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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights from Steady As She Goes</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:12:04 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Kali Wilder]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges. [Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career] The […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-solve-the-sponsorship-gap-in-your-career/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career]</strong></a></p>
<p>The panel, moderated by Tomya Ryans, vice president of talent acquisition for Memorial Sloan Kettering, included: Tamara Franklin, executive vice president, Digital for Scripps Networks Interactive; Hon. Joyce Beatty, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District of Ohio; and Tiffany Hunt, vice president, operational excellence, business transformation office for Nationwide.</p>
<p>From bouncing back from a serious health condition to divorce and dealing with a spouses untimely death, all women reiterated five key points:</p>
<p>1.<strong> Believe in yourself.</strong></p>
<p>Beatty, who suffered a brain stroke and fully recovered, says, “In life there will be a lot of hurdles, jump over them. There will be a lot of bumps in the road. Drive over them. You have to be comfortable with yourself. Believe in yourself. That’s the first step.”</p>
<p>2. <strong>It’s important to have a support system.</strong></p>
<p>After her divorce, Hunt moved to Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter to begin a new career at Nationwide. “Mine is a story of faith. I was just trying to make a lateral move; not trying to get a promotional opportunity. I didn’t know a soul, didn’t know where I would live; didn’t know anyone, but I knew what was in front of me was much better than what was behind me.”</p>
<p>3. <strong>Prepare, prepare, prepare.</strong></p>
<p>“Life is inherently tough, and you have to prepare yourself for these things,” says Franklin, who dealt with the declining health and eventual death of her supportive husband. “You have to have your act in order. Save money. Plan. I didn’t have to wonder what his dying wishes were. They were in his own words.”</p>
<p>4. <strong>Positivity works.</strong></p>
<p dir="ltr">No matter your crisis, there are some things you can’t control,” says Beatty. “Some things you can’t change, and you have to make the best of it. It’s not about being angry, it’s about being proud no matter the conditions.”</p>
<p>5. <strong>Stay determined and focused.</strong></p>
<p>Franklin shares, “I was lobbying very hard for a position I had in mind. I proactively went to HR to let them know the doors were still open for business. This step was going to help with the plan my husband and I envisioned for our lives. That’s how I can honor my husband.”</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Memorable Moments With Debra Lee</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:51:59 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Safon Floyd]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what it takes to make power moves in order to be a C-suite power player.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/check-out-all-the-photo-highlights-from-black-enterprises-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Experience the Photo Highlights From Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit!]</strong></a></p>
<p>Lee revealed the unconventional path that led her to where she is today, a top executive for one of the nation’s most prominent African American media outlets. Lee shared how openness to possibility and confidence in ability were the factors that allowed for her to make strides in the male-dominated media industry. “I initially only planned on being at BET for 5 years max,” shared Lee. “In April, it will make 30 years that I’ve been with the company. The great news is that it’s felt like a steady progression because I’ve constantly been taking on new roles with the company,” she continued.</p>
<p>When asked how she’s remained afloat in an ever-changing industry while balancing motherhood, career, and the many hats professional women tend to juggle, Lee offered these 5 essential nuggets:</p>
<p><strong>1. She’s learned that you can have it all, but not at the same time.</strong><br />
<strong> 2. She’s learned that she’s had to give up the idea of perfection.</strong><br />
<strong> 3. Lee stressed the importance of having a team in place—people invested in your success.</strong><br />
<strong> 4. She explained that you rarely have all the information you need to make a decision—a lot of times you just have to go with your gut.</strong><br />
<strong> 5. Lee concluded that confidence is the key essential attribute one must possess when gunning for the C-suite, while fear is the essential factor that holds one back.</strong></p>
<p>Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke concluded their informative conversation emphasizing the importance of having a vision when leading a team and/or company.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Owning Your Truth</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:30:19 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Robin White Goode]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida. [Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1] With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME church exhorted her listeners to not only own their truth, but to let go of hindrances holding them back. Here are a few highlights.</p>
<p>Opening up with a hilarious but common sense litany of things accomplished women ought to know, McKenzie captivated the audience. “You oughta know—</p>
<ul>
<li>How to be positive in negative situations</li>
<li>That sometimes the answer is “not now,” and sometimes it’s “never.”</li>
<li>That Spandex doesn’t look good on every body</li>
<li>How to flirt without getting into trouble</li>
<li>If you don’t know, ask for help</li>
<li>What you care deeply about</li>
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<p>The bishop also urged the leaders in the room to “go deep,” to not be afraid of abandoning the superficial but to address life-and-death issues our society must grapple with—such as the tragic lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan.</p>
<p>“Leadership is not for the faint of heart,” she said, and went on to describe how women are recasting the leadership model by being not only assertive, but also flexible and relational, inviting others into the decision-making process.</p>
<p>“Close the door to the past, open the door to the future, and walk into your destiny,” McKenzie had all the attendees—nearly 1,000 strong—promise and pinky swear.</p>
<p>“Promise me you’ll dream big and trust God to take you through the process,” she charged the women. “Start encouraging yourself since criticizing yourself hasn’t worked.”</p>
<p>“Stop working it out yourself and let God do the heavy lifting.”</p>
<p>“Stop wasting your time on things you can’t change, and spend time on things that have possibility.”</p>
<p>“Turn challenges into opportunities.”</p>
<p>“Leadership is reaching beyond your comfort zone.”</p>
<p>“The world is waiting for who God has called you to be.”</p>
<p>The keynote was so energizing, McKenzie and the audience broke out in a dance at the end! Be sure to watch the live stream for other unique messages that all women leaders need to hear from other Women of Power.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Whos Got Your Back</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:16 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Courtney Connley]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play. “A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play.</p>
<p>“A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s Got Your Back” panel discussion at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>Using the sports analogy, Marshall, along with Estée Lauder’s Tracey Travis and Intel’s Sharon Brogdon, spoke candidly about why a mentor is simply not enough in helping you to reach the next level.</p>
<p>“Mentors are important, but sponsors are the ones that get your career going,” said Travis, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Estée Lauder.</p>
<p>Shedding light on how both sponsors and mentors have helped them to reach success, the panel also advised a room full of leading women on how they can go about getting a sponsor to speak on their behalf.</p>
<p>Brogdon, who is director of Strategic Capability at Intel, encouraged the women to be deliberate about who they want to be their sponsor and to examine how the relationship can be a two-way street where both parties benefit from each other.</p>
<p>“My protégés are constantly providing me with new information, sending me articles and letting me know about events I may be interested in,” said Travis while adding to Brogdon’s point.</p>
<p>With Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership Inc. serving as a moderator for the panel, panelists and attendees were charged to conduct an accountability exercise with one another before leaving the session.</p>
<p>“Think about an action item you will commit to help fulfill your sponsorship gap,” said Fulp.</p>
<p>With this action item in mind, the ladies turned to one another, shared their commitment goal and agreed to keep in touch to ensure that they each make steps toward achieving that goal by March 21.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Top 5 Highlights from The Mentoring Cocktail Reception</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:55 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Courtney Connley]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career. As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow. Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career.</p>
<p>As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow.</p>
<p>Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and executive coach Mary Pender Greene explained to a room full of women at <strong>Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit</strong> the value of having multiple individuals to lean on; not only in their personal life, but also in their professional life. After being introduced by Donna Fielding, who serves as head of human resources for the Global Enterprise Solutions division at ADP, and sponsor of the Mentoring Cocktail Reception at BWPS, Greene led a speed mentoring session where she educated nearly 300 women on her concept of a virtual personal board of directors.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>Similar to large corporations who have a board of directors, Greene highlighted the importance of building and connecting with multiple professionals who can serve as your mentor. Leaving the women with a copy of her latest book, <em>Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors</em>, Greene shared the following benefits to having more than one mentor on your team.</p>
<p><strong>1. Having multiple mentors helps you to gain new knowledge and insights</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Mentors help you to build a support of like-minded individuals</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Mentors provide you with honest feedback about your skills and talents</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Having more than one mentor helps you to gain opportunities for increased visibility</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. Multiple mentors helps you to clarify your vision and attain your professional goals</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Kick Off Post – Highlights of the Day</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:06 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Safon Floyd]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives. [Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self] […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>The Summit kicked off with an adventurous shopping excursion, hosted by Macy’s, where attendees enjoyed an informative fashion presentation while learning the importance of looking their best to be the best.</p>
<p>After discovering their new looks, the ladies were then charged with the task of self-discovery at The Mask Mixer, facilitated by Founder/Executive Director of The Mask Project and Management Professor of Florida A&M University, Dr. Atira Charles. Through a mask designing exercise, Dr. Charles challenged attendees to discover their most authentic selves by sharing how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>Immediately following the creation of the masks, the women were led to let the mask down revealing their trustest selves at ADP’s Un-Masquerade Sunset Soiree. Adorned in vibrant sunset colors, over 800 women prepared for an unforgettable journey of collective self-discovery and revelation featuring rewarding conversation designed to create honest, intimate and lasting peer-to-peer connections.</p>
<p>Mistress of Ceremony and Officer of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives of the Marshall School of Business, Debra Langford, opened the soiree by acknowledging the legacy of the Women of Power Summit and by recognizing how far it’s come in the 11 years since the summit’s inception. Langford detailed the importance of forging relationships at the Women of Power Summit, as each and every woman in attendance represents excellence and possibility.</p>
<p>The Soiree focused on this year’s summit theme, Know Your Worth, Own Your Truth, Embrace Your Power. “This week is all about cracking ourselves open to reveal the truths to ourselves, and to each other by revealing who we really are,” shared Caroline Clarke, editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “The Women of Power Summit is all about tapping into your authentic self so that you may connect with each other in the most meaningful way.”</p>
<p>Dr. Charles proceeded to encourage attendees to embody the summit’s theme by way of powerful affirmation claiming, “I know who I am. I am capable. I am strong by design. I am authentically me.”</p>
<p>The evening concluded with a networking mixer where attendees shared the day’s highlights over new blossoming business relationships.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Top Moments From The Mask Mixer</title>
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		<pubDate>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:00:39 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Maryann Reid]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[“I committed my life to unmask us all.” Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>“I committed my life to unmask us all.”</p>
<p>Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false face put on for the world.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/women-of-power/kicking-off-3-days-of-empowerment/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Women of Power: Kicking off 3 Days of Empowerment]</strong></a></p>
<p>First, Charles asked the women to share how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>On cue, the women quickly wrote down what was holding them back from being honest with themselves and others. Next, they wrote words on a mask that described their deepest fears, held the masks up to their faces, and shared their insecurities with the person next to them.</p>
<p>After explaining the process, Charles led the women through a mantra, “Today I choose to unmask, to be more whole, to be more full, to be more authentic and to walk in my purpose….” The women cheered as the room seemingly felt more relaxed. Finally, Charles guided the women as they wrote down their positive aspects and how that helps them be their whole selves.</p>
<p>Here are some tips from Charles on how you can unmask and reveal the real you in your personal and professional life:</p>
<p><strong>1.  Have a peace about all of your aspects and control how you show up in the world</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Being in control helps you manage how you wear masks and when</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Don’t just focus on unmasking yourself to the world, but in those quiet moments alone, be honest and have those difficult conversations with yourself</strong></p>
<p>Oftentimes, we wear different masks unconsciously to function in the everyday as a way to protect our interests, the interests of others, and establish emotional safety. With free coaching sessions and gifts at the end, Charles gave women the courage and framework to walk in the world comfortable in their own skin.</p>
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		<title>Ladies of Legacy: Dorothy Height</title>
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		<pubDate>Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:36:53 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Civil rights activist and Black Enterprise Legacy Award recipient Dorothy Height would be proud of…]]></description>
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<div>Civil rights activist and <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/women-of-power-summit/">Black Enterprise Legacy Award</a></strong> recipient <strong>Dorothy Height </strong>would be proud of what’s happening across the world today. As people of all ages and colors rise up to speak out on their unhappiness with the justice system’s treatment of African Americans, their shouts and calls for equality echo the protest chants of Dorothy Height in her heyday.</div>
<div><strong>[RELATED VIDEO BELOW: Dorothy Height's Legacy]</strong></div>
<p>Known as the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Height was dedicated to fighting for the equal rights of African Americans and women. At 25, she joined the National Council of Negro Women [NCNW]. By 1957, she was named president of the NCNW holding the position for 40 years. In the ’60s, during the turbulent height of the civil rights movement, she bravely created a much needed conversation on race relations by bringing together white and black women to talk during her event named, “Wednesdays in Mississippi.” Recognizing Height’s strength and unstoppable will to make change, when penning his autobiography, Civil Rights Leader James Farmer referred to her as one of the “Big 6” of the civil rights movement.</p>
<p>Few of the younger generation may know her name today, but in Height’s heyday Presidents knew her well. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, brought her in as counsel. She served on numerous government committees as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President’s Committees on Employment of the Handicapped, and the Status of Women. She sat on the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which spoke out on the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. And she was a chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. In the midst of it all, Height wrote a weekly column for the <em>New York Amsterdam News,</em> “A Woman’s Word,”  which appeared weekly chronicling her outlook on the fight for the equal rights of blacks and women.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise honored Height with a Legacy Awards in 2008. The following year, she sat on stage at the inauguration of President Obama. But on April 10, 2010 at Howard University Hospital, she transitioned. Her funeral was attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.</p>
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<p><strong><em>Celebrating 10 Years of POWER! Join Black Enterprise at the Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, March 2 – March 5, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, 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 Now at </em></strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps"><strong><em>http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps</em></strong></a><strong><em>.  It’s time to Embrace your POWER. The Moment is Now!</em></strong></p>
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		<title>Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV. Learn more about her.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Black Enterprise</strong> newest show, <strong><em>Women of Power‚ TV</em> </strong>premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. (Check your local listings for times in your area.) The show will also be‚ syndicated on TV One every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Viewers can also watch programing on <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/">BlackEnterprise.com</a></strong>.</p>
<p>Preparing for the exciting launch, our three hosts, Caroline Clarke, Shartia Brantley, and Dariany Santana are gearing up to bring you inspiration, empowerment, and the knowledge women need to be and stay powerful. As experts in their respective fields, each host brings their own unique set of skills and brand to provide commentary, interviews, and experienced reporting on what women want and need.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise introduces you to the fabulous ladies of <em>Women of Power TV</em>. Take a minute to meet them.</p>
<p><strong>Introducing, Dariany Santana‚.</strong></p>
<p>Actress, model and TV host, <strong>Dariany Santana</strong> has been turning heads since her days of growing up in Elizabeth, NJ. A self-motivated go getter, the Cuban beauty took valuable skills learned from childhood dance classes and transformed into a young leader by founding and heading the choreography of ‚“The Latin Dance Group‚¬ in middle School. Her natural knack for leading and motivating with a popular force of followers saw her join student government where she became president in high school. This trend traveled into her college years at Kean University studying communications, which makes it no surprise that she‚ been a survivor in the competitive world of modeling.</p>
<p>Taking her confidence and strutting her mind and beauty to the forefront, she’s been featured in international print campaigns for Puma, music videos for artists like Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, and fashion shows for Miami Mercedes Benz Fashion week and Cartagena Fashion Week. Transitioning to the global world of publishing and digital, Santana‚ popular <em>Complex Magazine</em> blog ‚ The C-List‚ features her commenting on lively popular stories in the entertainment world, from the top Hip Hop Albums to dishing out relationship advice. Her Women of Power segment, Luxe Life‚ will feature Santana dishing on lifestyle and travel weekly.</p>
<p><strong>WATCH: Women of Power TV premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. Check your local listings for times. You can also catch it on TV One every‚ Sunday at 10:30am.</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Legacy Award Honoree: 10 Facts About Pam Grier</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:00:46 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Black Enterprise is honoring the great Pam Grier with the 2015 Legacy Award at the Women of Power Summit taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/lifestyle/women-power-summit-10-facts-about-pam-grier/attachment/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise/" rel="attachment wp-att-386291"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-386291" alt="Ten Facts about Pam Grier" src="http://www.womenofpower.com/wp-content/uploads/1/2014/10/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise.jpg" width="300" height="232" /></a>When many Hip-Hop fans hear the name Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn, New York rapper comes to mind. But, to anyone else who may be a little older, the name <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/2014/10/17/pam-grier-to-be-honored-at-black-enterprise-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Pam Grier</a></strong>, pops up as she played the title role of the blaxploitation heroine in the 1974 film. This talented woman has had a very long and successful acting career and along with some of her accomplishments, the latest one is Black Enterprise’s 2015 Legacy Award recipient at the <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Women of Power Summit </a></strong>taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In honor of such a prestigious award, here are 10 things you may not have known about the original ‘Foxy Brown.’</p>
<p><strong>1. Grier was nominated for 16 different awards for her lead role in the 1997 ‘Jackie Brown’ movie directed and written by Quentin Tarantino.</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Grier’s cousin is former NFL player, Rosey Grier.</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. While she was attending UCLA, she sang back-up for Bobby Womack.</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Growing up, Grier had dreams of becoming a doctor.</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. In 1967, Grier placed third in the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.</strong></p>
<p><strong>6. She was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2012-2013.</strong></p>
<p><strong>7. She has never been married nor does she have any children.</strong></p>
<p><strong>8. Grier was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos when she was 19.</strong></p>
<p><strong>9. She is a co-founder of a company that designs paper products and specialty items called Melting Pot Designs.</strong></p>
<p><strong>10. Was featured earlier this year on TV One’s Unsung Hollywood: Pam Grier.</strong></p>
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		<description><![CDATA[How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges. [Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career] The […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-solve-the-sponsorship-gap-in-your-career/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career]</strong></a></p>
<p>The panel, moderated by Tomya Ryans, vice president of talent acquisition for Memorial Sloan Kettering, included: Tamara Franklin, executive vice president, Digital for Scripps Networks Interactive; Hon. Joyce Beatty, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District of Ohio; and Tiffany Hunt, vice president, operational excellence, business transformation office for Nationwide.</p>
<p>From bouncing back from a serious health condition to divorce and dealing with a spouses untimely death, all women reiterated five key points:</p>
<p>1.<strong> Believe in yourself.</strong></p>
<p>Beatty, who suffered a brain stroke and fully recovered, says, “In life there will be a lot of hurdles, jump over them. There will be a lot of bumps in the road. Drive over them. You have to be comfortable with yourself. Believe in yourself. That’s the first step.”</p>
<p>2. <strong>It’s important to have a support system.</strong></p>
<p>After her divorce, Hunt moved to Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter to begin a new career at Nationwide. “Mine is a story of faith. I was just trying to make a lateral move; not trying to get a promotional opportunity. I didn’t know a soul, didn’t know where I would live; didn’t know anyone, but I knew what was in front of me was much better than what was behind me.”</p>
<p>3. <strong>Prepare, prepare, prepare.</strong></p>
<p>“Life is inherently tough, and you have to prepare yourself for these things,” says Franklin, who dealt with the declining health and eventual death of her supportive husband. “You have to have your act in order. Save money. Plan. I didn’t have to wonder what his dying wishes were. They were in his own words.”</p>
<p>4. <strong>Positivity works.</strong></p>
<p dir="ltr">No matter your crisis, there are some things you can’t control,” says Beatty. “Some things you can’t change, and you have to make the best of it. It’s not about being angry, it’s about being proud no matter the conditions.”</p>
<p>5. <strong>Stay determined and focused.</strong></p>
<p>Franklin shares, “I was lobbying very hard for a position I had in mind. I proactively went to HR to let them know the doors were still open for business. This step was going to help with the plan my husband and I envisioned for our lives. That’s how I can honor my husband.”</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Memorable Moments With Debra Lee</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:51:59 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Safon Floyd]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what it takes to make power moves in order to be a C-suite power player.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/check-out-all-the-photo-highlights-from-black-enterprises-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Experience the Photo Highlights From Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit!]</strong></a></p>
<p>Lee revealed the unconventional path that led her to where she is today, a top executive for one of the nation’s most prominent African American media outlets. Lee shared how openness to possibility and confidence in ability were the factors that allowed for her to make strides in the male-dominated media industry. “I initially only planned on being at BET for 5 years max,” shared Lee. “In April, it will make 30 years that I’ve been with the company. The great news is that it’s felt like a steady progression because I’ve constantly been taking on new roles with the company,” she continued.</p>
<p>When asked how she’s remained afloat in an ever-changing industry while balancing motherhood, career, and the many hats professional women tend to juggle, Lee offered these 5 essential nuggets:</p>
<p><strong>1. She’s learned that you can have it all, but not at the same time.</strong><br />
<strong> 2. She’s learned that she’s had to give up the idea of perfection.</strong><br />
<strong> 3. Lee stressed the importance of having a team in place—people invested in your success.</strong><br />
<strong> 4. She explained that you rarely have all the information you need to make a decision—a lot of times you just have to go with your gut.</strong><br />
<strong> 5. Lee concluded that confidence is the key essential attribute one must possess when gunning for the C-suite, while fear is the essential factor that holds one back.</strong></p>
<p>Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke concluded their informative conversation emphasizing the importance of having a vision when leading a team and/or company.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Owning Your Truth</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:30:19 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Robin White Goode]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida. [Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1] With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME church exhorted her listeners to not only own their truth, but to let go of hindrances holding them back. Here are a few highlights.</p>
<p>Opening up with a hilarious but common sense litany of things accomplished women ought to know, McKenzie captivated the audience. “You oughta know—</p>
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<li>How to be positive in negative situations</li>
<li>That sometimes the answer is “not now,” and sometimes it’s “never.”</li>
<li>That Spandex doesn’t look good on every body</li>
<li>How to flirt without getting into trouble</li>
<li>If you don’t know, ask for help</li>
<li>What you care deeply about</li>
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<p>The bishop also urged the leaders in the room to “go deep,” to not be afraid of abandoning the superficial but to address life-and-death issues our society must grapple with—such as the tragic lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan.</p>
<p>“Leadership is not for the faint of heart,” she said, and went on to describe how women are recasting the leadership model by being not only assertive, but also flexible and relational, inviting others into the decision-making process.</p>
<p>“Close the door to the past, open the door to the future, and walk into your destiny,” McKenzie had all the attendees—nearly 1,000 strong—promise and pinky swear.</p>
<p>“Promise me you’ll dream big and trust God to take you through the process,” she charged the women. “Start encouraging yourself since criticizing yourself hasn’t worked.”</p>
<p>“Stop working it out yourself and let God do the heavy lifting.”</p>
<p>“Stop wasting your time on things you can’t change, and spend time on things that have possibility.”</p>
<p>“Turn challenges into opportunities.”</p>
<p>“Leadership is reaching beyond your comfort zone.”</p>
<p>“The world is waiting for who God has called you to be.”</p>
<p>The keynote was so energizing, McKenzie and the audience broke out in a dance at the end! Be sure to watch the live stream for other unique messages that all women leaders need to hear from other Women of Power.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Whos Got Your Back</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:16 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play. “A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play.</p>
<p>“A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s Got Your Back” panel discussion at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>Using the sports analogy, Marshall, along with Estée Lauder’s Tracey Travis and Intel’s Sharon Brogdon, spoke candidly about why a mentor is simply not enough in helping you to reach the next level.</p>
<p>“Mentors are important, but sponsors are the ones that get your career going,” said Travis, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Estée Lauder.</p>
<p>Shedding light on how both sponsors and mentors have helped them to reach success, the panel also advised a room full of leading women on how they can go about getting a sponsor to speak on their behalf.</p>
<p>Brogdon, who is director of Strategic Capability at Intel, encouraged the women to be deliberate about who they want to be their sponsor and to examine how the relationship can be a two-way street where both parties benefit from each other.</p>
<p>“My protégés are constantly providing me with new information, sending me articles and letting me know about events I may be interested in,” said Travis while adding to Brogdon’s point.</p>
<p>With Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership Inc. serving as a moderator for the panel, panelists and attendees were charged to conduct an accountability exercise with one another before leaving the session.</p>
<p>“Think about an action item you will commit to help fulfill your sponsorship gap,” said Fulp.</p>
<p>With this action item in mind, the ladies turned to one another, shared their commitment goal and agreed to keep in touch to ensure that they each make steps toward achieving that goal by March 21.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Top 5 Highlights from The Mentoring Cocktail Reception</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:55 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career. As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow. Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career.</p>
<p>As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow.</p>
<p>Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and executive coach Mary Pender Greene explained to a room full of women at <strong>Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit</strong> the value of having multiple individuals to lean on; not only in their personal life, but also in their professional life. After being introduced by Donna Fielding, who serves as head of human resources for the Global Enterprise Solutions division at ADP, and sponsor of the Mentoring Cocktail Reception at BWPS, Greene led a speed mentoring session where she educated nearly 300 women on her concept of a virtual personal board of directors.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>Similar to large corporations who have a board of directors, Greene highlighted the importance of building and connecting with multiple professionals who can serve as your mentor. Leaving the women with a copy of her latest book, <em>Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors</em>, Greene shared the following benefits to having more than one mentor on your team.</p>
<p><strong>1. Having multiple mentors helps you to gain new knowledge and insights</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Mentors help you to build a support of like-minded individuals</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Mentors provide you with honest feedback about your skills and talents</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Having more than one mentor helps you to gain opportunities for increased visibility</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. Multiple mentors helps you to clarify your vision and attain your professional goals</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Kick Off Post – Highlights of the Day</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:06 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Safon Floyd]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives. [Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self] […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>The Summit kicked off with an adventurous shopping excursion, hosted by Macy’s, where attendees enjoyed an informative fashion presentation while learning the importance of looking their best to be the best.</p>
<p>After discovering their new looks, the ladies were then charged with the task of self-discovery at The Mask Mixer, facilitated by Founder/Executive Director of The Mask Project and Management Professor of Florida A&M University, Dr. Atira Charles. Through a mask designing exercise, Dr. Charles challenged attendees to discover their most authentic selves by sharing how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>Immediately following the creation of the masks, the women were led to let the mask down revealing their trustest selves at ADP’s Un-Masquerade Sunset Soiree. Adorned in vibrant sunset colors, over 800 women prepared for an unforgettable journey of collective self-discovery and revelation featuring rewarding conversation designed to create honest, intimate and lasting peer-to-peer connections.</p>
<p>Mistress of Ceremony and Officer of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives of the Marshall School of Business, Debra Langford, opened the soiree by acknowledging the legacy of the Women of Power Summit and by recognizing how far it’s come in the 11 years since the summit’s inception. Langford detailed the importance of forging relationships at the Women of Power Summit, as each and every woman in attendance represents excellence and possibility.</p>
<p>The Soiree focused on this year’s summit theme, Know Your Worth, Own Your Truth, Embrace Your Power. “This week is all about cracking ourselves open to reveal the truths to ourselves, and to each other by revealing who we really are,” shared Caroline Clarke, editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “The Women of Power Summit is all about tapping into your authentic self so that you may connect with each other in the most meaningful way.”</p>
<p>Dr. Charles proceeded to encourage attendees to embody the summit’s theme by way of powerful affirmation claiming, “I know who I am. I am capable. I am strong by design. I am authentically me.”</p>
<p>The evening concluded with a networking mixer where attendees shared the day’s highlights over new blossoming business relationships.</p>
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		<pubDate>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:00:39 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Maryann Reid]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[“I committed my life to unmask us all.” Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>“I committed my life to unmask us all.”</p>
<p>Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false face put on for the world.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/women-of-power/kicking-off-3-days-of-empowerment/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Women of Power: Kicking off 3 Days of Empowerment]</strong></a></p>
<p>First, Charles asked the women to share how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>On cue, the women quickly wrote down what was holding them back from being honest with themselves and others. Next, they wrote words on a mask that described their deepest fears, held the masks up to their faces, and shared their insecurities with the person next to them.</p>
<p>After explaining the process, Charles led the women through a mantra, “Today I choose to unmask, to be more whole, to be more full, to be more authentic and to walk in my purpose….” The women cheered as the room seemingly felt more relaxed. Finally, Charles guided the women as they wrote down their positive aspects and how that helps them be their whole selves.</p>
<p>Here are some tips from Charles on how you can unmask and reveal the real you in your personal and professional life:</p>
<p><strong>1.  Have a peace about all of your aspects and control how you show up in the world</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Being in control helps you manage how you wear masks and when</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Don’t just focus on unmasking yourself to the world, but in those quiet moments alone, be honest and have those difficult conversations with yourself</strong></p>
<p>Oftentimes, we wear different masks unconsciously to function in the everyday as a way to protect our interests, the interests of others, and establish emotional safety. With free coaching sessions and gifts at the end, Charles gave women the courage and framework to walk in the world comfortable in their own skin.</p>
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		<title>Ladies of Legacy: Dorothy Height</title>
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		<pubDate>Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:36:53 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Civil rights activist and Black Enterprise Legacy Award recipient Dorothy Height would be proud of…]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<div id="stcpDiv"><em>In  a special series, BlackEnterprise.com highlights female leaders in  industries from media, to business, to education to healthcare. These  women have also held the honor of being Black Enterprise Women of Power  Legacy Award winners.</em></div>
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<div>Civil rights activist and <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/women-of-power-summit/">Black Enterprise Legacy Award</a></strong> recipient <strong>Dorothy Height </strong>would be proud of what’s happening across the world today. As people of all ages and colors rise up to speak out on their unhappiness with the justice system’s treatment of African Americans, their shouts and calls for equality echo the protest chants of Dorothy Height in her heyday.</div>
<div><strong>[RELATED VIDEO BELOW: Dorothy Height's Legacy]</strong></div>
<p>Known as the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Height was dedicated to fighting for the equal rights of African Americans and women. At 25, she joined the National Council of Negro Women [NCNW]. By 1957, she was named president of the NCNW holding the position for 40 years. In the ’60s, during the turbulent height of the civil rights movement, she bravely created a much needed conversation on race relations by bringing together white and black women to talk during her event named, “Wednesdays in Mississippi.” Recognizing Height’s strength and unstoppable will to make change, when penning his autobiography, Civil Rights Leader James Farmer referred to her as one of the “Big 6” of the civil rights movement.</p>
<p>Few of the younger generation may know her name today, but in Height’s heyday Presidents knew her well. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, brought her in as counsel. She served on numerous government committees as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President’s Committees on Employment of the Handicapped, and the Status of Women. She sat on the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which spoke out on the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. And she was a chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. In the midst of it all, Height wrote a weekly column for the <em>New York Amsterdam News,</em> “A Woman’s Word,”  which appeared weekly chronicling her outlook on the fight for the equal rights of blacks and women.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise honored Height with a Legacy Awards in 2008. The following year, she sat on stage at the inauguration of President Obama. But on April 10, 2010 at Howard University Hospital, she transitioned. Her funeral was attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.</p>
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<p><strong><em>Celebrating 10 Years of POWER! Join Black Enterprise at the Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, March 2 – March 5, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, 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 Now at </em></strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps"><strong><em>http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps</em></strong></a><strong><em>.  It’s time to Embrace your POWER. The Moment is Now!</em></strong></p>
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		<title>Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV</title>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV. Learn more about her.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Black Enterprise</strong> newest show, <strong><em>Women of Power‚ TV</em> </strong>premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. (Check your local listings for times in your area.) The show will also be‚ syndicated on TV One every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Viewers can also watch programing on <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/">BlackEnterprise.com</a></strong>.</p>
<p>Preparing for the exciting launch, our three hosts, Caroline Clarke, Shartia Brantley, and Dariany Santana are gearing up to bring you inspiration, empowerment, and the knowledge women need to be and stay powerful. As experts in their respective fields, each host brings their own unique set of skills and brand to provide commentary, interviews, and experienced reporting on what women want and need.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise introduces you to the fabulous ladies of <em>Women of Power TV</em>. Take a minute to meet them.</p>
<p><strong>Introducing, Dariany Santana‚.</strong></p>
<p>Actress, model and TV host, <strong>Dariany Santana</strong> has been turning heads since her days of growing up in Elizabeth, NJ. A self-motivated go getter, the Cuban beauty took valuable skills learned from childhood dance classes and transformed into a young leader by founding and heading the choreography of ‚“The Latin Dance Group‚¬ in middle School. Her natural knack for leading and motivating with a popular force of followers saw her join student government where she became president in high school. This trend traveled into her college years at Kean University studying communications, which makes it no surprise that she‚ been a survivor in the competitive world of modeling.</p>
<p>Taking her confidence and strutting her mind and beauty to the forefront, she’s been featured in international print campaigns for Puma, music videos for artists like Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, and fashion shows for Miami Mercedes Benz Fashion week and Cartagena Fashion Week. Transitioning to the global world of publishing and digital, Santana‚ popular <em>Complex Magazine</em> blog ‚ The C-List‚ features her commenting on lively popular stories in the entertainment world, from the top Hip Hop Albums to dishing out relationship advice. Her Women of Power segment, Luxe Life‚ will feature Santana dishing on lifestyle and travel weekly.</p>
<p><strong>WATCH: Women of Power TV premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. Check your local listings for times. You can also catch it on TV One every‚ Sunday at 10:30am.</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Legacy Award Honoree: 10 Facts About Pam Grier</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:00:46 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Black Enterprise is honoring the great Pam Grier with the 2015 Legacy Award at the Women of Power Summit taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/lifestyle/women-power-summit-10-facts-about-pam-grier/attachment/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise/" rel="attachment wp-att-386291"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-386291" alt="Ten Facts about Pam Grier" src="http://www.womenofpower.com/wp-content/uploads/1/2014/10/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise.jpg" width="300" height="232" /></a>When many Hip-Hop fans hear the name Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn, New York rapper comes to mind. But, to anyone else who may be a little older, the name <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/2014/10/17/pam-grier-to-be-honored-at-black-enterprise-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Pam Grier</a></strong>, pops up as she played the title role of the blaxploitation heroine in the 1974 film. This talented woman has had a very long and successful acting career and along with some of her accomplishments, the latest one is Black Enterprise’s 2015 Legacy Award recipient at the <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Women of Power Summit </a></strong>taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In honor of such a prestigious award, here are 10 things you may not have known about the original ‘Foxy Brown.’</p>
<p><strong>1. Grier was nominated for 16 different awards for her lead role in the 1997 ‘Jackie Brown’ movie directed and written by Quentin Tarantino.</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Grier’s cousin is former NFL player, Rosey Grier.</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. While she was attending UCLA, she sang back-up for Bobby Womack.</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Growing up, Grier had dreams of becoming a doctor.</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. In 1967, Grier placed third in the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.</strong></p>
<p><strong>6. She was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2012-2013.</strong></p>
<p><strong>7. She has never been married nor does she have any children.</strong></p>
<p><strong>8. Grier was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos when she was 19.</strong></p>
<p><strong>9. She is a co-founder of a company that designs paper products and specialty items called Melting Pot Designs.</strong></p>
<p><strong>10. Was featured earlier this year on TV One’s Unsung Hollywood: Pam Grier.</strong></p>
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		<description><![CDATA[How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges. [Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career] The […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>How can you weather the inevitable storms of life and keep your career on track– and dare we say, even thrive? In “Steady as She Goes: Keeping Your Career on Track Through Personal Crisis” panelists advised attendees, through testimonials, how to navigate personal challenges.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-solve-the-sponsorship-gap-in-your-career/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How to Solve the Sponsorship Gap in Your Career]</strong></a></p>
<p>The panel, moderated by Tomya Ryans, vice president of talent acquisition for Memorial Sloan Kettering, included: Tamara Franklin, executive vice president, Digital for Scripps Networks Interactive; Hon. Joyce Beatty, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District of Ohio; and Tiffany Hunt, vice president, operational excellence, business transformation office for Nationwide.</p>
<p>From bouncing back from a serious health condition to divorce and dealing with a spouses untimely death, all women reiterated five key points:</p>
<p>1.<strong> Believe in yourself.</strong></p>
<p>Beatty, who suffered a brain stroke and fully recovered, says, “In life there will be a lot of hurdles, jump over them. There will be a lot of bumps in the road. Drive over them. You have to be comfortable with yourself. Believe in yourself. That’s the first step.”</p>
<p>2. <strong>It’s important to have a support system.</strong></p>
<p>After her divorce, Hunt moved to Columbus, Ohio, with her daughter to begin a new career at Nationwide. “Mine is a story of faith. I was just trying to make a lateral move; not trying to get a promotional opportunity. I didn’t know a soul, didn’t know where I would live; didn’t know anyone, but I knew what was in front of me was much better than what was behind me.”</p>
<p>3. <strong>Prepare, prepare, prepare.</strong></p>
<p>“Life is inherently tough, and you have to prepare yourself for these things,” says Franklin, who dealt with the declining health and eventual death of her supportive husband. “You have to have your act in order. Save money. Plan. I didn’t have to wonder what his dying wishes were. They were in his own words.”</p>
<p>4. <strong>Positivity works.</strong></p>
<p dir="ltr">No matter your crisis, there are some things you can’t control,” says Beatty. “Some things you can’t change, and you have to make the best of it. It’s not about being angry, it’s about being proud no matter the conditions.”</p>
<p>5. <strong>Stay determined and focused.</strong></p>
<p>Franklin shares, “I was lobbying very hard for a position I had in mind. I proactively went to HR to let them know the doors were still open for business. This step was going to help with the plan my husband and I envisioned for our lives. That’s how I can honor my husband.”</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Memorable Moments With Debra Lee</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:51:59 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>When embarking on a steady career climb many women aspire to, one day, find themselves behind a desk in the coveted C-suite. Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, sat down with Editorial Director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, and host of Women of Power TV, Caroline Clarke, to discuss what it takes to make power moves in order to be a C-suite power player.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/check-out-all-the-photo-highlights-from-black-enterprises-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Experience the Photo Highlights From Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit!]</strong></a></p>
<p>Lee revealed the unconventional path that led her to where she is today, a top executive for one of the nation’s most prominent African American media outlets. Lee shared how openness to possibility and confidence in ability were the factors that allowed for her to make strides in the male-dominated media industry. “I initially only planned on being at BET for 5 years max,” shared Lee. “In April, it will make 30 years that I’ve been with the company. The great news is that it’s felt like a steady progression because I’ve constantly been taking on new roles with the company,” she continued.</p>
<p>When asked how she’s remained afloat in an ever-changing industry while balancing motherhood, career, and the many hats professional women tend to juggle, Lee offered these 5 essential nuggets:</p>
<p><strong>1. She’s learned that you can have it all, but not at the same time.</strong><br />
<strong> 2. She’s learned that she’s had to give up the idea of perfection.</strong><br />
<strong> 3. Lee stressed the importance of having a team in place—people invested in your success.</strong><br />
<strong> 4. She explained that you rarely have all the information you need to make a decision—a lot of times you just have to go with your gut.</strong><br />
<strong> 5. Lee concluded that confidence is the key essential attribute one must possess when gunning for the C-suite, while fear is the essential factor that holds one back.</strong></p>
<p>Debra Lee and Caroline Clarke concluded their informative conversation emphasizing the importance of having a vision when leading a team and/or company.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Owning Your Truth</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:30:19 +0000</pubDate>
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		<description><![CDATA[Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida. [Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1] With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, wowed the women during her keynote this morning sponsored by ADP at the Women of Power Summit in Hollywood, Florida.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>With humor, sass, gravitas, and pinky swear promises, this leader of the AME church exhorted her listeners to not only own their truth, but to let go of hindrances holding them back. Here are a few highlights.</p>
<p>Opening up with a hilarious but common sense litany of things accomplished women ought to know, McKenzie captivated the audience. “You oughta know—</p>
<ul>
<li>How to be positive in negative situations</li>
<li>That sometimes the answer is “not now,” and sometimes it’s “never.”</li>
<li>That Spandex doesn’t look good on every body</li>
<li>How to flirt without getting into trouble</li>
<li>If you don’t know, ask for help</li>
<li>What you care deeply about</li>
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<p>The bishop also urged the leaders in the room to “go deep,” to not be afraid of abandoning the superficial but to address life-and-death issues our society must grapple with—such as the tragic lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan.</p>
<p>“Leadership is not for the faint of heart,” she said, and went on to describe how women are recasting the leadership model by being not only assertive, but also flexible and relational, inviting others into the decision-making process.</p>
<p>“Close the door to the past, open the door to the future, and walk into your destiny,” McKenzie had all the attendees—nearly 1,000 strong—promise and pinky swear.</p>
<p>“Promise me you’ll dream big and trust God to take you through the process,” she charged the women. “Start encouraging yourself since criticizing yourself hasn’t worked.”</p>
<p>“Stop working it out yourself and let God do the heavy lifting.”</p>
<p>“Stop wasting your time on things you can’t change, and spend time on things that have possibility.”</p>
<p>“Turn challenges into opportunities.”</p>
<p>“Leadership is reaching beyond your comfort zone.”</p>
<p>“The world is waiting for who God has called you to be.”</p>
<p>The keynote was so energizing, McKenzie and the audience broke out in a dance at the end! Be sure to watch the live stream for other unique messages that all women leaders need to hear from other Women of Power.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 2 – Top 5 Highlights From Whos Got Your Back</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:00:16 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Courtney Connley]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play. “A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>While the concept of having both a sponsor and mentor is thrown around when discussing the keys to attaining career success, it’s important to note the valuable, yet distinct role, both titles play.</p>
<p>“A mentor is your personal trainer and a sponsor is your agent,” said AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer, Cynthia Marshall, during the “Who’s Got Your Back” panel discussion at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/memorable-moments-from-women-of-power-day-1/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Memorable Moments from Women of Power: Day 1]</strong></a></p>
<p>Using the sports analogy, Marshall, along with Estée Lauder’s Tracey Travis and Intel’s Sharon Brogdon, spoke candidly about why a mentor is simply not enough in helping you to reach the next level.</p>
<p>“Mentors are important, but sponsors are the ones that get your career going,” said Travis, who serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Estée Lauder.</p>
<p>Shedding light on how both sponsors and mentors have helped them to reach success, the panel also advised a room full of leading women on how they can go about getting a sponsor to speak on their behalf.</p>
<p>Brogdon, who is director of Strategic Capability at Intel, encouraged the women to be deliberate about who they want to be their sponsor and to examine how the relationship can be a two-way street where both parties benefit from each other.</p>
<p>“My protégés are constantly providing me with new information, sending me articles and letting me know about events I may be interested in,” said Travis while adding to Brogdon’s point.</p>
<p>With Carol Fulp, president and CEO of The Partnership Inc. serving as a moderator for the panel, panelists and attendees were charged to conduct an accountability exercise with one another before leaving the session.</p>
<p>“Think about an action item you will commit to help fulfill your sponsorship gap,” said Fulp.</p>
<p>With this action item in mind, the ladies turned to one another, shared their commitment goal and agreed to keep in touch to ensure that they each make steps toward achieving that goal by March 21.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Top 5 Highlights from The Mentoring Cocktail Reception</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:55 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Courtney Connley]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career. As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow. Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Long gone are the days of having one mentor to guide you through the ups and downs of your career.</p>
<p>As we climb the ladder of success and add checks to our goal list, our need for new wisdom, insight and critique continues to grow.</p>
<p>Coming from a large family 0f 10 siblings, career and executive coach Mary Pender Greene explained to a room full of women at <strong>Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit</strong> the value of having multiple individuals to lean on; not only in their personal life, but also in their professional life. After being introduced by Donna Fielding, who serves as head of human resources for the Global Enterprise Solutions division at ADP, and sponsor of the Mentoring Cocktail Reception at BWPS, Greene led a speed mentoring session where she educated nearly 300 women on her concept of a virtual personal board of directors.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>Similar to large corporations who have a board of directors, Greene highlighted the importance of building and connecting with multiple professionals who can serve as your mentor. Leaving the women with a copy of her latest book, <em>Creative Mentorship and Career-Building Strategies: How to Build Your Virtual Personal Board of Directors</em>, Greene shared the following benefits to having more than one mentor on your team.</p>
<p><strong>1. Having multiple mentors helps you to gain new knowledge and insights</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Mentors help you to build a support of like-minded individuals</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Mentors provide you with honest feedback about your skills and talents</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Having more than one mentor helps you to gain opportunities for increased visibility</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. Multiple mentors helps you to clarify your vision and attain your professional goals</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Kick Off Post – Highlights of the Day</title>
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		<pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:00:06 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Safon Floyd]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives. [Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self] […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As expected, the 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked off with a burst of livelihood and empowerment. Hundreds of eager women flooded the Hilton Diplomat Resort & Spa as they geared up for 3 full days of inspiration and encouragement from top tier influencers and executives.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/how-to-be-your-authentic-self/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: How To Be Your Authentic Self]</strong></a></p>
<p>The Summit kicked off with an adventurous shopping excursion, hosted by Macy’s, where attendees enjoyed an informative fashion presentation while learning the importance of looking their best to be the best.</p>
<p>After discovering their new looks, the ladies were then charged with the task of self-discovery at The Mask Mixer, facilitated by Founder/Executive Director of The Mask Project and Management Professor of Florida A&M University, Dr. Atira Charles. Through a mask designing exercise, Dr. Charles challenged attendees to discover their most authentic selves by sharing how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>Immediately following the creation of the masks, the women were led to let the mask down revealing their trustest selves at ADP’s Un-Masquerade Sunset Soiree. Adorned in vibrant sunset colors, over 800 women prepared for an unforgettable journey of collective self-discovery and revelation featuring rewarding conversation designed to create honest, intimate and lasting peer-to-peer connections.</p>
<p>Mistress of Ceremony and Officer of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives of the Marshall School of Business, Debra Langford, opened the soiree by acknowledging the legacy of the Women of Power Summit and by recognizing how far it’s come in the 11 years since the summit’s inception. Langford detailed the importance of forging relationships at the Women of Power Summit, as each and every woman in attendance represents excellence and possibility.</p>
<p>The Soiree focused on this year’s summit theme, Know Your Worth, Own Your Truth, Embrace Your Power. “This week is all about cracking ourselves open to reveal the truths to ourselves, and to each other by revealing who we really are,” shared Caroline Clarke, editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “The Women of Power Summit is all about tapping into your authentic self so that you may connect with each other in the most meaningful way.”</p>
<p>Dr. Charles proceeded to encourage attendees to embody the summit’s theme by way of powerful affirmation claiming, “I know who I am. I am capable. I am strong by design. I am authentically me.”</p>
<p>The evening concluded with a networking mixer where attendees shared the day’s highlights over new blossoming business relationships.</p>
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		<title>Women of Power Day 1 – Top Moments From The Mask Mixer</title>
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		<pubDate>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 17:00:39 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Maryann Reid]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[“I committed my life to unmask us all.” Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false […]]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>“I committed my life to unmask us all.”</p>
<p>Those were the opening words of Atira Charles, Ph.D., founder and executive director, of The Mask Project, and management professor at Florida A&M University, as she led a full room on how to discover your most authentic self while decorating your own masks and exposing the false face put on for the world.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/women-of-power/kicking-off-3-days-of-empowerment/" target="_blank"><strong>[Related: Women of Power: Kicking off 3 Days of Empowerment]</strong></a></p>
<p>First, Charles asked the women to share how barriers hold them back from being vulnerable and transparent while meeting the demands of life.</p>
<p>On cue, the women quickly wrote down what was holding them back from being honest with themselves and others. Next, they wrote words on a mask that described their deepest fears, held the masks up to their faces, and shared their insecurities with the person next to them.</p>
<p>After explaining the process, Charles led the women through a mantra, “Today I choose to unmask, to be more whole, to be more full, to be more authentic and to walk in my purpose….” The women cheered as the room seemingly felt more relaxed. Finally, Charles guided the women as they wrote down their positive aspects and how that helps them be their whole selves.</p>
<p>Here are some tips from Charles on how you can unmask and reveal the real you in your personal and professional life:</p>
<p><strong>1.  Have a peace about all of your aspects and control how you show up in the world</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Being in control helps you manage how you wear masks and when</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. Don’t just focus on unmasking yourself to the world, but in those quiet moments alone, be honest and have those difficult conversations with yourself</strong></p>
<p>Oftentimes, we wear different masks unconsciously to function in the everyday as a way to protect our interests, the interests of others, and establish emotional safety. With free coaching sessions and gifts at the end, Charles gave women the courage and framework to walk in the world comfortable in their own skin.</p>
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		<pubDate>Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:36:53 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Civil rights activist and Black Enterprise Legacy Award recipient Dorothy Height would be proud of…]]></description>
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<div>Civil rights activist and <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/women-of-power-summit/">Black Enterprise Legacy Award</a></strong> recipient <strong>Dorothy Height </strong>would be proud of what’s happening across the world today. As people of all ages and colors rise up to speak out on their unhappiness with the justice system’s treatment of African Americans, their shouts and calls for equality echo the protest chants of Dorothy Height in her heyday.</div>
<div><strong>[RELATED VIDEO BELOW: Dorothy Height's Legacy]</strong></div>
<p>Known as the “Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Height was dedicated to fighting for the equal rights of African Americans and women. At 25, she joined the National Council of Negro Women [NCNW]. By 1957, she was named president of the NCNW holding the position for 40 years. In the ’60s, during the turbulent height of the civil rights movement, she bravely created a much needed conversation on race relations by bringing together white and black women to talk during her event named, “Wednesdays in Mississippi.” Recognizing Height’s strength and unstoppable will to make change, when penning his autobiography, Civil Rights Leader James Farmer referred to her as one of the “Big 6” of the civil rights movement.</p>
<p>Few of the younger generation may know her name today, but in Height’s heyday Presidents knew her well. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, brought her in as counsel. She served on numerous government committees as a consultant on African affairs to the Secretary of State, the President’s Committees on Employment of the Handicapped, and the Status of Women. She sat on the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, which spoke out on the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study. And she was a chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. In the midst of it all, Height wrote a weekly column for the <em>New York Amsterdam News,</em> “A Woman’s Word,”  which appeared weekly chronicling her outlook on the fight for the equal rights of blacks and women.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise honored Height with a Legacy Awards in 2008. The following year, she sat on stage at the inauguration of President Obama. But on April 10, 2010 at Howard University Hospital, she transitioned. Her funeral was attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.</p>
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<p><strong><em>Celebrating 10 Years of POWER! Join Black Enterprise at the Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, March 2 – March 5, 2015, at Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, 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 Now at </em></strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps"><strong><em>http://www.blackenterprise.com/wps</em></strong></a><strong><em>.  It’s time to Embrace your POWER. The Moment is Now!</em></strong></p>
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		<pubDate>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000</pubDate>
		<dc:creator><![CDATA[Raqiyah Mays]]></dc:creator>
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		<description><![CDATA[Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV. Learn more about her.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><strong>Black Enterprise</strong> newest show, <strong><em>Women of Power‚ TV</em> </strong>premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. (Check your local listings for times in your area.) The show will also be‚ syndicated on TV One every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Viewers can also watch programing on <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/">BlackEnterprise.com</a></strong>.</p>
<p>Preparing for the exciting launch, our three hosts, Caroline Clarke, Shartia Brantley, and Dariany Santana are gearing up to bring you inspiration, empowerment, and the knowledge women need to be and stay powerful. As experts in their respective fields, each host brings their own unique set of skills and brand to provide commentary, interviews, and experienced reporting on what women want and need.</p>
<p>Black Enterprise introduces you to the fabulous ladies of <em>Women of Power TV</em>. Take a minute to meet them.</p>
<p><strong>Introducing, Dariany Santana‚.</strong></p>
<p>Actress, model and TV host, <strong>Dariany Santana</strong> has been turning heads since her days of growing up in Elizabeth, NJ. A self-motivated go getter, the Cuban beauty took valuable skills learned from childhood dance classes and transformed into a young leader by founding and heading the choreography of ‚“The Latin Dance Group‚¬ in middle School. Her natural knack for leading and motivating with a popular force of followers saw her join student government where she became president in high school. This trend traveled into her college years at Kean University studying communications, which makes it no surprise that she‚ been a survivor in the competitive world of modeling.</p>
<p>Taking her confidence and strutting her mind and beauty to the forefront, she’s been featured in international print campaigns for Puma, music videos for artists like Wiz Khalifa, Talib Kweli, and fashion shows for Miami Mercedes Benz Fashion week and Cartagena Fashion Week. Transitioning to the global world of publishing and digital, Santana‚ popular <em>Complex Magazine</em> blog ‚ The C-List‚ features her commenting on lively popular stories in the entertainment world, from the top Hip Hop Albums to dishing out relationship advice. Her Women of Power segment, Luxe Life‚ will feature Santana dishing on lifestyle and travel weekly.</p>
<p><strong>WATCH: Women of Power TV premieres nationally Saturday, Oct. 25. Check your local listings for times. You can also catch it on TV One every‚ Sunday at 10:30am.</strong></p>
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		<title>Women of Power Legacy Award Honoree: 10 Facts About Pam Grier</title>
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		<description><![CDATA[Black Enterprise is honoring the great Pam Grier with the 2015 Legacy Award at the Women of Power Summit taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.]]></description>
				<content:encoded><![CDATA[<p><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/lifestyle/women-power-summit-10-facts-about-pam-grier/attachment/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise/" rel="attachment wp-att-386291"><img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-386291" alt="Ten Facts about Pam Grier" src="http://www.womenofpower.com/wp-content/uploads/1/2014/10/pam-grier-10-facts-black-enterprise.jpg" width="300" height="232" /></a>When many Hip-Hop fans hear the name Foxy Brown, a Brooklyn, New York rapper comes to mind. But, to anyone else who may be a little older, the name <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/2014/10/17/pam-grier-to-be-honored-at-black-enterprise-women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Pam Grier</a></strong>, pops up as she played the title role of the blaxploitation heroine in the 1974 film. This talented woman has had a very long and successful acting career and along with some of her accomplishments, the latest one is Black Enterprise’s 2015 Legacy Award recipient at the <strong><a href="http://www.womenofpower.com/events/women-of-power-summit/" target="_blank">Women of Power Summit </a></strong>taking place March 2-5th at Fort Lauderdale Marriot Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In honor of such a prestigious award, here are 10 things you may not have known about the original ‘Foxy Brown.’</p>
<p><strong>1. Grier was nominated for 16 different awards for her lead role in the 1997 ‘Jackie Brown’ movie directed and written by Quentin Tarantino.</strong></p>
<p><strong>2. Grier’s cousin is former NFL player, Rosey Grier.</strong></p>
<p><strong>3. While she was attending UCLA, she sang back-up for Bobby Womack.</strong></p>
<p><strong>4. Growing up, Grier had dreams of becoming a doctor.</strong></p>
<p><strong>5. In 1967, Grier placed third in the Colorado state competition for the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.</strong></p>
<p><strong>6. She was inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame in 2012-2013.</strong></p>
<p><strong>7. She has never been married nor does she have any children.</strong></p>
<p><strong>8. Grier was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos when she was 19.</strong></p>
<p><strong>9. She is a co-founder of a company that designs paper products and specialty items called Melting Pot Designs.</strong></p>
<p><strong>10. Was featured earlier this year on TV One’s Unsung Hollywood: Pam Grier.</strong></p>
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Women of Power » The Women of Power Summit: An Experience Like No Other
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Each year, hundreds of women around the country attend Black Enterprise’s annual Women of Power Summit and leave feeling inspired and empowered. The 2017 conference was held in February in Arizona and provided over 900 professionals with tools, resources, and information to help them elevate their finances, careers, and businesses. The theme was “Leveraging the Power of Sisterhood” and it was packed with informative seminars, networking mixers, workout classes, a fashion show, and a riveting gospel concert. The conference kicked off with a crowning gala that honored Phylicia Rashad, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and Ursula Burns. Marcia Ann Gillespie was honored with the Barbara Graves Legacy Award.

Following the summit, attendees opened up about the highlighting moments from professional leadership conference. Watch a few testimonials below.

 

 

The next Women of Power Summit will be held March 7–10, 2018, at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to convene 1,000 influential business women of color.

Donna Brazile, the former interim head of the Democratic National Committee, will be honored with the Barbara Graves Legacy Award at this year’s gala reception. The long-time Democratic strategist recently made headlines after releasing a controversial new book that discloses shocking revelations about the DNC, Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama. Legendary dancer Carmen de Lavallade will also be recognized during the award ceremony for her illustrious career as a world-class ballerina and choreographer.

In addition, attendees can look forward to a host of activities, empowerment sessions, networking opportunities, and an exclusive shopping excursion. Plus, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts neighbors Epcot Center and is just a short boat ride away from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Early-bird registration is available now. General registration begins Nov. 25. Register here.