The song, “Video”, sung by artist India.arie touts, “I’m not the average girl from your video, And I ain’t built like a supermodel, But I learned to love myself unconditionally, Because I am a queen”. It was this affirmation of queenliness that rang loud and clear at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville, MD as the Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation conference convened Friday – Sunday April 15-17, 2016. The three day event would feature decision-making and life-changing activities in a celebration of sisterly womanhood. This is the 13th year for the conference, which was initially held at Morgan State University, and emphasizes empowerment as well as a day of pampering self.
According to its website the vision of Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation (HWHN) is to create change in the environment while focusing upon the physical, mental, spiritual and economic health of participants. Founded in 2004, the mission is to promote life-long learning and holistic wellness. The founders of Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation are Maria James, Monokia Nance, and Mothyna James-Brightful.
More than one hundred participants attended workshops which addressed affirming oneself, forgiveness, balancing life and work, purpose and power, networking and wealth mindset. Attendees also received a souvenir booklet with supplementary activities geared toward the 60 and 90 minute sessions. Women who attended were encouraged to identify barriers, set expectations and goals, then work toward the realization of those goals.
The event culminates on the final day with a free expo featuring additional workshops, live performances, vendors and more opportunities for networking. Sponsors of the Heal a Woman Heal a Nation conference included Pocket of Money LLC, Constant Contact, Sue Ann Office Supply, Covergirl, PNC Bank, Monokia Brand Management, SisterTrust LLC and New Body Elite Inc.
Iesah Hunter has attended the conference for the past 3 years and now works as a volunteer. She was elated to attend again. She said this is a life-changing event in which you can get tools for self development and resources for total healing. She said participants can gain networking connections and build lifelong relationships. She felt HWHN is a great place for healing and taking off the mask and cape which so many people wear.
Nuquanna (whose name means Good Morning in Kenyan) Zimmerman said the conference helps women show up to the life that is waiting for them. She said the women experience a metamorphosis of caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly, The conference, she felt, can lead to authentic sisterhood.
To contact Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, check out the website or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.