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Former area resident to speak at Congressional Black Caucus conference

September 18, 2012
The Herald-Star

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has announced that former Steubenville resident Will Walters, the founder of Monarch Magazine, has been chosen to participate in this year's Instant Apprentice Power Panel when it hosts the 42nd-annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the four-day conference that begins Wednesday and ends Saturday is "Inspiring Leaders and Building Generations," a theme reflective of the role that the foundation plays in fulfilling its mission to develop leaders, inform policy and educate the public, according to a press release.

The goal of the panel is to deliver a personal charge to emerging leaders, give advice on how to gain a competitive advantage in today's job market and enhance the entrepreneurial spirit as well as enhance their leadership skills.

Walters, the son of Steubenville natives Jo-Ann Walters and Willie Harris, will answer questions from a group of budding entrepreneurs, businessmen and women on how to gain an advantage in today's job market, as well as provide strategies on career advancement and development and share lessons that have helped him become successful.

As founder of Monarch magazine, Walters envisioned a publication that would reflect the diversity of the ever-growing African-American business professional - a magazine that serves as a connector and resource that would be aesthetically pleasing with inspiring content meant to inform and empower its audience.

Walters is a 1990 graduate of Steubenville High School who earned his bachelor's degree in communications form Ohio Dominican University.

Alongside Walters, other panel members will be representing their various industries, such as business, finance, education, politics, media and law. The panel consists of: Joyce Brayboy, vice president of government affairs, Goldman Sachs; Jeff Johnson, BET commentator; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of DC Public Schools; Princess Moss, Executive National Education Association; Michael Hinson, director of policy and programs, International Federation of Black Pride; and R. Daniel Wallace, director of Renewable Energy Systems, BITH Energy.

The Instant Apprentice Power Panel will be held on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

The Congressional Black Caucus was established in 1971. For information, visit the CBCF website at or Monarch magazine at For information about this event, call Priscilla Clark of Clarke & Associates at (202) 723-2200 or Marc Johnson at (202) 351-6156.

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