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May 07, 2010

NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock to Speak at June 28 Quarterly


Rosyln M. Brock, the youngest person ever to chair the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and only the fourth woman to hold the position, will deliver the A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, June 28 at noon at The Hyatt at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets.

Registration is $55 for Bar Association members and $60 for non-members. CLICK HERE to register.

Brock succeeded Julian Bond in February 2010 as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP. Bond announced his retirement from the position last year after 12 years of service.

Over the past 25 years, Brock has served the NAACP in several leadership roles. She made history in February 2001 when she was unanimously elected Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors at the age of 35. She was the youngest person and the first woman elected to the post in the organization’s history.

A Diamond Life Member of the NAACP, Brock joined the organization while a freshman at Virginia Union University where she was elected President of the Youth and College Division from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

One year later, she was elected as a Youth Board Member from Region 7, representing the District of Columbia, Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia. During her tenure as a Youth Board Member and Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board Health Committee, Brock led the fight to recognize healthcare as a civil rights issue, resulting in the National Board’s inclusion of a Health Committee as a Standing Committee for all NAACP Units in the NAACP Constitution.

Brock is Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System, Inc. in Marriottsville, Maryland. Prior to working at Bon Secours Health System, she worked 10 years as a Program Officer for Health Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union University and earned a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

A committed community advocate who works on behalf of vulnerable populations, Brock has served on the boards of community mental health, family and children's services, senior services and faith-based community ministries. She has been a volunteer elementary school instructor for Junior Achievement and host of Community Voices, a cable access program.

Brock has received numerous healthcare, community service and leadership awards. Her leadership skills have been recognized by several national publications and organizations, including The Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty Achievement Award (2004); Ebony magazine's Future Leader Award (1989), and Good Housekeeping magazine's 100 Young Women of Promise Award (1987). She received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Human Rights from George Washington University, and was voted Outstanding Alumna of Virginia Union University.

She has served as a Young Leaders Fellow for the National Committee on United States-China Relations (2003-05) and Honorary Chairperson of the National Black Family Summit.

Brock created the Leadership 500 Summit in 2005 with several other young adult members of the NAACP. The Summit’s goal is to recruit, train and retain a new generation for the NAACP. Leadership 500 has contributed more than $800,000 to the NAACP National Treasury to support 2009 Centennial Activities.

She is a member of several professional and civic organizations, including the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, American Public Health Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, National Black MBA Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Incorporated.

Brock's goal in life is embodied in an African proverb: "Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible."

Also at the luncheon, the Association will present its Sandra Day O'Connor Award to Stephanie Resnick, Chair of the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP and Chair of the Association's Board of Governors in 2008. Established in 1993 by the Women in the Profession Committee, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award is conferred annually on a woman attorney who has demonstrated superior legal talent, achieved significant legal accomplishments and has furthered the advancement of women in both the profession and the community.

Resnick served as Chair of the Federal Courts Committee in 2004, the liaison between the federal bench and its practitioners. She was responsible for program planning, communication between the bench and bar on strategic initiatives, and professional development and education. In 1997, she served as Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, having served as a member of the Commission from 1995 through 1998. From 1988 through 1994, she was a member of the Investigative Division of the Judicial Commission. In that role, she investigated the background of judicial candidates seeking election and reported those findings to the Judicial Commission.

Resnick was appointed Trustee of the Campaign for Qualified Judges in 1996 and was also appointed by the then president judge of the Court of Common Pleas to the Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts. She also served as Co-Chair of the Women's Rights Committee, and as a member of the Professional Responsibility, Professional Guidance and Fee Disputes Committees.

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