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This year's event

The Office for Diversity and Inlcusion at WT is partnering with Morgan Stanley The Dinga/Hollingsworth Group at Morgan Stanley for the 2021 Women in Pearls event. This night of empowerment supports scholarships for women at WT. Everyone who purchases a seat will be entered into a drawing for a strand of genuine pearls. Tickets are available for purchase during the event for opportunities to win prizes.
To register for the event go to:https://apps.wtamu.edu/forms/women-in-pearls.php
To pay by credit card, call the WTAMU Foundation at 806-651-2070or send checks to: WTAMU Foundation, Box 6766, Canyon, TX 79016. For more information, call the Office for Diversity and Inlcusion at 806-651-8482or email diversity-inclusion@wtamu.edu.

 

Featuring Keynote Speaker Genai Walker-Macklin, a former WNBA player and current financial advisor with Morgan Stanley

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Raised in rural Arkansas, Genai was a standout scholar-athlete in high school. After college, she was recruited by Coates Sports Management, making her dream of becoming a professional basketball player a reality. She played in numerous countries, as well as stints in the WNBA with teams, such as the Tulsa Shock and Atlanta Dream. 

In 2012, Genai unlaced her basketball shoes and to take on the role of financial advisor. Genai has worked for Morgan Stanley since 2014, and is a specialist in the wealth management wealth planning process. Genai and her husband, Demitrius now live in Garland, Texas.

 

More about the initiative

In September 2019, Angela Allen Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers at WT, was selected as part of the NAOW Summit Delegation sponsored by the Global Institute of Diversity and Change. Members of the Delegation traveled to Lagos, Badagry, and Abuja, Nigeria. The delegation met with students’ faculty and staff at Abuja University to discuss study abroad opportunities between WTAMU and Abuja. While there Allen presented her first NAWO Talk (TEDTalk) for Nigerian business leaders, dignitaries, and students. Her topic was, “The Importance of Learning through Diverse Lens” Allen also made presentations to women and girls who are Internally Displaced People (IDP’s). IDP’s are people who have been displaced to a safe location within their own country due to conflict, natural disasters.

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Allen presented her Girls in Pearls Empowerment presentation in the IDP village which is a variation of the Women in Pearls Empowerment fundraiser for the Diversity Office at WTAMU. While in Nigeria, the NAOW delegation were christened Nigerian names in a traditional naming ceremony in commemoration of the four centuries of the first Africans slaves to arrive in Virginia, United States.