ABOVE PHOTO: From left: Moderator: Charles Ellison – WURD Radio Host, Reality Check; Mary Tonita Austin – CEO of MT Austin and Associates, LLC; Kimberly S. Reed – CDP, The Corporatepreneur Chief Transformational Officer of the Reed Development Group and Baron Holland – Senior Vice President and Small Business Banking Manager, Bank of America, Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Delaware. (Photo: Bill Z. Foster)
Hundreds of Philadelphians made their way to the Community College of Philadelphia on Saturday to take part in the Empowerment Expo organized by WURD radio.
Visitors to the Expo were able to take advantage of a variety of workshops and panel discussions that focused on everything from the latest technology, to the importance of corporate diversity and ways that you can make your resume stand out from all the rest.
The morning started out with a panel on entrepreneurship and small businesses moderated by Charles Ellison, host of WURD’s “Reality Check.” Later that day, WURD owner Sara Lomax-Reese moderated a panel on corporate diversity and Christopher Norris, co-host of “Wake Up With WURD w/Mark Kelly Tyler” moderated a panel on violence as a public health issue.
In addition to the discussions and workshops, there was a marketplace where Black-owned businesses gave participants the chance to begin their holiday shopping. The Defenders Association was also on hand to help people with criminal records and/or other legal issues get the help they need cleaning up their records through an expungement clinic.
The day closed with a rousing drum circle that allowed attendees connect on a spiritual level through the power of the drum.
The WURD Empowerment Expo was presented by Keystone First, Keystone First VIP Choice, Community College of Philadelphia, and NBC-10/Telemundo. It was sponsored by Brown’s Shop Rite, PECO, Temple University, Bank of America, Dietz and Watson, Herr’s, Independence Blue Cross, Amoroso rolls, Essentia, the Defenders Association, the Re-Entry Project, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Parx Casino Hotel, and the Pennsylvania Lottery.