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Young Professionals Leadership conference a success, says GOP leader from Wilmington

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Minority leadership event looks to empower young professionals

 By Stephanie Bowens

Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 at 6:45 p.m.
Pender County Commissioner Jimmy Tate and his team at Progressive Quality Solutions and Associates Inc. are seeking to empower young professionals to become strong future leaders.

The Young Professionals Minority Leadership conference presented by the organization, focused on helping participants learn about “achieving success through leadership, took place Sunday and Monday at the Coastline Conference and Event Center, 501 Nutt St., in Wilmington.

“The goal for this conference is to help many who would not otherwise possibly have an opportunity to learn about leadership achieve leadership skills, and to let them realize their potential of leadership, to understand their self worth, self value and improve their self-esteem and know that through God they can do all things,” Tate said.

While working in education, Tate said he's unable to share his faith or introduce a “spiritual component” to his students, but he says having spirituality is important in life and in leadership, and can help young professionals who feel stuck in a rut. 

This conference, he said, will provide opportunity to include an emphasis on faith. 

John Dismukes, active Young Republican from Wilmington, attended the sessions, and noted that he was impressed with the quality of the program and the obvious interest on the part of those in attendance.

“I left the conference feeling very encouraged. I spoke with young folks from all over the state. My message that I tried to impart on all of them is that: “the world is yours”, in America every individual has the ability to self-determination," said Dismukes. 
The two day conference included workshops on academic success, political awareness, and behavior modification. Presenters included Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, NC Central University Chancellor Charles Becton, and Baltimore County schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Edward Newsome.