05 Jul 2012
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Royalty from more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are set to arrive in Memphis for four days (July 12-15) of intense training at the 11th annual Leadership Conference for Queens and Kings' Konnection sponsored by Verizon at The Peabody Hotel.
Award-winning actress Tonea Stewart, international R&B artist Kenny Lattimore, Black Girls Rock founder Beverly Bond, national authors, CEOs, and motivational speakers will inspire and provide vital leadership advice.
HBCU queens and kings not only serve as their school's official ambassadors, but also are elected campus officials who play a vital leadership role in student-lead activities and initiatives.
"Persons who find themselves in such positions have a great responsibility on their college and universities campuses," said native Memphian Dale Williams, former Miss Tennessee State University (1992-93) and founder and CEO of Leadership for Queens, the coordinating agency for the annual conference. "Many are expected to be actively involved in recruitment, community and campus activities....this conference is not only an important opportunity to prepare them to serve, but it also helps the kings and queens understand their potential impact in their communities and on the image of HBCU's overall."
The LeMoyne-Owen College will host the conference's much-anticipated luncheon on July 14, with Tonea Stewart delivering the keynote address.
"LeMoyne-Owen College is quite honored to be selected to host the conference for the second consecutive year," said Ruby Hardy Minter, a LeMoyne-Owen English professor and advisor for The Royal Connection Leadership Organization on campus.
For more information about the conference, visit www.hbcukingsandqueens.com or call Dale Williams at 443-783-8702.