Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Hosted by State Farm® Kicks-off Feb. 15 in Orlando, Florida

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

Feb 09, 2012, 13:11 ET from BLACK ENTERPRISE

NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BLACK ENTERPRISE will kick off its seventh annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® on February 15, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. The four-day event, which will attract up to 700 participants, offers a dynamic program designed to provide women of color the leadership skills and professional guidance necessary to tackle the unprecedented challenges in today's corporate arena.  The Summit also serves as a unique forum where attendees can network, share experiences, and learn career advancement strategies from many of the nation's leading female executives.

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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 Amsale Aberra, co-founder/co-CEO & creative director, Amsale Design Group; Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law, and women's studies, Brandeis University; Carole Simpson, veteran broadcast journalist; Rachel Robinson, founder, Jackie Robinson Foundation; and legendary singer & activist Dionne Warwick.
  • Anita Hill, whose name has been synonymous with sexual harassment for more than two decades, sits down with Black Enterprise Business Report host Caroline Clarke for a revealing, in-depth conversation about conducting a career in political crosshairs
  • Money Management & Investing with CNBC Correspondent Sharon Epperson
  • Motivational keynote speech from veteran broadcast journalist Carole Simpson and inspirational keynote address from Crawford Ministries founder Dr. Beverly Crawford
  • The Women of Power Concert & Dinner featuring entertainment from Grammy-nominated R&B sensation Eric Benet

Sessions and Workshops at this year's Women of Power Summit include:

A First-hand Perspective on Global Business
Managing Sabotage: Negotiating success in an unfriendly environment
The Anti-Social Executive: Step out of your comfort zone to advance your career
The Acceleration Trap: Adjusting your team to the new normal
9 Habits That Make You Happier, Healthier and More Resilient
Social Media Bootcamp
Secrets of Risk Takers & Rule Breakers: Leap from go-getter to game-changer
Embracing Change: How to get unstuck and uncover your next move

Additional speakers include: Pam El, Marketing VP, State Farm; Marcea Bland Lloyd, SVP, chief administrative officer & general counsel, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Dr. Ro, (Rovenia M. Brock, Ph.D.), nutritionist & author; Valorie Burton, founder & director, The CAPP Institute; Valerie Coleman Morris, journalist & financial literacy advocate; Kheri Holland Tillman, vice president, Trade Marketing & Sales Strategy, Heineken; Felicia Guity, general manager, Microsoft; Beverly Johnson, supermodel, actress & entrepreneur; Lara Jordon James, VP, Life Company Marketing, Mass Mutual Financial Group; Chekesha Kidd, president, Aetna Student Health; Gale V. King, EVP, chief administrative officer, Nationwide; Cheryl Lester, regional general manager, Central Florida, Walmart; Cynthia Marshall, president, North Carolina, AT&T; Lisa Opoku Busumbru, COO, Securities Division–Asia, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Brooke Reid, managing director, Morgan Stanley; Eve Wright Taylor, VP & associate general counsel, Miami Heat & American Airlines Arena; Stacey Tisdale, author & financial correspondent, PBS newsmagazine Need to Know; Deborah C. Wright, chairman & CEO, Carver Bancorp Inc.; and many more!  

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For more information or to register for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, visit Presenting sponsors include EMC2, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi, Quaker, Tropicana and Walmart. Platinum sponsors include Abbott Vascular, AT&T, FedEx, Intel, Macy's, Microsoft, NBCUniversal and Wells Fargo. Corporate Sponsors include Dell, Google, Monster, PepsiCo and VisitOrlando.  

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