UNCF Women’s Leadership Tea

The Division of Advancement hosted over 100 women at the annual UNCF Women’s Leadership Tea on November 18, at The Ledges of Huntsville Ballroom.
As guests were seated, a violinist from the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, Holly Monroe, expertly played classical music. Audree Johnson, general manager of WJOU 90.1 FM served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, and urged the women in the audience to be inspired, enjoy and get to know the other women in the room.
The entire event was one of positive inspiration and delicious goodies. From the woman in the ideation phase, to the woman who is changing industries, to the woman whose company has seen millions of dollars within 10 years, this event had something for everyone!
 A new feature this year was a panel discussion led by Kaylah Joseph, Miss UNCF 2016, a recent graduate of Oakwood and local entreprenuer, who questioned four women leaders from the Huntsville area: Jacquelyn Sylvester, M.D., of Babies, Etc., Amanda Howard of Amanda Howard Sotheby’s International Realty; Kimberly Caudle Lewis of PROJECTXYZ and UNCF North Alabama Campaign Co-Chair; and Lauren Smith of The Mane Choice.
The UNCF Women’s Leadership Philanthropist Award was presented to two women. Mrs. Ruby Vidato-Butts was awarded for her exemplary philanthropic support of students by establishing the Carvell Goodlow Caught Up Memorial Scholarship at Oakwood University. Nicole Haughton, M.D., was recognized for her hands-on mentoring program for Oakwood University Pre-Med students and establishing the Alumni and Friends MCAT Prep Fund to assist students with their MCAT fees and application.
Miss UNCF of Oakwood University 2019, MaKayla Brown, shared her appreciation to guests and supporters for their investment in students and their career development. To see more pictures from the event, please click here.
The UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. The 75-year- old organization provides operating funds for over 1,000 colleges and universities, including its 37 member institutions and other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), over 400 scholarship and internship programs for students, and faculty and administrative professional training.  For more than 75 years, UNCF has raised more than $4.8 billion to help more than 450,000 students attend college and graduate from college.
The Women’s Leadership Tea is one of a series of fundraising events for the North Alabama Campaign for the United Negro College Fund. Please join us for the culminating event, The 41st Annual UNCF Gala on April 18, 2019, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
For more information about the Gala, sponsorship or to purchase tickets, visit  www.ougiving.com  and select UNCF Gala Tickets or contact (256) 726-7201; or email  uncf@oakwood.edu.

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