Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garret to be honored at the Empower Me Summit

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At the Empower Me Summit on November 26th, Mayor Marita Garret of Wilkinsburg will be honored for her outstanding work in the community. Mayor Garret will receive the Empower Me Summit Trajectory Award, an award that serves honor those who are dedicated to the community and are making great strides to help the community grow and thrive.


Mayor Marita Garret is the 10th Mayor of Wilkinsburg and is focused on delivering results for her community and creating a healthy and thriving place for residents. Mayor Garret has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career, including the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater PA Chapter’s Community “Outreach Volunteer of the Year” and was also named “Rising African American Leader” by the African American Alumni Council at the University of Pittsburgh.


She has also been honored with a “40 Under 40 Award” by Pittsburgh Magazine and New Pittsburgh Courier and most recently was awarded “Young Democrat of the Year” by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee.


Mayor Garret is part of various organizations including Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), Young Elected Officials Network, Emerge Pennsylvania, Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD Citizens Advisory Board, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.


She earned her Master of Arts in Psychology from Chatham University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.


The Empower Me Summit is pleased to honor Mayor Marita Garret for her hard work and dedication to her community. Join us in honoring Mayor Garret tomorrow at the Empower Me Summit. For more information about this event or to purchase your ticket, click here.

The Empower Me Summit brings together some of the greatest minds in the Pittsburgh Region on a platform of collaboration, education, and inspiration for community support and black empowerment. At the Summit, attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insight and knowledge from these amazing speakers. (more…)

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The mission of the Empower Me Summit is to reset the trajectory of the black achievement in Western Pennsylvania. The Empower Me Summit provides a place where African Americans in the Pittsburgh region can share a platform for divided silos where they can educate, collaborate, and inspire an expansion in community support. The mission of the Summit goes far beyond the annual events and provides benefits to the community year-round.


The Empower Me Summit is an annual gathering of African Americans in the Pittsburgh Region where they can collaborate, educate, and inspire the expansion of community support in Western Pennsylvania. What began as a mentorship seminar has grown into a critical bridge for black empowerment and serves as a platform where respected public contributors can promote personal development and cohesiveness within the black community.


PITTSBURGH- Marlin Woods is pleased to announce the Empower Me Summit, originally known as the Empower Me Motivational Mentorship Seminar, which will be held on November 26th, 2019. The Empower Me Summit is a critical bridge for black empowerment in Western Pennsylvania and will be an evening of community collaboration towards black advancement and personal development.


Marlin Woods, founder and host of the Annual Empower Me Summit held his first seminar in November of 2017 to accommodate the requests he was receiving for mentorship. The Summit now provides Africans Americans a platform for silos to collaborate across the United States with education and inspiration as its method, and unity of a people to drive a trajectory shift.


Since 2017, Woods said the seminar has grown incredibly, growing from 55 people to over 80 the second year, and 100 in the third and where it has maintained at about 100 people.


“The seminar was a response to an overwhelming request for personal, one-on-one mentorship. I started mentoring one young man through the Pittsburgh Fellows named Bryson Edmonds. Through a successful mentoring relationship with Bryson, others had gotten the word that I was mentoring, and they became interested in personal mentorship with me,” said Woods.


Woods said he had a variety of people of all ages interested in mentoring with him, from college football players, business executives, and people desiring to start a business to pro football players, and single mothers.


“As a result of that, I acquired five different mentees, and when they continued to come, I told my wife that can’t mentor them all, so I decided that I was going to do a seminar where I can invite everyone that has requested mentorship with me,” said Woods.


At the Summit, Woods said he puts everything into it that he puts in one-on-one mentorship. “I pull to the table incredible minds because I don’t know everything about everything. Our goal is to make an impartation and to deposit wisdom and inspiration into the lives of people seeking business development or self-improvement,” said Woods.


Woods said, the Summit is now held annually every November on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.


The Empower Me Summit will be held this year on Tuesday, November 26th, at the Rivers Club, a private executive and athletic club, located at 301 Grant Street, One Oxford Centre Suite 411, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Registration opens at 5:30 pm. For more information or to register for the Summit, visit www.EmpowerMe.live.