About the event
Women of Excellence in Conversation and Concert will be held April 1, 2017 at MIST Harlem, a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. The first Women of Excellence in Conversation and Concert is a conversation forum and evening blues concert that will highlight the perseverance and resilience of women of achievement in business, the arts, and technology. It will recognize the greatness of women in our community who have broken down barriers and blazed trails. Their achievements will model success for others through the groundwork they have laid. Audiences will resonate with their illuminating stories shared through meaningful conversations.
The event will engage audiences through the power of story, music, spoken word, literature and dance. The event will celebrate women through their particular life journeys of overcoming challenges, trials and tribulations. The conversations will be supplemented by spoken word, music and dramatic readings interspersed throughout the evening.
Combining blues idiom performance and female empowerment, W.E.C.C is inspired by the work of renowned author Albert Murray, who defined the blues and jazz as not the creation of a crushed-spirited people but rather as artistic statement by pioneer people who prize resilience as a prime trait, and are forward-looking and upward-striving.
Why should you sponsor?
As women flourish, their families are strengthened, jobs are created in their communities, local economies grow, and our entire community benefits. In a country that increasingly depends on the strength, creativity, and wisdom of our women, it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure none are left behind. All women should be in position to lead and succeed. Women will connect with and support each other knowing that they share common bonds through their stories of challenge and resilience.
We envision this program as a catalyst to unleash the full potential of women and girls in the workplace, marketplace and community by fostering decent work, entrepreneurship, and equal access to resources, services, education, information, communications technology, energy, infrastructure, and productive assets. Women account for 85% of all consumer purchases including everything from autos to health care, with 70% of new businesses started by women. Women represent the majority of the online market - 22% shop online at least once a day and 92% pass along information about deals or finds to others. Unlocking the power of women to work and achieve their financial independence breaks down barriers which hold women back - a game-changer for development. When more women work, it makes their families, communities and countries wealthier.
G&J Production’s mission is to be a cultural catalyst for artistic expression and community empowerment through the presentation of distinctive events and experiences. As G&J Productions, Greg Thomas and Jewel Kinch-Thomas have curated and produced music programs at Red Rooster/Ginny’s Supper Club, Aaron Davis Hall, the Friar’s Club, MIST Harlem, and Westchester venues. They bring 20+ years of experience to the Harlem community. For fourteen years, Jewel curated and produced theatre programs and festivals as artistic and executive director of the Riverside Theatre at the Riverside Church. Her experience curating the Women of Excellence in the Arts, featuring Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, Tamara Tunie, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Carmen deLavallade, and Sonia Sanchez, was the inspiration to create Women of Excellence in Conversation: The Power of Story. She was also interim Executive Director of the Harlem Arts Alliance; and has worked on several projects for the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Greg was founding editor-in-chief for Harlem World magazine; was host of a jazz television series produced by Brownstone Digital in Harlem; and for over a decade has been a consultant for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and Jazz @Lincoln Center.
Contact the Organizer
Contact the Organizer