From the first day I felt as though I was in a room of people just like me. I texted my friend and told her ‘I had found my tribe.’ There was a beautiful spirit that presided over the entire conference. All the women I encountered were friendly, calm and patient.”
– Conference Attendee
The National Annual Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference was founded in 2010 by Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum. In light of the need for a space for honest, open dialogue about the challenges to health and wellness that Black women face, the conference was one of the first to foreground and connect facets of wellness beyond (but including) physical health disparities. Over the 4 years of the conference, we have welcomed women from over 30 states and from Canada.
The model of the conference is to privilege the voices and experiences of Black women through interactive workshops and sessions. Our goal each year is to provide tools and resources for women to walk away with practical strategies for achieving greater health and wellness in their lives.
At the Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference attendees choose from a variety of concurrent sessions on various wellness “tracks.” Participants share their struggles but also their strategies for achieving wellness in 7 major areas:
- physical (body)
- financial (resources)
- occupational (employment/work balance)
- social (relationships – romantic and otherwise)
- emotional (interpersonal – mental health)
We are proud of the impact that we have made this far and look forward to reaching even more women in years to come!
“I don’t know how you do it, but I have been to every conference each year the conference gets better and better! Keep up the excellent work!”
– 4-Time Conference Attendee
Previous Conference Themes:
2014: To Embody Beautiful: Healing Our Way to Happiness
2013: Sharing Intergenerational Wisdom
2012: Without Apology: Free and Balanced
2011: Overcoming the Stereotype of the Strong Black Woman