Actress Tasha Smith to share insights at Women of Legend and Merit Awards program
NASHVILLE (TSU News Service) – Tennessee State University’s Women of Legend and Merit Awards dinner will honor seven women leaders on Thursday, March 28, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville. Actress Tasha Smith will serve as the dinner’s keynote speaker.
The annual celebration will salute dynamic women leaders in business and the community for a variety of fields and seeks to expose the university’s female student population to positive role models, networking opportunities and resources to assist in their academic, personal and professional growth as women.
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“Tennessee State University salutes the 2013 Women of Legend and Merit honorees,” said Cassandra Griggs, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “As this year’s chairperson, I would like to personally thank each honoree for serving as a beacon for young women who will become the next generation of educators, politicians, philanthropists and community leaders. Because of the generosity of HCA and event attendees, Tennessee State University has the ability to meet the challenges and fulfill the promise of a brighter future for young women.”
Hosted each year by the University during Women’s History Month in March, the Women of Legend and Merit Awards brings awareness and raises funds in support of the TSU Women’s Center. This year’s honorees include:
The guest speaker for the evening is actress Tasha Smith, who has appeared in more than 20 feature films and 70 plus episodes on national television. She has starred in three films by Tyler Perry including, “Why Did I Get Married?”, the sequel “Why Did I get Married Too” and “Daddy’s Little Girls.” Other films include “The Long Shots,” “Pastor Brown,” “Couples Retreat,” and “Something Like a Business.” She currently appears as Angela on the new TBS Sitcom “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.”
Smith shares her inspirational life story through motivational speaking as well as mentors emerging actors through the Tasha Smith Actors Workshop also known as TSAW. Smith is a native of Camden, N.J., and currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Tickets to the event are $75 per person and may be purchased online or by calling 615.963.5481.
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