Development Associate, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
Ashanta Williamson is the founder of The Making of A World Class Women Proverbs 31 Mini-Conference. As the inaugural conference approaches, Ashanta looks forward to women coming together virtually to experience the presence of God's heart as an outpouring of her faith. Many years ago as a student at Bethune-Cookman University, Ashanta hosted a version of the conference for young women to discuss the social challenges they were facing as a student. Under this initiative, the summit exhibited transparent conversations that broke barriers to becoming their best selves. Through life's trials, Ashanta has overcome various challenges. However, through prayer, guidance, and self-development, Ashanta is a champion of inner and outer confidence. She is devoted to building up others and exudes ambition, exceptional character, and a sheer determination to innovate new and exciting ways to assist and inspire our youth and impact communities through non-profits. As a thought leader and advocate for helping and developing others, Ashanta is committed to public service. She has a passion for helping non-profit organizations, corporations, higher education leaders, and individuals to maximize their network to make an impact in their communities and those by which they are surrounded. Ashanta's strength in leading has garnered her opportunities to partner and serve with the United Fellowship of Churches, 100 Black Women of South Florida, Urban League of Palm Beach County and Central Florida, Florence DeGeorge Boys and Girls Club of West Palm Beach, The Straight and Narrow Project, Inc. to name a few. Ashanta’s passion for service resonates through her daily work. Recently, Ashanta relocated to Jacksonville to follow her passion and is currently the Volunteer and Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. In 2015-2018, Ashanta held the position of Public Affairs Specialist and before that as the Operations Manager for the Division of Institutional Advancement for her alma mater Bethune-Cookman University. Her biggest accomplishment while at B-CU was securing the signing of senate bill 472 that was passed to replace the statue of confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith with the statue of civil-rights leader and educator Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. making Florida the first state in the union to honor an African-American woman in the national hall. Ashanta has also secured over $9M in state funding and raised over $8.7 million for Bethune-Cookman University for the annual Legacy Awards Gala. In 2015, Ashanta served as a legislative intern at Becker and Poliakoff, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida. Ashanta is a 2014 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Ashanta is a Stein Fellow with United-Way of Northeast Florida, David, and Linda Stein Fellowship, a Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister of Northeast Florida Achievers for Life Program, A proud member of SISTUHS, Incorporated, Chartering Member and Vice Preside for the Jacksonville Professional Chapter of SISTUHS, Incorporated, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, and The National Council of Negro Women. She is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida by way of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Ashanta currently represents the State of Florida as Ms. Black Sunshine State International Ambassador and is the proud mother to her son Gabriel Williamson.