Livingstone’s Women in History Brunch is Saturday

Published 12:37 am Thursday, March 7, 2019

SALISBURY – Livingstone College will host its annual brunch observing women’s history this weekend.

The Katherine W. Osborne Women in History Brunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, 530 Jake Alexander Blvd. S.

The guest speaker will be LaKesha Womack, owner and lead consultant of Womack Consulting Firm, a minister, and the author of “When All Hell Breaks Loose,” “Success Secrets for the Young and Fabulous” and “Unlynched: An Economic Empowerment Doctrine for African-Americans.”

Womack’s firm provides brand management, leadership training, strategic planning and political consulting to clients across the globe through seminars and one-on-one consultations with professionals, nonprofit organizations, churches, colleges and universities, and businesses.

She has served as a business development presenter for numerous chambers of commerce and professional groups. Womack specializes in working with newly formed teams, fractured teams and boards of directors to teach leadership and professional development strategies that enhance communication, build brand recognition and improve meeting effectiveness.

Womack earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University, is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and is pursuing a master’s degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Forbes’ Coaches Council as a thought leader on leadership topics and contributes to with more than 40 business tips provided on its Expert Panel forum.

She is a contributor on two published books, is the published author of 10 books ,and has been featured in numerous publications and interviews providing financial literacy tips, business advice and community engagement strategies. She recently launched LaKesha’s Leadership Circle, a membership platform to provide personal and professional development resources for individuals seeking to maximize their potential.

The Women in History Brunch was started in 2000 to honor the achievements of women, said Deborah Johnson, UNCF director at Livingstone College. Katharine W. Osborne, a former educator, writer and philanthropist, sponsored a writers symposium at Catawba College and wanted to do something similar at Livingstone College to bring awareness to the students and the community about African-American female authors and their literary contributions.

This idea became the Women in History Brunch celebration, which is held annually during National Women in History Month in March. Osborne sponsored the brunch until her death in 2008.

Women are asked to wear hats and participate in a hat show, though that is not required to attend.

Tickets are $30 each. All proceeds benefit UNCF. Food Lion is the corporate sponsor.

For more information, call Deborah Johnson at 704-216-6118 or email