Thursday, February 11, 2010

Black Enterprise Kicks Off 5th Annual Women of Power Summit

More Than 500 Women Executives of Color Come Together to Map Out Their 5 Paths to Power: Envision, Prepare, Connect, Persist, and Commit
(Palm Springs, CA) February 10, 2010--BLACK ENTERPRISE will kick off its fifth annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® on Feb. 10, 2010 at the La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs, California. The sold-out, four-day leadership conference will examine the distinctive challenges that minority women face in corporate America and offer business success strategies that focus on workplace politics, emerging business trends, management techniques, and workforce diversity.

This year's featured keynote speaker will be Hon. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). President Obama appointed her to serve on his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The focus of her research and policy include energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "quiet crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce, and reduced support for basic research. She is a vice chairman of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chairs its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative.

"Since its inception, the Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® has provided African American women executives with access to industry leaders, expert advice, and valuable networking opportunities," says Grace Castro, vice president, BLACK ENTERPRISE Multimedia Sales & Events. "BLACK ENTERPRISE is honored to welcome Ms. Jackson and all of our VIP guests as they share their success stories and enable women of color to power forward in their professional and personal pursuits."

The 2010 Summit will feature an outstanding roster of speakers and session leaders, including Marilyn Johnson, vice president, Market Development, IBM; Pamela Mitchell, founder & CEO, The Reinvention Institute; Susan Taylor, founder, National Cares Mentoring Movement, and many more inspiring women.

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The 2010 Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® is presented by ExxonMobil, Frito-Lay, QTG, Pepsi, and FedEx. Platinum sponsors include Abbott Vascular, Buick, Continental Airlines, EMC, Intel, Macy's, Microsoft, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Corporate partners include Fox Searchlight, Herbalife, and United Healthcare. Source: Black Enterprise

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