Black Girls SOAR Virtual Summit

November 2, 2021

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM EST


About the Event

With the theme "Crowned to Succeed" and created as a direct response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Black Girls SOAR Virtual Summit provides a “safe space” and digital convening of African-American girls, ages 11 – 22 years, to learn, reflect and empower themselves and others among a community of young Black queens. Designed to provide important life-skills and tangible best practices in the areas of leadership, critical thinking, professional development, financial literacy, self-care, self-love, health and wellness and more, the Summit will feature national, regional and local thought leaders/speakers across a variety of general sessions and specialized workshops.

Leadership

Priscilla R. Tyson

Founder, The Commission on Black Girls and Columbus City Councilmember

The Visionaries

Eryn Hathaway

Founder and CEO, Eryn Pink, Ltd.

Stephanie Patton

School Leadership Coach, Columbus City Schools

Fran Frazier

Founder, Black Girl Rising, Inc/Rise Sister Rise

Advisory Team

Suzanne

Britain

A’mya

Kayden

Alice

Saniah

Zyaira

Rayonna

Cariah

Zara

Kennedy

Mackenzie

Natina

Nia

Aaliyah

Kelli

Harmony

Speakers

Skai Jackson

Tamika Mallory

Kierra Sheard

Dr. Jessica Clemons

Nupol Kiazolu

Kimberly A. Blackwell

Natasha Davis

Noni Banks

S. Boykins

Andre Hill

Brandy Wells

Derin L. Steward

Dr. Frederic Bertley

Dr. Shari Hicks Graham

Toshia Safford

We're CROWNED in the Community!

Agenda

9:05 AM – 9:30 AM

Morning Boost

Beauty & Bold Yet Balanced

Let’s recharge and refuel our bodies and our minds in this session of mindfulness and meditation exercises.

Speakers:

Deja Redman, Co-Founder, Replenish Spa

Barbara Fant, Poet, Author, Storyteller & Voice Over Talent

Transit Arts Performance

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

General Session (Morning)

Crowned to Succeed: Our Forever MOOD

Black girls you are dope. Period. In case you need a reminder we and hundreds of your new, virtual girlfriends will bring it all to focus. Get empowered, enlightened and excited about the now and your next queen moves in this uplifting session.

Speakers:

Priscilla R. Tyson, Founder, The Commission on Black Girls & Columbus City Councilmember

Dr. Frederick Bertley, President, COSI

Stephanie Patton, School Leadership Coach, Columbus City Schools

Dr. Talisa L. Dixon, Superintendent, Columbus City Schools

Skai Jackson, Actress, Youtuber & Author

Gia Peppers, Media Personality

Kierra Sheard, Musical Artist, Actress & Founder, Eleven60

Tayler Hill, Former WNBA and Ohio State University Athlete

10:28 AM – 10:30 AM

Visual Performance

Catherine Willis, Urban Strings

10:35 AM – 11:15 AM

Breakout Sessions – Middle School Track #1

Mental Health Check: How Are You Doing – REALLY?

COVID-19, protests, school and more — 2020 has been a lot and maybe your emotions have been as well. You don’t have to be strong all of the time. In this safe space, created for Black girls, we’re discussing healthy ways to deal with depression, self-esteem and other mental health and wellness matters. It’s okay. We’re here – together.

Speakers:

Brandy Wells, Licensed Therapist, Childhood Mental Health

Achea Redd, Author & Motivational Speaker

Fran Frazier, Founder, Black Girl Rising, Inc./Rise Sister Rise


Black Girls, Black Leaders: Attitudes, Attributes & Actions to THRIVE 

What does it take to be a leader? Courage, confidence, compassion and a sprinkle of #BlackGirlMagic. Learn more of critical leadership skills including time management, goal setting and more — all key factors that separate the good from the great at school, work, home and in our communities.

Speakers:

Eryn Hathaway, Founder & CEO, Eryn Pink Ltd

Teri Watters, Executive Team, Eryn Pink Ltd.

Angel Banks, Student

Natasha Davis, J.D./MBA, Senior Associate General Counsel, Nationwide Children's Hospital

10:30 AM – 11:05 AM

Breakout Sessions – High School & College Track #1

College & Job Checklist: She Ready! Soar Into Your Future

Come with questions and ready to take notes because we’re answering your most pressing college and job-ready questions. From financial aid and selecting the right major, to resume building and acing your interview, here’s what you need to know before you go.

Speakers:

Alissa Henry, Television Host

Andre Hill, Owner & Operator, McDonald’s

Dana Brown, Program Director, Thurgood Marshall College Fund


#MoneyMoves: Living my Best Life-Financially Free 

Black. Credit. Matters. When it comes to managing money, be your own #Goals. Join us as we talk how to save, manage and invest your money, establish good credit, prepare for taxes and more.

Speakers:

Shaundretta Boykins, Owner, The Credit Connoisseur, LLCC & Minding My Black Owned Business, LLC and Part Owner, Culture Market Corporation

Tia Johnson, Speaker, Financial and Mental Health Coach

LeShel Hutchings, NERC, Compliance Manager

11:05 AM – 11:45 AM

Attendee Lunch Break

DJ DNTFRT

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM
Breakout Sessions – Middle School Track #2

An Intimate Girl Talk: Health, Hygiene and Caring for Your Body

Hair, skin, food and everything in between — learn to give your body the care and celebration it deserves, now and forever.

Speakers:

Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham, Dermatologist

Malika James, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Felicia Leatherwood, Celebrity Hair Stylist


Handling Healthy Relationships: Friends, Family, Crushes and Everything In-between 

From building trust and setting boundaries, to smart selections and committing to be a good friend or family member, learn ways to develop healthy relationships with those closest to you.

Speakers:

Stephanie Patton, School Leadership Coach, Columbus City Schools

Derin L. Steward, MSW, MPA, Mitigation Specialist, Office of the Ohio Public Defender

11:45 AM – 12:20 PM

Breakout Sessions – High School & College Track #2

Black, Beautiful & Balanced: A Guide to Wellness & Living Your Best Life

Here, we’re heavy on the happiness and living your absolute best life. Hear from our experts on best practices in wellness to positively impact your mind, body and soul.

Speakers:

Toshia Safford, President & CEO, The Center for Healthy Families, Inc.

Deja Redman, Co-Founder, Replenish Spa

Tyiesha Radford Shorts, Motivational Speaker


Mental Health Check: How You Doing – REALLY? 

COVID-19, protests, school and more — 2020 has been a lot and maybe your emotions have been as well. You don’t have to be strong all of the time. In this safe space, created for Black girls, we’re discussing healthy ways to deal with depression, self-esteem and other mental health and wellness matters. It’s okay. We’re here – together.

Speakers:

Dr. Jess, Media Personality & Licensed Psychiatrist

Mackenzie

12:20 PM – 1:20 PM

General Session (Afternoon)

Black Girls Matter: Not a Moment, It’s a Movement

Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and many more. You’ve heard the names, you’ve seen the protests and now it’s time to get involved through activism. Join some of today’s leading change agents and disruptors as we talk how you can serve while creating change in your community and beyond.

Speakers:

Fran Frazier, Founder, Black Girl Rising, Inc./Rise Sister Rise

Barbara Fant, Poet, Author, Storyteller & Voice Over Talent

Tamika Mallory, Civil Rights Activist, Co-Founder, Until Freedom

Gia Peppers, Media Personality

Nupol Kiazolu, President, Youth Coalition, Black Lives Matter New York; Founder & CEO, Vote 2000

Zyahna Bryant, Media Personality, Author & Activist

1:20 PM – 1:40 PM

BGS Business Pitch Competition emPOWERED by PMM Agency

Who’s got next? She does! It’s the Shark Tank for our sisters. Pitch your business or business idea to our panel of judges for a chance to be awarded cash prizes in this virtual pitch competition offering start-up and support funds, business mentorship and/or scholarship dollars to young Black girls as female business leaders.

Speakers:

Kimberly A. Blackwell, Founder & CEO, PMM Agency

Shaundretta Boykins, Co-Founder, B.O.S.S. Up Columbus; Relationship Manager, ECDI

Noni Banks, CEO, The Diva Movement

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

BGS Marketplace/Resource Center

Visit this virtual marketplace with resources and vendors providing key services and resources to attendees

4:00 PM

Black Girls SOAR 2020: Honoring Black Queens

Black Girls SOAR 2020 is a crowning salute to the exemplary young women in Central Ohio who've got NOW and NEXT and are using their talents and voices to positively affect change. Black Girls SOAR 2020 highlights the achievement and excellence of Black girls in the areas to be considered across academics, athletics, creativity, performing/visual arts, entrepreneurship, perseverance, social justice, service and volunteerism, along with STEM & Innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to register here.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. Google Chrome is the recommended browser.
You can use your email address that you have entered during registration to login on the day of the event.
The event will remain open 24/7 for 90 days! Therefore, you can attend whenever it is convenient for you during that period of time.
Yes. Like a physical event, we will have a swag bag for you. You can add all the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with your colleagues simply by entering their email.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access.