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The Slater Speakers Series takes its name from the founding name of Winston-Salem State University – Slater Industrial Academy. Slater was established in 1892 by Simon G. Atkins. It was the first Black school in the nation to grant degrees for teaching the elementary grades. This series pays homage to our humble beginnings and our audacious future. 

This series is made possible by generous donations from our sponsors. These funds were explicitly designated to bring speakers to Winston-Salem State University. Our goal remains to provide our students with high-impact opportunities that enrich their college journeys.  



Tabitha Brown, Slater Speaker Series, WSSU, April 17 @ 7pm,, presented by Forsyth County Sheriff's Office


Audacious Business

The audacity to excel beyond all limits!

Honey, come on in the room and join us for WSSU’s Slater Speaker Series. We will host the world renown author and actress, Tabitha Brown. 

The event will be held at the Benton Convention Center on April 17 at 7 p.m. We are welcoming the community to join us for the evening as we dive into a conversation about entrepreneurship, building a personal brand, faith, and the importance of paving your own unique path to your dreams. 

 This event will be free; however, tickets are required.

Get your complimentary ticket here. 

The North Carolina born, Emmy award-winning actress, vegan food personality, mother, and wife is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and multi-NAACP Image Award winner, who received an honorary doctorate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has acted in notable theatrical features on major networks such as Showtime’s, “The Chi";  executive produced and hosted Food Network’s first-ever vegan cooking competition show, “It’s CompliPlated”; and co-created and hosts her own children’s show, “Tab Time.” 

 Taking various business ventures by storm, she is the co-founder and CEO of her own healthy haircare line, Donna’s Recipe, and has launched multi-category product lines with major retailer Target. She never fails to bring sunshine to everyone’s kitchens with her signature McCormick seasonings blends and mixes … because that’s her business! 






Moderated by Valonda Calloway

Valonda Calloway graduated cum laude from Winston-Salem State University and began her career in media as a writer and reporter with Voice of America radio in Washington, DC. She returned to North Carolina and worked as a news reporter and anchor for WNCT-TV in Greenville, and as an anchor and reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. She also hosted WNCN’s lifestyle show, “My Carolina Today.” A dancer and cheerleader for WSSU and the NFL’s Washington Football Team, she was inducted into the C.E. Gaines Hall of Fame in 2015. She is an adjunct faculty member at NC State University.





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