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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President Julie Dade Howard of NCBW 100 Long Island Chapter at the 2nd Annual Black and White Candelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel
Board Members pose for a photo-op with The 2012 Trailblazer Receipents at the Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
Master of Ceremonies NY1 TV Host Cheryl Wills poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 2nd Annual Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel
Senior Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball Wendy Lewis poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel
TV Host and Master of Ceremonies Cheryl Will, TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Publicist Renee Flagler pose for a photo-op at the 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
2012 Trailblazer Award Recipient Senior Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball Wendy Lewis poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
2012 Trailblazer Award Recipient United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
2012 Trailblazer Award Recipient Vernice Flygirl Armour, the first African female combat flyer poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at 2nd Annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter Inc. hosted the second annual Black and White Candlelight Ball at the Garden City Hotel on January 7th, 2012 in Long Island, New York. TV Host and News Anchor Cheryl Wills from NY1 was Masters of Ceremonies.
Distinguished Trailblazer honorees being recognized at this year's event for their outstanding leadership and pioneering efforts included: Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, America's first African American female combat pilot, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and Wendy Lewis, Sr. Vice President, Diversity & Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball.
Entertainment was provided by the renowned Warren Daniels Orchestra.
Vernice "Flygirl" Amour has been awarded as a pioneering pilot, including her commanding role in technology and engineering. An honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred on Vernice from Chancellor University in 2010. She was also the first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department’s motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton’s 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton’s annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women’s professional football team. Vernice’s first book, Zero to Breakthrough™” (Penguin) was released in April 2011.
Suzan D. Johnson Cook was sworn in as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom on May 16, 2011.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Johnson Cook served as the senior pastor and CEO of the Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in New York City from 1996-2010. She was also the founder and president of Wisdom Women Worldwide Center and the owner of Charisma Speakers.
In 1993, Johnson Cook was a White House Fellow on the Domestic Policy Council. In that role, she advised President Bill Clinton on a range of issues including homelessness, violence, and community empowerment. She also worked with the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development on faith-based initiatives from 1994 until 1997. President Clinton appointed her in 1997 to serve on his National Initiative on Race as his only faith advisor.
Johnson Cook held the position of Chaplain to the New York City Police Department for twenty-one years, the only woman to serve in that role. She was also a founder and board member of the Multi-Ethnic Center in New York City. From 1983-1996, she served as Senior Pastor to the Mariners Temple Baptist Church, and was a professor at New York Theological Seminary from 1988-1996.
Suzan Johnson Cook has travelled to five continents to promote religious freedom. She has led interfaith delegations to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and throughout the Caribbean. She worked with World Vision in Ruschlikon, Switzerland in its efforts to combat global poverty, and travelled to Zimbabwe and South Africa to meet with Zulu faith leaders to promote interfaith dialogue and tolerance. As a young woman, Johnson Cook worked with Operation Crossroads Africa, where she participated in a cross-cultural exchange with student groups in Ghana and Nigeria. She also spent time living and studying in Valencia, Spain.
Johnson Cook is the recipient of several awards, including the Woman of Conscience Award, the Martin Luther King Award, the Visionary Leaders Award, and has also authored ten books. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech from Emerson College in Boston in 1976 and a Master of Arts from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City in 1978. She completed a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, in 1983 and 1990, respectively. She was also the recipient of the President's Administrative Fellowship at Harvard University, where she served as Associate Dean and later as professor.
Wendy Lewis is a highly recognized executive for her pioneering career in creating opportunities for minorities and women, Lewis began her tenure at Major League Baseball in 1987 with the Chicago Cubs and joined MLB’s Central Office in 1995. As Senior Vice President of Diversity and Strategic Alliances for Major League Baseball, she implements MLB’s Diversity Economic Impact Engagement initiative (DEIE). The DEIE is one of MLB’s newest initiatives to advance the level of MLB’s current workforce and supplier diversity efforts as well as create methodologies for cultural assessments, diversity economic platforms and industry-wide diversity training. She has developed an internal consultant model that is currently underway and will be utilized throughout MLB. Lewis also established the team that developed MLB’s uniquely strategic talent pipeline, The Executive Development Program (EDP), a two-year rotational career development program whose goal is to add to MLB’s high-potential talent pool for MLB Clubs and the Central Office.
NCBW 100 LI members include educators, doctors, nurses, senior managers, business owners, filmmakers, homeowners and consumers whose passion about their community and the world has led them to act as change agents. Through their partnerships with local civic groups the organization informs and engages citizens around the issues of health, education and economic development at events like the U.S. Presidential Issues Forum. The organization enables African American women to achieve their dreams of a college education through their Biennial Scholarship awards.
NBW 100 LI also recognizes unsung local leaders with their "Shero Award" and each year's honors groundbreaking achievements of renowned African Americans with their highest award the "Trailblazer Award" at their annual Black & White Candlelight Ball.
For more information please visit li100bw.com.
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