The third day and final day of the Black Enterprise 2017 Women of Power Summit did not disappoint. It was packed with empowering panel discussions, a fashion show, a gospel concert, and a tea party, where attendees showed off their finest hats and sundresses.

The day began with a health and wellness forum that dispelled the myths surrounding veganism and encouraged participants to get in formation when it comes to their health.

The day continued with a number of transformational panels where high-powered corporate leaders — like Kristin Jones, special assistant and director of special projects to former First Lady Michelle Obama; Lauren Wesley Wilson, President of ColorComm; and Tiffany Dufu, an author and the Chief Leadership Officer of Levo — shared their expertise and strategies for success.

Bozoma Saint John, head of Global Consumer Marketing at Apple Music and iTunes, and Elaine Welteroth, Editor of Teen Vogue, also engaged in a compelling conversation about the importance of sisterhood when climbing the corporate ladder.

Meanwhile, Marcia Ann Gillispie opened up about her illustrious career working as the Editor-in-Chief at Essence and Ms. Magazine during a conversation with author Veronica Chambers, which was moderated by BE’s Caroline Clarke. In addition to talking about their personal definitions of success, they discussed their career transitions, the benefits of traveling abroad, family, and faith. Gillespie also spoke very candidly when asked about her biggest concerns about today’s society. “We’re not really woke,” she said, adding, “this world right now is a mess. This country is a mess.”

During the Eat, Play, Slay: Brunch, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism offered one lucky winner a free trip to the Bahamas.

Later in the afternoon, the women took advantage of the opportunity to mix, mingle, and flaunt beautiful hats during the Suite Tea Garden Party.

(Attendees at the Suite Tea Garden Party)


(Attendees at the Suite Garden Tea Party)


Lastly, the summit wrapped up with a gospel concert, featuring powerful performances from Donnie McClurklin, Le’Andria Johnson, and Tasha Page Lockhart.