ARLINGTON, Va., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 5, 2014 Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks will be one of the key esteemed speakers to stand with media mega-icon Oprah Winfrey, in support of Virginia Congressional Candidate Lavern Chatman, at a highly publicized fundraiser in Arlington, Virginia. This fundraising reception has made global headlines because it represents the 3rd time, internationally acclaimed Oprah Winfrey has ever publicly endorsed a political candidate running for a federal office. The theme of the reception is Empowering Women and Girls for Leadership. The event will feature several prominent leaders speaking on women’s issues, globally, nationally and Virginia’s 8th District.
Dr. Banks has been included in this event's group of powerhouse women because she has overcome tremendous obstacles, to achieve extraordinary success as a business leader. She has overcome dyslexia, domestic violence, and a difficult divorce, to obtain a MBA from Harvard University, an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, become a top executive, multi-millionaire entrepreneur and Motivational Success Strategist. Today, Gloria is an Independent Elite Executive National Sales Director with Mary Kay, 1 of only 3 women who currently hold this position in the United States. Dr. Gloria Mayfield Banks has trained thousands of business executives and leaders on six continents to obtain new levels of achievement. Renowned for her high energy, dynamic story-telling, and inspirational teaching style, Dr. Banks presents her expertise in What It Takes, an online professional and personal development series for leaders and career professionals, that provides expert insight and practical strategies to achieve greater success. Gloria has shared her secrets of success with national media audiences appearing on CNN with Soledad O'Brien, ABC-TV, and CNBC with Donny Deutsch on "The Big Idea". She has also appeared in Fortune, Black Enterprise, Glamour, and Ebony Magazines.
The Empowering Women and Girls for Leadership fundraiser theme, coincides with Chatman's political platform. If elected as 8th District Congresswoman, Chatman contends that she will fight for continued improvements in education, for women to make their own health care decisions without government intrusions, and for economic fairness. Lavern Chatman is a longtime community activist. She has served in leadership roles in community empowerment organizations such as, the former president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League, founder the NOVA Coalition and co-founder of an innovative intergenerational mentoring program The Grandfathers Group. Gloria commented, "It is such an honor to have this chance to share the stage with Oprah Winfrey, as we empower women and girls, and lift up Lavern Chatman, who is a phenomenal woman and congressional candidate. I am grateful for the opportunity to uplift and encourage others, as it has been done for me." For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.lavernchatman.com. For more information about Gloria Mayfield Banks, please visit: http://www.gloriamayfieldbanks.com.
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