Wanda Watts to be Honored at BMORENEWS' Global Forum on Women's Empowerment, 6.15.12
(BALTIMORE - June 5, 2012) - It is with great pleasure and honor that BMORENEWS announces that Wanda Watts, a faithful public servant in Baltimore, is named among the honorees to be recognized at the BMORENEWS' Global Forum on Women's Empowerment on Friday, June 15th at the United Nations in New York. To RSVP, click here.
Who is Wanda Watts?
Wanda Watts has over 25 years of professional experience in marketing and sales and as a Community Advocate involving HIV/AIDS, Health disparities which impact the African American community and Senior issues.
Ms. Watts served as staff for the Baltimore City Council Commission on HIV/AIDS for 1 year and as staff for the Baltimore City Commission on HIV/AIDS for 7 years. Working with the Commissions helped bring attention to the staggering number of HIV/AIDS cases in Baltimore City. She was also the City-wide Project Manager for BET’s “Rap It Up” campaign at Morgan State University. Over 2500 middle and high school students and their parents attended the all-day session and BET complimented the program by running their “RAP IT UP” TV campaign on air for 3 months.
While working with Mayor Sheila Dixons office she served as the City-wide coordinator for the Center for Disease Control Business/Labor Responds to AIDS. This initiative worked with local businesses and unions to bring about awareness of HIV/AIDS to their employees and their clients.
She has been a prior talk show host for Elder Health Profiles on WBGR and WOLB radio stations, and the Executive Producer and talk show host for B’More Healthy which aired on TV 25 in Baltimore City. The B’More Healthy show highlighted health disparities in Baltimore City, such as Breast Cancer, Diabetes and HI/AIDS. While highlighting the disparities the show involved prevention information from health professionals, healthy cooking and exercise as prevention tools.
She also served as City-wide Project Manager for Bea Gaddy Day Collection from 2002-2007 with over 131 outlets including Safeway collecting non-perishable food items. The donated items went to soup kitchens and pantries around the city.
Some other activities included Coordinator for Health & Wellness Village for the African American Heritage Festival for 3 years, Vice Chair for Walking for Wellness with the American Heart Association, Past chair for “From The Heart” Cancer Resource Ministry at Bethel AME Church and Past Chair of the Bethel AME Church Building Fund (Public Relations Council). Also, Past Vice Chair and Past Chair for the Baltimore City Unit of the American Cancer Society, “Relay for Life”.
As Director of Community Outreach with the Baltimore City Council she staffed the Faith Advisory Council, Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council, CHAP Task Force, and Supportive Housing in Baltimore Task Forces. Staffing these committees gave her an opportunity to work with varied and totally different populations in Baltimore City.
Earlier in her career, she worked as District Manager with the Bahamas Tourism Department where she served as the ground operations manager for the Bahamas Jazz and Blues Festival in Nassau, Bahamas for 3 years. During her first year with the Bahamas Tourism Department she received the distinction of being the Top Worldwide Sales Representative.
Ms. Watts is the mother of Synji Watts and the grandmother of Tessai Watts. She has been a member of Bethel AME Church since 1977 and as a long time cancer survivor, she believes that “His Eye is On The Sparrow”.
She is currently the owner of The Wattsline, LLC, a marketing and publics company and is a member of The Finn Group.