2017 Conference schedule  

600 18th Street North Birmingham, Alabama, USA map

Saturday, March 18, 2017


9:45  Registration opens


10:00 Program Starts   

10:15 Opening Speaker, Michelle Collins, Embody Love Movement

As the founding Executive Director of Embody Love Movement® and the mother of four, 

Michelle is devoted to living, upholding, and supporting the mission of Embody Love Movement - to empower women and girls to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness, and to 

contribute to meaningful change in the world.

10:45 Entertainment 

11:00 Farah Lubin, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Director, NINDS Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar Program

Dr. Farah D. Lubin graduated from Alabama State University, summa cum laude in Biology and Chemistry and SUNY Binghamton University in New York, Department of Biology with a PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. After completing two postdoctoral fellowships at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, she obtained a faculty position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the Department of Neurobiology.

Dr. Lubin is studying how the brain learns and forms memories that last for months to years. Her research focuses on understanding how mechanisms called “epigenetics” are activated in neurons and are involved in the memory formation process. The goal of these studies is to elucidate the role of epigenetics in the on and off regulation of genes necessary for memory retention. These studies will provide new insights into a candidate mechanism that potentially can be targeted for the treatment and alleviation of memory disorders associated with age-related dementia, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease.


11:30 Booths 

​+ GirlSpring
The Collective
Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation
+ 100 Girls of Code
+ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
+ Author Jacquelyn Davis

+ Lotus Counseling 


12:00 Lunch Served 

12:30 Dr. Brandi McCleskey, Forensic Pathology Fellow at UAB

Originally from a small town in Northeast Arkansas, Dr. McCleskey attended college at Arkansas State University and obtained a degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Chemistry. After working as an athletic trainer for a year, she was accepted into medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She graduated from medical school in 2012 and moved to Birmingham for residency in pathology at UAB. After completing a four-year residency last year, Dr. McCleskey is now in the final months of my forensic pathology fellowship. 

1:00 Adrienne Cooper, Lotus Counseling Service, Empower Yourself Workshop

Adrienne is the co-owner of Lotus Counseling Services (LCS). Ms. Cooper is a Licensed 

Professional Counselor specializing in women’s issues, particularly abuse and trauma. She has over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults in various areas including 

mental health, foster care, addiction, and crisis.  LCS started with a vision and passion to help 

girls develop into strong, confident, fearless, healthy women. 

1:30 Breakout #1 - College or Career

2:15 Breakout #2 - College or Tech


3:00 Kira Byrd, Hoover Blogger and US Navy Veteran
Akirashanti ("Kira") is on a mission to empower young ladies, to create and grab hold of the 

promise of their future and to inspire growth. As she discovered, her good enough today, may notbe good enough tomorrow. So she has learned to welcome and to expect transformation to 

become a better version of herself through goals setting and mental mastery. 


3:30 Awards & Closing

4:00 Program Ends




​​Special Thanks to Alabama Power and Stephanie Cooper, Vice President of Public Relations, for supporting the 2017 Young Women's Empowerment Conference





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