A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to honor Milele Chikasa Anana as the Wisconsin Women of Color Network, Inc. (WWOCN) celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 23 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel.

The WWOCN assists women of color in accessing educational resources, health care, social services, and political participation as it promotes leadership, cross-cultural awareness, and spiritual and economic well being to enrich the lives of women of color, their families and their communities. Since the beginning of WWOCN in 1983, Anana, the founder and publisher of UMOJA Magazine, has supported the mission and goals of WWOCN in many ways and has spent a lifetime empowering women and youths of color.

The theme of the WWOCN Women’s History Conference will be “Celebrating Women of Achievement” and will include the recognition of women who will be honored with the 2019 WWOCN Woman of Achievement Award. This award is given each year to deserving racial-ethnic minority women who have been nominated by groups or individuals from their respective communities.

The awardees are community role models who have demonstrated commitment and service toward the improvement of the quality of life for all women, shown a high degree of professionalism in their own areas of expertise, and done well in their own personal growth and development.

The 2019 WWOCN honorees and their respective areas of achievement are:
◉ Angelina Hicks EdD, African American – Education
◉ Janet Saiz, American Indian – Community Service, Volunteer

The Rainbow Project Executive Director Sharyl Kato

◉ Sharyl J. Kato, Asian American – Public Health, Education, Arts
◉ Themis Flores, Latina – Public Health

Focusing on the conference theme, the awardees will speak on their own life experiences to serve as an
inspiration to all conference participants. A lunch buffet will be served at noon.

The Wisconsin Women of Color Network, Inc. will celebrate Women’s History Month on Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, 525 West Johnson St. in downtown Madison. The public is invited, but a reservation to attend is required. Registration Fee: $35 for adults and $15 for children 8-12 years old. The deadline to make a reservation is Monday, March 18. To make a reservation, please contact Nelia Olivencia at (608) 516-1040 or olivencn@gmail.com or Angelica Varona Camara at (414) 345-7543 or avarona.camara@gmail.com.