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MPLI Roanoke Regional Conference

MPLI Roanoke Regional Conference

Friday June 26, 2009

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center

110 Shenandoah Avenue

Roanoke, Virginia


The Minority Political Leadership Institute is a collaborative initiative of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Foundation and the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. Launched in 2004, MPLI is offered in collaboration with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and has received consistent support from the General Assembly and the governor's office.

This year, MPLI is offering a one-day conference to promote leadership development for individuals in the Roanoke Region who are interested in assuming leadership roles on issues relevant to minority and underserved communities. The day will begin with health information and free blood pressure screening during program registration, followed by the keynote speaker, the Honorable Delegate Onzlee Ware from the 11th District, and ending with two concurrent afternoon sessions.

Participants wishing to attend the conference are encouraged to register in advance at a rate of $45. To register for the conference, please follow this registration link. Confirmations will be issued via email.

Conference Agenda

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.            Conference Registration

Health information/blood pressure screening

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.            Keynote Luncheon

Delegate Onzlee Ware (D) 11th District


1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.                Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Addressing Healthcare Disparities in the Roanoke Region

Nathaniel Bishop, Vice President-Administration
Carilion Clinic


Jose Goyos, D.O., Osteopathic Medicine

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital


Robin Haldiman

CHIP of Roanoke


Stephanie L. Harper, M.D., M.P.P., District Health Director (Invited)
Virginia Department of Health


Session B: 21st Century Concerns of the Roanoke Region

Hollani Davis, News 7 Anchor



Ceasor Johnson, Sr., City Council/Ward II Representative
City of Lynchburg


Anita Price, City Council/Council Member
City of Roanoke


Kimble Reynolds, Jr., Esquire, Vice Mayor
City of Martinsville


Sherman Saunders, Mayor
City of Danville

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.                Networking and Wrap-up


Virginia Commonwealth University