PRESENTERS & PANELISTS
Morning Inspirational Message
Heather Brown the Human Resources Officer for the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, one of the largest community action agencies in the US. An accomplished executive with comprehensive human resources experience, Heather is a results-oriented, decisive leader with demonstrated success in private, public and non-profit organizations. Although she is somewhat new to Fresno, she has a long record of community engagement and advocacy around issues of racial equity and inclusion, health and wellness and women’s empowerment. Heather holds a BA in Latin Language and Literature from the University of Richmond, an MBA from Averett University and is an Ed.D candidate in organizational leadership at the University of Lynchburg.
Panel: Sweet Honey In The Rock":
Imagination and Initiative in Women's Leadership
Panel: Policy & ProspHerity
Why Women of Color Must Engage in the Political Process
Live Music by:
Hope Garcia, Singer-Songwriter from Los Angeles currently lead singer with the Cumbia, Funk&Soul band “Mezcal” and 90’s Hip-Hop and R&B band “The Box”. Hope also seasonally performs with the “Sequoia Symphony” and “ Act For Woman”. Hope also started a non -profit organization “ OneHope Inc. “
She received formal music training from Eliceia Wright and as a teen began singing for family events and in church. Eventually, she moved on to studio recording and background vocals, backing up such names as Stevie Wonder, Jon B., Carol Dennis, and others. She sang “Amazing Grace” in a documentary movie about a dance called “Rize.”
ProspHer Lunch Keynote Speaker
Maryum Ali is the eldest of Muhammad Ali’s nine children. As a little girl, her father asked her what her purpose in life was. She replied, “I want to help people.” Maryum' s efforts to do just that has manifested in a myriad of ways throughout her life.
In the 1990s, she wanted to inspire youth by being a positive role model within the rap music industry, but the prevalence of female exploitation and violence in lyrics shifted her plans toward inspiring young people in a more direct way.
Maryum graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. Degree in Social Work. She has fifteen years of experience in juvenile delinquency prevention and youth development. Maryum has worked with over three-hundred families as a Case Manager, a Program Director and she was a Regional Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development in the City of Los Angeles.
In 2016, the A&E Network heard about Maryum’s work in high crime communities and invited her to participate in their original television docu-series, “60 Days In,” where she served time in a real jail as an undercover inmate.
For the past three years, Maryum has been speaking across the country on a variety of topics. One of her topics is effective communication. Maryum's experience working with families has given her an acute sense of the communication skills needed to foster healthy personal and professional relationships.