Barbara W. DeBaptiste
We hope you are able to attend and look forward to seeing you at the event.
RSVP to Pam Soucy at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or 860-832-1652.
Barbara W. DeBaptiste is an educator, mentor, resource person, visionary and advocate for children and women’s concerns. She is a motivational speaker who has inspired people of diverse ages, races and creeds with her conviction that committed people of imagination and goodwill can make a better life and world for all. Caring deeply for people, she has invested what counts the most-herself-giving all of her time and energy to others.
She is a national leader who never neglects the needs of her city and state, She is a “Doctor of Social Ills” who, when faced with adversity, dispenses the right medicine-rare courage. She takes positions that are unpopular and sticks to them because it is the morally right thing to do.
Ms. DeBaptiste believes in people power and that all of us should be active players, sharing in decisions and debates, which affect our lives. She believes that we should be leaders not only in our communities but also in the nation and in the world. She embodies the qualities of leadership and commitment, which is evident by her voluntary contribution of time to other groups, participation on countless boards and corporate and governmental committees. Barbara tirelessly and continuously works to develop organizational frameworks in which others can develop their skills and talents.
Her agenda and initiatives revolve around her concerns for the Black family, women’s issues, childcare, criminal justice, youth development, education and political empowerment. Because of her total and unselfish interest in these issues, she founded childcare and family support programs within her city and state. She initiated in her community a mentor program for students between the local technical college and public and private high schools, and also founded the Connecticut Council for Black Students and Professionals, a support group for college students.
She encourages and facilitates collaborations among organizations that promote political education, empowerment, and active involvement for women and girls. Committed to empowering women and girls, she created the Girls Involved in Government program as Chair of the Connecticut Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She also organized the Political Awareness Program to provide students an opportunity to work with State Legislators and become familiar with the legislative process at the State Capitol. She was also co-founder of the Connecticut Impact Network, a national grassroots legislative advocacy organization.
As founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Barbara spearheaded the development of eleven Coalition Chapters in Connecticut in addition to other Chapters on a regional and national level. Barbara has served as the National President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, an advocacy organization of over 7,000 members dedicated to the empowerment of women of African descent.
Barbara W. DeBaptiste
After a lengthy career in higher education, Barbara retired from the Connecticut Higher Education System. She now devotes more of her time and talents to providing consultation and training opportunities to individuals and organizations in the areas of leadership development, advocacy and diversity. As founder and president of DeBaptiste Enterprises, she conducts workshops and seminars and plans and coordinates events, conferences and retreats.
Barbara has been active in the national instrumentalities of the United Church of Christ, serving as a board member for the Office of Communications and the Board of Homeland Ministries. She was honored by the Coordinating Center for Women as one of its outstanding women for service and leadership. She was elected as the first Black to serve as Moderator for the Connecticut Conference of UCC in 118 years.
Ms. DeBaptiste received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and her Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State College. She has done advance graduate work in Educational Administration at the University of Hartford. She also received an honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Bridgeport and Albertus Magnus College. She has received numerous honors and awards, both on a state and national level for her community activism and contributions. She received the Alice Paul Award for effective advocacy for women’s rights from CT Now and was chosen as the Connecticut Woman in Leadership by the Connecticut Women and Families Center and received the Community Service Award from Women’s Health Service, Hill Health Center.
*National Women’s Hall of Fame, Past President,Board member
*Jack and Jill of America, Inc.,Lifetime Member
*Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health InstituteAdvisory Board,Saint Francis Hospital
*CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, Commissioner, former Commission Chair and Chair of 5th Congressional District Advisory Council
*Long Wharf Theatre, Inc. Honorary Council Member
*Veteran Feminists of America,Board Member
*CT Citizenship Fund Board, Office of the Secretary of State, Board Member
*Rotary International, Greater West Chester Sunrise, Vocational Service Committee Chair, District Rotaract Committee Chair and Paul Harris Fellow
*National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Lifetime member, Founding Member and National President Emerita,CT Founder
*Girls Scouts of CT, Lifetime member,Board Development Committee, Member
* The Children’s Home Extension Women Advocate for Youth, Convenor