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MARTIN, Tenn. – WestStar is sponsoring the “Second Annual Leadership and the African American Challengers and Opportunities Conference” Thursday, April 13, at the University of Tennessee Agricultural Research Center, on Airways Boulevard in Jackson.

This conference is designed to appeal to African Americans in leadership positions and in diverse work environments throughout West Tennessee. Its purpose is to acknowledge the challenge of leadership and prepare for opportunities and challenges associated with entering a new millennium.

With this vision in mind, the African American alumni of WestStar have organized the African American Leadership Conference to bring leaders from throughout West Tennessee together with recognized leaders whose accomplishments are well chronicled and made an impact.

Registration is currently under way and advance registration is recommended. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 6. The conference fee is $30 per person or $50 for two. If you need more information or would like to request a brochure, call Virginia Grimes at (901) 587-7298.

Guest speakers for the conference include: Shirlene Mercer, Office of Congressman John Tanner, Jackson; Dr. Wesley McClure, president, Lane College, Jackson; Dr. Jerry Woods, superintendent, Covington Board of Education; Bobbie Culler, senior vice president, First State Bank and Trust Company, Caruthersville, Mo.; Dr. Robbie Kendall-Melton, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs for Distance Education Technology and executive director and higher education liaison for the Tennessee Board of Regents’ Initiatives at the Renaissance Center in Dickson; Oliver Isaac, CEO, Manufacturers’s Industrial Group, Lexington; Ella Rogers, senior manager of minority small business and community development, Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville; Lois DeBerry, speaker pro tempore, Tennessee House of Representatives, Memphis; and Mr. Evelyn C. Robertson, Jr., Southwest Tennessee Development District, Jackson.

This conference is made possible by the WestStar Leadership Program partnership with the City of Brownsville, Methodist Healthcare, Rural West Tennessee African American Affairs Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Coordinated Network (Access Med) and West Tennessee Healthcare.