Actress and singer Tatyana Ali on Wednesday will headline a daylong conference at Howard University aimed at building self-esteem among teenage girls.

In this Oct. 15, 2011 photo released by BET, actress and singer Tatyana Ali is honored with the Young, Gifted and Black Award at the 6th annual Black Girls Rock! Awards in New York. (Scott Weiner/AP)

Past headliners included the Dorothy Height, president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women and Valeisha Butterfield, founder of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network.

“This year, we aimed to get younger speakers that could relate to the girls and could give them advice on how to get started, because they mostly just got there themselves,” said Karla McKenzie, chair of the conference’s speakers committee.

The conference, started in 1992, introduces 14 to 18-year-old young women to positive role models in the arts, sciences, humanities and business. On Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., nearly 400 young ladies from Washington area high schools will is a series of discussions regarding empowerment, professionalism and job options.

The title of this year’s conference is “Sister’s Let’s Talk: Embracing Our Potential For Success, Achieving the Ultimate Score of Excellence.”

“The meaning of the title is to focus on having the girls realize their potential and how much they can achieve in life,” said Kori Winters, the conference co-chair. “The sky’s the limit for them.”

Khala Jones, the conference chairs, hopes everyone leaves inspired: “I hope that the girls are able to take the inspirational messages and become uplifted with the conference so they can better guide themselves and be better leaders in their community.”

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