by Eleana Elan
Defender Contributing Writer
Black Women in higher education will descend upon Chicago to convene and celebrate the power of being a Black woman. Chicago was chosen as the site of the 2015 National Conference of The Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE). Chicago Chapter President Cynthia Armster says,   “Chicago is the perfect backdrop for ABWHF to reflect on who we are as Black women in the academy, how far we’ve come to breakdown barriers and remove the glass ceiling and to explore collectively what the future holds for those of us who are committed to challenging the status quo—to make a difference.”
The theme title of the conference says it all, “Excellence to Eminence: The Transformative Power of Black Women in the Academy.” The Conference goes from October 14 through16, 2015, at the University of Illinois Student Center, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607.
The Planned program is richly textured and colorful featuring a star-studded line up of A+ speakers and workshops. Each speaker and presenter are speaker dynamic making a difference in the world. Thursday’s keynote is Chicago’s own Dr. Carol Adams. 
Dr.  Carol L. Adams, PhD. is Founder and CEO of Urban Prescriptives, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in program and organizational development for enterprises engaged in educational, social and cultural practice. This venture merges the diverse experiences that comprise her remarkable career and her commitment to asset-based and data-driven models for social change.  
Dr. Adams  recently ended her tenure as  President and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History Under leadership  she raised over $15 million as well the visibility of the venerated institution through the “Du Something” branding campaign and the implementation of a host of well-received public programs. Historic re-enactments of the March on Washington and African American participation in the Civil War, the creation of a mobile museum, the presentation of jazz concerts and dance on the grounds of the museum represent a sampling of those initiatives. Further the Museum hosted heads of state from six African countries and sponsored study-travel tours to Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil.
As an applied sociologist, Adams has astutely moved from theory to practice in a number of key positions, including Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, the state’s largest agency with a staff of 14,000 and a budget of over $5 billion dollars; Director of Resident Services and Programs at the Chicago Housing Authority; and Director of Museums and Public Schools (MAPS).
Dr. Adams has taught at a number of universities and served as Director of the Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, Dean of Adult and Continuing Education at Kennedy-King College and Director of African American Studies at Loyola University.
To her credit Dr. Adams has raised over $400 million dollars for a variety of agencies and institutions, both public and private.
Grounded in her commitment to the African American  community you will find her full force participating at the helm making a difference in Black lives. She is an active board member  on a number of boards including the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, ETA Creative Arts Foundation, the Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago and the state of Illinois’ Amistad Commission.
If you want to be in the mix amongst the numerous dynamic women of stature who will be in Chicago for the conference, then make yourself a date and join The Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE).

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