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Bishop TD Jakes will serve as the keynote speaker for Women’s Empowerment 2013. Bishop Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.

Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the disenfranchised.

Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People, EBONY’s Power100 and is the recent winner of McDonald’s prestigious 365Black Award for his humanitarian efforts. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, and conference series.

Celebrating 30 years of marriage, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children

and three grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and

sense of self-reliance.

After more than 35 years in ministry, Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation,

inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.

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