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SisterTalk empowerment conference set for Saturday
by Noreen Cochran
October 30, 2013 09:53 AM | 2538 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, volunteer Dellaphine Bingham and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.
Staff / Katherine Frye. From left, volunteer Dellaphine Bingham and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.
The free, inaugural SisterTalk: Women’s Empowerment Conference hosted by former Atlanta state trial court Judge Penny Brown Reynolds will help women and girls face today’s challenges and become tomorrow’s leaders.

It is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Pkwy. in College Park.

Brown Reynolds said its attendees will include 300 to 500 middle- and high school girls, who will hear from expert speakers on issues ranging from financial planning, social issues, emotional health, spirituality and self-empowerment.

“It is important to talk to girls at a very young age,” she said. “The topics and tenets we plan to cover will set a standard that young women can look to for what a model woman looks like who is successful and the true face of leadership.”

Brown Reynolds, the keynote speaker, may be one of those models.

The president of her own nonprofit foundation, the Houston, Texas, native was the first black executive counsel to Georgia’s governor, is an ordained minister, author and former reality television star.

While Brown Reynolds earned an Emmy nomination for the 2008 series “Family Court with Judge Penny,” she said she recognizes the impact of mass media on the conference’s attendees.

“There are constant negative media images in reality television today,” she said. “It is important that young girls and women are told that those negative images do not represent who we are as women.”

Saturday’s event will be the largest the foundation has sponsored, but Brown Reynolds said the nonprofit is ready to step up.

“Because the workshops and seminars in the past were so very successful, the foundation felt it was time to do something on a larger scale,” she said.

 One of the foundation’s programs is the Girls in PEARLS mentoring academy, embracing the concepts of positivity, excellence, annointedness, respect, leadership and spirituality.

Independent educational consultant Marnessa Vital said the grades of her daughter, Tairi, benefited from membership.

“It’s a requirement,” Vital said about academic success. “Their motto is ‘excellence is not the goal but the standard.’ Judge Penny is very direct regarding her expectations, which are very high.”

Vital said Brown Reynolds provides an essential service to the community.

“What Judge Penny does is extraordinary. We have young teens that are looking for mentors. They find it in her,” she said. “She is so approachable. I have yet to find a girl who Miss Penny has not has a positive effect on.” The conference also includes a free legal clinic, health screenings, parenting classes, voter registration, housing information, information on the Affordable Health Care Law and exercise class.

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