JACKSONVILLE, FL – March 13, 2024 – In celebration of Women’s History Month, Edward Waters University (EWU) is pleased to announce the upcoming edition of the Stay Woke President’s Distinguished Speaker Series, featuring the renowned Renee Montgomery. Scheduled to occur at Milne Auditorium on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 7 p.m., the event will bring together the EWU and wider Jacksonville community for an enlightening gathering.

Renee Montgomery, Vice President and co-owner of the WNBA team Atlanta Dream, has a rich history in professional basketball. As a former WNBA player, two-time champion (’15 & ’17), and all-star (’11), Montgomery has made a lasting impact on the sport. Beyond her athletic achievements, she is a leading advocate for women’s sports equality and a driving force for positive social change.

Montgomery currently hosts The Montgomery & Co. Podcast, facilitating insightful discussions on various topics. She is also the founder of the Renee Montgomery Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to advancing women’s sports equality, promoting social justice, positivity, and supporting education and technology in early youth development.

The Stay Woke President’s Distinguished Speaker Series aims to provide thought-provoking discussions within the academic community, and Renee Montgomery is a fitting choice for this month’s event, coinciding with Women’s History Month.

“I am excited to welcome Renee Montgomery to the Stay Series at Edward Waters University as we celebrate Women’s History Month; her presence enhances the significance of the occasion,” stated EWU President and CEO Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr., J.D. “Renee Montgomery embodies the values we cherish at EWU – resilience, leadership, and a commitment to positive change. I am confident that her insights will resonate with all attendees and make a lasting impression on our collective consciousness. Ms. Montgomery’s story is one of overcoming challenges, and I believe her words will inspire our students to pursue their aspirations and advocate for meaningful societal change. We anticipate an engaging evening that not only honors Women’s History Month but also contributes to the ongoing conversation on equity, empowerment, and the pursuit of excellence.”

All members of the EWU and Jacksonville community are welcome to attend this empowering event. However, members of the media and press are kindly requested to RSVP with the designated event contact for appropriate arrangements. Please note that a strict clear, small bag policy will be enforced for the safety and convenience of all attendees.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from a prominent figure in women’s sports and social advocacy. Join us at Milne Auditorium on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7 p.m. for what promises to be an inspiring evening of dialogue and enlightenment. Reserve your spot at www.ew.edu


Please note that there will be a strict clear bag/clutch policy that will be enforced at the door upon entry.

Media must contact Dr. TaKeia Anthony and Ms. Angela Getter (see contact information below) for approval to attend the event. Live recordings and interviews are not permitted.

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Event Contact:

Dr. TaKeia Anthony

Executive Director for A. Philip Randolph Institute

For Social Justice, Law, and Economic Policy

Phone: 904-470-8069

Email: [email protected]

Institutional Advancement Contact:

Ms. Angela Getter

Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Development, Marketing and Communications

Phone: 904-470-8838

Email: [email protected]

About Edward Waters University


Edward Waters University (EWU), accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), is a private, historically black, urban institution of higher education, which offers a liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the Christian principles of high moral and spiritual values. EWU was established in 1866 and is an African Methodist Episcopal Church-related institution of higher learning. It is the first private and independent institution of higher education in the State of Florida. For more information, visit www.ew.edu.