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Delaware’s Lt Governor Challenges WWABC Attendees to Pursue Passions at Women’s Conference

March 11, 2019

Attendees of the WILDE Network Women’s Wellness and Business Conference were challenged by Delaware’s Lt Governor Bethany Hall-Long to pursue their passions regardless of obstacles they may have encountered. Over 150 attendees of the conference pledged to do just that as well as take up her challenge to implement self-care, focus on total wellness and live outside the box. 

The conference was organized by author, TEDx speaker, certified coach and Air Force Captain, Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti who said the one-day, three-session event exceeded all expectations.

 “Women left understanding the importance of focusing on their mental, physical, spiritual and financial wellness, and were also equipped with the knowledge to succeed in all four areas,” said Nkwenti. “There were sessions where women got up and moved to Zumba, learned how to walk by faith, write a book, manage their finances, enhance their businesses, and much more. It was a very fulfilling experience and we’ve received phenomenal feedback with attendees promising to bring at least one person to next year’s event.”

Nkwenti said many of the participants expressed how they were going to apply the lessons learned in the sessions to their personal and professional lives. 

The event took place during Women’s History Month and Blood Clot Awareness Month, two campaigns that hit close to Nkwenti’s heart. 

“As I was in the midst of planning this event, my sister, Agnes, died suddenly as a result of a Bilateral Pulmonary Embolism, commonly known as a blood clot,” she said. “It was heartwarming for my parents to be presented with a memorial tribute in Agnes’ honor, issued by Governor John Carney and Lt Governor Bethany Hall-Long to create more awareness on the blood clot.” 

Conference Host and CEO of WILDE, Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti, and Lt Gov Bethany Hall-Long

Three community leaders were honored with the “Jessie Arrey-Mbi Leadership and Service Award” for their exceptional service and leadership. Honorees included: Stephanie Staats, who is the CEO of the YWCA Delaware, Inc; Erika Broadwater, who is the president of the National Association of African American in Human Resources and Pamela Rizzo who is the CEO of The Women’s Journal.

“It brought me much joy to be with my mother and the Lt. Governor as we gave out awards to the honorees. It also reminded us that it is so important to acknowledge people while they are still alive, and to also live in fulfillment each day”

The event was emceed by Troy Farmer and Dr. Eunice Gwanmesia. Medical Aesthetician, Dr. Edith Delight debuted her new skincare line, X.CAPE, and also provided onsite skincare analysis and recommended treatment options. Eurykah Ndumu, CEO of Asheris Events Planning and Décor brought glamour to the stage, and entertainment was provided by Michelle Danette of Remnant Sounds. 

Speakers included Jasmine Womack, Nancy Joy Dozier, Kashawn Milligan, Keeley P. Mitchell, Jaya Jaya Myra, Nicolette Wilson, Eustacia Gibson, Andrea Watkins-Cropper, Lashawn Gee, Shade` Y. Adu, Brooke Miles, Jessica Smith Moyer, and Sheneyra Wilson.

The Women’s Wellness and Business Conference is scheduled to return to Delaware on March 14, 2020.

By Arthia Nixon for WILDE