The Women’s Connection will celebrate 15 years of empowering Quad-City area women with an anniversary event featuring Oprah Winfrey’s “all-time favorite guest,” Dr. Tererai Trent.

The event will be 5:30-8 p.m. March 13 at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport. The dinner event, titled “It is Achievable,” is sponsored by the DHCU Community Credit Union and the Riverboat Development Authority.

A scholar, motivator and humanitarian, Trent grew up in an impoverished village in Zimbabwe, Africa. Despite being married young, bound to an abusive relationship and the mother of three young children by the time she was 18, she was undeterred from her dream of obtaining an education. She eventually traveled to the United States and juggled three jobs while raising five children and attending classes to earn her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

Trent then established Tinogona (for “it is achievable”), which builds and repairs schools in rural Zimbabwe. In May 2011, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation donated $1.5 million to Tinogona to further Trent’s dream.

The March 13 event will begin with 5:30 p.m. cocktails, a 6 p.m. dinner and the 7 p.m. keynote address. The cost is $30 for Women’s Connection members, $38 for nonmembers. To register, call Amanda Garrett at 309-631-0167 or do so online at

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