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Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Foundation Comes To Jacksonville, Florida For The First Time On April 15th For Their PowHERful Enrichment Conference

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Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond today announce that their PowHERful Enrichment Conference will be coming to Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, April 15th. In partnership with WJCT, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, Lyft, SteinMart and, the PowHERful Enrichment Conferences give young women in and surrounding the Jacksonville area opportunities that have been presented around the country.

Coming to Jacksonville for the first time, the PowHERful Enrichment Conference will feature local notables including Jacksonville Mayor’s Chief of Staff Kerri Stewart, entertainer Akia Uwanda, Glenda Hopkins the first female firefighter for Jacksonville, FL, and notable business woman Nicole Lester. In addition, other speakers and panelist of the day include Soledad O’Brien, WWL-TV New Orleans Anchor Sheba Turk, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida General Counsel Deborah Pond, Peoplr CEO Amy McGeorge, Stein Mart VP of General Merchandise Sandra Spinelli, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager April Patterson.

The PowHERful Foundation exists to provide young women in underserved communities the resources necessary to succeed. More than just providing financial assistance to its scholarship honorees, the PowHERful Foundation creates a customized support program for each participant to ensure they reach their potential, encompassing mentorship and wraparound support.

Says Deborah Pond, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida’s General Counsel and PowHERful Foundation board member:“Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is proud to partner with PowHERful to support educational opportunities for young women. This is a priority for our company, as we value the economic empowerment of women. PowHERful’s Enrichment Conferences provide invaluable information and strategies for young women as they gather the tools necessary for their future success.”

Says Prashanthi Rao Raman, PowHERful Board Member and Senior Public Policy Manager for Lyft: “Lyft is proud to serve as the official transportation sponsor for the PowHERful Foundation Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Transportation is often a barrier to career advancement, and we are happy to play a small part in helping these impressive young women gain tangible skills to pursue their dreams.”

 Lyft will be providing conference attendees $15 in Lyft ride credits to help them get to and from the event on Saturday.


About The PowHERful Foundation

The PowHERful Foundation was founded by Emmy Award-winning Soledad O’Brien, and Brad Raymond as a 501(c)3 in 2011. The mission of the PowHERful Foundation is to get young women to, and through, college. The organization provides financial assistance, mentorship, and wraparound support to help their scholars achieve their highest potentials. Currently, PowHERful serves 25 scholars in their educational pursuits, and reaches a broader audience through its national PowHERful™ Enrichment Conferences, a free day-long conference for high school- and college-aged young women.  #powHERful

About Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (“Coca-Cola Florida”), headquartered in Tampa, is one of the largest privately held, independent Coca-Cola bottlers in the United States. Coca-Cola Florida became an independent bottler in May of 2015, initially serving distribution territories in Central Florida. Today, Coca-Cola Florida employs over 4,500 associates and serves customers, consumers and communities of the Sunshine State across seventeen (17) distribution territories located throughout North, Central and South Florida. As the local steward of the world’s most complete non-alcoholic ready-to-drink portfolio of consumer-centric beverages and brands, including over 600 unique products and twenty billion-dollar brands, Coca-Cola Florida is fully committed to delivering mutually beneficial value propositions to its local partners and being an integral part of every community it serves. For more information, visit #cokeflorida

About Lyft

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S and is available in more than 300 cities. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.