Cruise with Dr. Maya Angelou at Olivias Equality and Leadership Summit

Award-winning poet to be keynote speaker on February 2014 excursion

Olivia Travel, the world’s largest travel company that offers chartered cruise, resort, adventure and luxury vacations especially for the lesbian community, announced today that one of the most renowned and influential voices of this generation, Dr. Maya Angelou, will be the keynote speaker for the group’s Equality and Leadership Summit.

The gathering will take place on a seven-day (Feb. 1-8, 2014) chartered eastern Caribbean cruise and will highlight other nationally recognized individuals including civil rights pioneer Edie Windsor, Florida Congresswoman and Chair of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell. Entertainment will include Grammy-winning Indigo Girls and comedians Judy Gold and Karen Williams.

“This year we have already seen groundbreaking progress for LGBT rights and equality and we felt the time was right to hold a gathering with influential women whose words and actions carry a powerful message of leadership and success,” said Judy Dlugacz, founder and president of Olivia Travel. “By having Dr. Angelou lead the summit as our keynote speaker, followed by messages of strength from our other invited guests, we are expecting that the 1900 women who will be taking part in the cruise will leave invigorated and inspired to take on the world in new ways.”

A celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist, Dr. Angelou has left her mark on history with her legendary work with Malcolm X and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her award-winning memoirs include I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), The Heart of a Woman (1981), Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems for Women (1995) and Letter to My Daughter (2008),.

The Equality and Leadership Summit will take place on Holland America’s ms Westerdam, a fully chartered ship that highlights the latest industry and environmental technologies, stunning atrium and sophisticated decor. For more info, visit

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