Black Girl Magic Educational Services, Inc. created the Black Girl Magic Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin since 2018. This day-long conference for 4th - 8th grade Black, African American and Multiracial girls consists of inspirational guest speakers, dynamic breakout sessions, a lively DJ, fitness classes and many more activities that affirm the girls’ sense of pride in their culture and confidence in their intelligence, culture and abilities.
In 2018, the first Black Girl Magic Conference hosted 80 girls who participated in Natural Circles of Support, a non-profit organization that helps schools address racial disparities with programs that promote the successes and strengths of Black students and other students of color. Since the first Black Girl Magic Conference, the attendance has grown significantly from 80 girls to more than 1,000 girls.
Our goal to celebrate and inspire intelligent Black girls has blossomed into an annual event with many girls eagerly anticipating the event each year.
IN THE NEWS
BGMES, Inc. has been recognized in our community and local school districts as one of the leading organizations focusing on the empowerment of young, Black girls.
MEET BGMES FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Black Girl Magic Conference was founded by Rosa Thompson in 2017. At the time, Rosa Thompson and Maria Loy, an ally and co-conspirator, were running the affinity group, the Oya Sisters through a partnership with Natural Circles of Support for Black and Multiracial girls at Hawthorne Elementary School. They came up with the idea to have a space for Black girls across the school district to be celebrated and learn from one another.
A proud graduate of the Madison Metropolitan School District, Rosa attended college at Clark Atlanta University and completed her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rosa always knew that she wanted to teach in the same school district where she was educated. In addition to the annual Black Girl Magic Conference, Rosa is also the Executive Director of Black Girl Magic Educational Services, a community dedicated to providing safe and affirming spaces for Black girls, rich and engaging programs centered around identity, social-emotional development, STEAM, and the arts with opportunities to network and be mentored by Black women entrepreneurs and professionals in the Madison community.
"We're bringing strong, intelligent and dynamic women together with smart, ambitious girls - showing them that they can be lawyers, entrepreneurs, educators and CEO's. That's what Black Girl Magic Educational Services does, we uplift the magic in Black girls, revealing their confidence and creativity!"