Breaking Barriers and Raising the Bar

Code: SL31805

Dates: April 13, 2022

Meets: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $35.00

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Celebrate the extraordinary success of area Black women who have advanced their fields and raised the bar for excellence in their respective disciplines. Hear the stories of their careers, their motivations, their dreams, the role of supporters, mentors and sponsors, how they impact their fields, coworkers and future generations, as well as, the challenges and obstacles they face. Lunch is included.
Fee: $35.00

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Creutzburg Center

260 Gulph Creek Road
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Marsha Brown Woodard

The Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard is a graduate of Ottawa University (Ottawa, Kansas), Eden Theological Seminary (Webster Groves, Missouri) and Lancaster Theological Seminary (Lancaster, PA) from which she received the Doctor of Ministry degree. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was licensed and ordained by the Antioch Baptist Church. She currently serves as Director of Supervised Ministries, Academic Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Christian Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, in St. Davids, PA. She has also served as adjunct, or guest lecturer at other seminaries and institutions. She has a weekly broadcast that airs on Thursday on mygospelhighway11.com. She has served as Pastor or on the Pastoral staff of congregations in Pennsylvania and Missouri and for many years served as the “Resident Chaplain” for the Biblical Institute of the Zion Baptist Church of Ambler, PA Dr. Woodard currently serves as Director of Christian Education for PEKBA (Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association), First Vice-President for the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Secretary of the Mainline Black Interdenominational Ministers Alliance., Vice-President of NewCORE (New Conversations on Race and Ethnicity, as well as serving as a member of other boards and committees both locally and nationally. Dr. Woodard has preached and conducted workshops, seminars and retreats throughout the United States as well as in Africa. She and the Rev. Dr. Phaedra Blocker are founders of Daughters of Thunder a collaborative endeavor whose mission is to support, nurture and empower female clergy of African descent. Her sermons and devotions have been included in numerous publications, most recently, “Oh Lord, Why Me?”. She is the author of “I Was Tired Today”, and “I Choose To Thrive”. Dr. Woodard is a member of the Saints Memorial Baptist Church in Bryn Mawr, where she serves as Associate Pastor.

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Kimberly Davis Cuthbert

The Sweet Jazmines Story Classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Kimberly Davis Cuthbert dreamed of starting a bakery since the first time she used her Easy-Bake oven. She opened the doors of Sweet Jazmines in 1999 with her award-winning technique, creative flair, and her promise to bake everything from scratch using only natural ingredients and no preservatives. Her signature Sweet Potato Muffin recipe came from an unlikely inspiration. When her then one-year old son, Jordan, wouldn't eat the sweet potato puree she proudly made for him, Chef Kim vowed never to waste it again and looked to her Sweet Potato Cheesecake and Pie for ideas. After some experimenting to get it just right, the celebrated Sweet Potato Muffin was born. Today, the Sweet Potato Collection includes three different cakes, a cheesecake, a miniature, a pie, and of course, the Sweet Potato Muffin. Sweet Jazmines is nationally acclaimed and has been featured on The Rachel Ray Show, and USA Today and consistently earns prestigious awards including "Best of The Knot," "Best of Philly," "Best of the Main Line", and "Philly's Hot List." Luscious, all natural, made-from-scratch creations are available at the Sweet Jazmines Bakery in Berwyn, PA, where Chef Kim and the Sweet Jazmines Dessert Team masterfully bake six days a week. What about the finicky eater that started the whole thing? The Sweet Jazmines logo is inspired by Chef Kim's son Jordan when he was young and helped out at the bakery. Talk about the sweet taste of success!

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Kim Gadlin

Kim Gadlin is the newly appointed Director of Educational Programs for The Philadelphia Dance Company that is warmly known as PHILADANCO! and the current Director of the youth ensemble D/3. She teaches for the Philadelphia Dance Arts School and recently, she has been asked to teach master classes for PHILADANCO!’s first and second companies. Ms. Gadlin was a soloist with PHILADANCO! and a principal dancer with the Joseph Holmes Dance Theater of Chicago. She has created and set choreography within higher education institutions and secondary schools. Ms. Gadlin has been casted in movies, commercials, and videos throughout her dance career. Presently, she is the co-founder of D.ancestors Presents…a platform where dance is used as a modality of healing and selfdevelopment. She is also the co-founder of The African Diasporic Dance Conference at the Claremont Colleges. She has been teaching dance in higher education for the past 20 years. Currently, she is teaching at Drexel University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has taught Dunham inspired classes, production, dance history, arts integration, and dance from a womanist’s perspective. Throughout her career she has also taught African infused dance, ballet, jazz, Graham, Horton, improvisation, and dance/movement workshops that focus on dance as a healing modality. She received her professional dance training from the Alvin Ailey Studios- Merit Scholarship, Joel Hall: New School North, Joseph Holmes School of Dance-Chance to Dance Scholarship, Philadanco!, Ruth Page School of Dance, and STEPS. She has studied and worked closely with Joseph Holmes, Joan Myers Brown, Milton Myers, Talley Beatty, Harriet Ross, Keith McDaniel, Thea Barnes, Tommy Gomez, Homer Bryant, and many other renowned teachers and choreographers. Ms. Gadlin was a Pitzer College New Resource student and graduated with a B.A. in Dance. She has a M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Dance Education from Claremont Graduate University (CGU), and she is completing a Ph.D. in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. She is working towards gaining a certification in Dance/Movement Therapy and in the Dunham Technique. One of Ms. Gadlin’s core beliefs is that dance has the power to build sustainable and creative communities that transforms lives.

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Teresa Nance

Dr. Teresa Nance currently serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer and as a Professor of Communication. In her new role, she is leading the newly created Presidential Task Force on Race – named Aequitas, the Latin word for equity. Dr. Nance’s Villanova career spans more than four decades, during which time she has served as an administrator, teacher, scholar, activist and ‘support system’ for students, faculty and staff at the University. In 2018, The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education recognized Dr. Nance with the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award – an honor given to individuals who have “contributed substantially to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education.” Dr. Nance was the first Black tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Communication at Villanova, where she established an African-American rhetoric course and created the highly sought after multicultural leadership course. As a researcher, Dr. Nance has investigated the perceptions and stages of interracial relationship development, diversity and inclusion, and intergroup dialogue. She was the founding Assistant Vice President for the Center for Multicultural Affairs. In 2015—to further elevate the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion—Villanova created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion led by Dr. Nance, who was named Associate Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Led by Dr. Nance, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) supports Villanova’s continuing efforts to create a welcoming and diverse community at all levels, including students, faculty, administrators and staff. The office works with academic, administrative and other units of the University to develop strategies aimed at fostering a Villanova community where individual differences are acknowledged and appreciated. Most recently, ODEI launched a new campaign called Living Race—Transforming Community. The initiative is focused on organizational systemic change and high-impact community engagement to facilitate opportunities for Black and minoritized students, staff and faculty to succeed and thrive within the University. Terry Nance received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston and a Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. Terry currently lives in Center City with her husband Kermit Moore, a retired Communication professor. They have two wonderful grown sons!

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