Conference 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011
8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville – Vanderbilt

Tickets: $65


Seminar 1
8:35 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
“One Size Does Not Fit All: Choosing the Right Health Care Option for You”

When seeking preventive or relief treatment for a health condition or ailment, one might normally consider traditional medicine. Now, Holistic Medicine – anchored on the belief that supporting the immune system as weakened by daily stresses of life emotionally, psychologically or even spiritually – is popularly accepted in health care and often used as an adjunct to traditional medicine. Understanding your treatment options using traditional and/or holistic medicine can help you work with your health care provider to adapt your treatment approach to one that can bridge the differences and potentially lead to better health outcomes.

Seminar 2
9:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
“The Buzz About Online Education”

Online education is increasingly popular because it offers the convenience to attend classes anywhere and anytime you want while you continue to work. For these reasons and more, online education programs are a great option. Are online degrees right for everyone and every career? The panel will discuss facts of online education for career programs and colleges and provide information to consider when choosing an online program or college.

Seminar 3
11:00 a.m. – Noon
“Effective Advocacy – Getting What You Want the First Time You Ask”

Practical tips for advocacy and having effective meetings with elected officials, boards and commissions. The discussion includes how to get your message across in an effective way that has credibility and will connect with decision makers, how to energize support for an issue and the importance of powerful follow-up.

2011 Women of Color Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Iris Ann Cooper


Iris Ann Cooper hails from Evansville, Indiana. She worked in the financial service arena for more than 25 years, providing funding for housing, commercial real estate and small businesses. She has developed an expertise in the management of a variety of projects for both non-profit and for profit businesses and now is the former director of the Ohio Division of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, featuring the Small Business Development Centers. She is also an adjunct faculty member of Columbus State Community College.

Cooper believes in social service. For many years, she served as board president of Community Capital Development Corporation (CCDC) and Strategies Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). She is a past president of the Child Development Council of Franklin County (CDC Headstart). In 2010, she joined the alumni board of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She also became the Economic Empowerment Chair on the National Board for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. in 2009. Cooper was featured in the October 2008 issue of Entrepreneur magazine and chosen as a 2008 “Woman of Economic and Leadership Development.” Additionally, she was honored in 2006 as a “YWCA Woman of Achievement.” Cooper was a founding trustee for the Columbus/Franklin County Port Financing Authority in 2006. Annually recognized in “Who’s Who in Black Columbus,” she is an advocate for children and the disenfranchised, and has mentored countless women and minority entrepreneurs over the years.

She is also an entrepreneur. Cooper is one of the founders of Glory Foods, Inc. a national food marketing company, and Pyramid Development Solutions, a business coaching firm. Her “Just Ask Iris” column on business issues was featured in the Columbus Post newspaper for several years, and also on a local radio station. Cooper, as a featured keynote speaker, holds a certification as a seminar speaker from Les Brown Enterprises and as a mediator from Capital University School of Law (

Cooper holds a BA degree in Journalism and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a steward of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.