The 2015 Women of Power Summit, sponsored by State Farm, officially kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 2-5 with more than 900 professional women coming together for networking, workshops, seminars and fun in the sun.
The event took place at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, and power women from across the country enjoyed shopping excursions, activities including Wine & Design and yoga, and impactful speeches from industry leaders on what it takes to boost their careers—and lives— to the next level. The event was filled with development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies, and effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques.
Topics included positioning for corporate board recruitment, driving organizational innovation, and managing social media as a tool for professional advancement, and classes such as a Crisis Management Master Class and Building Real Leadership in Real Time.
Industry leaders who empowered attendees include McDonald’s Corp. President and CEO Don Thompson; Ariel Investments L.L.C. President Mellody Hobson; President & CEO of Smith & Co. Judy Smith; Motivating the Masses CEO Lisa Nichols, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley Carla Harris; psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor; America’s first African American female combat pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour; and founder of the Terrie Williams Agency, Terrie Williams.
Iconic women in media, entertainment, and education received Legacy Awards including actress Pam Grier, known as Hollywood’s first female action star with more than 40 movies to her credit; Susan L. Taylor, who after being with Essence Magazine for 37 years, left her post as Editor in Chief to become Editor-In-Chief Emerita and the Founder/CEO of one of the fastest growing mentor recruitment organization the National CARES Mentoring Movement; Charlayne Hunter–Gault, an award-winning journalist who was one of the first to integrate the University of Georgia; and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, scholar and former president of Spelman College, who received the Barbara Graves Award for her accomplished work as a college administrator, author, and race relations expert.
Presenting sponsors of the event are ADP, AT&T, EMC, Macy’s, PepsiCo, and Walmart. Platinum sponsors are Abbot, Chevrolet, FedEx, and Intel; corporate sponsors are AARP, Bacardi USA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Carnival Corp., Gallup, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, McDonald’s, and Southwest Airlines.
Check out live video from key sessions and speeches at the event here.