Smart Money Moves from African-American Women of Power


Valerie Daniels Carter: President and CEO of V&J Holding Cos. Inc. (No. 33 on the Black Enterprise Industrial/Service 100 list with $88 million in revenues)

Smart Money Move: Carter made her fortune by becoming a franchise owner. V&J is one of the largest women-owned and African-American-owned food service franchise operators in the U.S. with 114 franchise units and more than 4,000 employees. Her accomplishments are being honored in February at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit. Carter is this year’s Legacy Award winner.

Joyce M. Roché: Author and Former President and CEO, Girls Incorporated

Smart Money Move: After more than 25 years in corporate America, Roché launched a new career as an author. She recently co-authored a book called The Empress Has No Clothes…Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success, a memoir in which Roché shares her struggle with the imposter syndrome and offers tips based on her personal experiences and those of other leaders who have wrestled with it.

Venus Williams: Tennis Star/Entrepreneur

Smart Money Move: Williams made a wise choice to prepare now for life after sports. In 2011, the tennis star entered a joint-venture deal with Jamba Juice to open five stores in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area over two years.

Embrace Your Power: The Moment is Now! Attend the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, Feb. 26 to ­March 1, 2014, at Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Boca Raton, FL. This exciting, executive leadership summit is designed to train, equip and encourage women to become industry leaders, learn career strategies, and discover proven work­-life balance techniques. Register today!