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Thank you for considering me as Keynote speaker for your area. I was born, raised, educated and active in many organizations and activities in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Cheyney and Media in PA and in other nearby states, (DE, MA, NJ, NY, OH, VI, WV) and in DC. I have been engaged in many activities, organizations, events and more, from which I have made lots of connections, achieved many goals and gained knowledge I wish to share, especially in those places where I originated. I am an Educator/Singer/Speaker/Business Owner: multi-lingual vocalist, songwriter & literary writer/speaker, hula dancer, teacher, and designer of innovative programs aimed responding to interests in education and entertainment and to the resolution of a variety of social concerns. I am also the singer, song writer and band leader of The Jazz Generation band, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational band, established in 2003. I am proud to be CEO, Sole proprietor and Social Entrepreneur of Creative Concepts Systems (CCS), a parent company, which has 3 divisions: WomenWorldCulture.com, International Association for Women of Color Day & The Jazz Generation band. I have a concurrent history as an educator, including decades as a tutor in English. Inspired by American Sign Language among hearing impaired family members, I always wanted to be an English teacher. Life has provided me with opportunities to teach many subjects and topics, from research, study, creative work and wide travel. In the process, I have become informed on many topics and enjoy sharing what I have learned. I am also committed to recognition of giftedness among people everywhere. Education: BA, Education & English, LaSalle U, Maxima cum laude; Washington State U, MA, English/Creative Writing; ABD (all but dissertation) for doctorates in Adult Education/Administration of Justice, Penn State U and Educational Leadership and Change, The Fielding Institute. Positions Held: Director, Multi-Cultural Center, California State University, Sacramento. Co-owner/Educational Design/Development Specialist, Sign Language Systems, State College, PA Affirmative Action Director, Penn State U System, University Park, PA. Affirmative Action Director, U of Nevada, Reno. Director, Science Supportive Services, Washington State U, Pullman. Employment: AT&T Telephone/Teletype operator & CWA Union Steward; Police Woman, Philadelphia. Selected Community Programs/Entertainment/Show Examples: 2005 2nd Sunday Jazz at the YWCA: poets, musicians, artists, crafters, 2005 “Suzanne Brooks Vocals and Hula,” Wellspring Women’s Shelter. Literary Arts: poems, fiction, non-fiction, creating musicals, managing editor of publications. "Ins and Outs (1979)"; "Ins and Outs: Poems and Stories from the 70’s" 2003) "Escape Is Not An Option: Poems, Stories and an Essay from the 1980’s – 1990’s" 2003). Essence Magazine; Faultlines (West Coast Poetry); Kamiak Review (Washington State University).. Musical Arts: multi-lingual vocalist, bandleader, writer, and director/producer of 12 CDs, 4 musicals, and 8 original songs. Theater Art: INTERACT (Interactive Asian Contemporary Theater); 11/20/22, "Great Women of Jazz, 1890 to 1990," annual San Francisco Regional "Mensa Presents Brilliance by the Bay 2021." AMONG TOPICS AVAILABLE: "Founding of the First Pal for Girls in the U.S (Police Athletic League)" "Policewomen: Roles and Impact" "Tutor: Valuable Student Support; Family Asset; Rewarding Career" "Total Communication: An Innovative Approach to Resolving Social Problems" "The Autoethnography of An Activist: Addressing Inequalities in Education" "A New Approach to Child Support: Aiding Children Without Demonizing Parents" "Why Everyone (in the U.S.) Should Know 2 Or More Language and How It Can Be Done." "Are You A Gifted Person? What Are The Signs? Recognizing Self Power" (This is not about math.) "Life-long Learning: Never Too Late to Live While Alive" More on request . . . . . . Memberships: National Assn. Women Business Owners; MENSA, Sacramento Mediation Center; Sacramento Better Business Bureau 5 Star Rating.
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