Monica Ponder, Health Writer, activist, and social entrepreneur, worked with Sojourner Marable Grimmett, a Mommy Blogger and civic advocate to start a public lactation support campaign, Table for Two Foundation. The two initially targeted Atlanta’s Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) in 2011, which had no public lactation rooms for nursing mothers. In March 2013, they accomplished their advocacy goals – HJAIA announced plans to build a centralized family play area in the airport. Watch the story below:
Monica Ponder, with parents, advocates and other bloggers at the Pajama Jam at Kipp Strive Academy, a local charter school in metro Atlanta. The Pajama Program is a national organization that collects pajamas and books for underprivileged children that are often housed in shelters and foster homes.
Past Attendee (3 times!) to Blogging While Brown, an awesome event where ‘brown’ bloggers from around the country gather to information share and network. Since its launch in 2008 (I was there!), Blogging While Brown has grown to become the premier blogging conference dedicated to education, collaboration, and innovation among bloggers of color. The conference brings Black social media experts, speakers, and independent content creators together to educate, inspire, and expand their influence in social media and technology. Can you find me in the photo below?
We worked with Clark Atlanta University to plan their 5th Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference, in partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. This was a free event that attracted more than 250 minority women. The speaker line-up was fantastic! Speakers included Egypt Sherrod, V103 Personality/HGTV Property Virgins, Jovita Moore, Anchor WSB/Channel 2, Lisa Rayam, Anchor, WAGA/Fox5, Robin Holland, Sr. Vice President, Equifax, and many more.
For more event photos, click here.
I’ve had the pleasure of planning a few community engagement events through my work the National Coalition of 100 Black Women- Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. Below are photos from the 2013 Teen Summit, which was planned in observance of National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
We also collaborated on a fundraising event, Cocktails for A Cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the Teens on the Move Mentoring program, which supports teens from Grady High School (Atlanta) and Booker T. Washington High School (Atlanta).