Keynote Speaker


Charlayne Hunter-Gault
"From Jim Crow America to South Africa Apartheid and Beyond:  A Journalist's Journey "

Monday, January 31, 2011

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the world's most distinguished journalists, describes how she grew up in a segregated society and what enabled her to successfully challenge the decades old Southern laws that were created to keep her and all black people "in their place."  She traces the path her life took, from her childhood dream of becoming "Brenda Starr"; to achieving her own successful journalism career in magazines, newspapers, and television; to departing the U.S. to South Africa to chronicle the familiar yet unique end of apartheid and segregation there. Finally, she describes why she is still out there, attempting to bring "new news" to peoples the world over, through the various forms of media she has mastered--print, radio, television, and the blogosphere.

Luncheon Speaker


Monaqui Porter-Young
"My Journey:  From Wright State University to Sri Lanka "

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wright State alumna and creative entrepreneur Monaqui Porter-Young is President and CEO of MPGlobal Connect, Inc., an import distribution company that offers organic green tea and nutrition education, and has recently launched her own unique brand of high quality organic green tea, Srina. She has nine years’ experience as a working actress, playwright, and producer of television, film, and theater. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting from Wright State University and is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in digestive disorders, primary foods, and integrative nutrition. She presents interactive workshops, guest lectures, and keynote speeches at universities, small business associations, and organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.