CHICAGO, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Top-ranking professional Black women in the U.S. and abroad will convene to broaden their perspectives on global leadership and business strategies and harnessing their collective power and influence at the League of Black Women's 8th Global Strategic Leadership Conference, "Black Women 2011: New World Power," May 17-20 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tampa, FL.
"The paradigm is shifting from our strength to our power, which is why the conference is called 'New World Power.' Strong black women are growing into powerful black women who operate on a different fuel," said Sandra Finley, LBW President. "Participants will gain a better understanding about how high-ranking Black women can generate this new world power to achieve their global ambitions."
This year marks the second in a row the conference has been held at Innisbrook, owned by America's first Black female billionaire Sheila Johnson, CEO of Salamander Hospitality and owner of three professional sports teams. Johnson will join distinguished speakers and honored guests including Valerie Amos, U.N. Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Lakshmi Singh, award-winning newscaster for National Public Radio; Ertharin Cousin, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome; Tjada McKinley, Senior Advisor and Director of the Feed the Future private sector initiative at USAID (participating in relief efforts in Japan); Cassandra Butts, Senior Advisor to the Millennium Challenge Corporation; Dr. Valencia Ray, author and women's business coach; and Marilyn Johnson, Vice President of Market Development for IBM.
Participants will enjoy high-level roundtable discussions and workshops on topics such as Black women in U.S. intelligence; world food security; the banking industry, and global opportunities in the emerging energy industry. LBW will unveil the "Big Fat World Poll" on leadership, jobs, wealth and joyful living produced by the Gallup organization, which will offer indexes from their global well-being poll as it applies to Black professional women's interests, as well as LBW's special report "Risk and Reward: Black Women Leading Out on a Limb."
Sponsors include Jones Magazine (media partner); American Airlines (official conference airline); U.S. Cellular; Booz Allen Hamilton; Deloitte; Southern Company; The Walt Disney Company; CNA; Progress Energy; TIAA CREF; Federally Employed Women; Kraft Foods and General Mills.
SOURCE League of Black Women