Through a conference held by the Eta Epsilon chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, young women and teen girls will learn about empowering themselves through education and developing into well-rounded, strong women.

Targeting high school juniors, seniors and college-aged women, the 2010 Finer Womanhood Conference, themed “Her Bluez Aint Like Mine,” will feature seminars designed to uplift and inspire women about the most pertinent aspects of their lives — love, spirituality, health, leadership, academics and more.

“We felt like women of all ages from seniors in high school to college-level women experience the same basic life issues and rather than everybody trying to solve the issues themselves, we think we should be able to come together and just build that bond of sisterhood between people from different walks of life,” said Ayana Langston, the chapter’s corresponding secretary.

Drawing inspiration from ESSENCE magazine’s “Women’s Empowerment Conference,” the Eta Epsilon chapter found it fitting to create a similar free event. According to Langston, the empowerment conference seminars touched on virtually every issue women face, including health issues, proper etiquette, community service and even fashion advice.

“This is a chance for people to really get something out of this conference and make it personable to them and get every opportunity out of it,” Langston said.

Among the confirmed speakers are radio personality LaDawn Black, social work specialist and Howard University professor Ruby Gourdine and nationally acclaimed comedian and social commentator Meshelle.

After the conference, Langston said she and conference chairwoman Courtney Andrews hope women can return to their daily lives and implement the aspects learned.

“I’m hoping at the end of the day when they go back, they learned a lot,” Langston said. they learned how to really figure out what they want to do and what they want to be in their lives and how to reach their goals and how to better themselves in every aspect. “I hope they learned how to carry themselves in an educational environment, a social environment, a career environment and really be in control of those situations and carry themselves in a really classy manner.”

The 2010 Finer Womanhood Conference will be held on April 25 at the University of Maryland College Park. Free. For more information, contact:


Gregory Dale

AFRO News Editor