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  • 10:00am - 10:05 welcome/orientation

  • 10:05am - 10:10am Black National Anthem

  • 10:10am - 10:15am Why I ROCK Welcome Video

  • 10:15am - 10:20am Poetry by Laila Vickers, WIR Alum

  • 10:20am - 10:30 Special Presenter - “Black Women who Soar”: Women In Aviation - First African American Female Fighter pilot, Rochelle Kimbrell

  • 10:30 - 10:50 Black Girl Shine (panel) - “What good are those wings, if you can’t use them to fly” ~ by Jaime A. Triplin, Children’s Book Author

  • 10:50am - Move to breakout Rooms

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm - Why I ROCK Cultural Affirmation Workshops

  • 12:00pm - 12:20pm Lunch and Virtual Bingo/Prize

  • 12:20pm - 12:30pm Interview with New York Time Best selling Author Renée Watson, from Portland Oregon, Jefferson High School

  • 12:30-12:50 Culture Tags, Bahia Overton

  • 12:50pm - 12:55pm Introduction of our Why I ROCK Girls Conference Keynote Kali Ladd

  • 1:00pm - 1:15pm Conference Keynote Kali Ladd

  • 1:20pm - 1:35pm Girl You’re a Boss! ~ presenter Humu Kim Jabbie of Jordan Brand

  • 1:40pm - 1:50pm — Interactive Session: “I ROCK my Mental Health” ~ Protecting the power of my mental space | by Talks With June Counseling

  • 1:50pm - 2:10pm Final Conference Presenters Senator Wyden and Senator Merkely’s Field Representatives- 2006 Rose Festival Queen Grace Stratton & 2010 Miss Black Oregon USA Kari Harinckx

  • 2:15pm wrap up and close out

Workshop 1 I ROCK my Future

This workshop is all about how to take your incredible ideas and become a Girl Boss! This workshop helps inspire entrepreneurialism. It teaches the basics of owning a Business. 


Our Facilitators are two wonderful African-American female company owners, Danielle Pritchett of Have You Been Featured Events Planning and The Ultimate Lemonade Stand & Dorcie Johnson co owner of The Ultimate Lemonade Stand (which was featured on KGW news) and owner of Queen of Spades Catering.


Workshop 2 I ROCK my Style

This workshop is all about loving our hair! It affirms Natural Hair “slays”! It teaches Natural hair care basics through techniques being taught on each girls individual head mannequin. It also weaves in the cultural stories and historical traditions of Hair braiding rooted in our African history. 


Our Facilitator is Chanesa Hart owner of Revelations Hair Salon.

Workshop 3 I ROCK my Beauty

This workshop emphasizes, “my Black is beautiful!” It teaches beauty in every shade and how makeup is only an accessory that can enhance where we are already beautiful. This workshop is a makeup and skin care tutorial. 


Celebrity Stylist, Abibat Durosimi owner of Bloom Beauty Collective, will be our Workshop Facilitator.


Workshop 4 I ROCK my Culture

This workshop is all about Black Girl Pride and Black girl magic! It teaches and reinforces loving everything about you. It emphasizes how the shine of another never dims yours but rather both can be bright. It teaches self love and cultural identity through learning about historical and current incredible African-American women of influence. 


Our Facilitator is Sharice Burnett, LCSW of Sharice Burnett, LCSW Counseling & Consultant.


Workshop 5 I ROCK my Finances

This workshop is all about what happens after making that first dollar! It introduces credit concepts around investment, my first credit card, my first job what do I do with this check, and responsible spending. It introduces early understanding about why asset wealth is “a thing” and how to build it. 


Our Facilitator is Sikita Prevost owner of Credit Detox LLC

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