Washington, DC (September 19, 2010) – The Genius For Men Conference (GFM) will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 at THEARC in southeast Washington, DC 10 am – 5 pm to redefine models of GENIUS by exposing young people to their local heroes who think and live big. GFM facilitators, honorees, and attendees represent the GENIUS that is around us every day. This year neuro-surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, Jazz Critic A. B. Spellman, Musician Richard Smallwood, Photographer Bill Lee, BET Mo’Nique Show’s Daniel Moore, Rev. Tony Lee, Pastor of Community of Hope A.M.E. and radio personality of WPGC FM, Community Organizer Delyon Gigger of Good Ground Good Life and other notables will be honored.

Hundreds of young professionals and leaders between the ages of 18 – 35 and deserving high school students are expected to attend this event that addresses the issues that men face, receive wealth building training and civic mobilization by decision makers, innovators and community organizers. The Genius For Men Conference is a signature program of the non-profit InSight Initiative, Inc. an organization that enlarges your capacity to do all things well. GFM is a men’s empowerment conference that celebrates, in solidarity with women, male achievement, brotherhood to men & women, and well roundedness beyond one’s profession. The conference organizers explain that "The 2010 Genius For Men theme ‘Discovering the Life of the Mind,’ celebrates the fact that life is a continuous journey to discover ideas, knowledge, understanding, courage, and joy. We believe that achieving, protecting, serving and growing can be attained at any age. Because of this hope we are confident that through our combined efforts we can make a mark in our own lives and ultimately we will impact the world."

GENIUS FOR MEN is hosted by Alisha Jones (29) and Angela Jones (25), two sisters who have experienced first hand the positive impact men have on personal development. Co-Executive Producer, Alisha Jones, admits that "After a snowball of events almost 4 years ago, it was the looming terror of death on Chicago’s streets, as I walked to and fro to class at the University of Chicago, after a fellow Black male doctoral student was killed that compelled me to get on my knees and say that I must do something. I can’t wait to finish my education to respond and I can’t wait for my finances to be perfect to invest. There was terror around me and the only answer I received from God was to appeal to our young people’s highest and best self. Today, when I look at the lackluster numbers pouring out from our public school systems and the disparity between Black men in prison v. college, we are still in a state of distress. Genius For Men is an initiative to re-teach our young people their loveliness through word and touch." Ultimately, these sisters seek to normalize images of male achievement for those who yearn to see different interactions. Past recipients include Michael Melton and Marvin Dickerson, D.C. Chapter and national representative from 100 Black Men, Cameron E. Miles of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood, Elder Jimmy Grant, William Keyes of Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Brandon Camphor & One Way and Anthony ‘Tony’ Walker. Sponsorships have included businesses such as Radio One and Chick-Fil-A.

In addition to the Genius For Men conference, you will find at the Next Level Exhibition Area product premieres and boutique services for your professional enrichment. We are confident that once you encounter the synergy of the Genius For Men movement, you will be equipped to fully realize your highest and best self.

Online Advance Registration is $30 and $15 for students w/ID. Conference officials are accepting all donations for deserving young men to be their guests and take part in exposure during this day of celebration. If you want to attend an event that addresses the issues that men face, this is the one.. For more information, please call 1-888-422-9179 or visit

Press Inquiries:
Angela Jones
Executive Producer


Thank you so much for your passionate proposals to answer our community’s questions about issues pertaining to men. Keep them coming!!!

The conference theme for the 2010 GFM conference will be "Discovering the Life of the Mind". Topics will include the following:

  • Art and Advocacy
  • Health
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • Education
  • Social Justice
  • Direct Action
  • Community Resources

Through this Call for Proposals, we invite you and your colleagues to share your knowledge, wisdom and experience as conference presenter(s) or musical artists for our awards ceremony. This is your opportunity to present your cutting-edge work to decision makers who are looking to program and to connect with other innovative people just like you.

If you are interested or you know someone who would be perfect to be showcased in this conference, request the Call for Proposals Guidelines and Application by sending an email to me at Spread the word!!! Proposals are due no later than 5 pm EST on Friday, June 25, 2010. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the proposals review by July 5.

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