunteers her time and expertise to the Latino community by speaking at high schools to inspire Latino students, serving as a dance teacher to young girls at a Latino church, and interpreting sermons at a multicultural church into Spanish each week. Ilsia, who graduated with honors from Clemson University, has been featured by the Hispanic Alliance as one of 30 heroes representing the Latino community.
The Arc of South Carolina
A passionate advocate of people with disabilities and the parent of a son with autism, Margie leads a statewide organization promoting the human rights of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and supporting their full inclusion. She is chair of the South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations and midlands chair of the South Carolina Human Service Providers Association. She has also chaired its legislative group and served as the legislative liaison for the South Carolina Autism Society. A recipient of the Debbie Burton Award, she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Limestone College.
PATRICE BLACK DAVIS, EdD
Vice President, Student Services
Trident Technical College
The only African American vice president on the President’s Cabinet at Trident, Patrice thrives on breaking down barriers for the joy of demonstrating that it can be accomplished. A former member of the SC Status of Women Task Force and the College of Charleston’s Diversity Initiative, she was the first African American woman asked to serve as an executive mentor in the North Carolina State Adult & Community College doctoral program. Patrice sits on the Salem Academy & College Board of Trustees and is the recipient of numerous awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem College, master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, and doctorate from North Carolina State University.
Founder & Executive Director
Every 1 Voice Matters
A warrior for children who feel their voices don’t matter, Sherrika is the author of The Lil Herbie Series, a collection of English and Spanish children’s books focused on social-emotional learning. She is also the creator of anti-bullying mascot Lil Herbie and the Lil Herbie animated series focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and more. As the founder of Every 1 Voice Matters, Sherrika helps children tackle barriers. She is the recent recipient of an ABC News 4 Jefferson Award, Iota Phi Lambda Living Makers of Black History Award, and Woman Life Changers Award. She was also named a 2020 Top 10 Entrepreneur by NY Weekly, and has been featured on Black News Channel, E Monthly News, NY Wire, and more.
SHAKEIMA CLARK CHATMAN
Owner, The Chatman Group
with Keller Williams Realty
Shakeima is on a mission to help every individual possess land as God has promised them. The author of Possess the Land: The Believer’s Guide to Home Buying, she has been featured in REALTOR® Magazine and Charleston Real Producers Magazine, named a REALTOR® of Distinction by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) and Philanthropist of the Year by the Carlos Dunlap Foundation, and served as vice chair of the CTAR Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. This South Carolina State University graduate has also hosted an Affordable Housing Town Hall to address a shortage of local affordable housing, confronted heirs’ property problems, and served on multiple boards.
NATALIE A. HAM
An advocate for breaking through glass ceilings and kicking down walls and doors in a way that leaves the door open for others to follow, Natalie is chief counsel for Charleston County Council. As general counsel for Charleston County School District, her prior role, she was featured by Vanguard magazine for her work to turn the tide of systemic racism there, and has been named one of the National Black Lawyers Top 100. She serves as bylaws chair for Jack and Jill of America’s Charleston chapter, on the board of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and on the SC Judicial Qualifications Committee for the SC Bar, among other roles. She holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and JD degree from the University of South Carolina.
RICHIE SIMONE LEE, BS, CLC, LCCE
Birthing With Purpose
An educator and advocate for families of color preparing for a birth, Simone founded her firm to teach mothers their options for delivery, deliver continuous in-person support during labor, and assist them during the postpartum period. This certified doula also co-founded, with several partners, the Berkeley Early Education & Care Collective, where she serves as doula mentor of its Birthing A Community cohort. She has presented twice at the Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing national conference on health disparities among Black pregnant women, and served as volunteer doula at Florence Crittendon Home. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston.
REBECCA RYAN COLLETT
As managing editor of WCBD News 2, Rebecca led on-air and online content decisions for six hours of news daily before leaving to found Collett Media—just two months before the pandemic hit. Accustomed to making decisions from a place of freedom rather than fear, the award-winning journalist—she took home the Associated Press Award for best investigative report in 2017—was so successful her husband quit his job. Along with running her boutique PR firm, Rebecca serves on the board of the Larry and Rebecca Collett Foundation, supporting global leadership and faith-based programs around the world. Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic communications from the University of South Carolina.
JESSICA D. KEARSE
Jessica, who leads a software project team at insurance technology firm Yovant, was a member of the executive team that resuscitated the Clemson Black Alumni Council. During her tenure on its board, she served as director of technology and communications, marketing, and special events. Today she serves on the board of Its.cola, where she chairs the talent committee. She has also served as vice president of the Edisto Clemson Club and on the boards of the Clemson Women’s Alumni Council and the Clemson Black Alumni Council. She holds an MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clemson University.
Special thanks to the extraordinary Mell Bell of Mell Bell Photography for the following photos: Natalie Ham, Patrice Black Davis, Rebecca Ryan Collett, Richie Simone Lee, Sarah Castle, Shakeima Clark Chatman, and Sherrika Myers. #Grateful