Higher Purpose Co. to host annual women empowerment summit at MVSU Oct. 4

September 21, 2018


ITTA BENA, Miss.—Higher Purpose Co. is headed to Mississippi Valley State University Thursday, Oct. 4, to host its 3rd Annual #MoneyPurposeSuccess Women Empowerment Summit designed to help women entrepreneurs launch or elevate their business.

Co-founded by MVSU alumnus Timothy Lampkin (‘08), Higher Purpose Co. is a nonprofit social impact agency based in Clarksdale, Miss., whose mission is to build community wealth in low-income areas of Mississippi by supporting the ownership of businesses, land, and culture.

The summit, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cliff E. Williams Auditorium of MVSU’s Business Education Building, will focus on entrepreneurship, financial empowerment and the creative economy.

“We are truly excited to continue our partnership with MVSU and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to support women across Mississippi,” said Dr. Sondra Collins, board chair for Higher Purpose Co. “Statistics show female entrepreneurs are creating some of the most innovative companies. Entrepreneurship is one way we can help women generate additional income to support their families.”

The keynote speaker for the event will be nationally recognized entrepreneur Diamonde Williamson, Founder of Blossom. After working for television networks including OWN, VH1, USA and WETv, as a producer, Diamonde made it her mission to redefine what we know as reality by building a customized experience for women of color to find and watch curated and original content at Blossom. She has appeared in Forbes, Black EnterpriseThe Atlanta Voice, and  Driven Society, 

Poet and activist Amanda Furdge will host the summit. Additional speakers include Dr. Nashlie Sephus, software development manager at Amazon and former Chief Technology Officer at PartPic; Tasha Bibb, entrepreneurial development manager at Innovate Mississippi; Kendra Barnes, real estate investor; Angela Grayson, principal attorney at Precipice IP; Amanda Paige, owner of The Murals; and other knowledgeable speakers. 

Tentative sessions topics include: “Legal Advice: Selecting your Business Entity”; “The Business of Culture”; “Real Estate Investing 101: Building Generational Wealth”; “Financial Literacy: Know Debt”; “Building a Successful Tech Company”; and “Entrepreneurship 101: Starting Your Own Business.”

"The greatest testament of our value as an institution of higher learning is an alumnus who accepted the clarion calls to learn and to serve,” said Dr. Curressia M. Brown, acting chair of MVSU’s Business Department.

“The Department of Business is proud of the 'testament' that is Timothy Lampkin, a graduate of our program.  His advocacy for the empowerment of women entrepreneurs and the Delta Region is unparalleled, and we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with him to bring this conference to our campus," Brown added.    

The summit is open to ladies who are high school seniors, college students, and aspiring or current entrepreneurs.

Tickets to the summit are $25 and include all sessions, lunch, and a gift bag.

To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit www.HigherPurposeCo.org/mps or contact Tim Lampkin, CEO of Higher Purpose Co., at (662) 483-3282.