(FYI this is much longer than my typical monthly posts!)
My first official job as an event photographer was amazing in so many different ways! Andrea Merriman hosted the Purpose Up Symposium in Albemarle, NC, gathering women from around the country to talk about how to find your purpose in life and how to propel power into it! The proceeds funded the Jennifer Y. Merriman H.E.L.P. Program, started in memory of Andrea’s daughter (and one of my good friends), Jennifer, who was a victim of domestic violence.
The amount of strength, wisdom, and power that exuded each and every woman in attendance amazed me! There were multiple speakers that each shared their own ideas on how to “propel power into your purpose”, creating a successful first Purpose Up Symposium! I can’t wait to see the strength that it grows next year.
And the symposium begins!
Dr. Nadia Brown began the two-day symposium with a VIP presentation about how to “lead like a lady”!
Dr. Brown gave the participants an insight into her book, “Leading Like a Lady”.
A table was decorated in memory of Jennifer Merriman, who was a victim of domestic violence.
Memoriam part 2
Tiffany’s at First and Main provided a wonderful atmosphere for the event!
The Sunday night banquet
Andrea Merriman, mother of Jennifer Merriman and founder of the Jennifer Y. Merriman H.E.L.P. Program.
Sherre Bishop performed her one-woman show, “From the Motherland to the Promise Land”.
Day two kicks off!
Ruthi Cohen-Joyner started the morning with meditation tips and exercises.
Ruthi led the group in a technique called “tapping”, which involves tapping key areas of the body in a specific pattern.
Dr. Nicole Sherrill-Corry taught the group how to define their purpose.
Joyce Kyles spoke via video recording on how to handle life after leaving an abusive relationship.
Lori Pelzer pumped up the group by showing them how to let their purpose, not their tragedy, define them.
Keynote speaker Sherre Bishop told the crowd how to (and why you should) tell your story.
Paula Michelle Farmer explained the danger of procrastination and how it leads you away from your purpose.
Dr. Nadia Brown spoke
Power poses are key to a positive attitude!
Lillie Hancock gives a demonstration on the power of influence.
Andrea Merriman explains the entities of the Jennifer Y. Merriman H.E.L.P. Program, which helps women deal with life during and after an abusive relationship/situation.
One of the women who have graduated from the H.E.L.P. program explains how important it was to gain control of her life again.
Another graduate of the H.E.L.P. program, supported by her daughter, gives an emotional encounter of her life before and after completing the H.E.L.P. program.
Deadra Hall, Andrea Merriman’s sister, closed out the symposium.