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Women's Empowerment Focus of Conference

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RALEIGH — Several thousand women came to Raleigh's CivicCenter Saturday for tips on better managing their lives and focusing onsuccess. Keynote speaker was Rolanda Watts, a Winston-Salem native whohas hosted a tv talk show.

"Women's Empowerment and Networking '97" was aimed at African-Americanwomen between the ages of 25 and 54, and consisted of seminars oneducation, health, image, communication and financial management. Alsopopular were the vendors, who offered clothing, art, jewelry, insuranceand classes.

Watts, the daughter of a dentist, spoke for an hour, using her owncareer moves to demonstrate empowerment. She took in stride kidding abouta recent marriage proposal from singer James Brown, the Godfather of Soul,declaring no wedding is in the offing.

Many women attended the conference to network and share experiences.

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