The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., elected Michele McNeill-Emery of Baltimore, MD, as their new national president during its 16th biennial conference hosted at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, October 9-13. Michele succeeds M. DeLois Strum formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana, now of Annapolis, MD, who served as the organization’s president for four years.
The Coalition is a 32-year old advocacy organization that advocates on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NCBW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. The organization has chartered over 75 chapters, in 25 states and has a current membership of some 7500 women.
Upon being elected Michele said, “I am honored and humbled to have been selected to lead this wonderfully diverse group of socially conscience women over the next two years as we continue to speak up and speak out about the social injustices that still exist in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment not only in our own communities but across this country. Under my administration the Coalition will continue to offer an array of programs and trainings to assist women achieve their personal and professional pursuits. We will also increase and strengthen our mentoring programs for young girls that must be prepared academically and socially to face the challenges of the future.”
Michele is a seasoned health care administrator with over 30 years of progressive management experience in hospitals and federally qualified community health centers. It is there that she developed a passion for championing the rights of the uninsured and underinsured in their struggle to secure quality and affordable health care services. She is currently employed as a Practice Administrator by Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Baltimore.
For the four years immediately preceding her presidency Michele served NCBW as its national second vice-president for programs. She has been active with the organization on the national level since 2006 when she first became a member of the national board of directors and since has also served as national chair of leadership development. Michele is also a past president of NCBW’s Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter and also served as the chapter’s third vice president for fund development, in addition to chairing numerous committees. Read More...