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Susan Rice, Tina Knowles-Lawson And Richelieu Dennis To Speak At The 2018 Black Enterprise Women Of Power Summit

Three-Day Executive Leadership Conference Offers a Unique Forum for Women of Color to Network, Share Experiences, and Learn Career Advancement Strategies.

NEW YORKFeb. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Black Enterprise hosts its 13th annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on Wednesday, March 7 to Saturday, March 10 at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida. The Summit, hosted by ADP, is the leading executive development conference for women and annually welcomes more than 1,000 mid- to senior-level power players and C-suite executives from across the country.

This year’s conference highlights include:

  • The Women of Power Legacy Awards dinner honoring those who blazed trails and redefined the standard of success for women of color. This year’s recipients are Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist; Edith Cooper, senior director of Goldman Sachs; Carmen de Lavallade, legendary dancer, choreographer, and actress; and Jayne Kennedy Overton,groundbreaking sportscaster, actress, model, and philanthropist.
  • 25-minute executive one-on-one career coaching to sharpen attendees’ winning edge
  • From the Corner Office: Founder and chairman of Essence Ventures Richelieu Dennis will be interviewed by Black Enterprise President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Their discussion will engage and inspire Women of Power attendees and is sure to assist them in developing their own actionable plan to carve out their path to the corner office.
  • Learn what it takes to go all the way to the top, what it may cost, and how to make sure the door doesn’t seal shut behind you—from world-class executives who’ve each done it their own way.
  • After one of the most dynamic, disruptive, and potentially transformational years in history for women, this session will examine where women are and sift through the socioeconomic, political, emotional, and practical changes that are in motion with activist Johnetta Elzie and entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw.

Now in its 13th year, the Women of Power Summit features influential speakers and one-on-one keynote sessions with top executives—many of whom are women of color themselves. In addition, the Summit offers more than 20 hours of lifestyle, leadership, and professional development workshops with countless opportunities to network with like-minded peers. Attendees will be empowered, inspired, and equipped with the necessary tools to implement a strategy for success beginning the moment the conference concludes.

“Every year, the Summit offers plenty that’s new: speakers, sponsors, topics that tap into emerging issues, and the unique challenges we face,” says Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit Caroline V. Clarke.

“What never changes is our commitment to this audience’s success and their need for greater connection with each other. This event is relevant, resonant, and unparalleled, and we are so excited about this year.”

Confirmed speakers and awardees include:

Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist
Edith Cooper, senior director, Goldman Sachs
Carmen de Lavallade, legendary dancer, choreographer, actress
Jayne Kennedy Overtonsportscaster, actress, model, philanthropist
Thasunda Duckett, CEO, Chase Consumer Banking, JPMorgan Chase
Johnetta Elzie, civil rights activist and co-founder, Campaign Zero
Gail HunterVP, public affairs, community relations and event management, Golden State Warriors
Star Jones, attorney, advocate, and president, National Association of Professional Women
Stacee MichelleE! News correspondent and style expert
Jo Ann JenkinsCEO, AARP
Richelieu Dennis, founder and chairman, Essence Ventures
Sharon Eppersonsenior personal finance correspondent, CNBC
Tina Knowles-Lawson, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.
Courtney Adeleye, founder and CEO, The Mane Choice

The host sponsor of the 2018 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include Accenture, AT&T, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Dell, PepsiCo, Pfizer, State Farm, Toyota, Walmart, and The Walt Disney Co. Platinum sponsors are AARP, Macy’s, and Southwest and corporate sponsors are The American Heart Association and FedEx Express.

The Summit begins Wednesday, March 7, and concludes Saturday, March 10. To register and find out more information, visit and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter.

Black Enterpriseyour ultimate source to build Wealth for Life, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, Black Enterprise magazine provides 4 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, web content, and digital media. Visit for more information.


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