Meet Our 2019 Speakers
 
Representative Thomas Murt
Member, 152nd District, House of Representatives, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Our Keynote Speaker
Representative Thomas Murt has served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 152nd Legislative District since 2007 and has actively served on various committees.  In 2019, Rep. Murt was named chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee and Subcommittee Chair on Mental Health with the Human Services Committee.  As the people’s representative, Rep. Murt has dedicated himself to becoming one of the leading advocates in Pennsylvania for people with disabilities and their caregivers and has won numerous awards for his efforts.  Rep. Murt’s child labor legislation in defense of the children of Pennsylvania who work in the entertainment industry became law and has won national acclaim.  As a veteran, Rep. Murt advocates for Pennsylvanians who have served in our armed forces and has supported programs to increase veterans’ benefits.  Rep. Murt served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1990 to 2008, actively serving in Iraq before retiring as a staff sergeant.  For his service he received the Army Commendation Medal and was nominated for the prestigious Humanitarian Service Medal.  Rep. Murt earned a B.S. in Economics from Penn State University, an M.A. in Education from La Salle University, a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration from Temple University and a teaching certificate from Gwynedd-Mercy University.  He still serves as a part-time faculty member at Penn State Abington.  He currently lives in Hatboro with his wife, Maria and their three children and remains active in his community.
 
 
Tyra Garlington (Tyra G)
Our Mistress of Ceremony - Global Woman Awards - Friday, October 18th 
She is author, inspirational speaker, local, national and international talk show host, business owner and survivor.  They coined the term “steel magnolia” to describe a Southern woman whose delicate exterior belies an unbreakable core.  Although she is not Southern by birth, Tyra Garlington’s life and professional experiences give the right to “steel magnolia” as her own.
The Cincinnati native holds a master’s in psychology from San Diego State University.  Tyra has been a teacher and principal, whose belief in the ability of children to rise above their bleak surroundings helped to turn around an entire school.  She has been a member of the clinical staff at University of California, San Diego, helping tormented individuals find their way to peace. She has worked at IBM as a marketing consultant for 22 years, in higher education administration, and local, state and federal governments.  She has been a volunteer mentor and Education Pillar Chair on the Board of Leadership Fairfax, in Fairfax Virginia, guiding the development of the next generation of leaders and setting the course for the educational goals of the program. She continues to deposit in this and future generations through her servant leadership in Rotary International, several ministries in her church, and life skills coaching.  When Tyra enters a room, people see the smile, the style and grace.  She says she is always blessed.  She calms the jittery nerves of young speakers and is herself the quiet calm at the center of any storm – even those in her own life.  For Tyra Garlington, there have been many obstacles.  She has suffered abuse, a brain tumor, loss and cancer and she stood her ground against each one, calling on her unlimited faith and belief in God.  In typical “steel magnolia” fashion, Tyra Garlington turned her internal pains into talks that would help others who faced insurmountable odds.  She is drawn to charitable and service organizations that tackle domestic violence, homelessness and children who live in worlds they cannot control. The Steel Magnolia from the Mid-West will be there to help them.  Tyra believes that nothing that has happened in her life will be wasted.  Her next chapter will be shaped by her need to continually learn, engage, and encourage others both personally and professionally.
 
2019 Panelists for Friday, October 18, 2019 - Our Theme is Honoring Law Makers 
Dr. Morissanda Kouyate of Inter-African Committee (IAC) - Keynote of the Evening
Rahmah Abdulaleem, Esq. of KARAMAH
Michelle Mitchell, Partners for Health (PFH)
Chisina Kapungu, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
Dr. Karen McDonnell, Milken Institute for Public Health - George Washington University
 
2019 Award Presenters for Friday, October 18, 2019
Dr. Deborah Jackson of Rotary Club, McLean – Presenting Education/Training Award
Asmao Leigh of GWPF Support Group – Presenting Medical/Health Award
Mr. Fatorma K. Bolay, a male activist against FGM & F.A. Cole, 2015 GWPF Survivor Activist – Together Presenting Political Award
Ms. Tenimba S. Morgan of State Department – Presenting Advocacy Award
Ms. Aisha Kamara of GWPF Support Group – Presenting Survivor Activist Award
Ms. Darnell Wise Lightbourn of Alpha Kappa Alpha – Presenting Legal Award
Mr. Donald Strong of George Washington University – Presenting Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year Award
Ms. Kristen Walling of Vital Voices – Presenting Man of the Year Award
Ms. Darla Sligh of Alpha Kappa Alpha & Ms. Fatu Drame, 2018 GWPF Student Ambassador – Together Presenting Student Ambassador Award  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Keynote Speakers of Previous Years:
2014 - Richard Santos, President & CEO of IMA World Health
2015 - Dr. Marci Bowers, OB/GYN
2016 - Susan Masling, Department of Justice
2017 - Senator Richard Black, Virginia Senate
2018 - Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Professor Emerita & Founder of Karamah
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