Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Envision Radio have partnered to celebrate minority women authors during International Women’s History Month.
Let’s Talk with the Authors, an inspiring and informative roundtable, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 212 of the Regional Postsecondary Center (RPC).
“I think we often hear about women writing, but I don’t know if we hear about minority women, especially in the region we’re in,” said Jerisia Lamons, director of cultural diversity at the ECTC. “I think writing is one of the most important skills a student or anyone can have. Being able to verbalize yourself in writing is a wonderful thing.
The panel will consist of authors Asia Rivers, Elgina Smith and Syvoskia Bray Pope.
Rivers is a well-known speaker, author, business credit and financing expert. She is CEO of Talk Childcare Publishing, where she advises entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and families on building business credit, financial stability and implementing strategies to break generational poverty.
Pope is a trailblazer and trailblazer in business and church circles. She has worked in the business development community in Louisville, guiding professionals and entrepreneurs to success for over 20 years. Pope is one of only four Certified Economic Development Specialists in Kentucky.
Smith is the author of three published books. She’s an activist, certified grief coach, master stylist, soon-to-be graduate chef in culinary arts, and more.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Julia Royston, author and editor.
Lamons said Royston will speak with the panel about their journey to becoming a published author and establishing their businesses.
The event aims to provide support, encouragement and information that women may need to move forward on their journey.
Lamons said Ann Cannon of Envision Radio has been phenomenal in working with the planning for this event, noting that the ECTC also has other cultural diversity events coming up.
For example, the Ron Jones’ Jazz Quartet will be on campus from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Morrison Gallery in the James S. Owen (JSO) Building.
There will also be a multicultural fair on April 21 at the school. Lamons said anyone wishing to display her culture can contact her via email, [email protected]
“We’re looking for any kind of exposure we can get to diverse cultures,” she said. On Thursday, nine different cultures were to be represented.
Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1417 or [email protected]