Location: Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70130
- TOPICS DISCUSSED
- Guns Down: Ending the Gun Violence Crisis in Our Cities - Click here for more info.
- 10 Ways to Fix Your Life & Get Happy - Click here for more info.
- Supersize Your Dream: Reinvent Your Life & Your Business - Click here for more info.
- Keynote Address: Al Sharpton - Click here for more info.
- Where Smart Starts - Click here for more info.
- Keynote Address: Marc Morial - Click here for more info.
- Icons of the Civil Rights Movement - Click here for more info.
- Black Women's Agenda 2013 - Click here for more info.
Al Sharpton is founder/president of the National Action Network, one of the most active social justice organizations. He hosts Politics Nation on MSNBC and the nationally syndicated radio show Keeping It Real.
C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest (CR2PI) and an Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
The 2013 Festival is excited to have Congressman John Lewis join us for the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience. Stay tuned for more information on latest news and happenings with Congressman Lewis.
Cory A. Booker is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, the largest city in the State of New Jersey. Mayor Booker received his B. A. and M. A. from Stanford University, a B. A. in Modern History from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale University.
President Emerita of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Julianne Malveaux is an economist, author, and commentator.
Since 2004, Dr Michael Lomax has been president/CEO of UNCF, the nation’s largest and most successful minority education organization. Previously, Lomax was president of Dillard University in New Orleans and a literature professor at UNCF member institutions Morehouse and Spelman Colleges.
Dr. Thelma Baxter is a nationally recognized educational consultant on school reform and literacy. She is the retired Harlem school superintendent and principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx, NY.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton was elected in 1990 and is now in her twelfth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia.
Issa Rae is the creative genius behind the widely successful webseries The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (ABG).
Iyanla Vanzant, host of Iyanla: Fix My Life on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the acclaimed spiritual life coach, Emmy Award-winner and best-selling author whose focus on faith, empowerment and relationships has inspired audiences around the world.
Karen Carter Peterson represents New Orleans in the Louisiana State Senate. In 2012, she assumed the Chair position of the Louisiana Democratic Party, the first woman and only second African-American in Louisiana history to do so.
Karran Harper Royal works as an education advocate in New Orleans as the Assistant Director of Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center. She conducts workshops and supports parents of children with disabilities.
As president of the National Urban League since 2003, Marc H. Morial has been the primary catalyst for an era of change – a transformation for the century-old civil rights organization.
Honorable William A. Bell, Sr. is the 33rd Mayor of the City of Birmingham, Alabama. Mayor Bell was previously a Jefferson County Commissioner and a City Councilman for District 5, where he was elected as the first African-American President of the Birmingham City Council.
Michele Clark Jenkins, co-founder of Sisters in Faith, is the Senior Director of the Public Policy Consulting Group for Griffin & Strong, P.C. and also specializes in entertainment contracts and business development.
Monique Greenwood, owner and CEO of Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns, a collection of upscale B&Bs in Brooklyn, NY, Washington, DC, Cape May, NJ, and now a boutique resort and spa in Pennsylvania’s mountains, is passionate about economically empowering our communities.
Myrlie Evers-Williams has long been a pioneer in the struggles for racial justice and women's equality.
Shameeka Ayers birthed her alter ego, blog and brand, The Broke Socialite™, in 2006. She successfully leveraged social media and the relationships therewithin to produce a roving series of highly curated dessert festivals (Sugar Coma Events™).
Shirley Sherrod is a lifelong community activist and advocate for economic and social improvement for Southwest Georgia. A recipient of a three-year Kellogg Foundation Fellowship, she holds a BA in Sociology and a Master's in Community Development.
Stephanie Perry Moore is the co-founder of Sisters in Faith and the General Editor for several Bible products, including the Women of Color Devotional Bible and Real Biblezine.
Tamika D. Mallory is the National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN), one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations founded by renowned preacher and social justice leader Reverend Al Sharpton. Just 33 years old, Ms.