Emmy Award winner will be keynote speaker for ‘Doing the Dream 2017’
KOKOMO, Ind. – Iyanla Vanzant, a best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning television host, will bring her message of moving from broken pieces to peace to Kokomo in January as guest speaker for Ivy Tech Community College’s annual “Doing the Dream” celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Considered a major inspirational speaker in the United States, Vanzant is perhaps best known as host and executive producer of “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” the No. 1 reality show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. She will speak with Kokomo and Lafayette community members at a banquet in Kokomo Thursday, Jan. 26, and with area high school and college students at a free convocation the next morning. The community event is set to begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Bel Air Events Center, 3014 S. Webster St.; the student convocation will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 27 in the Kokomo Event & Conference Center, 1500 N. Reed Road.
“Iyanla Vanzant brings a lifetime of experiences to her role as personal advisor, spiritual coach, and inspirational speaker,” said David Bathe, chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo and Lafayette Region. “Through her honesty and sincerity, she calls people to be better, to be stronger, to be more resilient, and to succeed. We believe her message of personal and community peace is very appropriate as we celebrate ‘Doing the Dream 2017.’”
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the Community Foundation of Howard County are serving as lead sponsors for the “Doing the Dream” celebration with $5,000 donations to support participation by a noted speaker. This is the fifth year NIPSCO has underwritten the community banquet and the fourth year for a Community Foundation grant sponsoring the student convocation.
Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, said additional support is being sought. She is contacting individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses in the region with information about sponsorship opportunities to further help underwrite the cost of the programming.
“This includes support of the Jan. 27 convocation when we expect 1,000 students will have the chance to hear Ms. Vanzant’s message,” Karickhoff continued. “Kokomo and Lafayette area school superintendents have been invited to bring their students to the free convocation and reservations are being taken on a first come-first served basis up to the 1,000-student limit.”
More information about sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Karickhoff at 765-252-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve tickets for the community banquet, go to https://ivytech.edu/kokomo/dream.html . To get more information about participating in the student convocation, contact Allison Toren, program chair of General Studies and a lead on the “Doing the Dream” activities, at 765-252-5518 or email@example.com.