2013 Phi Beta Sigma Western Region Leadership Conference bringing awareness to “Gentlemen Don’t John” and Leadership Development

Western Region ConferenceBy Vanessa McConnell

Las Vegas Informer

In April 2013 Las Vegas will be the premiere city for the 2013 Phi Beta Sigma Western Region Leadership Conference. This 2013 Leadership Conference will offer a variety of development leadership skills, networking, entertainment and business opportunities for chapters and individuals inside and out of the fraternity. The entire goal of the 2013 Leadership Conference is to bring mass awareness, opportunities and support to communities throughout the nation, starting with one cause at a time. This 2013 Leadership Conference will focus on the increased awareness of Human Trafficking with the “Gentlemen Don’t John” Campaign in association with Nu(me)r.a.l.s. and Bridget’s Dream.

The 2013 Leadership Conference will take place April 11 through April 14 at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. Day One of the 2013 Leadership Conference will start with a Town Hall Meeting focusing on the Human Trafficking Campaign “Gentlemen Don’t John” from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. with an impressive set of panelists that include Chida R Warren-Darby CEO/Founder of Nu(me)r.a.l.s.,  Judi Patterson Program Director for Nu(me)r.a.l.s., Leah Albright Executive Director for Bridget’s Dream and Kahlifa King Founder and CEO of Harmonious Solutions. Understanding how serious the Human Trafficking issue has escalated to, the 2013 Leadership Conference is extending invitations to community leaders, local businesses and representatives of law enforcement agencies to participate in the panel as well.

sigma_lasvegasREVISED2Also Thursday April 11, Phi Beta Sigma Western Region Presents Troy Rawlings Raw & Uncut Tour at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Troy Rawlings Raw & Uncut Tour is a traveling Sex, Love and Relationship forum where the audience can participate and be as Raw and Uncut as they want while asking and answering questions about some of society’s deep relationship and sexual taboos. This event provides education and entertainment for adults. Comedy, book signings, and music in a fun, comfortable atmosphere along with a Sex & Relationship forum that is sure to have participants begging for more.

The weekend will kick off Friday with an Awards Breakfast followed by a host of Workshops, Seminars Meetings and Forums wrapping the night up at the Sigma Ultra Lounge with a mix of spoken word and R&B. Saturday will also host a variety of workshops and meetings, but once the sun goes down the excitement begins. From 5pm to 7pm Phi Beta Sigma Western Region will host a Pageant/Dinner. The conference will be highlighted by the crowning of Miss PBS Western Region, who will represent the region for two years and compete for the honor of being crowned Miss Phi Beta Sigma International.

What would the Leadership Conference be without the Western Region Step show and after parties? Step show ticket also allows you to attend all official after parties both onsite and off promising everyone a great time! For the first time ever, the Western Region will also be inviting the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Sigma Gamma Rho Sororities participate in the Western Region’s Step Show for a $1000 winner take all prize. Emcee NICE, DJ Hustle along with Special GUESTS will be performing live during the step show and will kick off the after party. The night will end with a Collegiate Party and Alumni “Grown & Sexy” Party at the Tropicana from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m. For information on 2013 Phi Beta Sigma Leadership Conference in Las Vegas visit www.pbswesternregion.org.

Step ShowThe establishment of Phi Beta Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., was started February 15, 1937 when Bro. William Perry directed a letter to Bro, Jessie W. Lewis, Dean of Terrell Law School, Washington, DC, requesting information for the chartering of a chapter in Los Angeles, CA. Since its inception, Phi Beta Sigma Chapter has been a pillar of strength in the Western Region. The Chapter has overseen the development of the Region, by chartering numerous chapters as well as providing leadership for the region. From the inception of the Western Region in 1942, 14 members of Phi Beta Sigma Chapter have served as Regional Directors, including the first Western Regional Director, Bro. Clarence Muse. Phi Beta Sigma Chapter has also seen 11 of its members be inducted into the National Distinguished Service Chapter. Phi Beta Sigma Chapter spearheaded the effort to bring the National Conclave to Los Angeles in 1948, 1966 and again in 2005.

Nu(me)r.a.l.s. (New Me, Restored and Liberated Survivor) strives to positively reconstruct the minds of young women who are statistically fighting for their lives. Staggering statistics suggest, more and more teen girls are falling victim to pitfalls such as abuse from peers and family members, unplanned pregnancies, high school graduation failures, suicides, and crime. Nu(me)r.a.l.s. is designed to help our young women combat and recover from poor decisions, ensuring that they will not stay a “statistic” or become one.

Bridget’s Dream is a faith-based nonprofit organization built on Biblical principles and dedicated to providing practical services to victims, their families, and youth at-risk of exploitation. We believe in the sound integration of psychological and biblical principles. We recognize that we are in a war and our battle strategy must come from the King of kings.

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