SONIA JACKSON MYLES, AUTHOR OF “THE SISTER ACCORD: 51 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR SISTER, & 51 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR CHILDREN” HOSTS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF SISTER ACCORD DAY, LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS IN CINCINNATI, OH
September 3, 2018, Cincinnati, OH – Sonia Jackson Myles, Founder & CEO of The Sister Accord
Foundation is determined to make a difference in the lives of girls and women around the world.
As the founder of a movement that is focused on positive, supportive relationships among both groups, she knows if we can show our youth how to establish meaningful relationships with each other, we can stop the violence (self-inflicted or otherwise) that is plaguing our communities, states, nation and the globe. Jackson Myles shared “I want girls and women to understand that there are infinite possibilities for their lives. They have the power to design their destiny, pursue their passion and walk in their purpose. When they are focused on these truths, they are more likely to feel good about themselves and each other.”
With the launch of “The Sister Accord: 51 Ways To LOVE Your Sister” book in 2013, Jackson Myles started what she calls “The Revolution of LOVE.” Since the launch, 17 Sister Accord Tea Parties have been held in cities across the United States to date, serving nearly 2000 girls and women. The return on investment has been significant. Both groups have shared that their lives and relationships have been transformed as a result of their attendance at these events. Increased Confidence, Improved Integrity, Improved Relationships and Success at school and work are just some of the outcomes shared by Sister Accord Mentees and Mentors.
On August 31, 2013, The City of Cincinnati declared that Sister Accord Day would be celebrated in Cincinnati. Today, women around the world celebrate this day of LOVE. To celebrate the 5th year, an event was held with 7 Female Leaders who were awarded The Sister Accord Leadership Award on August 31, 2018. Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer, The Black Panther Movie was honored and provided the keynote address. Jessica Reedy, International Gospel Music Artist was also honored and performed for the Aretha Franklin Tribute with a beautiful rendition of ‘Amazing Grace.’ A full list of the Honorees follows:
Sonia Jackson Myles, President & CEO of The Sister Accord Foundation
Lisa Robin Adkinson, Designer & Owner, Lisa Robin Jewelry
Ruth E. Carter, Costume Designer, The Black Panther Movie
Dena Cranley, First Lady of Cincinnati, OH & Chair of First Ladies For Health
Delores Hargrove-Young, Vice Chair, d.e. Foxx & Associates, Inc.
Laura Mitchell, Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
Francie Garber Pepper, Philanthropist and Advocate for Girls & Women
Jessica Reedy, International Gospel Music Artist
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley presented Sonia Jackson Myles and The Sister Accord Foundation with a second Proclamation from the city during The Sister Accord Day celebration on August 31. The proclamation highlights the importance of both men and women being involved in the women’s empowerment movement and ensuring that we perpetuate a culture of lifting everyone up in the Revolution of LOVE.
High school students, and their adult women mentors, experienced a day of fun, learning, and leadership skills building on Saturday, September 1, at The Celebration of Sisterhood Tea Party. They learned the importance of Sisterhood and how essential it is in being a great leader. Jessica Reedy touched the souls, hearts and minds of attendees with powerful performances during the day. Jacqueline M. Baker, Principal, Scarlet Communications, provided Etiquette tips for the attendees. Iris T. London, Founder of ITL Fitness, provided dance lessons for The Sister Accord Slide, which she created. Her creation not only sparks fun and excitement, but also helps with burning calories as well. Sadaqa Calhoun-Redus, a seasoned holistic health and wellness professional and owner of Asè, shared a powerful exercise on how to meditate and focus on self-healing, in a session titled “Free Your Mind.” One guest shared, “You could literally see and feel the transformations happening in the room (among both the mentees and the mentors) as the day progressed. We will never forget this day for the rest of our lives.”
Founder Jackson Myles said, “I am on a mission to have 1 billion girls and women live the principles of The Sister Accord. I have seen the long-lasting, negative impact of “mean girl” behavior. Mean girls grow up to be mean women, if there is no intervention. I’m focused on helping girls and women understand that it begins with them. If you love yourself, you will be able to give that love to others, and will see them as an extension of yourself. This will lead to a mindset of being willing to do anything you can to help and serve your sisters. ‘Great Leaders Have Great Relationships.’