Leadership, self-esteem focus of Ivy Academy at Marshall University
Marshall University will host 70 young Tri-State women on Friday, April 8, for the Ivy Academy leadership conference.
The event, sponsored by Marshall’s Office of Multicultural Affairs in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Tau Omega chapter, is open to those in eighth to 12th grades.
The conference runs from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center and will feature a Marshall admissions fair and interactive workshops focused on leadership, self-esteem and motivation. It also will include the Girls Rock & Rule Luncheon where participants will network with women on campus and community leaders.
Tish Norman, M.Ed, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. She is the founder of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc., a consulting company that provides educational programs in leadership and personal development. She has been educating students and addressing large crowds for more than a decade and is an influential voice on topics such as African-American culture, women, leadership and education.
Norman previously was in show business, performing in motion pictures such as “Phone Booth,” “Two Can Play That Game” and “A View from the Top.” She also has appeared in a handful of television series.
She is a former beauty queen, having held the titles of Miss Black Cincinnati, Miss San Diego All-American, and first runner up to Miss Black California. But she is more passionate about using humor, energy and stylish motivation to deliver programs that teach audiences practical approaches to valuable success strategies.
Norman will speak at about 12:15 p.m. in Room BE 5 of the student center, which is where most of the conference will take place.