About Pro Voice

­ProVoice (ProVoz) Movement. Lifting Leaders to New Levels. Living, Lifting,Launching, Leveraging, Leading, Balancing LIFE and Legacy.

History

Our founder and leader, Ambassador SUJAY

50 years ago, both the historic March on Washington and the Women’s Liberation movement began in America. Both were about civil rights, human rights and dignity; and gender rights and income equality.

In October 2013, the ProVoice Movement was born, the 21st century answer to both. It is a Faith Feminism movement, including, involving and impacting women of color, especially Blacks, Latinas, Asian and Native Americans, and women of faith, at every step. It is our response to the limiting, dividing choices given to us by others, as to whether we are Pro Life or Pro Choice, as though we only have two options in only two areas of our lives. We declare that we are ProVoice, having voice in every arena of our lives, celebrating, motivating, accelerating, and creating more female leaders in every arena and every sector, from “C” Street to “the C Suite”.

ProVoice took 9 months to birth. Conceived by Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook, the 3rd US Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, known as “Ambassador Sujay”, or “Ambassador in Chief” as the President’s and Secretary’s advisor, she saw women absent from the “table”. Sisters globally were asking “How to get to the top, stay on top and not ‘topple’ over”. She is responding. It takes those of us who have had education, success and access, to help others not only enter but excel and exceed expectations. She responds to Sheryl Sandberg by saying,“ We can’t LEAN IN until we GET IN.” She responds to Ann Marie Slaughter by stating “Women CAN have it all, but not all at once”, and she responds to Arianna Huffington by declaring, after a six month Siesta/Selah/Sabbatical, that not only will we “Thrive”, but we are “Alive”:She’s rested, restored and READY for our next chapter.


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What is ProVoice/ProVoz?

It is a movement of women of faith and Christian women, willing to partner with other women of faith. When joined together, la “junta”, Black and Latina women, along with Asian and Native American women, can be a true economic, political and leading force in America and in the world. Starting in the US, it will focus on 4 US cities to begin, including tristate New York, Washington DC (and DMV), Los Angeles and Chicago.

Structure

Pro Voice will have representation from both Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.


Board Members:

  • Shirley Scott
  • Yokanda Caldwell
  • Suzan Johnson Cook, Board Chair and CEO

Strategies

  • ProVoice has been certified/registered as a 50l c 4, in NY State and we are working on dual alignment as a 50l c 3. We are permitted to participate in Political and national activities.
  • Faith, Family, Friendships, Funds, and Fortitude are central themes as we begin to concentrate on what Ambassador Sujay describes as the “WELLL” theory:
    • W-Women and Wealth
    • E-Excelling and Enterprising with Excellence in All arenas.
    • L-Leadership Tools and Strategies
    • L-Life Balance
    • L-Legacy
  • Seminars, workshops, and networking
    • The beginnings of the movement will be executed with seminars, workshops, conversations that unify, not divide, seeking common ground and issues, and developing relationships and friendships, withfrequent guest speakers who can inform and share with women LEADERS.
  • Technology
    • Technology will be used to multiply the impact, via Skype and webinars and phone conferences. However, as much in person, sister to sister, Hermana a Hermana, interaction that can be used, the better
  • Monthly gatherings
    • Called “Wonderful Wednesdays for Women” or “The Sister Gatherings”, monthly gatherings will begin to occur, and a Sisters’ Summit will be planned to bring all units together.
  • Build a website for mass communication and information

Timline

The plan is to begin building a website, and make a public “launch” announcement on Wed June 11th in NYC, and begin Sister Gatherings/Wonderful Wednesdays for Women” in the Fall. Immediately, memberships, sponsorships and donations are being sought, as well as a “Black and Brown” motivational tour, for October in Los Angeles.

Membership

Individuals can join at $l00 per year. Individuals can join at $150 per year, Includes all sessions discounts at special events and sisterhood with dynamic women of color leaders.

SixFounding members have joined and paid their annual membership dues for 2014: Dr. Ramona Edelin, Joann Stevens, (DC)Rev. Diane Akers, Linda Johnson Thomas, Rev. Cynthia Terry (md)and Ambassador Sujay ( NYC).

Audience

Any female identifying as or seeking to be a leader.