NEW YORK —BLACK ENTERPRISE will kick off its sixth annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® on February 23, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The sold-out event, which will attract more than 700 participants, is a unique forum where women can network, share experiences, and learn career advancement strategies from industry leaders. With women of color being vastly underrepresented in the ranks of corporate America and black female unemployment hovering at 12.9%, the Women of Power Summit is an excellent resource for those who have the preparation and positioning to move up the corporate ladder but perhaps missed important cues, operated in isolation, or lacked the necessary mentorship to bring their achievements to light
This year’s conference highlights:
• A One-on-One Conversation featuring former track star Marion Jones and ESPN SportsCenter Co-Host Sage Steele. Marion will discuss the transformation of her championship career, the steroid scandal, and how she has reclaimed her life.
• Inspirational keynotes aimed to help participants embrace the future, reclaim a positive outlook, and re-awaken career ambitions from Bishop Barbara C. Harris, Retired Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, and Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, Presiding Prelate, Thirteenth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church.
• The Women of Power Concert & Dinner featuring entertainment from eight-time Grammy® Award nominee Fantasia.
• The Women of Power Legacy Awards honoring former model Bethann Hardison, modeling agent, writer, and founder of Bethann Management Company Inc.; Ntozake Shange, acclaimed American playwright and poet; Bishop Barbara C. Harris, Retired Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts; and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington, D.C.
Sessions at this year’s Women of Power Summit include:
The Art of Execution: Mastering the Discipline of Getting It Done
How to Build a Winning Team
Managing the Risks and Rewards of Social Media
Managing Your Emotions at Work
The Unspoken Truth: Image Control
Reinventing the Job You Have
The Undercover Overachiever: Getting the Recognition You Deserve
Additional speakers include Harriette Cole, president & creative director, Harriette Cole Media; Dr. Robin Smith, psychologist and motivational speaker; and Kelly Chapman, Director, Diversity Recruiting, Microsoft Corporation.
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