Congratulations to TILE LU 2010!
Shani S. Blevins
Elouise Burrell
Wanda Campbell
Cynthia Cary-Griffin
Tracey Christian
Kim Coleman
Charlethia Dean
Ali'a Edwards
Diane Flowers
Letitia Henderson
Adrianna Hutchenson
Chanda Jones
Dollene C. Jones
Sharon Kidd
Ikimia King
Larene Pare
Merlenet Riley
Toni Samuel
Denise Washington
Hope Young
Erin Young-dood-Smith

               UPCOMING 2014 ACTIVITIES

Powerful Women of the Bay
4th Annual Awards Luncheon
benefit for
Leadership University 2014
developing a generation of women leaders 
Leadership University is a certificate training program divided into four (4) workshops entitled Cultural Greats - Lessons from Our Ancestors, The Leadership Tool Box, California Issues & Trends & Ethical Dilemmas of a Public Leader, Lessons from the Front Line and Show'em What You Got!
In addition, participants will receive an individual career assessment, recommendations and referrals to boards and commissions and mentoring sessions with BWOPA legacy leaders in the business, education, health care, government, public safety, faith and legal sectors.  
For more information about Leadership University or to purchase tickets to the upcoming 2014 Powerful Women of the Bay, , email


 Be The Change Our Community Needs... Time To Take Your Role!    




Close the gap


Have a few hours to volunteer?  TILE has an aggressive program this year and we're looking for highly-motivated college students who have a strong interest in political science, women's or African-American studies and has the ability to work on a semester-long project. 
If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact BWOPA/TILE Executive Director, LaNiece Jones at


Founded by Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), TILE has been providing leadership development workshops and campaign training to African-American women for over 12 years.

TILE’s overall mission is to develop a system to create the next generation of leaders through a host of annual forums, workshops and programs. Over the years, TILE has trained numerous leaders through its premier four-part series Leadership University, along with one-day workshops including: Effective Advocacy, Running for Office 101 and Positioning for Boards and Commissions.

"I had the opportunity to participate in two TILE training programs.  Both, the "Leadership University" and Running For Office 101, provided me with new found direction and filled up my personal leadership toolbox with tools, resources and contacts I would have never imagined I needed. 
From the trainings today, I feel much more prepared for anything and as a result I have became much more active in public service, management and policymaking via my two current county commissions seats.  The program has been a great investment of my time and money.  What was most beneficial were the introductions to a series of prominent local, state and federal elected officials and business, education and non-profit leaders.  In addition we had face to face time with a variety of campaign  consultants to discuss our future plans. As a community leader and future elected official, I learned more about the political arena and highly recommend either Leadership University and Running for Office to those interested in leadership development and/or have plans for public office."
--DaBora Lovitt, MPA
TILE Leadership University, Cohort 2009
& Running For Office, Class of 2010



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