Day two of the Black Enterprise 2017 Women of Power Summit was filled with even more excitement, enlightening panel discussions, and empowering seminars.
Attendees began the day with either a rhythm rumble workout or yoga before heading to breakfast. BE CEO Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr. then kicked off the day-long sessions with opening remarks about the power of sisterhood.
“Leverage the secret power of sisterhood by surrounding yourself with the people, conversations, and networks that align with your personal goals and will leave you…with the critical tools you need to strengthen your finances, build your brand, manage transitions, take risks, connect, and yes, win,” he said.
Hosted by ADP, the first panel of the day featured a candid conversation between Ursula Burns, the first black woman to be named as the CEO of a fortune 500 company, and Ann Fudge, former chairman and CEO of Young and Rubicam Advertising. During their discussion, the two trailblazers opened up about the challenges they faced while climbing the corporate ladder. They also shared invaluable success strategies for those who aspired to do the same.
Later on, a panel of three leading experts gave advice on the best practices that women should apply when at the negotiating table during a panel titled, You Deserve It: Get Paid What You’re Worth. Negotiating is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed, explained panelist, Dr. Ashleigh Rosette.
In addition to having the choice to attend multiple panel discussions, attendees were treated with complimentary one-on-one financial coaching sessions, hosted by Merrill Lynch and Bank of America.
During the special luncheon sponsored by Walt Disney, Graves handed awards to the women featured in BE’s Most of Powerful Women in Business issue. He also made a surprise announcement that the 2018 Women of Power summit will be held at one of the Walt Disney resorts in Florida.
In the second part of the luncheon, Star Jones moderated a panel discussion about diversity in Hollywood, featuring Debra Martin Chase, President & CEO, Martin Chase Productions, Jamila Hunter, SVP, Comedy Development at ABC Entertainment, and Nina L. Shaw, Founding Partner at Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.
Last but not least, the night ended with AT&T’s fireside chat with New York Time’s best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi, where she enlightened the audience with her wit and wisdom.