The co-founder of a local activist group has been promoted at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Jazzma Holland is a co-founder of Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge. She was just promoted to be the director at Upward Bound at UW-L.
Holland is presenting a Black Women’s Empowerment Conference in La Crosse on Aug. 28.
She created the conference to motivate Black women within Wisconsin to recognize their gifts and actively take steps to reach their leadership and entrepreneurial goals.
Holland told Z93 she was inspired when she went to a conference in Atlanta 3 years ago focused on black women being leaders.
“I left that conference feeling so empowered and motivated to actually start my show, All That Jazz,” Holland said.
“I wanted to be able to bring something like that to Wisconsin, because a lot of times we, as women, feel as though we are juggling so many tasks. … We feel like sometimes you cannot go after our dreams, because we just have so much on our plate. But the reality is, that we can accomplish those goals that we have for ourselves, and we can do that by reaching out to other amazing black women that are here within our state that are also doing those things as well.”
The daytime event will be at Viterbo University with speakers from across the state.
“It’s amazing knowing that these women are literally a couple of hours away from each other,” Holland said. “We’re all here within the same state, so it won’t be too much for us to just hop in the car one day, go and meet them and you’ll be able to just network and you know, enjoy that sisterhood or just learning how to elevate ourselves even more.”
That evening will be the All That Jazz kickback party at Maple Grove Venues to network in a more social atmosphere with food, music, and dancing.
“This conference is all about black women coming together in Wisconsin. Networking, sharing our tips and tricks on how to reach our goals, how to balance life, how to just better ourselves as individuals.”
They’re also looking for community members interested in donating for scholarships for attendees. If you’re able, you can reach out to Jazzma HERE.