2023 CONCLAVE SPEAKERS
MEET PAMELA LEGGETT-ROBINSON
Dr. Pamela Leggett-Robinson has over 15 years of higher education experience, including STEM academic and student programming, data analytics, and program evaluation. She holds a B.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Georgia State University and an M.S. in Bio-Organic Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University. Her latest publications — Demystifying Promotion & Tenure, Overcoming Barriers for Women of Color in STEM Fields — are resources to assist Black women along their STEM journey.
MEET KAMILAH M. WOODSON (invited)
Kamilah M. Woodson, PhD, is the Director of Training, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and an Associate Professor in the Howard University School of Education, Department of Human Development and Psycho-educational Studies, Counseling Psychology PhD Program.
MEET ARIEL SALOMÉ
Ariel Salomé, is a visionary thought leader, healer, speaker, and transformative leadership and team coach with extensive experience in training, facilitation, and curriculum design for adult learners.
MEET LEAH COX
Leah Cox, PhD, is Towson University’s first vice president of inclusion and institutional equity. In this senior leadership position, she is leading TU’s Office for Inclusion and Institutional Equity, the university’s diversity and compliance office, and serving as a key adviser to the senior leadership team as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
MEET STEFANI BRIGGS
Stefani Briggs is the owner of Be.Still.Move., a program of mindful/contemplative embodied movement and arts-based pedagogy. She currently serves on the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Diversity, Access, and Inclusion Committee.
MEET BEVERLY O'BRYANT (invited)
Dr. Beverly J. O’Bryant is a full professor and the Founding Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Coppin State University. She is also the founder, executive producer and host of a monthly radio broadcast, “The Coppin Connection” which has aired every fourth Sunday on WOLB 1010 AM’s Dr. B Show for the last 10 years.
MEET CLAUDIA RANKINS
Claudia Rankins, PhD, Co-Founder of the Society of STEM Women of Color; former Program Officer in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation, where she managed the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program and the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology.
MEET NICOLE CALLOWAY
Nicole Calloway Rankins, MD, MPH is a physician (OB/GYN), and integrative health coach. She has a strong background in women's health.
MEET CYNTHIA WINSTON PROCTOR
Cynthia Winston Proctor PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Howard University, P.I. of the Identity & Success Research Lab, and founder of Winston Synergy L.L.C. and the Life Synergy Academy.
MEET RENITA J. WEEMS
Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems is a biblical scholar, a writer, an ordained minister, and a public intellectual. She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Old Testament studies. Rev. Dr. Weems has taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Spelman College.
2023 COLLOQUIUM SPEAKERS
MEET CYNTHIA WARRICK
Dr. Warrick began her academic career on the faculty of Howard University, followed by appointments at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Texas Southern University, Florida A&M University, and at Elizabeth City State University. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Warrick received the BS in Pharmacy from Howard University; MS in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology; and the PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. Her collaborative leadership style is focused on producing academic excellence, administrative accountability, bio-medical research and student success outcomes.
MEET ORLANDO TAYLOR
Dr. Taylor is a nationally-recognized leader in graduate education and a prolific contributor to his field. He has authored approximately 75 publications in journals, books and monographs and is a Fellow and recipient of Honors from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In addition to his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he also holds honorary doctorates from Purdue University, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, Hope College, DePauw University, Denison University and Southern Connecticut State University. Additionally, he has raised significant funds from federal agencies, foundations and philanthropists to support research, education and special initiatives that advance diversity in fields impacting directly upon the education, health and related needs of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
MEET KOREN BEDEAU
As deputy dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Bedeau provides leadership for academic affairs, and professional development initiatives, represents the Graduate School on university wide committees, and serves as liaison to faculty in twelve schools and colleges. She is a founding member and historian for the Society of STEM Women of Color, and current president of the National Name Exchange. Dr. Bedeau earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Howard University and B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Central Florida. She is a first generation Trinidadian American, born in Brooklyn and raised in Miami Gardens, FL.
MEET ANDREW LEE
Currently, Andrew serves as Vice-President of Media & Communications for a local public relations firm where he advises several Fortune 100 clients on media relations and marketing strategy. His past and current roles have taken him across the industries of the arts, education, transportation and healthcare. He also has served as Principal of PLwatcher Media and as an advisor and consultant to numerous education & arts organizations, foundations, political campaigns and corporate clients.