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


Sheeba 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
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
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.
TBD Room 252 Deep Dive
with Jessica O. Matthews
SATURDAY
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
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
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
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
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
12:00 pm Room 253 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.
TBD Room 252 Deep Dive
with Jessica O. Matthews
SATURDAY
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
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
TBD TBD One-On-One Consultations with Business Advisors
presented by MBDA & U.S. Black Chambers.
12 pm Room 252 5 Tips for your Business To Thrive In Your First Three Years!
with Shareef Abdul-Malik & Midwin Charles.

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.



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.



GENERAL SESSION

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!

SPONSORS


State Farm® is here to help you identify your financial goals so that you can start planning for the life of your dreams. #LiveColorFull