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Wednesday, September 6 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Hood to Hooded: The Power Over our Decisions

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Key Deliverables: 1. Navigating a Career being Black 2. Finding Your Authentic Voice 3) The Power of Your Choices, 4) The Power of Mentors and Allies, 5) The Intersection of being Black  in America

Hood to Hooded is a powerful, memorable book that explores the unjust racial and gender bias in corporate America. It fills the growing desire for education and awareness that has sparked an increase in sales of books addressing these discriminatory issues in the United States.

In this keynote the story opens with the heart-wrenching recognition of a 5-year-old Black child who looks and feels different and, as such, begins to think differently. Her passion grows in the recognition that the fight for Black women’s equal pay must address race and gender biases that erode the Black woman’s dreams and the ability to thrive.

It evolves with a touching portrayal of black feminist thought…an aspiring Black woman who chooses to advocate for a unique group that exists within our society. It is where we find the intersectional processes of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation that shapes the future of young African American women through their individual and collective consciousness, self-confidence, and actions. As Hood to Hooded unfolds, Dr. Cooper is open and vulnerable about her struggles, fears, and the disappointments of a troubled life—and her ultimate response to them. Education and advocacy came in the form of bold new courage inspired by and through a mentoring program that can and will change the future.

American Award-winning journalist Cynthia Newsome noted, “This book provides insight into the Black woman’s experience that will help generations of women who follow.

The event will be opened to all who are interested in the book signing.

CONTENT WARNING: This keynote touches on drug addition and sexual assault. This content may be disturbing for those that have experienced trauma. A trigger may be something as simple as one word like “rape” or more complex, like a detailed description of a violent act.

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Cheryl Cooper

Business Information Security Officer & Author, T-Mobile
Dr. Cheryl Cooper is a US Naval Veteran, holding a Doctorate in Computer Science, Information Assurance. She is a speaker and author. In her corporate position as a Business Information Security Officer, she is considered a cybersecurity thought leader. Cheryl has 15+ years of Cybersecurity... Read More →

Wednesday September 6, 2023 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
JW Marriott Nashville - Emory