The Women of Color Empowerment Conference has become a must-attend event in Greater Fort Lauderdale in September.

Over 1,000 women are expected for one of more sessions throughout the weekend at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale Sept. 7-9 during the eighth annual conference, coming from as far away as Seattle and parts of California as well as New York, Washington D.C., and Atlanta.

What began as a small networking meeting of local women in business, the political arena, and social activism in an office conference room near Fort Lauderdale’s historic Black Sistrunk community has mushroomed into one of the country’s most significant leadership conferences for high-profile women of color, drawing nationally-known speakers and presenters.  

 “This has become a national conference with people coming from all over the country, and people are delighted to be a part of the celebration of women,” said attorney and WOCEC chair Burnadette Norris-Weeks.  “This is an important leadership conference with lots of topics and it’s essential for people who hope to be leaders, for sharpening their skills. Our motto is building relationships and uniting leaders. It’s a chance to learn from each other in a safe zone. “

The three-day event will provide activities for current and future leaders. Adult attendees will have a full experience of activities and a national conference feel and high school students selected by local organizations will participate in their own parallel track of presentations on workplace skills and personal development – from money matters to etiquette.

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