New Philadelphia & The McWorter Family
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr. Sandra McWorter, Guest Lecturer

Celebration of National Women’s History Month
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum wil celebrate National Women’s History Month. The museum’s 2017 program will host a dynamic panel discussion with women who have made local and national trailblazing footprints. Our theme is: “Women Who are Making Strides in Our Community, and How They Make it All Work.”

In the United States Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to 1911. The National Women’s History Month’s theme for 2017 is Working to forma a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. The theme for 2017 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future throuogh their public service and government leadership.

Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the difficult journey and the amazing achievements women have made in America and throughout the world. The courageous and talented voices of women leaders are very important in today’s climate. We want the next generation of young women to know that opportunities are limitless for them.

Event Moderator: Doris Turner – retired Director – Department of Public Health State of Illinois

Featured Panelists:

  • Sherrie Gary – Career Engineer, Ameren Springfield, IL – United States
  • Beverly Hicks-Gibson – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Springfield Urban League
  • Donna A. Gregg – Financial Professional Associate, Greater Illinois Financial Group, The Prudential Insureance Company of America
  • DeAnne Hubbard – Military Reservist
  • Dechele Trammell – Massage Therapist/ Esthetician


Cultural Competency: Ethical Practice in Mental Health
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Elise Bell, MD – Psychiatrist, Professor, Author. Dr. Bell will lead a discussion on Cultural competency which requires understanding of values, norms and traditions that affect how an individual of a particular group perceives, thinks, interacts, behaves, and makes judgments about their world. The discussion is designed to bring awareness of cross-cultural issues in mental health, understanding the characteristics of cultural competence, the capacity to design areas necessary for cultural competence and the ability to ethically and effectively practice across cultures.

According to Dr. Bell cultural competence develops out of intentional efforts to gain and implement the relevant knowledge.

Illinois Authors/ Writers Forum
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
6th Annual Fundraising Gala
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Reception/ Silent Auction: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner/ Program: 7:00 p.m.

Date and location may change