African Americans Need to Attend Conferences WordCamp Philly, DC and More
by William Jackson
Speaker at WordPress Jacksonville 2017 and WordCamp DC 2017
@wmjackson Twitter #MyQuestToTeach Google
As an educator, blogger and speaker I encourage not just my
students to attend conferences, but those that are entrepreneurs,
small business owners and even community activists seeking to
gain and share information.
No matter the level of participation, encouraging involvement
to attend and speak on the areas passionate about.
To share knowledge, wisdom, skills, that learning is a life-long
adventure and African Americans need to recognize this and be
To be involved in their communities to help them to grow
requires gaining, sharing information, resources and building
Learning Communities and Learning Networks within the c
community that fosters Learning Families. This shows gener-
ations that each of us has a responsibility to our future to
build knowledge leaders for the future.
If African Americans become complacent allowing themselves
to be lead the wrong way by misinformation we will loose the
very rights, privileges and very humanity we fought so hard
for. Those that have influence are those that embrace learning
and understand the value of networking and collaboration to
build communities that are diverse and connected.
Companies and industries are not just built by one person it
takes a collection of visionaries, dreamers, strategist, developers,
thought leaders, smart creatives and innovators. The opportunity
to exchange ideas, to collaborate with like-minded individuals
of color and culture and building Professional Learning Comm-
unities that build on professional relationships is immeasurable
in its power to make and sustain change.
The presentation “How To Be Dope on Social Media” is not a
cultural relevance, but how to connect with the diversity
of community residents related to the integration of Social
Media to share information not just the stupidity that youth,
teens and young adults are doing online.
How to learn the languages, the nuances and be able to effec-
tively carry on conversations that are beneficial to building
relationships and accept diversity.
The presentation “How To Use Your Blog to be a Community
Activist” too many African Americans do not think or plan
for the future, they live for the moment, do not participate
in opportunities to build generational knowledge to tran-
sition into generational value for learning and success.
Attending conferences opens the mind to new ways of
thinking and exposure to opportunities of change and
growth. African American are a growing entrepreneurial
force across the nation birthed from necessity and need.
The availability of conferences, workshops, seminars and
other learning/networking chances should be attended
and followed up from exchanging business cards, followed
by emails and phone calls brings about beneficial business,
educational and entrepreneurial connections.
African Americans should be building their marketing
plans, growth plans, and developing Branding strategies
to take them into the future.
Parents are many times the ones that start their entre-
preneur journey and followed by their children, genera-
tional wealth is obtained because of what parents pass
down to their children and then to their grandchildren.
Conferences and similar meetings allow for plans to be
developed that can be put into place that are relevant to
what the person wants to accomplish. Gaining knowledge is
empowering, but the application is more important because
it creates the opportunity to open Marketing and Branding
plans that will allow them to be implemented to build wealth.
This summer opens doors to embrace the business knowledge
and take that leap, to cast away fear and self-doubt.
Many times the only thing holding a person back is their
lack of self-confidence, self-motivation and the fear of failure.
Being a veteran of conferences does not just empower me it
allows me to share knowlede with my students, even if they
are elementary school age or in higher education at Edward
We have to share our knowledge, wisdom and learning so
each generation can grow to be better for the next one.
African Americans must be sure to think out of the box,
to be thought leaders, smart creatives, digital innovators
even on digital paper for the world to read. To look at
nontraditional careers and seek to grow beyond
self-perceived limitations and fears.
My greatest thrill as an educator is to take students with
me to introduce them to new ways to see the world with
technology, to network with industry leaders, web
developers, graphic designers, venture capitalists,
problem solvers, CEO’s, CFO’s, chairman and
chairwomen of boards, corporations and even Mayors.
“What we plant in our students and in our children
will grow to take them beyond anywhere we
individually can imagine.”
Professor William Jackson 2017