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‘For Colored Girls’ 40th Anniversary Commemorated In New York Art Exhibition

Women Of Power Legacy Award winner's ‘i found God in myself’ explores gender, love, and sisterhood

Women Of Power Legacy Award winner Ntozake Shange’s ‘i found God in myself’ multimedia exhbition…

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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Female powerhourses who are ruling the big and small screens

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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Women of Power: 10 Education Leaders Who are Making a Difference

Top females making boss moves training the world's next big leaders

In honor of Dr. Beverly Tatum receiving the 2015 Black Enterprise Women of Power Barbara…

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Women of Power: 10 Entrepreneurs at the Top of Their Game

These female bosses are calling the shots and winning big

With research showing women as the leading forces in entrepreneurship, we rounded up a list…

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CBC to Honor Phylicia Rashad, Bill Withers and Alvin Poussaint

Annual conference will recognize prominent figures in fine arts

Recognizing African American icons in fine arts, the 2014 CBCF conference will honor Phylicia Rashad,…

By Courtney Connley

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Women of Power: Top 10 Leaders in the Fashion Industry

Top females making boss moves in the industry

As New York Fashion Week continues, we’ve rounded up 10 power women of color in…

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Women of Power: 10 Savvy Books to Help Elevate Your Career

Top professional leadership resources written for women and by women

Offering professional advice, tips and wisdom for how women can succeed in the workplace, we’ve…

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Serena Williams Wins Grand Slam Title

It's her 18th victory, tying with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova, at U.S. Open

Tennis phenom Serena Williams won her 18th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open today,…

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How I’m Building My Tech Startup

Chanel Martin of Techturized Inc. talks behind-the-scenes triumphs and challenges

Cofounder Chanel Martin explains how she is building her tech startup Techturized Inc.

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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

Spelman College's Beverly Tatum, Ph. D., will receive Barbara Graves Award

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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A Woman of Power attendee asks the panel how audience members can encourage more African American female students to embrace STEM fields.

Women of Power: Why We Must Educate Our Daughters in STEM

Gates Foundation and leaders explore challenges and solutions

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, leaders talked importance of educating girls in…

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

Panel of executives discuss navigating through a range of transitions

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Power: Risk, Re-brand & Reboot: The Art of Reinvention

Linda Johnson Rice and Desiree Rogers of Johnson Publishing Co. talk career journeys

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., and Desiree Rogers, CEO of the powerhouse…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: 3 Tips to Manage Your Online Reputation

How to ensure your Web brand matches reality

The Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, attendees learned how to manage their Web brand…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: How to Have the Career Team Advantage

Professionals encouraged to get honest feedback for true professional growth

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, professionals learned the importance of having a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: One-on-One with Tennis Phenom Venus Williams

Pro talks competitive upbringing, overcoming loses, and managing autoimmune illness

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, tennis pro and entrepreneur Venus Williams talks…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: One-on-One with Apple Environmental Executive Lisa Jackson

Former EPA chief talks facing career challenges and thriving under pressure

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, former EPA chief Lisa Jackson discussed her…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: 3 Tips to Maximize LinkedIn for Professional Success

Think beyond the basics to ensure you're getting the most from your experience

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper shares tips for Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Don’t Divest From Our Daughters; Invest In Our Sons

The ultimate success of black girls hinges on ending the assault on black boys

But we must invest in our sons–not just in their survival–but their success

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Women of Power: Conquering Self-Doubt to Achieve Success

Professional women explore concept of the 'imposter phenomenon'

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On day two of the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Legacy Award Honoree Myrlie Evers Williams Talks Life’s Work & Reinvention

Civil rights advocate shares insights on Medgar Evers and her upcoming memoire

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, editorial director Sonia Alleyne sat down one-on-one…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power Day Two: Professionals Start Day with Fitness and Empowerment

Professionals have full day of enriching seminars in store

Day two of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit has begun with fitness and…

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Women of Power: 3 Top Apps to Make Networking a Cinch

Add fast, fun convenience to making quality connections with these tech tools

Three apps that make networking at any conference or professional convention convenient, fast and fun.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Master Connector Jodi Brockington Shares Insider Tips on Using Tech to Build Your Network

Check out these tips on how to leverage social media for quality connections

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Florida, master connector Jodi…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power Summit Kicks Off In Boca Raton, Florida

Participants start events with Macy's shopping and pampering

Professionals and executives venture to sunny Florida as the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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2014 Black Enterprise Women Of Power In The White House: Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett

The First Lady and the White House's senior advisor are shaping national agendas

The Black Enterprise Women of Power February2014 issue spotlights remarkable women, whose individual and collective…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Embrace Your Power: Claim Your Financial Independence!

Adopt the theme of our Women of Power Conference for your financial life

Despite significant career and entrepreneurial success, a large percentage of African American women do not…

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Black Enterprise 2014 Woman of Power: Lori Dickerson Fouché

A look at one of Black Enterprise's women of power

Fouché earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s…

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Women of Power: Rebels, Revolutionaries, Rule Breakers

As part of our focus to help our attendees – and members of the BLACK…

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Pamela Carter

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

Carter oversees the division that sells and provides Cummins products

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Women of Power: Earning MBA Degrees in Record Numbers

More women are earning advanced business degrees

How many women do you know with MBA’s?

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Women of Power: CBS Corp.’s Josie Thomas Talks Diversity and Young Female Advancement

CBS Corp. executive offers empowering words for women of color

CBS Corp. executive Josie Thomas talks diversity and how young women can truly map out…

By Janell Hazelwood

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Helene Gayle

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

Gayle worked at the Center for Disease Control as a staff epidemiologist

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2014 Women of Power: S. Lynn Cooper Shares How To Use LinkedIn To Move Up

How effectively are you using your professional profile page?

S. Lynn Cooper, founder of Socially Ahead, shares insider tips on how to leverage one…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How to Make Your Website Work For You

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their digital presence

BlackEnterprise.com contributor and our Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides her surefire…

By Janel Martinez

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Verizon Executive Michelle Dutton Talks Women in STEM and the Importance of Exploring Technical Fields

Vice President of Global Network Systems and Support at Verizon on career trajectory and opportunities in technology

Black Enterprise caught up with the Michelle Dutton, Vice President of Global Network Systems and…

By Janel Martinez

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2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power: Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

This elected official oversees billions in state funds

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Women of Power: Amsale Aberra Talks Leadership and Building Bridal Legacy

Fashion powerhouse took early beginnings as assistant and expanded empire

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Ethopia-born Amsale Aberra was able to transcend from being…

By Janell Hazelwood

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2014 Women of Power: Producers Shonda Rhimes and Mara Brock Akil

These showrunners are bringing diversity to television

Rhimes and Akil Brock are opening more doors for people of color in entertainment

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Still Making Boss Moves: 3 Lessons on Longevity from the Legacy of Cicely Tyson

Take cues from a woman who embodies grace and professional tenacity

Cicely Tyson is a legend in her own right who many young professionals should be…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Headsets are high up on the list of must-have tech gadgets to gift this holiday season. While some prefer their earphones bedazzled with gems or coated in their favorite color, others like them simple and in-ear or—the exact opposite—over-ear and as large as ever. BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered, suggesting some of today’s latest headphones for the tech geek (or novice) in your life.--Janel Martinez

Listen Up! How to Become a Savvy Social Listener

Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper gives power women the scoop on effective listening

Black Enterprise Women of Power moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides power women with the top…

By Janel Martinez

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Africa Fashion Week Founder Uses Passion to Rebrand Continent

Adiat Disu talks power of social media in expanding reach of international designers

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Adiat Disu (@AdiatDisu), a native of…

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power Honoree: Ntozake Shange

Past Legacy Award winner's choreopoem "For Colored Girls" speaks to generations of black women 40 years later

The Women of Power Legacy Award recognizes outstanding impact, achievement and leadership by women in…

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Women of Power: Macy’s Shawn Outler Talks Retail Industry Boss Moves Beyond the Sales Floor

Executive shares how women of color can leverage diversity of opportunities

Shawn Outler, a group vice president at Macy’s, shares her career journey and how women…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Making Moves in Business [Infographic]

Many of today’s top businesses are led by women

Women are leading the pack in the business world

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Women of Power: Lessons on Building a Lasting Brand From Vera Moore

Cosmetics line continues to tap new retail markets after nearly 35 years

Moore is president and CEO of one of the most progressive and prestigious cosmetics and…

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Register for the 2014 Women of Power Summit Today

If you haven't bought a ticket yet for Women of Power, make sure you do now and don't miss out

Venus Williams, Cicely Tyson and more

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Burns oversees a corporation that reported $22.6 billion in revenue and a workforce of roughly 140,000 employees in more than 160 countries. The first black female to run one of the nation's 1,000 largest publicly-traded companies, she completed the largest transaction in Xerox's history -- the $6.4 billion acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services -- shortly after her appointment in 2009.

2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Ursula Burns

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

Did you know about Ursula Burns?

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

How to Handle Your Online Reputation Like a Woman of Power

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women a social media makeover

If you’re a power woman, chances are you’re utilizing professional social media site LinkedIn. Here,…

By Janel Martinez

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Women of Power: Beauty Business Phenom Iman Shares Insights on Global Success

Somalian-born leader in diverse industries has surpassed boundaries

Woman of power and beauty business pioneer Iman talks her career, how she was able…

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Sheila Johnson is Making History in Sports

A look at one of Black Enterprise's 2014 women of power

Johnson owns stakes in 3 professional sports teams

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Women of Power: Author & Political Strategist Talks Importance of Taking Risks

You can strategically step out of the box and still win

Sophia A. Nelson is one business phenom that knows the immense power women have when…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Author and TV Personality Star Jones Talks Power of Sisterhood

Learn how to leverage your valuable female network

Black Enterprise Women of Power alumna Star Jones Talks Power of sisterhood in career success.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Former Girls Inc CEO Joyce Roche Shares Advice

Retired CEO, author, and past Legacy Award honoree on conquering self-doubt to embrace success

Have you experienced what she has?

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Women of Power: Author and Life Coach Shares Insights on Happiness and Defining Success

Learn how to create synergy between your passions and your work

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit alumna Valorie Burton knows more than a thing or…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Author and Life Coach Demetria Lucas Talks Branding and Reality TV Boss Moves

Castmate opens up about catfights, career advancement and black power women

‘A Belle In Brooklyn’ author and life coach, Demetria Lucas, talks expanding her multi-platform brand…

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Women of Power: Healthcare Industry Leader Talks Career-Boosting Communication

Young phenom executive Chekesha Kidd gives insider details on effective leadership

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If you’re a young professional, your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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3 Steps to Having a Fun, Fresh and Amazing Career

'Tom Joyner Morning Show' producer Nikki Woods shares tips on fulfillment

Nikki Woods, senior producer for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” talks strategies to keep your…

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Women of Power: Not Moving Up at Work? 3 Smart Steps to Assess Yourself and Advance

Power exec Sandra Sims-Williams shares candid advice from personal experience

Sandra Sims-Williams, a Black Enterprise Women of Power summit alumna, details how to truly assess…

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Women of Power: Author and Business Consultant Audra Bohannon Talks Work-Life Balance

Leading executive details tips to boost your career

Audra Bohannon, a Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit alumna and leading business consultant, talks…

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Global Woman of Power Lisa Opoku Talks Tips for Managers on Team Building

From the U.S. to Asia, this powerhouse brings diverse experience in stellar career

Global corporate powerhouse Lisa Opoku talks team-building and leadership tips for managers.

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Networking Nuances: Learn From the Best, Woman of Power Debra Langford

Ultimate networker shares insider tips for making quality connections

Entrepreneur and power networker Debra Langford has impressive career receipts, and talks networking mojo tips…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Meet the 1st Black Woman to Head a Publicly Traded Financial Institution

Heading two Wall Street organizations, this CEO continues to drive the top and bottom lines

Power Moves from Suzanne Shank, the first African American woman to head a publicly traded…

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Reinvention Mojo: What You Can Learn from Woman of Power Kelly Chapman

Former Microsoft professional shares insights to inspire

Entrepreneur and former Microsoft recruitment professional Kelly Chapman shares insights on tech employment at Black…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Power of Awkward: 3 Ways to Leverage a Valuable Quirk in Leadership

Use your wacky, out-of-the-box fabness to stand out among the pack

Celebrities like Issa Rae have made it cool—and marketable—to be awkward, and you can too.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Nationwide Executive Gale King Talks Millennials and Branding for Advancement

A commitment to excellence and engagement can lead to stellar career results

Corporate powerhouse Gale King talks about her career ascension and how young professionals can build…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Economic Clout of Women-led Businesses: Now Stronger than Ever

36% of employer firms are either women-owned or women-led.

Successful women-led businesses have a variety of trajectories and strategies for growth, and there is…

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Join Jane Carter, Founder of Curls for Our “Entrepreneurs Masters” Class at “Women Of Power Summit”

Natural hair maven discusses going from a small business to a global haircare brand

Hair has always been a front-burner issue for black women

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Mega Franchise Owner Valerie R. Daniels Carter Named a Women of Power Legacy Award Winner

BE 100s CEO among largest women- and black-owned franchise operators in the US

Will you be attending Women of Power?

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Boss Moves Lessons from a Woman of Power: American Express EVP Glenda Goodly McNeal

Then and now: 3 key insights on career positioning from a female who beat the odds

A millennial gets a chance meeting with American Express executive Glenda McNeal and is inspired…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Venus Williams to Join 2014 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Joins star-studded week in Boca Raton

The Women of Power Summit will be held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club…

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Cicely Tyson to be Honored at Women of Power Awards

Black Enterprise to present its highest recognition of women's achievement at the 2014 Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Fla

Black Enterprise will present the Legacy Awards, its highest recognition of women’s achievement, at the…

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Stories of Career Triumph: One-on-One with Author Ntozake Shange

Award-winning author talks working through illness and advice for young wordsmiths

In a special series on professionals who turned passions into fulfilling careers, BlackEnterprise.com talks with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Trailblazers of Education: 7 Black Women Who Broke Barriers

Scholar pioneers who advance intellect and innovation of society

Here’s a look a seven female pioneers who advance the plight of education around the…

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What Happens to a Marriage When She Makes More?

A provocative book by Dr. Dawn DeLavallade candidly addresses the impact of the growing earning power of women on families and marital relationships.

More than 26 percent of marriages today feature wives who out-earn their husbands–and that figure…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Women of Power Clarion Call: Your True Power Lies Within

In response to several requests, I share my opening remarks from this year's Legacy Awards Gala, paying tribute to heroines and history makers.

The traditional kickoff for the Women of Power Summit is our annual Legacy Awards Gala,…

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Mori Taheripour will be a panelist for the 2013 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm.

Q+A: Mori Taheripour, San Francisco 49ers Fan, on the Art of Negotiation

For our #WomenOfPower Twitter chat on Friday, Jan. 25, the expert dishes on gender differences, and heading to the Big Easy

Get to know Mori Taheripour, 2013 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist.

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Join us Jan. 25th at 11am for our Women of Power Twitterchat on “Negotiating”

Follow both of our chat participants @soniaalleyne and @moritaheripour on Twitter.

The title of the chat is: “Negotiation: Be Smart, Be Bold, Be Crystal Clear.”

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5 Tips to Becoming a Fearless Female Tech Entrepreneur

Founders of Women Interactive Festival explain how to create using technology

Women Interactive is an inaugural technology festival with a special focus on women of color.…

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Catch attorney, author and academic Anita Hill on this weekend's edition of Our World with Black Enterprise

Preview Our World: Anita Hill Speaks Out on Diversity in the Workplace

The Woman of Power continues her push for equality in workplace for women

Two decades after testifying against Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill continues her fight against sexual harassment…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: The 2012 Women of Power Special

Modelpreneur Beverly Johnson and other Women of Power share their perspective on the role of women in business

Fresh off an exciting Women of Power Summit in Orlando, entrepreneurs Beverly Johnson, Carole Simpson…

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Mr. and Mrs. Graves enjoy some time away together.

Celebrating the Life of Barbara Graves, Wife of Black Enterprise Publisher Earl Graves, Sr.

Remembering the life and family moments of Barbara Graves, who passed on May 25, 2012, after three-year battle with gall bladder cancer

Remembering the life and family moments of Barbara Graves, who passed on May 25, 2012,…

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Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn Explain ‘Life, Love, Soul’

Stars of the indie film share their personal connection to script and advice for expectant mothers on the job

Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn dish on Life, Love, Soul, an indie film on…

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BMI’s First African American Woman Chairperson on Changing Music Business

Susan Davenport Austin speaks on her historic role at the long-running music company

As first woman & African American chairperson of BMI, Susan Davenport Austin continues company’s legacy…

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Black Enterprise Multimedia Special Projects Editor Sonja Mack with Sundra L. Ryce, President & CEO of SLR Contracting & Service Co. Inc. (left) and Chekesha Kidd, President of Aetna Student Health (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

(About This Issue) A Celebration of Promising Young Talent

Our lists are among our most important franchises—and for good reason.

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WATCH: Star Jones on the Responsibility of Successful Women

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it forward at the 2012 Women of Power Summit

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Why Successful Women Think Differently

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining success and developing habits that will make them happier and healthier

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: How to Be a Rule Breaker & Risk Taker

Author Sophia Nelson promotes the idea that women who take risks in business reap bigger rewards

During the Black Enterprise 7th Annual Women of Power Summit author Sophia Nelson shares her…

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Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

This young entrepreneur and reality TV star knows firsthand how interpersonal conflict can affect business.…

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Research your dreams. "Inform yourself and gather as much information on what it is that you want to do. You need to be ahead of the game."

Career Spotlight: Dee Daniels Provides Women Entrepreneurs Vital Web Resource

Founder of Digital Diva 2.0 advocates for female entrepreneurship

A former journalist, this founder of Digital Diva 2.0 seeks to connect women entrepreneurs with…

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As professional women from across the country gather for Black Enterprise's 7th Annual Women of Power Summit, lyricists gear up to showcase their talents in this year's poetry jam. The poets will use words to uplift and inspire, culminating the first day of networking and entertainment for attendees. Here's a look at the wordsmiths who will be performing.

Women of Power Summit Kicks Off with Poetry Jam

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

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Success is not luck. It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity. And those who begin this preparation process out of the starting blocks tend to acquire key leadership assignments and professional reputations that, in some cases, exceed those of colleagues more than a decade their senior. The female entrepreneurs and corporate executives identified in our latest “editors’ choice” roster—40 Rising Stars 40 and Under—have made moves that have placed them on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41st birthdays.

In consulting the nation’s largest public and private corporations, major trade associations, established entrepreneurs, and senior executives over the past several months, our editorial research team discovered this cadre of remarkable women. They operate within a range of industries and disciplines, including science and technology; advertising, marketing, and public relations; finance; energy; food and beverages; and entertainment. Some run large or significant divisions of their companies and report to a chief executive or division head, others have launched and managed successful independent entities. These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.

We chose not to include managers or employees of law firms, unions, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or those employed in fashion or the arts, medicine, and education.

Having attained this much power and success early in their respective careers, there’s no telling what groundbreaking achievements the women who made this year’s list will accomplish in coming years. Judging from the drive that put them in their current positions, it appears as if nothing will stop them from reaching the pinnacle of global industry.

40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. These women understand that and have all…

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7 Days of Boss Moves, Day Two: Cultivate Your Current Relationships

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

For seven days, we challenge you to take steps toward quality networking with Cameka Smith,…

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For last night's Super Bowl XLVI, millions gathered to watch with excitement --- and for some, disappointment --- as the New York Giants took home the victory. Each team combined skill, strategy, and deliberate action to capture the NFL's top win, a career-defining moment for both sides to reflect on what was done well and what could be improved for next season.


All of these elements exist in today's competitive business world, with everyday professionals applying brain and brawn to achieve career wins. Female professionals can take major cues from the men on the field --- and in the C-suite. 


Jocelyn Giangrande, career coach and author of What’s In Your Sandwich? 10 Surefire Ingredients for Career Success (SASHE, L.L.C; $18.95), offers four lessons women can learn from the Super Bowl to step out of the cheerleader sidelines and into championship gains.

Four Lessons Women of Power Can Learn from the Super Bowl

Develop a healthy competitive attitude to become a top player in the game

Four lessons women can learn from the Super Bowl to make professional career wins of…

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7 Days of Boss Moves: Recharge Your Professional Network Today

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

For seven days, we challenge you to take steps toward quality networking with Cameka Smith,…

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THE THESPIAN: GENEVIEVE NNAJI This Nigerian actress, known as the "Julia Roberts of Africa," has appeared in more than 60 films since her debut in 1998. A Nollywood A-lister --- and one of the highest paid actresses in the industry --- she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, and today is the spokesperson for several international ad campaigns including MUD Cosmetics.

10 International Women of Power to Watch

From entertainment to technology, these women are making a major impact across the globe

These ten women of color are making a major impact on the world at large,…

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WATCH: Women of Power (and the Young Men Who Are ‘Committed’ to Them!)

See video of singing group Committed, who are headed to the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Orlando Florida.

See video of singing group Committed, who are headed to the Black Enterprise Women of…

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Rosalind Brewer Makes History as Sam’s Club CEO

Spelman alumnus is first woman and African American at post

Rosalind Brewer becomes the first woman and African American to hold the CEO position at…

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BEBR host Caroline V. Clarke with Bethann Hardison

Preview B.E. Business Report: Inspiration & Advice from Women of Power

This week's BEBR features a highlight of previous Women of Power Legacy Award winners, including fashion icon Bethann Hardison

Fashion trailblazer Bethann Hardison receives Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit &…

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

The Joyful Noise star shares life lessons she picked up from the successful businesswoman

Singer/actress Keke Palmer stars alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise and shares the career lessons…

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ME University: How to Brand Yourself and Your Business on Purpose

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women entrepreneurs learn how to brand themselves with a clear vision

In a video interview, branding expert Marshawn Evans tells how her ME University helps women…

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WATCH: Woman of Power Dionne Warwick on Building a Legacy

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at 2012 Women of Power Summit

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at this year’s Women of Power Summit

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Cheyenne Woods: More Than Tiger Woods’ Niece

The female golf phenom carves out her own lane on the green

Stepping out of Tiger Woods’ shadow, the golf greats’ niece Cheyenne Woods makes a name…

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Photographer Celebrates Women Scribes with New Art Exhibit

Laylah Barrayn highlights several female writers in her one-woman art exhibit, Her Word as Witness

Inspired by great female writers, photographer Laylah Barrayn pays homage to her idols with Her…

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Author Tayari Jones is all smiles in the visual excerpt from Her Word as Witness

Her Word as Witness: Photos From the Female Writers Exhibit

Visual outtakes from the one-woman tribute to this generation's female scribes of color

Photos from Laylah Barrayn visual tribute to female writers of color, Her Word as Witness,…

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WATCH: How to Network Like a Woman of Power

Debra Langford gives three essential tips for making your connections count

Debra Langford gives three essential tips for making your connections count

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Playwright Katori Hall Celebrates MLK’s Legacy with ‘The Mountaintop’

The Mountaintop playwright explains the real story behind why she re-imagined MLK's last day

The Mountaintop’s Katori Hall opens up about the true story behind her fictional account of…

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Calling All Poets: Are You a Woman of Power?

Enter for your chance to appear as the Black Enterprise 2012 Women of Power poetry contest winner in Orlando, Florida

Enter for your chance to appear as the Black Enterprise 2012 Women of Power poetry…

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Women of Power Legacy Award Winners…of the Past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy Award winners of the past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy…

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Is a Woman Less of a Woman If She Decides Never to Have Kids?

Sportscaster Pam Oliver inspires a new book and asks the hard question many professional women face: Am I a failure if I don't have children?

Sonja Lewis’s new novel ‘The Barrenness’ inspired by sportscaster Pam Oliver who says who says…

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WATCH: Beverly Johnson Talks About Building a Lifestyle Brand for Women of Color

'Modelpreneur' Beverly Johnson talks about building her lifestyle brand and the importance of ownership

‘Modelpreneur’ Beverly Johnson talks to ‘Celebrity Hustle’ host Shannon Lanier about building her lifestyle brand…

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Woman of Power: Amsale Aberra, Designing a Legacy

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy award and building her business

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy…

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Tamala Jones Advocates Adoption & Helping Kids in Need

The star of ABC's Castle shares her passion for helping children in need

Actress Tamala Jones speaks on her work within the foster care system and what it…

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WATCH: Boxer Teresa Scott Promotes Fitness & Self-Confidence in Women

After shedding 60 lbs, entrepreneur inspires women to find their self-confidence through boxing

Founded by Teresa Scott, Women’s World of Boxing provides women with a comfortable introduction to…

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

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How I Did It: Mikki Taylor Expands Beauty Brand with New Book ‘Commander in Chic’

Motivational expert uses inspiration of Michelle Obama to empower women

Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor expands her brand with new book, Commander in Chic:…

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The Problem With Black Women’s Health

Work can wait, your health should always be your first priority

Women’s health is a rarely discussed topic amongst African American women but with pulmonary disease…

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There are women of color around the world, from the East to the West and beyond, making huge strides to powerfully impact their industries and communities, and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Forbes has highlighted an extensive list of these women, all leaving unbelievably phenomenal marks on Africa to ensure that the continent --- and ultimately, the world --- is a better place to live and grow.

These 20 women---all under 45--- wield influence in African business, technology, policy  and media. They are authors of change, trendsetters, visionaries, and young global leaders.

20 Young African Women of Power

Leaders making strides in technology, health, media, and business

Twenty African women of power under 45 who are changing the world in media, economics,…

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

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Mo & Kita Help Women ‘Define Your Pretty’

More than reality stars, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams are entrepreneurs focused on female empowerment

Define Your Pretty is the latest venture from businesswomen Monique Jackson and Kita Williams. In…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Inspiration, Strategies from Women of Power

Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

Show highlights Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

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Balancing Motherhood and Management

Can CEO moms have it all?

The common perception that women in positions of power have to choose between…

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Leaders of the New School: Top 10 Young Women of Power

The next wave of women leaders--from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs to executives, from finance to making history as “firsts”

We highlight the next wave of women leaders–from the boardroom to the blogosphere, from entrepreneurs…

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Alexis Herman Delivers Message of Smarts and Success

The former secretary of state motivates students at Kaplan University

Alexis Herman, 2007 Black Enterprise Women of Power honoree and former secretary of state delivers…

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Branding Lessons Learned from Suze Orman

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

Critical lessons women can take from Suze Orman’s playbook for branding success in the marketplace

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Winging It. Work. Life. Balance? — Reclaiming Your Power

Everything is possible! A message the author recently shared with more than 700 women

Everything is possible! A message the author recently shared with more than 700 women

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Women of Power: Debra Langford on Successful Networking Strategies

How to build quality connections for professional and personal advancement

Women of Power speaker Debra Langford, vice president of inclusion and business diversity at NBC…

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Women of Power Summit: Get Your Questions Answered Live!

Just because you couldn't make it to Orlando doesn't mean you can't get some expert advice. Log in & have your questions answered.

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Finally, after months…

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Women of Power: Dr. Hilda Hutcherson Talks Healthy Sex and the Working Woman

How knowing and loving your body can help your career and financial success

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, author, sexual health and women’s empowerment advocate, talks about why healthy sex…

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

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Register Now for Women of Power Summit and Get $200 Off!

Use our exclusive discount code to get $200 off the registration fee, then join us in Orlando Florida in Feb!

Ntozake Shange. Marion Jones. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Bethann Hardison.
 They’re powerful women we admire, women…

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Whether signing their signature on major deals or developing innovative business practices, these women are the embodiment of power, substance and finesse. Want to know what it takes to rock a small business, corporation, or multimillion-dollar enterprise? Check out these fabulously savvy black business women who rock.

Black Businesswomen Who Rock

Black girls rock! We know this. But take a look at these businesswomen who are changing the game

Want to know what it takes to rock a small business, corporation or multimillion dollar…

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No. 14: Ursula Burns, The Corporate Innovator

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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Love & Money: Divorce Insurance? Really?

Your guide to managing matters of finance and romance

One company, North Carolina-based SafeGuard Guaranty Corp., has a solution to the end of a…

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UBR Morning Post: More On Model Entrepreneur B. Smith

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Producer Angelique Westerfield speaks with B. Smith,…

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The Executive Leadership Council held its Seventh Annual Black Women’s Leadership Summit April 19 – 20, 2010 at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. The event brought out  some of the most influential people in the public and private sectors to discuss the economic and political events that affect African American businesses and consumers. (Source: Kerry-Ann Hamilton)

ELC Hosts 2010 Black Women’s Leadership Summit

Some of the nation's most influential women focus on issues affecting African Americans

The Executive Leadership Council held its Seventh Annual Black Women’s Leadership Summit April 19 –…

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We Mourn Dorothy Height’s Passing and Celebrate Her Life

Paying tribute to a 'dream giver' who was a catalyst for change

How can one pay adequate homage to Dorothy Height? One can’t really, but we are…

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Backtalk with Gwen Ifill

Black Enterprise turned the tables on Gwen Ifill, getting her thoughts on objectivity in the…

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Who Is Your Woman of Power?

They existed long before there was a Summit. Mine is my mother, Enid Jackson.

As I sit on the Greyhound on my way to Palm Springs for the Women…

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Women of Power: What’s Your Second Act?

Learn the tools to take your life to the next level

Is it time to reinvent yourself? Redefine your purpose? Redirect your life? Whether you’re looking…

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75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

What does it take to be named one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women…

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Unduplicated Success

Ursula M. Burns makes history as the first African American woman to head Xerox

In July 2009, Ursula M. Burns was named CEO of Xerox Corp., becoming not only…

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Women of Power Legacy Award Winners

BE honors the best of the best

The Black Enterprise Legacy Award recognizes extraordinary achievers who have redefined the standards of success…

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Morgan Stanley Executive Anticipates ‘Year of Confident Expectancy’

Faith, optimism key in staying motivated

Carla Harris represents an interesting dichotomy. Strategic, thorough, and extremely ambitious, she is in some…

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Book Excerpt: Expect to Win by Carla Harris

Capturing the power of being uniquely you

According to Carla A. Harris, a twenty year veteran of Wall Street, knowledge and diligence…

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Get Ready For Your 2010 Upgrade!

Help beta-test drive the latest enhancements to BlackEnterprise.com

In 2010, Black Enterprise will celebrate its 4oth anniversary as the nation’s No. 1 multi-media…

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Women of Power: ‘You Can’t Run Away From Self’

Legacy Award winner Leah Chase (Source: Lonnie Major/Black Enterprise)
“Young African American women need to feel…

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Women of Power: A Rich and Delicious Lesson

Legacy Award winner Leah Chase (Source: Lonnie Major/Black Enterprise)
World-renowned chef and 2009 Legacy Award winner…

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Oprah Means Business

By focusing on her message and expanding empire, she proved long ago that Harpo Inc. is about more than just talk

For the past 15 years, Oprah Winfrey repeatedly told her team that production of her…

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Johnnetta Cole Shares “The Noah Principles” at the Women of Power Summit

In 2008, Johnnetta B. Cole addressed the third annual Women of Power Summit in La…

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