Day 1: Women of Power Summit Kicks Off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hundreds of professional and executives gather for three days of networking, inspiration and fun

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The 2015 Women of Power Summit, sponsored by State Farm, has officially kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with over 800 professional women coming together for three days of networking, fellowship and inspiration.

Taking place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, hundreds of women from all over the country are starting registration, hosted by Southwest Airlines, and getting settled into their rooms as they prepare for an unforgettable week.

The day starts with a shopping excursion, courtesy of Macy’s, where women can take a shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale Galleria and shop, eat, get makeovers and of course take in the latest trends during the Shoe and Accessory Diva Fashion Show. Back at the resort, an afternoon of Wine & Design is taking place for individuals who want to channel their inner creativity. The women will get instructions on how to complete their masterpiece from a local artist while sipping on wine and making connections with new and old friends.

[Related: Black Enterprise Launches New Events App for Women of Power Summit]

Later in the day, attendees will gather for an all-white seaside affair at the Purpose & Pearls Beach Party. With pearl-themed décor and accessories and a candlelit “white carpet” entry, the evening is set for a perfect moment of reflection and reconnection. With remarks by Black Enterprise’s Editorial Director Caroline Clarke, State Farm’s own Arlivia Gamble-Swann and gems of wisdom from dynamic speaker and power woman, Carla Harris, 2015 Women of Power attendees are in store for a conference like no other.

Stay tuned for more updates from the summit and head to to watch the live stream.

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