Wednesday Luncheon Keynote
Blackbelt Women Rising
Portia Shepherd A motivated professional with a proven track record of building relationships and implementing life changing strategies, Portia Shepherd is a woman for the people. Struggling internally in high school, Portia dropped out. Yet, she didn't give up. Portia was determined to better herself. As a result, she received her GED the same year and went on to pursue higher education. As a native of the Blackbelt of Alabama, Portia is a proud graduate of Miles College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and became a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. After graduating from Miles, she then went on to pursue her Masters in Non-profit Leadership and Management from New England College.
Portia is a consultant and keynote speaker with more than fifteen years of experience across various industries including but not limited to political campaigns, nonprofit and professional services, and environmental improvements. In 2019, Portia was recognized as an expert in Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence by SHESource.
As a political consultant, she has advised current and past government officials and industry associations. Portia has also served on the Board of Directors for several organizations. As a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Portia has taken the principles of her sorority and has used them in her everyday life; including her role as the Founder & Executive Director of Blackbelt Women Rising, a gender and environmental justice organization.
Through her efforts of working with citizens of the Blackbelt region who are fighting for health and environmental improvements and gender issues, she has appeared on FOX News w/ Tucker Carson, The Washington Post, NowThis, BBC World News, HBO Last Week Tonight, local television stations and radio stations.