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Black Women to Gather in Philadelphia for 2024 Annual Power Rising Summit, ‘For the Win!’

Black women from around the country are gathering at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, February 9-11, 2024, for Power Rising’s annual national summit. This year’s theme, “For the Win!”, will focus conversations on all the ways that black women can win in this moment — from our health to our communities, businesses, finances and our nation.  Plenary and workshop sessions will include conversations about a range of key issues black women are dealing with in our personal and professional lives. Topics will include black women’s leadership, reproductive justice, how to run for office, AI and increasing diversity in the tech sector, how to build wealth and common myths around investing and building financial freedom. Approximately 500 women and girls, of all ages, sexual orientations and gender identities, professional & educational backgrounds, and faiths are expected to attend. The summit began on Friday morning with an opening greeting from Power Rising Co-Convener Rev. Leah Daughtry with Musiq Soulchild closing out the weekend at Sunday brunch.

Founded in 2018, Power Rising provides a gathering place for Black women, from coast to coast, to come together and develop plans to build and maximize our personal and collective strengths. Our work is organized around five pillars: Business & Economic Empowerment, Culture & Community, Education & Technology, Health & Wellness, and Political Empowerment. Power Rising Action Fund, our c4 arm, engages in civic engagement and organizing on a nonpartisan basis; promotes awareness of and support for education regarding to strategies and best practices as it relates to community organizing and civic engagement; and promotes strategies that advance racial, gender and social justice. We carry out our work through annual gatherings, regional meetings, regularly scheduled webinars, and other organizing activities. Power Rising was birthed out of a retreat of the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, and our Organizing Committee of high-profile and frontline activists, businesswomen, and organizational leaders, representing the broad diversity of Black womanhood, have banded together to organize this annual gathering.

The following events are open to members of the media and on the record:

Friday, February 9, 2024:

10:00 a.m. - Opening Plenary Session

The State of Black Women: Critical Issues, Critical Action

Moderator: Symone D. Sanders, Author, Democratic Strategist and Co-Host MSNBC’s The Weekend


Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley, President, National Council of Negro Women

Dr. Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, the National Women’s Law Center 

Kelley Robinson, President, The Human Rights Campaign

Andrea Joy Campbell, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

12:00 p.m. - Luncheon Discussion

Bringing Our Gifts: How We Learn, Work, and Win Together

Moderator: Angela Rye, Esq., Principal and CEO IMPACT Strategies


LaTosha Brown, Southern Black Girls Consortium

Kristal Bush

Tamika Mallory, Co-Founder, Until Freedom

Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Saturday, February 10, 2024

9:30 a.m. - Plenary Session: Hell No!  Protecting and Defending Black Women’s Leadership

Moderator: Brittany Packnett Cunningham


Melanie Campbell, President and CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable

Dr. Brittney Cooper, Professor, Rutgers University

Ashley Etienne

Karen Finney, Political Strategist, Political Commentator, Advocate

Media Credentialing Information:

Members of the media who wish to cover the Plenary sessions can pick up credentials on Friday 10 a.m.-11 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. In order to gain access to the events, media will be required to show valid press credentials from their media organization 


Contact Information:
Power Rising

Karen Finney
Board Member

Original Source: Black Women to Gather in Philadelphia for 2024 Annual Power Rising Summit, 'For the Win!' Black Women to Gather in Philadelphia for 2024 Annual Power Rising Summit, ‘For the Win!’

Uplifted Hearts Foundation Partners With the YMCA at Their Facilities in Houston, Texas, by Gifting 400+ Pairs of Brand-New Shoes and Sneakers for Houston...

Uplifted Hearts Foundation Partners With the YMCA at Their Facilities in Houston, Texas, by Gifting 400+ Pairs of Brand-New Shoes and Sneakers for Houston Children
Uplifted Hearts YMCA Event

Uplifted Hearts Foundation and its founder Hanin Al Qoreishy partner with the YMCA Houston on Feb. 8, 2024 to provide 400 pairs of shoes to Houston children.

The Uplifted Hearts Foundation, a Houston-based 501c3 nonprofit that operates with a profound commitment to building stronger bonds within families and nurturing connections among child refugees and orphans, partnered with the YMCA at their Houston facilities on Feb. 8, 2024, by gifting 400+ brand-new pairs of proper fitting sneakers to Houston children. 

Uplifted Hearts founder Hanin Al Qoreishy has an amazing story of perseverance against all odds in migrating from a war-torn Iraq at the age of 12 to the US while navigating cultural and linguistic barriers, cultivating a strong work ethic, and this has driven her true passion for the foundation. Hanin is the Founder and President of Houston-based Legacy Insurance Advisors and dedicates her personal time to her foundation which is her true passion. Hanin was recently featured in the Houston Business Journal as a rising star in the Houston Business community and for the recognition of her efforts to give back to Houston children through her foundation.

The Uplifted Hearts Foundation firmly believes that a child’s relationship with their family serves as the cornerstone upon which their connection with the world is built. A strong and loving family environment provides the foundation for a child’s emotional well-being and their sense of self. It is from this safe and nurturing space that children learn about trust, empathy, and resilience.

The Uplifted Hearts Foundation has additional events planned in 2024, where we will be offering additional materials, donations, food, and/or special events that will truly help and impact Houston families to build these stronger connections among child refugees and orphans.

Contact Information:
Errin O'Connor

Original Source: Uplifted Hearts Foundation Partners With the YMCA at Their Facilities in Houston, Texas, by Gifting 400+ Pairs of Brand-New Shoes and Sneakers for Houston Children

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Revolutionizing Kitchens: The Strata Pan, a Natural Non-Stick Alternative Reshaping Cookware Standards

Strata Cookware challenges conventional non-stick with the world's first carbon steel clad pan.

Revolutionizing Kitchens: The Strata Pan, a Natural Non-Stick Alternative Reshaping Cookware Standards
Strata Carbon Steel Clad Pan

Katie Kearns (product designer) with well seasoned Strata Pan

A Maryland-based product design and development company, Gizmatic, is pioneering a shift in the cookware industry with its latest innovation, the Carbon Steel Clad Pan. Sold under the brand name “Strata Cookware,” this revolutionary frying pan is poised to change the way people view and use cookware. The Strata Carbon Clad Pan, the first of its kind, is a 3-ply pan combining a carbon steel cooking surface, an aluminum core, and a stainless steel exterior. 

Unknown to many home cooks, “seasonable” cookware like carbon steel is an excellent naturally stick-resistant replacement for non-stick pans with unhealthy or easily damaged coatings. The concept for Strata emerged from a common frustration: the widespread lack of awareness about seasonable cookware and the continued dominance of traditional nonstick pans in kitchens. Hobbyist cooks and carbon steel proponents, head engineer Will Vatis, and product designer Katie Kearns have identified a significant market gap. They noticed the need for a pan that combines the benefits of carbon steel — like its natural stick resistance — while eliminating common drawbacks, such as excessive weight and uneven heating.

This innovation is not just about superior cookware; it's about changing how people cook and think about their kitchen tools. "Our vision with Strata is to shift the perspective from disposable cookware to durable, natural cookware that lasts a lifetime," explains Katie. "We're here to prove that high-quality, long-lasting cookware can be accessible to everyday home cooks, not just professional chefs."

Strata’s current live Kickstarter campaign has surpassed its goal by 950%, raising more than $95,000 so far. With Gizmatic’s expertise in end-to-end product development, coupled with its established manufacturing network, they are more than prepared to transition into the next stage of production for the Strata pan.

Strata is not merely a brand; it embodies a commitment to honest and long-lasting products that don't sacrifice long-term customer satisfaction in exchange for profit. “This is the reason we started Gizmatic, to create truly useful products that help our customers and our society, not hurt them.” says Will. “... so it’s very exciting that this has so much traction; hopefully this will be the first of many products like it and we’ll really be able to make an impact.”

For more information on Strata and to join this culinary revolution, please contact us or visit our Kickstarter page.

Contact Information:
Katie Kearns
Product Designer

Will Vatis

Original Source: Revolutionizing Kitchens: The Strata Pan, a Natural Non-Stick Alternative Reshaping Cookware Standards

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