Myrlie Evers among Black Enterprise Power Legacy Award Honorees


myrlie_evers2x2webBLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) will present its highest recognition of women’s achievement when it presents the Legacy Awards at the 2014 Women of Power Summit on February 26, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 700 corporate executives, professionals and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm Insurance, will take place February 26-March 1, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.

The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognizes outstanding impact, achievement and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government and other influential industries. Past Legacy Award recipients include luminaries such as the late National Council of Negro Women Chair and civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height; former Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison; Federal Express Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Ross and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. In 2012, a Legacy Award was named for the late Barbara Graves, wife of Black Enterprise Founder Earl Graves Sr. and a former educator, to be presented annually for outstanding achievement and service in education and other areas of service to young people.

Honorees to be recognized at the 2014 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Dinner, hosted by PepsiCo, include:

Cicely Tyson, legendary award-winning actress, one of the greatest of her generation., Valerie Daniels-Carter, Co-Founder, President & CEO, V&J Holding Companies, Myrlie Evers-Williams, journalist, civil rights activist, former Chairwoman of the NAACP.,Julieanna Richardson , Founder and Executive Director, The HistoryMakers, America’s largest African American video oral history collection, and Marian Wright Edelman (Barbara Graves honoree), Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman.

Each year, the presentation of the Legacy Awards at our Women of Power Summit delivers power examples to live by and ever-higher levels of inspiration,” says BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “This year’s awards evening will again represent a perfect start to a powerful weekend for the hundreds of women who will gather for a weekend of meaningful purpose and professional excellence.”

“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to pay well-deserved honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Black Enterprise Business Report television show Host Caroline Clarke, who along with Black Enterprise Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne, serves as a co-editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “Their examples are proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and powerful motivation for those to come.”

Following the Women of Power Legacy Awards Dinner, more than 700 women will engage in 2 immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip and encourage industry leadership, career strategies and effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include positioning for being recruited for corporate boards, identifying and securing a top-notch Career Advancement Team, driving organizational innovation and managing social media as a tool for professional advancement. Confirmed speakers include: Apple Vice President of Environmental Initiatives and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, Lardon & Associates Managing Director Donna James, State Farm Vice President of Human Resources Annette R. Martinez, Executive Leadership Council President & CEO Ron Parker, Spencer Stuart Partner Sharon Hall, and Nutrition Coach and Television Personality Rovenia M.  “Dr. Ro” Brock, Ph.D.

The host sponsor of the Women of Power Summit is State Farm Insurance. Presenting sponsors include EMC, Gatorade, Lays, Pepsi, Tropicana and Quaker. Platinum sponsors include FedEx, Hilton Worldwide, Abbott Vascular and Macy’s; corporate sponsors include PepsiCo, Bank of America and Southwest Airlines.