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A Snapshot of My Experience at the 2019 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Toyota rolled out the red road and carpet to make the Summit memorable

 for this small business owner

 

Shared by: Jamarah Hayner, president, JKH Consulting

 

2019 is an amazing time to be a Black woman in America. We have more role models than ever--Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox and of course Oprah—not just blazing trails but bringing women of color along with them in politics, business, entertainment and sports. Of course, we still face staggering challenges in maternal health, pay equity and professional advancement, and keeping our children safe from gun and police violence. But even those struggles give us strength—especially when we come together to share our stories and create our futures. 

Once I got to my first Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit at the Mirage in Las Vegas, I joined thousands of other women, and some men, who gathered for four days of inspiration, networking and mentorship. For those of us who tend to focus on our own industries and own our own businesses, the Summit shined a light on leaders and trends from a wide range of sectors. Attendees were wowed by remarks from a multitude of corporate leaders including Toyota’s Monica Peterson who hosted the Legacy Awards reception and participated on the panel titled “The Visible Woman: Personal Branding in a Social Age. Other Black female corporate role models, entrepreneurs, superstars who have risen to the level of one-named icons (Chaka, Kamala, Stacey) were there inspiring our inner-power, and the legendary Alice Walker reminded the crowd to turn to Steve Wonder’s gospel of love for rejuvenation and affirmation.

Whether you’re a corporate executive, an employee with a business on the side, or a business owner, if you ever need a reminder of the power of Black women, just make your way to Black Enterprise’s annual Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas. Thanks to Toyota, one of the main sponsors of the Summit, I had the red road and carpet rolled out for me like I’ve never experienced before, from three nights at the Mirage, to the use of a brand new 2019 Highlander to travel in to and from the Summit, and a few other unexpected perks. The Highlander was much to the envy of my husband, and he has already bumped it to the top of the list for our next car purchase. Such a nice touch!

 

I’m already marking my calendar (March 5-8) for the 2020 BE Women of Power Summit. This was the agenda from 2019: https://www.blackenterprise.com/womenofpowersummit/agenda/ 

2020 should be monumental —see you there!