PREVAIL is an annual FREE leadership, personal, and career development experience open to undergraduate students.
This year, we have a dynamic keynote speaker, as well as one block of concurrent educational sessions. Topics include: Engaging the Opposition, The World Needs You to Run for Office, the Politics of Authenticity, and other sessions focusing on civic engagement. If you have any questions about the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Brianna Nesbitt, Program Coordinator for The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center at email@example.com.
Meet our 2020 Keynote Speaker, Charlane Oliver
Charlane Oliver has more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit management, civil service, public relations, and communications. Having worked with over 35 nonprofits and public agencies over the course of her career, Charlane’s expertise has led to a track record of taking organizations and programs from good to great.
Charlane Oliver currently serves as the Community Liaison and part of the Communications Staff for U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Director of Communication for the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, where she used her public relations expertise to drive key marketing and branding strategies to the largest network of businesses in the fastest-growing county in the state. In this role, she received a 2017 Communications Excellence Grand Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for her marketing campaign for Williamson County Mobility Week. Charlane is also a freelance writer, graphic designer, and public relations strategist for nonprofits, small businesses, and political campaigns whose work has been published in The Tennessean, Tennessee Tribune, Nashville Post, Nashville Business Journal, Williamson Herald, YOUR Williamson, Franklin Home Page, and Trumpet magazine. She is credited with being the PR strategist behind political newcomer Christiane Buggs’ winning campaign for Metro Nashville School Board.
She is the Founder and Board President of The Equity Alliance—a nonprofit organization focused on civic engagement in communities of color—and serves on the board of the Metro Nashville Emergency 911 Communications District Board, Purpose Preparatory Academy, and the Urban Enterprise Group. She is a tnAchieves mentor and a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Nashville Women of Color in Communications, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
In March 2018, Charlane was presented with the Dr. Evelyn Fancher Unsung Hero Award for her community activism work by Les Gemmes, Inc. She has recently been recognized as an “Unsung Hero” by the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce Council and as one of NashvilleBusiness.Net’s 100 Leading African Americans in 2018. Charlane is a 2017 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards Finalist, a 2016 Nashville Black 40 Under 40 award recipient, and alumni of Young Leaders Council. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in human and organizational development and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, but has called Tennessee home for the past 16 years.
Photos from PREVAIL 2019
If you’re a Vanderbilt student who identifies as a woman who is looking to learn, grow, develop, and be a part of positive personal and community change through a transformational and fun leadership experience then PREVAIL is for you and we strongly encourage you to apply next year!