-Good morning Ms. Dureke,
I hope this finds you well with your loved ones. For the first time I
had the opportunity to participate in WETATi Creative Thinking, Leadership & Business Development Series at Univesity of Maryland this past Saturday October 25, 2014 and would like to express my gratitude and warm congratulation.
The quality of lectures were at very high level and so was the
structure of the Conference. Particularly attractive features were the
kindness, warmth and professionalism of the staff of the Conference in
every place and every segment. This, however, is not see so often. I
wish to take this opportunity to congratulate you on an excellent event
and of course for the warm hospitality you extended to all of us.
-Dear Sister Margaret,
On behalf of Sisters4Sisters, Inc. and our Sisterhood Community I would like to Congratulate you on your AWESOME Community Service Award . It is beautiful when a Woman takes on a Mission with Courage, Conviction and Inspiration designed to change the World. I am extremely proud of you and grateful for your amazing strength, energy and God fearing Life. You Inspire me to REACH beyond the Sky! I am ALWAYS in your cheering section !!!!! Love, –Sister Carolyn
– The best part about life is being apart of such a powerful organization, like WETATi that uplifts and motivates us all everyday – Scholastique Koolimo
– I was impressed and inspired by what WETATi is about….I can be an asset to WETATi and WETATi will be an asset to me- Ruby Burke
-Congratulations, Ms. Margaret. That is simply awesome. I have watched your performance this past year and I am impressed with your consistency. Yours is the kind of consistency that can neither be distracted nor take a NO for an answer. May the good lord keep your oil flowing. Uzo
My Dear Sister, Waooooh! Not only were you looking fantastic but your confidence and comportment really trilled me. Even Ndimyaka could not help but compliment you severally. I am very proud of you and i know your hubby and kids are also. Of all the other speakers, u were the best. Keep up the good work. Warm regards -izegbua oise
OsunK2 has made a comment on Black American Women: Voice of America TV Interview. As Mrs.Dureke sums it. . .marriage and career are not opponents. Correctly viewed and lived, marriage is a tool of empowerment! In life partnerships and relationships are quite necessary and inevitable for ones' growth. (seek one with whom you are equally yoked)
-Gregory Chibuzo Oduah-Abrahams: Meg,thanks for this word on marble.The first time I heard you say this was in 2007 on a VOA TV programme.I tried to get in touch with you thru' the hostess of that programme(Linou Moudou)to no avail.I wrote it down somewhere but misplaced it.I'm going to enlarge and frame this word and hang in strategic places.Meg,Nigerian youths are really missing your wealth of experience in motivational talks.Let me ask you again like I've been doing these past years:When will Nigeria benefit from your talent?To use our parlance here:" remember,you were born and bred and buttered here." Welldone Margaret. I know in no too distant future this country would recognise her "hidden treasure"outside. Mark my word. Cheers Meg.
-WETATi saved my life! At the crossroad of contemplation and confusion came an overarching hero in the form of a women's group devoted to making an impact in the lives of women, such as myself, around the world. As an African American woman, I am honored by society with the burden of double consciousness. This burden entails not simply being subjected to the bottom as a woman or as an African American, but living in constant inferiority to the social supremacy created hundreds of years ago by our society. Prosperity doesn't even seem like a possibility, but WETATi teaches you that nothing is impossible. WETATi is power and strength engorged in dedication and love. It is a support system for generations of transcending success. I am a new woman and I have found new hope for my future aspirations. Thank you WETATi! Rosa Abraha (University of Maryland College Park)
-The WETATI conference was a remarkable experience. Even though I had read about the organization, I was not certain about what to expect at the conference. However, after the conference I was overcome with joy for having the opportunity to be part of it. I was impressed by the humility of the successful women in attendance, how much I had learned in the short time frame, the networks I had made, and the prospects of the future. I felt encouraged and motivated to broaden my horizons, and reach for the stars. The most significant lesson I learned is that nothing is impossible to accomplish with hard work and positivity. There was no woman in attendance that did not lift my soul. All the women in the conference, especially Towanda Livingston, director of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, inspired me to dream big, think big, and act big. I believe her success story will inspire many more women to be hopeful because she started from the bottom, and now she is on top. As she said, “life will throw you rocks, you can either choose to let it bury you or you can choose to use it to build an empire.” Overall, the conference was a five star experience: the location, the discussions, the food, and the live entertainment. I have no doubt that one day I will be part of the panelist. I am grateful to Mrs. Dureke for creating this majestic sisterhood of strong women.– Kelechi Eke (University of Maryland College Park)
-I wasn't fully aware what WETATi was until I stepped into the conference and was greeted with warm smiles and warm greetings from the WETATI warriors. Immediately I felt at home and I felt as if my success and future mattered to all the women. I know that without the warm environment at the conference it would not have been the same experience. We were all treated like daughters and sisters and that made it so much easier to dream bigger. I left the conference feeling ready to conquer the world and become the great woman I am meant to be.
It felt wonderful to be in a room of such great dignitaries and successful business owner. It was especially inspiring that most were women of African descent. It is a powerful impact when you are able to see women who look just like you achieve successes that seem impossible. All of us girls from the University of Maryland were able to improve our networking skills, as well as have great opportunities such as internships and collaborations.
The conference reminded me to not conform to what is expected of me by society, but rather to aspire for more. I thank Dr Dureke and the WETATI warriors for putting together the conference, as well as Ms Carswell for affording me such a great opportunity- Janet Mwebi (University of Maryland College Park)
-Attending the WETATi conference was the best decision I ever made. I love going to hotels and that is what initially prompted me to go. However, after listening to the wonderful speakers, something awakened in me. I suddenly felt an overwhelming feeling of disappointment because I realized that I haven't been as ambitious as I could be. There I was, surrounded by strong women, women who held positions of power and who are fighting to make a positive impact on their community and then there was little old me. I learned that I can make a difference and that the sky is my limit. I have everything, all the resources at my disposal and that means that there is no excuse for me not to be great. This is what I learned from WETATi and this experience has truly changed my life for the better. I am so grateful to have been a part of it this year and I hope to continue to be a part of it for many years to come- Temidayo Makinde (University of Maryland College Park)
-The WETATi conference was a phenomenal experience. In one weekend, we undergrads had the opportunity to network with international and local leaders including the mayor, doctors, First Ladies, ambassadors and more. The panelists for each critical issue were knowledgeable and offered a necessary discussion on subject matters that we were passionate about. I enjoyed the professionalism and genuine concern that encompassed the tone of the event and learned many new things about how to be successful in our world. I especially found it interesting to learn the difference between wealth and financial independence. I believe lessons like this one are key in inspiring young minds to take ownership of the future. I am so grateful for having attended the WETATi conference. Since the conference, I have made my own personal business cards and been invited to participate on my school's pre-health panel where I share my insight with pre-health hopefuls. It is humbling. I hope to be a leader that impacts others like so many of the leaders during the WETATi conference– Opeyemi Fadoju (University of Maryland College Park)
-In many of my college experiences I am mostly exposed to people my age. The WETATi Conference allowed me to meet and speak with so many women outside my age group who hold great knowledge and wisdom about life. I was able to network with various professionals and gain insight on how they reached their career goals. I was also able to make connections that could possibly lead to potential internships in the future. This conference allowed me to reaffirm that nothing is impossible especially with a network of dedicated and successful WETATi women by my side– Alexandra Maye (University of Maryland College Park)
-The WETATi conference was definitely one of the most defining moments in my life this year. Especially as a graduating senior it fired up my ambitions and most definitely empowered me to achieve the impossible. It inspired me to want more in life and assured me that nothing was impossible as long as my heart and efforts were invested in it 100%. I can't even begin to explain what I saw while I was there because I learned a lot more than words can describe. My eyes were opened to a whole new world of successful women gathering in one setting to inspire one another. I plan to be part of this organization in the near future so that I too can make an impact in another person’s life. I want to be the change I want to see in the world and this conference assured me that I could do so in many ways. I was touched by the discussions held in the panels and appreciated the contributions from my fellow mates and leaders. The energy was just so positive and so inspiring that I believe that each one of us was empowered to achieve the impossible, which is truly not impossible when thrust upon strong and willful minded people as the ones I had the pleasure of attending this conference with as well as the ones I was so blessed to encounter during this impactful conference– Gillian Mbambo-(University of Maryland College Park)
–WETATi has taught me that the limits of your strength are unknown until they are tested. It is in that moment that you’ll realize there are no bounds. This a wonderful program started by Mrs. Dureke. It showed me that wanting to win is common to all; working to win is the real mark of a champion. WETATi makes you want to be a champion. The program makes you believe in that dream. Finally, WETATi taught me that a dream is not what you see in sleep, but that it is the thing that does not let you sleep. I have learned so much from WETATi. I am forever grateful for the beautiful knowledge I have acquired from WETATi– Comfort Adewunmi (University of Maryland College Park)
WETATi stands for women empowered to achieve the impossible. It was after learning the message behind the title that I knew that the weekend of March 23rd 2013 would be a defining moment in my life and boy was it! A forum for women of all ages, backgrounds, and different careers, all came together to share one common theme that weekend; sisterhood. Although throughout the conference we attended different panels and discussed about varying topics which were of great importance to me and the rest of my peers. What talked to my spirit the most was the willingness of the older women to propel us as far and as quickly as they could. These women had already been where we were and wanted to guide us the best way they knew how. The quote by Margaret Dureke “every woman that is positive is my sister” is the number one thing that stuck out to me the entire weekend because whether we consciously realize it or not, we as women are the backbone to every good thing in this world. It is up to us to create the positive energy around everyone we know so that then and only then will we ALL be able to truly achieve the impossible– Jumoke Akinola (president of SOUL) (University of Maryland College Park)