2018 NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference

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The 2018 NOBEL Women Annual Legislative Conference was an event held by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women at the Westin Birmingham and Sheraton Birmingham hotels at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on June 28-July 1, 2018. The conference theme was, "Creating Leadership Opportunities by Empowering Women and Girls."

The organization's 2018 "Shining Star" award was presented to Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.

A scheduled appearance by United States Representative Maxine Waters was canceled due to threats against her life.


  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Thursday, June 28
  • Friday, June 29
    • 6:00: Zumba class, facilitated by Gloria Buie
    • 8:00: "Power of Leadership" opening plenary breakfast, moderated by Juandalynn Givan
    • 10:00: "A Moment with Maxine", appearance by Rep. Maxine Waters, moderated by Sherri Jackson (canceled)
    • 10:30: HBCUs (Innovative, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development) panel moderated by Nichelle Nix
    • 11:30: Abbott Nutrition, sponsored presentation by Dr Albert Barrocas
    • 12:00: "Planned Parenthood: Reproductive Rights, the Threats and the Opportunities", moderated by Nia Martin-Robinson
    • 12:45: Plenary luncheon: Fireside chat with the Black Women’s Roundtable, moderated by Patricia Smith
    • 2:30: "Mental health in the African American community: Addressing the crisis; The face behind the mask", moderated by James Green
    • 3:30: Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, sponsored presentation by Melissa Bishop-Murphy
    • 4:00: "Power of the Pink" March, led by Juandalynn Givan
    • 7:00: Host Night Out, performance by Doug E. Fresh at Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Saturday, June 30
    • 6:00: Zumba class, facilitated by Gloria Buie
    • 8:00: "The Impact of Technology and Industries in the 21 Century", technology panel plenary breakfast with Donna Epps of Verizon, moderated by Barbara Drummond
    • 9:30: "Cultivating Leaders And Smart Communities Through Technology", moderated by Adline Clarke
    • 10:45: "Powerful Women Leading Major Cities" mayor panel, moderated by Laura Hall
    • 12:15: "Lessons in Leadership Luncheon" with Donna Brazile, moderated by Linda Coleman-Madison
    • 1:30: "Compassion & Choices" presentation by Donna Smith
    • 2:15: "African American Women Justices Taking the Bench" judges panel, moderated by Raumesh Akbari
    • 3:15: "Who Run the World?" women's empowerment, hosted by Merika Coleman, moderated by Anastasia Pittman
    • 4:15: Closing address by Karen Camper
    • 7:00: "Shining Star" Award Gala, with special presentation to past-president Laura Hall by Vivian Figures and Barbara Drummond
  • Sunday, July 1
    • 8:00: Farewell Gospel Breakfast


  • Dunigan, Jonece-Starr (June 28, 2018) "Rep. Maxine Waters cancels Birmingham trip after 'very serious death threat'." The Birmingham News
  • Worthy, Ariel (June 28, 2018) "Nation’s top black elected women gather in Birmingham." The Birmingham Times
  • Johnson, Roy S. (July 2, 2018) "After Maxine Waters cancels, Donna Brazile inspires black female legislators: 'Don't fear trouble'." The Birmingham News