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2019 WOW Leadership Conference: Leading from the Middle

St. Petersburg College’s Women on the Way kicked off their annual leadership conference, Leading from the Middle, while simultaneously celebrating Women’s History Month.

With the DJ spinning their favorite tunes, more than 80 ladies gathered at the SPC Seminole Campus with one common goal in mind: #OwnIT.

SPC President Tonjua Williams opened the conference, encouraging the women to take ownership from their current position while pursuing their goals.

Keynote Speaker Christopher Hood kicked off the day by sharing how focus, time management and personal development will allow you to be a pace-setter and true leader, no matter where your position is within any organization.

Throughout the day, the attendees to engaged with various vendors including:

  • Know Be 4
  • Heels to Heal Counseling Program
  • United Way
  • Florida Health Pinellas County
  • The Links, Incorporated
  • GTE Financial
  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc.
  • Year UP
  • Paparazzi

Keeping with the theme of the day, workshop hosts Colleen Donald presented on “Uncovering the Leader in You!” and Bria Sullivan presented “#OwnIt: Leadership Success Principles”.

Donald lead the ladies in an exercise to discover their unique leadership style and how they could be effective in their current position.

Sullivan shared how making incremendtal changes can increase results in your life. She also gave advice on understanding the difference between expectations versus agreements in personal and professional relationships.

Ending the day with a luncheon, Development Officers Jody Craig and Theresa McFarland welcomed SPC Foundation donors Verizon and Transamerica for a special surprise. Seven students were awarded a total of $4,000 in scholarships. The recipients included:

  • Ngan “Angie” Pham received a $1,000 scholarship from Transamerica
  • Nikkita Johnson received a $500 scholarship from Verizon
  • Deborah Grant received a $500 scholarship from Verizon
  • Sharon Arvelo received a $500 scholarship from Verizon
  • Felicia Fontaine received a $500 scholarship from Verizon
  • Cynthia Watkins received a $500 scholarship from Verizon
  • Dionne Sanchez received a $500 scholarship from Verizon

A community conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Gambia C. Patricia Alsup

A Conversation with C. Patricia Alsup U.S. Ambassador to Gambia Flyer

Be sure to join a community conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Gambia C. Patricia Alsup from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Aug. 29 at The Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The conversation will serve as an introduction to our global society for today’s youth. This event is co-hosted by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Global Impact Committee, the AKA AKAdemy and Carter G. Woodson African- American History Museum.

C. Patricia “Pat” Alsup is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana from 2012-2015. Prior to this posting, she served as the Director of the State Department Affrica Bureau’s Office of Central African Affairs. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in The Gambia.

Ambassador Alsup joined the Foreign Service in 1992 after working in the private sector in market research, strategic planning, and economic development. Her assignments since joining the State Department have included Special Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, Desk Officer for the Eastern Caribbean in the Office of Caribbean Affairs, and Career Development Officer in the Office of Career Development and Assignments. Her other overseas tours include Consular Officer in Santo Domingo and Assistant Financial Attaché in Mexico City.

Ms. Alsup was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Wellesley College and a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from Harvard Business School. She also earned a Masters of National Resource Strategy degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2008.