MCC hosts third annual Sisterhood Success Summit


More than a hundred women, including students, faculty and staff, gathered at Metropolitan Community College for the third annual Sisterhood Success Summit.

The event was held in the MCC-Penn Valley Education Center.

The event, held Nov. 4 on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, offered women of color an opportunity to learn about matters they face in their communities, as well as on high school and college campuses.

The theme of the summit was “Creating Balance.” Special focus was placed on initiatives that involve coaching and mentoring, with emphasis on program development for student leaders.

Melissa Patterson Haz;ley
Melissa Patterson-Hazley

Melissa Patterson-Hazley,  Ph.D., was the keynote speaker. Patterson-Hazley is a part-time psychology instructor at MCC-Penn Valley. The Kansas City native also teaches in UMKC’s Higher Education program and runs her own small business, Hazley & Associates.

On the topic of balance, Hazley stated in her bio for the event that her most important job is being a wife and mother. Her approach to “balancing family and work can be summed up with one motto: Charity starts at home.”

Hazley’s talk was followed by sessions on topics ranging from college and professional growth to cultural competency to financial empowerment.

Participants also watched an etiquette fashion show, demonstrating the “Do’s and Don’ts of Presenting your Best Self.” It was a showcase of appropriate dress etiquette  as it relates to self-presentation without compromising personal style and comfort. The show was presented by EarKandie Model Academy.

Facebook post by Bosede Iyewarun, owner of EarKandie Model Academy

MCC would like to thank all of the speakers and panelists:

  • Melissa Patterson-Hazley
  • Chantell Garrett
  • Arzie Umali
  • Yo Jackson
  • Arlivia White
  • Celia Hancock
  • Marquita Miller
  • Nibal Henderson
  • Bosede Iyewarun
  • EarKandie Model Academy