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Cabrini Welcomes Miss America 1990 for National Conference on Body Image

Posted on 9/10/2018 1:21:48 PM

Debbye Turner Bell, DVM

RADNOR, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2018)—On Sept. 20, Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell, DVM, will provide the keynote presentation during Cabrini’s National Conference on Body Image.

Her talk is free and open to the public.

“We look forward to hearing from Dr. Debbye Turner Bell—the third African American woman to be crowned Miss America—particularly in light of the #MeToo Movement and recent changes to the Miss America Organization,” said Michelle Filling-Brown, PhD, Acting Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

As the facilitator of the conference and an instrumental voice in gender and body studies, Filling-Brown will bring together student voices from across the nation to discuss timely issues in the field of body studies.

With panel discussions, presentations, and workshops, the program for the National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image will encourage attendees to examine body image through diverse perspectives including religion, pop culture, and art.

The daylong conference is hosted by the Gender and Body Studies program in the University’s Department of English.

Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell, DVM, is a veterinarian, journalist, corporate trainer, minister, motivational speaker, wife, and mother. Since winning her title more than two decades ago, she has addressed audiences on “Being A Woman in A Man’s World” among topics including personal excellence, diversity, influence, determination, and leadership. Her talks reflect her own life experiences—working to become a veterinarian and being crowned Miss America after seven years and eleven tries in two states.

Currently, Turner Bell divides her time focusing on leadership development, motivational and Christian speaking, and television broadcasting, including serving as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. She is the Founder and CEO of Debbye Turner Bell Consulting, a faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies, and an Affiliate Trainer for the TransPorter Group Inc. 

For registration and program details, visit cabrini.edu/bodyimageconf.

About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,650 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 800 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.