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CCSD Presents the 5th Annual Girls Summit: Raising Successful Daughters in the 21st Century
3/3/2016 3:45:48 PM

Dr. Vivian Jolley Bea
The Charleston County School District’s 2016 Girls Summit will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Charleston County School of the Arts. This year’s summit represents the 5th year of the district’s convening parents and their daughters in grades 1-12 for a day of discussions, along with the dissemination of information and resources that address strategies for creating a culture of excellence and success as they relate to academic performance, service, college and career readiness.

The 2016 Girls Summit will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the opening session being moderated by Ms. Tammy McCottry-Brown, author and former host and executive producer of the “Tammy” Show, which aired on FOX 24 and Comcast. The opening session will feature varied student performances and the 2016 keynote message. The district is honored to have serving as the keynoter – Dr. Vivian Jolley Bea, a general surgeon at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) who has recently received the M.D. Anderson’s breast surgical oncology fellowship. The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is ranked as the number one cancer center in the country. Dr. Bea will share with the audience of parents and girls her journey from Washington, DC “inner city” neighborhood to medical school at Morehouse College and a surgical residency at MUSC. In addition to her love for medicine, Dr. Bea is an accomplished musician – a classical flutist.

Other events or activities of the day will include panel discussions, workshops for parents, and Leadership Academies for girls/young women in grades 1-12. The “My Remarkable Self” organization will present a workshop for mothers and daughters. The workshop, limited to 45 parents and daughters, will explore this important relationship and its impacts on the life of girls as they journey through the developmental phase of preadolescence and adolescence. The session will provide mothers and daughters with strategies for improving their communication and trust issues, and parents with strategies for developing their daughter’s self-esteem and image.

For more information and to register for the 2016 Girls Summit, please contact the Office of Community Outreach at 843-402-7889 or register online at

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