20/20 Vision Jobs Forum
In June, at the W Hotel in New York, professionals from every sector flocked to the 20/20 Vision conference hosted by BLACK ENTERPRISE and Walmart. Keynote speaker Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, engaged the crowd around how to create jobs and career opportunities in the next economy. Entrepreneurs and corporate leaders were taught how to re-invent themselves for employability, marketability, and advancement. Spirited discussions were also led by Bill Spriggs, assistant secretary for policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Kelly Beaty, vice president of marketing and communications, Dress for Success Worldwide; and James Andrews, founder and CEO, Social People. The forum was such a success, we’re taking it to the West Coast in October. See more at www.blackenterprise.com/2011/07/04/black-enterprise-walmart-talk-about-employment.
2011 Fort Greene Festival
It went down again, and this year, BLACK ENTERPRISE was on the bill as an official media sponsor for the third annual Fort Greene Festival at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York. What seemed like all of Brooklyn came out to enjoy and support rising artists throughout the daylong musical lineup. Rosie Perez and Touré hosted the fest, which was headlined by Mos Def. Produced by I SEE Productions, the event celebrates “the culture, cuisine, and artistic diversity of Brooklyn.” www.fortgreenefest.com
VerizonWireless Small Business Empowerment Series
In June, small business owners were invited to the Midtown Loft & Terrace in New York to attend the first meeting of the Verizon Wireless Small Business Empowerment Series. More than 200 entrepreneurs participated in an informative dialogue led by Caroline Clarke, host of Black Enterprise Business Report. Panelists included business luminaries Russell Simmons and Daymond John, and industry experts Ryan Mack and Lynda Ireland. The audience took in comprehensive advice about business expansion, effective networking, and financial tips. This event was made possible by Verizon Wireless, BLACK ENTERPRISE, National Minority Supplier Development Council, MBE magazine, NV magazine, Liquid Entertainment, Cupcake Suite, Griot’s Roll Film, and Bluecoat Gin.
—Additional reporting by Brittney Peters