The Rochester Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has announced it will hold its 2015 White Rose Friendship Awards Luncheon Saturday, May 9, and Dr. Julianne Malveaux will be keynote speaker for the event.
According to officials, seating will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon will be held at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.
Malveaux, the 15th president of Bennett College for Women, is currently the founder and president of Economic Education, an organization focused on personal finance and economic policy in Washington, D.C.
In addition, an author and economist, her writings have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Essence magazine, and others, including the Minority Reporter and CNY Vision.
Malveaux also has appeared as a commentator on television networks including MSNBC, CNN, BET, ABC and PBS.
Additionally, five local women will be honored in the following categories at the event:
- The Arts, Melany J. Silas, founder and CEO of MJS Productions LLC, directed/produced ‘Black Girls’ Anthem;
- Services to Youth, Lillie Whitt-Counselor, Robert Brown High School of Construction and Design;
- Health and Human Services, Theresa Bowick, author of “Collard Green Curves;”
- National Trends and Services, Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester’s first female mayor;
- and, International Trends and Services, Terry Chaka, executive director, Baobab Cultural Center.
The White Rose Friendship Luncheon is held every other year in May, and officials said all proceeds from the event will support The Links’ programming in the areas of the award categories.
Tickets for the event are $60. Contact Greta Davis for additional information regarding the event at (585) 451-1962.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation that was established in 1946. Its membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color, in 280 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
In addition, according to the organization’s website, it is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are “committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.”