Honoring Our Straight Sisters Who Are Empowering Our Communities
|Maria Denise Dowd
Maria Denise Dowd
The Founder and Executive Producer
African American Women on Tour
In 1991, the first African American women's conference was born, attracting
more than 600 women. Two years later, Maria created African American Women on Tour, which has traveled to over a dozen cities
since 1991. In 2001, African American Women on Tour produced its first Sisterfriend Soul Journeys Caribbean Retreat in St.
Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. AAWOT’s first European retreat took place last summer in Paris, France.
"African American Women on Tour, now celebrating its 13th anniversary, is an incredibly
healing experience for thousands of Black women,” Maria says. “Sisters from around the world come ‘home’
every year, committed to making positive changes in their relationships, health, professions and lifestyles." Over the past
decade, Maria has garnered the sponsorship of multinational corporations and has attracted a loyal following of more than
Maria self-published Sisterfriend Soul Journeys: The Spirit and Expressions
of African American Women on Tour, a profoundly powerful collection of inspirational stories, poems and essays about
women's journeys to healing, personal growth and spiritual insight. It's written by women across the African diaspora, and
includes beautifully illustrated pages for journal entries. Under the auspices of her new company, SoulJourneys, Inc., she’ll
begin editing the second edition of Sisterfriend Soul Journeys Winter of 2003.
She’s near complete with her first novel, Angels Revealed, a heartrending collection of novellas
about four women – Simone, Jena, Coco and Giselle – who work at the newly renovated Odyssey, an exotic dance club
located in San Diego, California. Angels Revealed weaves the stories of their childhoods into those of their young
adult lives, as each character’s “book” sheds light on the bittersweet, sexy, eerie, funny and often sad
realities of a girl’s rites of passage. As each struggles to find her rightful place in the sun, Angels Revealed
exposes the raw nerves and simple truths about human nature, social ills and resolution of the spirit.
Maria wrote the foreword of Anita Bunkley’s book, Stepping Out with Attitude (Harper Perennial)
and was a featured writer on NiaOnline. She was also featured in Cheryl Broussard’s Sister CEO: The Black Woman’s
Guide to Starting Your Own Business. She has also appeared in Essence (May 1997; March 2001), Black Enterprise
and Heart & Soul magazines.
When not running AAWOT business (if there is such a thing) Maria devotes time to her thriving Warm Spirit
business and her two daughters Lauren, 17; and Janelle, 21. She enjoys yoga and weight training and teaches Latin aerobics
at a local fitness club chain. Maria initally found mixed media collage-making relaxing and therapeutic, and now has original
works displayed in the homes of several executives, including that of feminist writer bell hooks. Maria also enjoys reading,
traveling and reggae dancing.
The African American Women on Tour Conference - the nucleus of the Black woman's empowerment experience -
will take place on Hilton Head Island, SC, September 18 - 21, 2003, will feature internationally
recognized spokeswomen, powerful workshops and community-building sessions. Our goal is to provide a dynamic, yet nurturing
environment to re-connect with our women-ness, and support personal and professional advancements.
Our goal is to provide a dynamic, yet nurturing environment to re-connect with our women-ness, and support
personal and professional advancements.
2003 marks a new beginning for African American Women on Tour and Sisterfriend Soul Journeys' expanded global
vision. And, we invite you to start making plans today to invest in your soul-journey…as we continue our mission to
touch the hearts and spirits of women, families and communities worldwide.
For more information, please continue to browse our site, call 1-800-560-2298 or send an e-mail message to
Who to Contact. . .
|2003 Speaking Opps:
- Download "Call for Presentation" File
- Download "Invitation to Exhibit & Advertise"
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