The WIE Symposium: New York Event Connects Everyday Power Women with Industry Celebrities - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

WIE Network co-founder Dee Poku, with fashion and TV business icon Tyra Banks and Nadja Swarovski (Image: Twitter/Swarovski)

When you can fill a room (or three floors) with talented power women at the top of their game and connect those women with fab, female bosses-on-the-come-up, you know you’re on to something. On Sept. 20 and 21, the WIE Network hosted its fourth annual WIE Symposium, with a roster of female business leaders in news, fashion, entertainment and sports, including Katie Couric, Tyra Banks, Lisa Leslie, Norma Kamali, Brooke Shields and Stacy Tisdale. These women were part of a series of panels that included insights and tips on networking, financial fitness, negotiation savvy and business acumen at Center 548 in New York City.

I had the pleasure of attending, and I must say, it was a full two days of inspiration, networking and business connections. I find that wherever I go, I’m always trying to find ways to connect with people or connect others with people who can help them on a project or initiative. Two panels in particular held a special interest for me: “Building Your Personal Brand,” moderated by WIE Network co-founder Dee Poku and the master class on financial acumen, hosted by Stacey Tisdale. These were especially interesting because each were real-life manifestations of their title and topic, providing a platform for me to truly connect with the people behind the brands and the advice that was both relatable and applicable to my life as a female millennial professional.

Check out the following Storify on tips and advice you can use for success in your life and career:

For more information on the WIE Network, visit, and for more updates on the symposium and other fab, female empowerment events, follow WIE on Twitter @WIENetwork.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.