The 2021 Lens

"A Substantial Women's Forum"


March 27 2021
Starting at 9 a.m.



Thank you for your interest and support.

Registration Closed

A Women's forum geared toward the celebration, acknowledgment, and empowerment of women of color.

The 2021 Lens Refocused is brought to you by Substantial Media, LLC. This Substantial Women's Forum will showcase all that is of considerable importance, size, and worth, as it relates to women of color. Women are Substantial, they are strongly built and made, and their position in society has begun to reflect that, but only through hard work, dedication, and further aspiration. Join us Saturday, March 27 as we reflect on history and look to the future. Keynotes, panelists and participants will engage in a series of real conversations regarding mental health, public policy, business, criminal justice reform, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Building Business, Family and Wealth

Women continue to be underrepresented in high ranking positions and are often forced to juggle the pursuit of career and family. Equal pay is essential in the effort to close the wealth gap, despite acknowledging this fact funding and gender pay disparities remain for women of color. Let's be real, we get it done and we want what's owed and due.

Criminal Justice and Policing Through Our Eyes

The social barriers that black female officers face are all too real. The combination of race and gender presents unique challenges that even black male offers may not encounter on the job and within the criminal justice system. Black female officers and criminal justice professionals are mothers, sisters, aunties of black men, boys, women and girls. We feel, we mourn, we care and we also enforce.

Our Health and Well-Being

Research suggests that Black women face risks to their health from discrimination—both from health professionals who don’t take their concerns seriously and from biological wear and tear caused by chronic stress. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health challenges and a host of stressors disproportionately affect Black women and we need spaces to talk about them and strategies to address them.

The Speakers

Our Lens Refocused Speakers

Forum Schedule


9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Overview

Amy HedgepethOrganizer: Amy Hedgepeth
Vice President
Substantial Media, LLC

Evelyne DelOrganizer: Evelyne Del
Editor-in-Chief, Substantial Magazine

9:10 - 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote

Natalie WilliamsNatalie Williams
Executive Director
Women's Business Center of Charlotte

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Criminal Justice and Policing Through Our Eyes


Chief Patrice V. AndrewsChief Patrice V. Andrews
Chief of Police
Morrisville Police Department

Chief Patrice V. AndrewsSheriff Paula Dance
Pitt County Sheriff's Office

Chief Gina V. HawkinsChief Gina V. Hawkins
Chief of Police
Fayetteville Police Department

Judge Wendy HazeltonJudge Wendy Hazelton
District Court Judge, Pitt County, NC

Tonya J. LynchTonya J. Lynch
Creator, The Black Light Project

Major Derri StormerMajor Derri Stormer
Patrol Major, University Police
Wake Forest University

5 Minute Break


10:50 - 11:50 a.m.

Building Business, Family and Wealth


Shannon Baylor-HendersonShannon Baylor-Henderson
Chief Content Officer
Content Commanders

Denisha HarrisDenisha Harris
Procurement and Diversity Professional

Amy HedgepethAmy Hedgepeth
Experiential Learning and Career Development
Shaw University
Vice President, Substantial Media LLC

Adeea RogersAdeea Rogers
Content Creator, Small Business Owner, Influencer

Kia Riddick TaylorKia Riddick Taylor
Owner, Starcatcher Acting Studio

DeAlva WilsonDeAlva Wilson
President and CEO
D Wilson Agency, D&I Strategist

30 Minute Break

Grab lunch, take a walk. Join us back at 12:20 p.m.

12:20 - 1:20 p.m.

Our Health and Well-Being


Evelyne DelEvelyne Del
Substantial Magazine, Business Owner, and Advocate

Dr. Shawnte ElbertDr. Shawnte Elbert
Associate VP of Well-being & Health
The Ohio State University

Phelicia PricePhelicia Price
Owner, Fit Phe Yoga

Diane TaylorDiane Taylor
Co-Owner, Uplift Comprehensive Services

Dr. Sherra WatkinsDr. Sherrá Watkins
Director of Wellness Counseling
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

1:20 - 2:20 p.m.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Jackie FergusonJackie Ferguson
Co-founder & Head of Content and Programming
The Diversity Movement

Toya JacobsToya Jacobs
Higher Education D&I Professional

Kimberly KnightKimberly Knight
Clinical Social Worker, Diversity Advocate
Founder/Editor of The Lux Blog NC

Eveangel H SavageDr. Eveangel H Savage
Activist, Trainer, International Award Winning Best Selling Author,
Speaker, and Humanitarian

Anette TaylorAnnette Taylor
Minority Business/Community Affairs
North Carolina Education Lottery


I truly enjoyed the 2021 Black Lens online and can't wait to be a part of this event .
It's about time we created this space for our women to speak on these issues and challenges. I'm already registered, let's go.

Why is this conference for you?

A space to tell it like it is

We deserve and need spaces to talk about how we made it through and how we will continue to forge ahead. The Lens Refocused much like the Black Lens Symposium looks to create a space that allows open dialogue between panelist and participants.

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

We've got to continue to think critically and strategically about how we move the needle and our communities forward. Come ready to ask questions and challenge your own status quo.

Networking opportunities

No one has ever really made it alone. It's been said a number of ways "show me your network and I'll tell you your future." The value of developing a strong network is key to our ability to cope and succeed.

Strengthen your skills and elevate others

Women no longer have an ‘if I can’ mindset. Now it’s more about ‘how I can’ come ready to share your thoughts and lend your expertise to the conversation.

Registration & Support

Only 300 available seats Claim your space Early.

We believe the empowering and educating of our people should be free of charge, but we also acknowledge it takes the support of those willing to ensure it is. This is a FREE event, however, we do ask that you seal your commitment to joining us with a minimum donation to ensure your spot. Again you can give as little as $1 or as much as you'd like as we continue to find meaningful ways to engage our community. All proceeds from this event will go right back into ensuring we continue to inform, educate and empower.

Our Virtual Venue

In an effort to remain as safe and socially distant as possible the entire 2021 Lens Refocused Women's Forum will take place online.


All sessions will take place via the Hopin virtual events platform

Additional details

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