Key Note Address
From Immigrant to Immigration Lawyer
A civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public.
Choose your Breakout Sessions
Session 1 10:00 -11:00am
Session 2 11:15 -12:15pm
1st Session - Choose One
A - “Where Are Your Women?” - Barbara Alice Mann
“Where are your women?” is a direct quote from the great Cherokee chief Atagulkalu at an eighteen-century conference in Charles Town, South Carolina, asking the British where the rest of their negotiating delegation was. This presentation will discuss how Native American women’s leadership has been excised from history, and how modern Indigenous women are taking back their authority, in a potential model for all women.
B - Real Talk About Sex- Fatima Pervaiz, MLS
AA highly-interactive and culturally-relevant comprehensive sexuality education session that will dispel a variety of myths and misconceptions about sex, teach available methods of protection & ways to negotiate safer sex, and also provide information on resources available for testing, treatment and support in an effort to empower all people to make healthy choices for their bodies and lives. highly-interactive and culturally-relevant comprehensive sexuality education session that will dispel a variety of myths and misconceptions about sex, teach available methods of protection & ways to negotiate safer sex, and also provide information on resources available for testing, treatment and support in an effort to empower all people to make healthy choices for their bodies and lives.
C- “So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur” - Olivia Holden
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? Do you have the fire in the belly for starting a business? Do you know what is required to start a business? How to get from point A to B when starting your business.
D - Connecting with Services and Living Healthy as an Older Adult, Caregiver or Relative Rearing a Child - Arcelia D. Armstrong Parsons, L.S.W.
Attendees will learn how to access programs and services available through the Area Office on Aging that will promote the health, security and well-being of older adults and their families.
E- Women of the World Panel - From Girl to Woman. From: What I was Told – To: What I Became
If women are women…why are they different? All around the world and even within United States, girls are raised to become women based on cultures, religions, families and environment. The unique women in this panel will give an overview of what it was to grow up in their “circle”, what was expected from them, and… did they follow what they were told? Interesting. Fun. Diverse.
F - Hands in the Mirror (poetry) - Dr. Imelda Hunt
New Works Writers Series presents Hands in the Mirror by Leona Welch a dance and dramatic performance which celebrates the unique role of African American women and generational bounding. The story told from the perspective of the granddaughter reveals the sometimes forgotten traditions and values of African American women and girls. It can be argued that "the generational gap" has not existed among African American families because traditional female roles remained consistent and has been the source of African survival in the new world. Welch's Hands in the Mirror allows audiences to examine some of these aspects of black women's lives as the granddaughter reflects on the contributions that her Grandmother made to her development throughout various stages in her life. Joining New Works for this performance will be Tonya Steward veteran choreographer and dancer.
G - Your Creative Side - drop in session open all day
A - Secrets of Networking and Branding - Debby Peters
What can you do to harness your networking attempts to align and support your personal brand? We will look at both direct and indirect concepts of networking and how they affect your brand and your success. Have fun while discovering your own brand that will make people remember you in a good way!
B - Learn to Belly Dance - Talina Tolson
Have a great time learning the techniques of belly dance
C - Brenda Wyatt - Healing Herbs in Your Back Yard: Using What’s (probably) Already There
This presentation/discussion will focus on identifying, harvesting, and using what grows wild all around us for food and healing.
D - Sistas Movin’ On - CeCe Norwood
Living a happy life following incest and child sexual abuse is often elusive to many survivors and a daunting task for those who seek a happy and productive life. Some survivors seek counseling but stop because they don’t believe they’re improving. Counselors become frustrated because clients are not progressing. Family and partners have no idea how to help. This workshop will assist survivors, partners, family members and professionals understand a new approach to obtaining happiness following incest and child sexual abuse. By understanding “The Acceptances”, following “The Promises And Permissions”, and invoking “Trigger Busters” survivors will journey to happiness with greater ease and understanding.
E - Ask the Gynecologist - Dr. Ronica Neuhoff
Do you ever feel shy about talking to your gynecologist about certain things? Whether it’s an embarrassing concern, question or confession, it’s important to say what’s on your mind and what’s been going on with your body. This session is an opportunity to ask Dr. Ronica Neuhoff from the University of Toledo Medical Center any question about women’s health that you might have.
F - Hands in the Mirror (poetry) - Dr. Imelda Hunt
New Works Writers Series presents Hands in the Mirror by Leona Welch a dance and dramatic performance which celebrates the unique role of African American women and generational bounding. The story told from the perspective of the granddaughter reveals the sometimes forgotten traditions and values of African American women and girls. It can be argued that "the generational gap" has not existed among African American families because traditional female roles remained consistent and has been the source of African survival in the new world. Welch's Hands in the Mirror allows audiences to examine some of these aspects of black women's lives as the granddaughter reflec$ (List the cost)
G- Divorce and Death Changes Everything - financial planning - Betsy Gouvernayre, C.R.P.C
Daily tasks, responsibilities and, most importantly, cash flow. This seminar shows how to address the hurdles to overcome both practical and emotional, and guides women to knowledgeable, financially stable individuals. It will also cover some basic guidelines to good financial decision making throughout one's life.
H - Your Creative Side - drop in session open all day
Margaret Wong - Keynote Speaker
In more than 25 years of practice, Margaret Wong has built Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A. into a firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge in immigration and nationality law. She is the current co-chair of the Immigration Law Committee for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and chair of the Cleveland Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.
Ms. Wong has received the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell, based on both legal ability and general-ethics standards. Her peers have named her a "Leading Lawyer," an exclusive list that has been published in Inside Business Magazine since 2001. She is listed as a 2004 "Super Lawyer" in Cincinnati Magazine, a distinction reserved for the top 5% of lawyers. She has also been listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America."
Because of her personal experience as an immigrant, Margaret Wong combines qualities Americans admire: an immigrant's work ethic, an entrepreneur's drive, a keen sense of resourcefulness, and the utmost compassion for those in need. In 1950, Margaret Wong was born in the former British Colony of Hong Kong. Months earlier, her Chinese parents fled the political repression and civil war caused by the Communist takeover of China.
Based on her own experience of obtaining a green card and U.S. citizenship under U.S. immigration law, Margaret Wong recognized that companies and individuals need sound guidance in this highly regulated, seemingly arcane, and sometimes frustrating regulatory area. She founded Margaret W. Wong & Associates with one desk and no secretary. Her practice now includes six attorneys and 35 other staff members.
Over the last two decades Margaret Wong has helped employers obtain work permits for their executives and has assisted thousands of people in coming to the United States to become permanent residents, advance their educations, work, and pursue opportunities. Her clients come from every country around the world, from every walk of life, and range from governmental and corporate to ordinary people. The law firm's talented team handles every kind of immigration problem; its staff is multilingual, with proficiency in languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Tagalog, Russian, Spanish, French, German and Japanese. Executives and large law firms seek her help when they have tough immigration problems. She is known for speed, quality, honesty and persistence.
She has won numerous awards, including two for philanthropy - the Margaret Ireland Award from the Cleveland Women's City Club and the 1997 Creative Philanthropy Award from the Women's Community Foundation. Crain's Cleveland Business has named her to their "Women of Influence" list and Cleveland Magazine has included her with its "Most Interesting People." Margaret Wong also received the highly coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 1998 for her outstanding achievements and contributions to the multicultural fabric of the United States. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2000. Other honors and awards include an Outstanding Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, the Trailblazer Award from NAPABA, Kent State University's Social Responsibility Award, and the Leadership Award from the United Black Fund.
Margaret Wong is a civic leader who educates and inspires others. While she was serving as the first Asian-American president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Cleveland chapter won the coveted Chapter Activity Award. The Ohio Supreme Court appointed her a charter member of the Continuing Legal Education Commission for attorneys, where she is currently serving as a member of its Racial Task Force. She has presented numerous seminars on immigration and naturalization law for bar associations and the public. Committed to giving something back to the community and to mentoring young professionals, Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise on boards of diverse organizations, including Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Northeast Ohio Commission on Higher Education, Cleveland Bar Foundation, Ohio State Bar Foundation, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Asian Bar Association, Town Hall, University Hospitals Health System, St. Vincent Hospital Health Care System, United Way Services, and the Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University Law School Advisory Boards. Ms. Wong is also a life member of both the Eighth Judicial District Court and the Federal Sixth Circuit Court. Margaret is also an Urban League Board Member and VP.
Ms. Wong has offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; New York, NY; Atlanta, GA; and Nashville, TN. She is admitted for practice in Ohio, New York, Illinois, Georgia, District of Columbia and Michigan.Presenters
CeCe Norwood - Sistas Movin’ On
CeCe Norwood, MA is a survivor of incest and child sexual abuse with over 20 years experience inspirationally speaking, providing training opportunities, life coaching, writing, and consulting with sexual violence organizations. Her consistent message to survivors and professionals is that there IS happiness after incest and child sexual abuse. CeCe is the founder of Nirvana Now!, an organization with the vision that “All Children Deserve To Grow Up In Safe and Loving Home” and the mission “to work toward eradication of all forms of sexual violence.”
Barbara Alice Mann - “Where Are Your Women?”
“Where are your women?” is a direct quote from the great Cherokee chief Atagulkalu at an eighteen-century conference in Charles Town, South Carolina, asking the British where the rest of their negotiating delegation was. Indian women, who have been socially, spiritually, economically, and politically equal to—and indeed leaders of—men in most indigenous cultures, have been deliberately excised from our history books. This presentation will discuss how Native American women’s leadership has been excised from history, and how modern Indigenous women are taking back their authority, in a potential model for all women
Dr. Imelda Hunt - Hands in the Mirror
Dr. Imelda Hunt, artistic director and founder of New Works Writers Series (New Works), has an academic background in African American theatre, history, and culture. New Works is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community theatre organization, specializing in stage performances, poetry readings, and collaborations by artists who work in various mediums. For more than twenty years, New Works has provided a creative outlet and opportunity for the exchanging of ideas among students, professionals and community residents and hosted such artists as Sonia Sanchez, and Jessica Care Moore. New Works have staged performances or held workshops at Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and numerous other community institutions. Hunt is a playwright, director, and poet and has been a member of Black Theatre Network and the National Conference on African American Theatre. New Works Writers Series received in 2012 the Award for Best Theatrical Productions.
Hunt is an educator, playwright and poet. Her dissertation for the completion of her doctoral program at Bowling Green State University was “The Oral History of Art Tatum in Toledo, Ohio 1910-1932.” She has worked as a principal and teacher in the Toledo area for more than twenty-five years. She brings a wealth of creative and educational knowledge to the classroom experience. She is the recipient of a number of community awards including National Endowment for the Humanities 2009 Fellowships and UT Upward Bound Summer Program Best Teacher 2010. She currently is teaching at Herzing University in Toledo, Ohio.
Talina Tolson - Belly Dancing
Talina holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies of Dance from the University of Toledo, and anticipates an MA in Career and Technical Education spring 2013. She is the founder, director and choreographer of Hajera Dance Nation, founded in 1996. Currently teaching Modern, Yoga and Ethnic dance classes, Tolson began during TSA’s inception in 1999. Ms. Tolson was the dance director for the University of Toledo Afro-Caribbean Ensemble from 1998-2001 and taught Modern Dance at Dance Fx Academy 2002-2008.
Fatima Roohi Pervaiz, MLS - Real Talk About Sex
Fatima Roohi Pervaiz is an experienced public speaker and educator who has lovingly provided social justice and comprehensive sexuality education to thousands of area youth at Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, AIDS Resource Center Ohio and currently in UT’s Office of Multicultural Student Success.
Ms. Pervaiz is a graduate of The University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies and is also a certified HIV Tester/Counselor who has served on Second Chance Toledo’s Prostitution and Human Trafficking Advisory Board.
Dr. Ronica Neuhoff- Ask the Gynecologist
Dr, Neuhoff is an assistant professor in the dept of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toledo. She earned her degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and did her residency in UT's College of Medicine. Dr. Neuhoff specializes in menopause and focuses her interest in bio-indentical hormones.
Betsy Gouvernayre, C.R.P.C - Divorce and Death Changes Everything - financial planning
Betsy Governayre has been a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial for the last 13 years. She specializes in addressing the challenges that women in the workplace face. Ms. Gouvernayre is very active in the community and has facilitated many financial planning discussions throughout the Toledo area.
Brenda Wyatt - Healing Herbs in Your Back Yard
Wyatt lives in rural Michigan, where she grows and wildcrafts numerous herbs and foods. She has been engaged in growing and using herbs for fun and wellness since the late nineties.
Olivia Holden - “So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur”
Olivia Holden is the Executive Director of ASSETS Toledo, a non-profit corporation that serves persons who are interested in starting a business or need the skills to continue in business, a position she has held since 2002. ASSETS Toledo teaches the basics of setting up and running through a 13-week training course. To date over 1000 persons have attended the classes of which 842 have started their business and remain in business today. Subsequent to coming to ASSETS Toledo she was Director of Minority Business Services at the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce where she assisted minority business owners to become MBE certified, provided training, and raised awareness about minority businesses by working with Fortune 500 companies in order for them to obtain a working relationship. Ms. Holden was a supervisor at the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, where she was responsible for the supervision of Field investigators, conducted fact finding hearings, and provided training for investigative staff. She attended the University of Toledo, University of New York at Albany majoring in nursing; Capital University, Columbus, OH, Certified Business Analyst; Notre Dame University, Certified Business Executive. She is also a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Ms. Holden serves on the Board of the Toledo Lucas County Seagate Convention Center and Huntington Center; Appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to the State of Ohio Minority Business Advisory Council; Unison Behavior Health Group Board member; University of Toledo Minority Incubator Board; University of Toledo MBE Diversity Council.
She is a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Ms. Holden has over (1000) children of which two are her biological children, Kim and Rebekha along with 5 grandchildren.
CeCe is a sexual abuse survivor with over 20 years experience as an advocate and community activist around sexual abuse issues, recognized workshop trainer, Life Coach, featured national speaker and author of There IS Happiness After Incest And Child Sexual Abuse. She is also a certified trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, Help Me Grow, and Guardian ad Litem. She is the founder of Nirvana Now!, past interim Executive Director for the Ohio Alliance To End Sexual Violence and co-founder of the Sexual Abuse Prevention Awareness Treatment Healing (SA PATH) Coalition of NWO.
Ms. Norwood is dedicated to assisting survivors of incest; child sexual abuse and rape receive the assistance they need to claim the happiness they deserve in their lives. She is equally dedicated to working with professionals to assist them develop the understanding and skill sets necessary to work with individuals who have multiple needs and who may be of a different racial, cultural group or socioeconomic status.
CeCe Norwood - "Sista's Movin On"
Sherry Tripepi - The Beauty Myth: Really What is Healthy Body Image?
Sherry Tripepi, MSW, LISW-S, is a Lecturer in the Social Work Program at The University of Toledo as well as Executive Director for EqualityToledo. She received her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor in the State of Ohio. Her experience working in the area of mental health in the Toledo area spans over 29 years. As Executive Director for EqualityToledo, Sherry works at a grassroots level for equality for northwest Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, through education and activism. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate social work courses at The University of Toledo. Her areas of interest include working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, women’s issues, physical and sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence treatment, eating disorders treatment and other mental health advocacy. She has provided numerous training workshops for social workers, counselors and psychologists. She is an active member in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) serving on several committees at the State and Regional level currently serving on the Legislative committee. She is recipient of the 2005 Outstanding University Women award from the University of Toledo’s Women’s Commission and the 2007 Outstanding Service Award from the ASWOhio Chapter, Region 1.