2019 HONOREES

Chaka Khan

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist

Cynthia Marshall

CEO, Dallas Mavericks

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie

10th Episcopal District AME Church

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

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CHAKA KHAN DEBUTS HER “CHAKALATES” CHOCOLATE, “KHANA SUTRA” CANDLE LINE

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Chaka Khan’s career in music and entertainment …

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BRINGING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF TO WORK AS A BLACK WOMAN — UNPACKED

So you want to be your authentic self in your corporate job. You have a photo of Bozoma Saint John as your…

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DALLAS MAVERICKS CEO SURPRISED BY DOUBLE HONORS IN CALIFORNIA’S STATE LEGISLATURES

Cynthia Marshall tried to keep her trip to California away from the press. A product of the …

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GLORIA STEINEM ON BLACK WOMEN: ‘THEY INVENTED THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT’

I recently had an opportunity to speak with actress, activist and author Pam Grier at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit …

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MEET THE DALLAS MAVERICKS’ NEW CEO

Cynthia Marshall, named interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks in the wake of a scathing article exposing the basketball organization’s culture of …

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BISHOP VASHTI MURPHY MCKENZIE: BE THE LEADER YOU ARE MEANT TO BE

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the…

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2018 HONOREES

Carmen De Lavallade

Legendary Dancer, Choreographer, Actress

Jayne Kennedy Overton

Groundbreaking Sportscaster, Actress, Model, Philanthropist

Edith W. Cooper

EVP & Global Head of Human Capital Management Goldman Sachs Group

Donna Brazile

Political Analyst Former Interim Chair of the DNC

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WITH A NEW BOOK CREATING MAJOR BUZZ, DONNA BRAZILE WILL RECEIVE LEGACY AWARD AT THE 2018 BLACK ENTERPRISE WOMEN OF POWER SUMMIT

Donna Brazile, the long-time Democratic political strategist and former head …

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SLACK NAMES ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN IN CORPORATE AMERICA, EDITH COOPER, TO ITS BOARD

Edith Cooper, the former executive vice president and global head of human capital at Goldman Sachs has been added to …

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ETSY ADDS POWERFUL BLACK WOMAN WALL STREET VET TO ITS BOARD

Edith W. Cooper, a former Wall Street power player, is joining the board of directors at Etsy …

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STOP THINKING AND JUST DO IT, SAYS DANCE LEGEND CARMEN DE LAVALLADE

The legendary Carmen de Lavallade is a dancer, choreographer, actress, and teacher who is still going at the age of 86. …

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2017 HONOREES

Marcia Ann Gillespie

Former Editor-in-Chief of Ms. Magazine and Essence; Gender and Race Activist

Ursula Burns

Xerox Corp.

Shirley Caesar

Award-winning Gospel Singer

Phylicia Rashad

Award-winning Actress

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EX-UBER CEO APPOINTS URSULA BURNS AS BOARD DIRECTOR IN MOVE THAT ‘COMPLETELY SURPRISED’

Former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns has been appointed as a board director at Uber in a controversial move made by the …

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UPDATE: URSULA BURNS STEPS DOWN AS XEROX CEO AFTER COMPANY SPLIT

As of Jan. 3, Xerox Corp. spun off Conduent Inc. and was officially split into two companies, while Ursula Burns is no longer serving as Xerox’s CEO …

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UPDATED: SHIRLEY CAESAR’S #UNAMEIT BIG SOCIAL MEDIA PAYOUT

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of DJ Suede, also known as “the Remix God,” sent him a video clip of traditional …

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WOMEN OF POWER: HONORING TRAILBLAZING LEGACIES

Each year at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, we honor the legacies of those history-making, trailblazing …

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PHYLICIA RASHAD THE FACE OF $25 MILLION INITIATIVE TO DIVERSIFY AMERICAN HISTORY

Classic TV lovers know her as Dr. Huxtable’s smart and elegant wife Clair on The Cosby Show, and today’s generation might only recognize her as …

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MAGAZINE TRAILBLAZER MARCIA ANN GILLESPIE TALKS LUCK & LEGACY

Journalism pioneer Marcia Ann Gillespie has a legacy worth honoring. Appointed the Editor-in-Chief of Essence at the age of 26 …

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2016 HONOREES

Vanessa Williams

Actress, Singer, Author

Renee Powell

Golf Pioneer; First African American woman to be inducted into the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews

Dr. N Joyce Payne

Founder, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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RENEE POWELL AND DR. JOYCE N. PAYNE HONORED AT 2016 WOMEN OF POWER SUMMIT

Each year Black Enterprise honors women who have made a significant impact on the immediate and extended world around them as…

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CELEBRATING A LIFETIME OF EXCELLENCE AT WOMEN OF POWER SUMMIT

Black Enterprise honored the legacies of powerful women who have blazed trails in their respective industries at …

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WOMEN OF POWER VANESSA AND HELEN WILLIAMS OFFER ‘REAL TALK’ ON MEMOIR

It has just been announced that renowned, award-winning megastar, Vanessa Williams, will be giving “Real Talk” at the …

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2015 HONOREES

Pam Grier

Actress and Activist

Dr.Beverly Tatum

Former President Trustee (current)

Susan L. Taylor

Founder & CEO Editor-In-Chief Emeritus

Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Journalist and former Foreign Correspondent

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SUSAN L. TAYLOR ON THE NATIONAL CARES MENTORING MOVEMENT

In honor of National Mentoring Month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan L. Taylor, founder & CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement and…

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WOMEN OF POWER SUMMIT: 10 FACTS ABOUT SUSAN L. TAYLOR

You can’t think about Essence without mentioning Susan L. Taylor, former Editor-In-Chief. She is the primary reason the…

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LESSONS OF LEGACY: SUSAN L. TAYLOR AND PAM GRIER SHARE CANDID ADVICE AND INSIGHTS

The empowerment continued at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit, with the highly anticipated panel featuring legacy award recipients Susan L. Taylor and Pam Grier…

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WOMEN OF POWER: THE AWARD-WINNING LEGACY OF CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT

As pioneers of the world and trailblazers in what they do, the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s legacy award winners of past…

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LEGACY AWARD HONOREE: HOW CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT HELPED DESEGREGATE SCHOOLS

When it comes to pioneering women of the Civil Rights Movement, journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault still stands strong….

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WHO IS PAM GRIER? THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF THE ORIGINAL FOXY BROWN

She’s more than just a pretty face. Black Enterprise’s 2015 Legacy Award recipient, Pam Grier, is a barrier breaker with an extensive resume of kicking down doors ….

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WOMEN OF POWER LEGACY AWARD HONOREE: 10 FACTS ABOUT PAM GRIER

When many Hip-Hop fans hear the name Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn, New York, rapper comes to mind. ….

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DR. BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM SPEAKS ON RACE AND WOMEN OF POWER

When many Hip-Hop fans hear the name Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn, New York, rapper comes to mind. ….

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WOMEN OF POWER: SPELMAN COLLEGE PRESIDENT BEVERLY TATUM TALKS FUNDRAISING, FITNESS AND RETIREMENT

In 2002, Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., took over as president of the prestigious Spelman College. In her 12 years of presidency ….

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