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


Lisa Price


Carla Harris


Master P


Jessica O. Matthews


Bari Williams
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
11 am General Session
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12 pm Doing Business with the Federal Government 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Small Biz Tech Start Up Kit
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with Yes We Code.
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2:50 pm Getting Certified: Why & How
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with NMSDC.
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3:30 pm General Session
Jessica O. Matthews with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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SATURDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Going Global 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Carla Harris with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with the National Urban League.
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2:50 pm Session Title
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3:30 pm General Session
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4:30 pm 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City Competition
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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SUNDAY
11 am General Session
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12 pm Demystifying Business Certifications
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with WBENC.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Session Title
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2:50 pm Session Title
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3:30 pm General Session
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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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
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Doing Business with the Federal Government 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Small Biz Tech Start Up Kit
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with Yes We Code.
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2:50 pm Getting Certified: Why & How
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with NMSDC.
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3:30 pm General Session
Jessica O. Matthews with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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SATURDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Going Global 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Carla Harris with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
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2:50 pm Session Title
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3:30 pm General Session
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4:30 pm 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City Competition
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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SUNDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Demystifying Business Certifications
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with WBENC.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Session Title
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2:50 pm Session Title
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3:30 pm General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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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
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Doing Business with the Federal Government 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Small Biz Tech Start Up Kit
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with Yes We Code.
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2:50 pm Getting Certified: Why & How
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with NMSDC.
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3:30 pm General Session
Jessica O. Matthews with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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SATURDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Going Global 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Carla Harris with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with the National Urban League.
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2:50 pm Session Title
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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3:30 pm General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City Competition
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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SUNDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Demystifying Business Certifications
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with WBENC.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Session Title
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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2:50 pm Session Title
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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3:30 pm General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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Millennials Entrepreneurs Redefined Workshop by USBC
For Entrepreneurs, 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
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Doing Business with the Federal Government 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Small Biz Tech Start Up Kit
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with Yes We Code.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.
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2:50 pm Getting Certified: Why & How
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with NMSDC.
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3:30 pm General Session
Jessica O. Matthews with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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SATURDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Going Global 101
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with MBDA.
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1 pm General Session
Carla Harris with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with the National Urban League.
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2:50 pm Session Title
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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3:30 pm General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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4:30 pm 2017 ESSENCE Pitch City Competition
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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SUNDAY
11 am General Session
Speaker Name(s) with optional partner or sponsor.
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12 pm Demystifying Business Certifications
Speaker Name(s) in partnership with WBENC.
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1 pm General Session
Deesha Dyer with optional partner or sponsor.
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2 pm Session Title
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2:50 pm Session Title
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3:30 pm General Session
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4:30 pm Supplier Switch Pitch / Speed Networking
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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.

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!