Saturday, October 22ND, 2016 at 11:30 am
HONORING GIRLS! & THOSE WHO IMPACT THEM
all-star organization NOMINEES
Challenge Entertainment/UNITY Walk
I Am Her Voice
Rotten 2 The Core Kidz Spa
Stop The Violence of BR
all-star educator nominees
mentoring star nominees
trailblazing star nominees
aisha martin 2016 host
ANITA BLANTON 2016 keynote speaker
Anita Blanton anchors WAVY News at 5pm, 6pm, and 11pm as well as WAVY News 10 at 10pm on FOX43. She is an award-winning journalist who joined the WAVY-TV10/WVBT FOX43 family from KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City, OK where she served as morning anchor for four years.
She began her journalism career as a reporter at KTXS-TV in Abilene, Texas, before heading to Central Texas to work at KWTX-TV in Waco and WRIC-TV in Richmond, VA.
All-in-all Anita thrives on reporting the big story for her viewers. Some of the most memorable reporting of her career has involved severe weather. She’s chased tornadoes, anchored wall-to-wall coverage during two blizzards and delivered live reports during one of the worst fire seasons in Texas history.
While in Texas, Anita frequently covered President George W. Bush and visiting world leaders in Crawford, TX. Here in Virginia she was part of team coverage of several high profile stories, including the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University. And Anita field anchored annual coverage from the site of the Oklahoma City Bombing on that tragic event’s anniversary for three years.
Anita is a proud alumna of Hampton University in Hampton, VA (a former Miss Hampton University). Go Pirates! She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.
Anita has won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press for her work as an anchor and reporter. She’s also received several community service awards including a citation signed by the Governor of Oklahoma for her dedication to giving back. She has volunteered, served as a spokesperson, and sat on boards for several organizations as well as helping to create mentoring groups for pre-teens and teens. And Anita’s a fitness enthusiast, certified as a personal trainer with a deep love for music, having been selected to sing the National Anthem for the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team for two years.
Anita is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
2016 YOUTH SPEAKER JAYANA WOOD
Jayana Wood is a studious, energetic 12-year old youth speaker and author. She wrote her first children's book at age 9, Opening My Imagination, and her second book at age 11, The Little Book of Youth Tips. She is a sixth grade student at Maya Angelou French Immersion School where her favorite subject is science.
Jayana is committed to inspiring other youth to dream big, pursue their goals, and become global leaders.
She has been featured in The Baltimore Times, The Washington Informer, Fox 45 News, “Let’s Talk Live” News Channel 8, Prince George’s County Television, and numerous radio shows. She is the recipient of the 2014 Youthpreneur STAR Award.
She served as the keynote speaker for the 2015 ATL Mother Daughter Weekend Retreat and the 2013 Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Youth Conference, and a featured speaker at the 2015 Boss Brunch, the 2014 and 2015 WE3 Women's Empowerment Conference, and the 2014 Federally Employed Women (FEW) Women’s History Month Program.
PAT BROWN 2016 creative DIRECTOR/HOST
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2016 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT ONTO BE ANNOUNCED
Arrival & event Protocol
Parking is available on the premises. Please park in the Victory Life Church parking lot. Do not double-park or block doorways or the passage of cars. Please enter the front doors of the building into the grand foyer for registration and photo ops. We will begin and end promptly 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM. The dress code is formal/cocktail in keeping with showing our girls a grand time. Every person must have a ticket or media pass to enter. No exceptions.
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PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT
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