2019 Women's Empowerment Summit

The Women’s Empowerment Summit is a full-day event with an audience of over 100 from across the state in attendance. Our goal is to bring together bright minds to give talks that are motivational and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

Sonia Pressman Fuentes, one of the Second Wave of the women's movement.

Fuentes, who was born in Berlin, Germany, came to the US with her immediate family to escape the Holocaust. She be came the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1965, one of the founders of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966, and the highest-paid woman at the headquarters of two multinational corporations.


Nikki Jacobs, model, FFFWeek 2018 MODEL; Pulp Fashion Week Model of the Year 2017 (Paris, France) 

UNCP Alumni and former educator of NC public schools, Nikki Jacobs,  is a plus size model with a passion for fashion, self-love, and body acceptance. She has an expertise in fit, runway, and commercial modeling but occasionally enjoys mentoring aspiring models as well as photography and show production. To date, Nikki has worked with larger retailers such as Belk, Ashley Stewart, Lane Bryant, and a brand ambassador for LynRoe jeans sold exclusively at Express stores. Nikki has been featured in several campaigns including a Dove billboard in Times Square in NYC, New York.  She has been featured in such magazines as POSE of NYC, Manik Magazine of NYC, Queen Size magazine and Pulp Fashion magazine in Paris.  In 2017, during her second trip to Paris to attend Pulp Fashion Week she won Model of the Year 2017-2018.  In 2018, she made history again as the first Native American to walk in the esteemed Full Figured Fashion Week in New York, the largest show in history for plus models worldwide.



Cindy Love, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development at Saint Augustine's University will present on "Emotional Intelligence." 

We are EXTRAORDINARY! However, on some days, it is hard to identify where the EXTRA begins and the ORDINARY ends. Understanding why emotional intelligence matters and how you can employ the concept to enhance your personal and professional success is critical to lead and EXCEL. Dr. Love’s presentation is designed for women who have big hearts with big responsibilities and are trying to balance the multiple facets of life.



LynnDee Horne, MS, LPCS, NCC 

LynnDee is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in North Carolina and currently serves as the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.  She has 14 years of counseling experience, 8 of which have been in the college setting. Other settings she has worked in include community mental health, private practice, the juvenile justice system, and foster care organizations. She is a certified biofeedback practitioner, teaches Mental Health First Aid, and is an instructor for the RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) system of self-defense.



Evelyn Cheek, AAS 

Evelyn is the Office Manager in Counseling and Psychological Services at UNCP. She has worked at UNCP for 20 years. She has a passion for teaching RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) and has been an instructor for 15 years. Her goal after retirement is to teach RAD in the community on a regular basis.  In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys playing softball, training for the Senior Games, and tending to her flowers.

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District Court Judge Brooke Clark


Bryana Carrington, UNCP student and Miss Greater Carolina


Cheryl Davis, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Health


Brigit Carter, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Duke University School of Nursing


Faline Locklear Dial, Robeson County Commissioner