ESSENCE Path to Power: Entrepreneurship and Business Conference
At the ESSENCE® Path to Power: Entrepreneurship and Business Conference, get valuable information you need to create your own business, run your organization, grow your company, or thrive in the career you’ve dreamed.

This conference will feature daily general sessions, 40+ workshop style intensives, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and business professionals at all career levels.
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SPEAKERS & INFLUENCERS


Mara Brock Akil


Angela Benton


Bari Williams


Carla Harris


Deesha Dyer


Diishan Imira


Janice Bryant Howroyd


Jessica O. Matthews


Kandi Burruss


Lisa Price


Master P


Michelle Avan


Monique Greenwood


Patrice Washington


Richelieu Dennis


Shareef Abdul-Malik


Sheba Turk


Tiffany Aliche
SESSION TRACKS
LEAP
For Pre-launch or Early Stage Entrepreneurs
Gain information about capital development, technology resources, team building, and minority business certification for your idea or new business.




FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 252 Federal Government 101: Are you ready for contracting?
presented by the MBDA.
2:00 pm Room 252 Small Biz Tech Start-Up Kit
presented by Yes We Code.
2:00 pm Room 242 She Did That
Documentary Preview & Chat with Lisa Price, Luvvie Ajayi, Renae Bluitt and Melissa Butler; powered by Walmart.
2:50 pm Room 252 Getting Certified: Why & How
presented by Yes We Code.
4:30 pm Room 252 Deep Dive
with Jessica O. Matthews
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 252 Going Global 101
presented by the MBDA.
2:00 pm Room 252 Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
with Klassi Duncan, Director, Urban League of Louisiana — Women’s Business Resource Center.
2:50 pm Room 252 From Side Hustle To Main Hustle
in partnership with Good Work Network.
SUNDAY
12 pm Room 252 Demystifying Business Certifications
Presented by WBENC.
2 pm Room 252 Case Study: Mayvenn, Inc. Using Technology To Bring A Fresh Perspective To An Establish Industry
with Diishan Imira, CEO & Founder, Mayvenn, Inc.

RUN
For Established Entrepreneurs
Learn how to operate their business more efficiently & effectively through better branding, pursuit of higher revenue opportunities, technology resources and minority business certification.




FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 Creating Your Value Proposition & Marketing Your Brand
presented by the WBENC.
2:00 pm Room 253 Doing Business with the Federal Government 201
presented by MBDA.
2:50 pm Room 253 How To Scale Your Established Small Business:
Operations, Acquisition & Revenue Growth Advice with Bari A. Williams.
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 253 Getting Certified: Take It Up a Notch
presented by NMSDC.
2:00 pm Room 253 Small Biz Tech Toolkit
presented by Yes We Code.
2:50 pm Room 253 Going Global 201
presented by MBDA.
SUNDAY
12 pm Room 252 5 Tips for your Business To Thrive In Your First Three Years!
with Shareef Abdul-Malik & Midwin Charles.
2:00 pm Room 253 Transformative Technology: Business Growth through Innovation, Tech & Emerging Markets
presented by MBDA.

GROW
For Seasoned Entrepreneurs
Take your business to the next level or create your exit strategy with ideas on new market expansion, repositioning, succession planning, and minority business certified opportunities.




FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 Capital Pathways: Your Roadmap to Leveraging Capital for Growth
presented by the USBC.
2:00 pm Room 254 Doing Business with Corporate America
presented by WBENC.
2:50 pm Room 254 Federal Government 301: Landing the BIG Contract
presented by MBDA.
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 The Power of the Pivot: Knowing When its Time to Change Direction
presented by National Urban League.
2:00 pm Room 254 Going Global 301: Best Practices of Growing Your International Business
presented by MBDA.
2:50 pm Room 254 The Power of Being an MBE
presented by NMSDC.
SUNDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 Transformative Technology: Business Growth through Innovation, Tech & Emerging Markets
presented by MBDA.
2:00 pm Room 254 Using Technology to Grow Your Business
presented by Yes We Code.

MILLENIALS
Entrepreneurs Redefined Workshop by USBC, 16-35 years old
The US Black Chambers will offer their custom curriculum fueling business start-up and growth and funding opportunities exclusively for millennial entrepreneurs.




FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 Capital Pathways: Your Roadmap to Leveraging Capital for Growth
presented by the USBC.
2:00 pm Room 255 Top 10 Ways Black Women Can Grow Wealth
with Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche & Michelle Avan.
2:00 pm Room 256 Millenial Entrepreneurs Redefined
presented by U.S. Black Chambers.
2:00 pm Room 242 She Did That
Documentary Preview & Chat with Lisa Price, Luvvie Ajayi, Renae Bluitt and Melissa Butler; powered by Walmart.
2:50 pm Room 255 Power Moves: Success Strategies for Career Women
presented by National Urban League.
2:50 pm Room 256 Millenial Entrepreneurs Redefined
presented by U.S. Black Chambers.
3:30 pm La Nouvelle Orleans How to Build a Global Business from the Comfort of your own Neighborhood
with Jessica Matthews.
4:30 pm Room 252 Deep Dive
with Jessica O. Matthews
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 The Power of the Pivot: Knowing When its Time to Change Direction
presented by National Urban League.
12:00 pm Room 256 Doing Business with NASA: Take Your Career & Business to New Heights
presented by NASA.
2:00 pm Room 255 Redefining Wealth: A Blueprint for Creating Success on Your Own Terms
with Patrice Washington.
2:00 pm Room 256 Millenial Entrepreneurs Redefined
presented by U.S. Black Chambers.
2:50 pm Room 252 From Side Hustle To Main Hustle
in partnership with Good Work Network.
2:50 pm Room 256 Millenial Entrepreneurs Redefined
presented by U.S. Black Chambers.
SUNDAY
12:00 pm Room 252 5 Tips for your Business To Thrive In Your First Three Years!
with Shareef Abdul-Malik & Midwin Charles.
2:00 pm Room 255 Pressing the Reset Button on your Career in Your 30s
with Deesha Dyer.

GENERAL SESSIONS



FRIDAY
10:00 am 252 One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
10:00 am La Nouvelle Orleans From Girlfriends to major Production Deals: How to Be an Idea Machine
with Mara Brock Akil.
12:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans The Highs And Lows of Entrepreneurship: What I Wish I Knew
with Richelieu Dennis.
1:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans So, You Sold Your Company. Now What?: Innovation After Sale
with Lisa Price.
3:30 pm La Nouvelle Orleans How to Build a Global Business from the Comfort of your own Neighborhood
with Jessica Matthews.
4:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans Turn Your Passions Into Profit: You Really Can Make a Living Doing What you Love!
with Monique Greenwood.
SATURDAY
10:00 am 252 One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
10:00 am La Nouvelle Orleans Design your Greenprint for Success
with Janice Bryant Howroyd.
11:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans Keys to Building Generational Wealth
with Master P.
1:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans Using Your Relationships to Get Ahead at Work
with Carla Harris.
3:30 pm La Nouvelle Orleans The Power of the Pivot: How to Jump from One Success to the Next
with Kandi Burruss.
4:30 pm La Nouvelle Orleans Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship
with Kathryn Finney, Sheila Herrling, Kristen Sonday & Brian Brackeen.
5:00 pm La Nouvelle Orleans 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City Competition
with U.S. Black Chambers.
SUNDAY
10:00 am 252 One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
11:00 am La Nouvelle Orleans How to Build a Tech Empire
with Angela Benton.
CAREERS
Get proven insights to help you excel in your profession including advice on how to score the next promotion and maximizing your personal brand within an organization as an intrepreneur.



FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 255 How to Create A Hiring Strategy for Your Business
powered by Time Inc.
2:50 pm Room 255 Power Moves: Success Strategies for Career Women
presented by National Urban League.
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 255 How to Do Your Own PR
powered by Time Inc.
12:00 pm Room 256 Doing Business with NASA: Take Your Career & Business to New Heights
presented by NASA.
2:00 pm Room 255 Brand Me: How To Build Your Personal Brand
presented by National Urban League.
SUNDAY
12:00 pm Room 255 How to Make a Great Impression in a Interview
powered by Time Inc.
2:00 pm Room 255 Pressing the Reset Button on your Career in Your 30s
with Deesha Dyer.

FINANCE
Get your money right with expert advice and tips on budgeting, investing and long-term planning with expert-led panel discussions, interactive workshops, leadership training and networking. Get on the right path to owning your financial future!



FRIDAY
12:00 pm Room 256 My Truth: Correcting my Financial Course
with Anthony Anderson, powered by State Farm.
2:00 pm Room 255 Top 10 Ways Black Women Can Grow Wealth
with Tiffany "The Budgetnista" Aliche & Michelle Avan.
SATURDAY
12:00 pm Room 242 Family Manns: Running a Financially Sound Enterprise
with David & Tamela Mann, powered by State Farm.
2:00 pm Room 255 Redefining Wealth: A Blueprint for Creating Success on Your Own Terms
with Patrice Washington.
SUNDAY
12:00 pm Room 254 The Millenials Tale: Securing our Financial Future
with Issa Rae & Jay Ellis, powered by State Farm.
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