Founded in 2004, what started as a pamper party turned into a day of empowerment and prestige. As a community service initiative Mothyna James, Miss Morgan State University 2003- 2004, sought to provide a day of pampering for women. However, in an effort to serve the whole woman, workshops, resource material and a keynote address were added to the relaxation activities. Thus, April 2004 marked the birth of The Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation (HWHN) conference held at Morgan State University sponsored by Vivian Ryan and the Office of Student Activities.
The conference’s goal was to aid in fostering a relationship between collegiate women and women in the surrounding community. It persuaded its participants to look to each other and to become the vanguard for positive change within their communities. The uniqueness and originality of the HWHN conference stems from its target audience, this conference is not only marketed to collegiate and professional women but also women who live in transitional housing. In 2007 we underwent a slight name change to clarify our purpose and meaning.
Now, The Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation conference has grown to incorporate several community partners including Baltimore City Public Schools Community Schools Initiative, The Afro-American Newspaper and Malika Kambe Umfazi Sorority, Inc. HWHN Conference 2008 marked the largest number of participants at 300 plus women from the Delmarva region, and promises to continue to grow, establishing it as one of the most powerful women’s conferences in the Baltimore area.
In order to further its mission the Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Conference has grown to Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc. Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc. is a community based organization that promotes holistic wellness for women and families through education, physical and mental health, economic and self empowerment. We heal our communities by first building and repairing the lives of women. HWHN believes that healthy, educated and empowered women produce healthy, educated and thriving communities.