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.

SATURDAY, JULY 5

Empowerment

This event is free
Saturday 4:30PM
Empowerment

ESSENCE “Intimacy Intervention” columnist Abiola Abrams gives heartfelt advice on love, sex, and self-esteem. The author of “The Official Bombshell Handbook of Self-Love,” viewers have followed the Love-Body-Spirit Coach, writer and TV personality on networks from MTV to the CW. Find the Bombshell Whisper’s award-winning advice, online classes and web series at AbiolaTV.com where she’s ready to help you live your most passionate life!

This event is free
Saturday 3:50P.M.
Empowerment

Beverly Bond is a dynamo in true form having blazed trails in the music, entertainment and social entrepreneurship industries. In 2006, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! a global movement designed to empower, educate, and inspire women and girls. Bond is also the creator of the two-time NAACP award winning BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards on BET. Bond’s outstanding work continues to make her one of the most celebrated DJs, producers and social innovators of our time.

This event is free
Saturday 11:00AM
Empowerment

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Carolyn picked up most of her culinary skills from her mother, Angelina Zeno and grandmothers, all of whom were Creoles (French speaking African-Americans). She has a passion for cooking and sharing healthy ways to modify "Traditional Creole & Cajun Dishes.” Over the years Chef Carolyn has owned Creole restaurants in Atlanta and Houston.  She is also a manners and etiquette consultant for at risk youth, in association with Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant of New Orleans. Carolyn is most recognized locally for her cooking demonstrations on KLFY-TV10’s show, “Passe Partout.” She is also a Demonstrator for a series of cooking shows on EHOW and she has a cooking DVD on How to make Gumbo as well.  In addition, Chef Carolyn is co-author of  "34 Ways To Be A Lady And A Gentleman" an etiquette book which focuses on self-respect, motivation, and manners.

This event is free
Saturday 12:05PM
Empowerment

Congresswoman Maxine Waters was elected in November 2012 to her twelfth term in the House of Representatives, representing California's 43rd Congressional District. She serves as the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee. An integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters also serves as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Congressional Black Caucus. Before her election to Congress, Rep. Waters served 14 years in the California State Assembly.

This event is free
Saturday 3:50PM
Empowerment

David Johns is executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Prior to joining the Department, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin. Before working for the Senate HELP committee under Chairman Harkin. Johns served under the leadership of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Johns also was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

This event is free
Saturday 9:00AM
Empowerment

Sophistication meets Crunk! That best describes DJ Bambam Belonge, New Orleans native and veteran of its radio and entertainment scene. This energetic and sharply dressed DJ is one of the hottest and best mixers in the Crescent City, rocking crowds at many of the most prominent venues and events for years! Bambam's career includes 14 years at the historic 98.5 WYLD where his smooth, distinctive voice and warm personality made him a New Orleans’ favorite.

This event is free
Saturday 12:20PM
Empowerment

Dr. Steve Perry is the Founder and Principal of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.  His school has been recognized by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools. Dr. Perry is also the author of "Push Has Come to Shove" and the bestselling book "Man Up!"  Dr. Perry is a CNN and MSNBC contributor and a sought-after speaker. He is also the host of TV One television show “Save my Son”.

This event is free
Saturday 3:30PM
Empowerment

Dr. Wanda E. Ward is Head of the National Science Foundation’s Office of International and Integrative Activities.  She has served on the U.S. President's National Science and Technology Council subcommittees in the social and behavioral sciences and science education. She was elected a member of the International Social Science Executive Committee (2013-2016).  Ward took the BA in psychology from Princeton University and the PhD in psychology from Stanford University. She has received numerous awards including the 2006 Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences Richard T. Louttit Award and the 2006 U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive.

This event is free
Saturday 05:10PM
Empowerment

Iyanla Vanzant, host of Iyanla: Fix My Life on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the acclaimed spiritual life coach, Emmy Award winner and New York Times best-selling author whose focus on faith, empowerment and relationships has inspired audiences around the world. The author of 16 books, including her latest—Forgiveness, 21 days to forgive everyone for everything. With Iyanla's no-nonsense approach and underlying message of “live better by loving yourself,” she has ignited the universal spark of self-discovery.

This event is free
Saturday 12:20PM
Empowerment

John Hope Bryant is the author of the #1 book on Poverty in the world today, "How the Poor Can Save Capitalism." He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE. Bryant is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Youth and one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication and financial empowerment.  He has received more than 500 awards and citations for his advocacy work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.

This event is free
Saturday 11:15AM
Empowerment

Joy Reid is host of “The Reid Report” weekdays at 2 p.m. et on MSNBC. Previously, Reid was the Managing Editor of theGrio.com and the editor of the political blog The Reid Report.  In 2004, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for 527 "America Coming Together" and was a press aide for President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008.  Reid is a Harvard University graduate and a Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow.

This event is free
Saturday 12:20PM
Empowerment

Karen Carter Peterson represents New Orleans and parts of Jefferson Parish in the Louisiana State Senate. She is immediate past Chair of the Louisiana Women’s Caucus and the current chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children. She also serves on the Senate Judiciary B, Insurance and Municipal Committees. In 2012, she won the Chair position of the Louisiana Democratic Party, the first woman in Louisiana history to do so. In 2013, Peterson was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the DNC Credentials Committee. She was also elected to serve as Vice-President of the Association of Democratic Party Chairs. She work in private legal practice as Counsel with Dentons, LLC.

This event is free
Saturday 3:50PM
Empowerment

Kimberly Worthy is an educator, curriculum developer, and a tireless advocate for educational excellence in urban schools. She has taught for 14 years, most recently at the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics & Science in Washington, D.C., where she developed STEM curriculum in her Social Science and ELA classroom. Kimberly was honored with the “2009 District of Columbia State Teacher of the Year” award, and currently serves as Special Assistant for Howard University’s Office of Undergraduate Studies.

This event is free
Saturday 3:50PM
Empowerment

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization introducing girls of color ages 7-17 to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Under Bryant’s leadership, Black Girls CODE has grown from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international non-profit organization in seven U.S. cities and Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE is now serving over 2000 African/African-American, Latina, and Native American girls.

This event is free
Saturday 1:10PM
Empowerment

Lisa Nichols is CEO of Motivating the Masses, one of the top training and development companies in the world, a best-selling author of 6 books and one of the most sought-after transformational speakers whose global platform has reached and served millions. Ms. Nichols' extraordinary story of transforming her own life from a struggling single mom on public assistance from South Central Los Angeles to now Millionaire Entrepreneur is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Using her signature No Matter What! system (and based on her New York Times Bestseller by the same name), Lisa teaches people how to master accomplishing unfathomable goals and to tap their limitless potential.

This event is free
Saturday 11:05AM
Empowerment

Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne heads the Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. He previously served as Secretary of State and spent 15 years in the State Senate.  He introduced the Pick Your Passion brand for Louisiana tourism which has enjoyed back-to-back record-setting years. He conducts many special presentations about Louisiana including “Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi”, a lively and colorful look at Louisiana’s culture, history, music, literature and politics.  

This event is free
Saturday 3:15PM
Empowerment

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. His energetic and skilled leadership has expanded the League’s work around an Empowerment agenda, which is redefining civil rights in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between Whites and Blacks as well as rich and poor Americans.(Also see Marc Morial during the National Urban League segment on Friday, July 4 at 11:PM)

This event is free
Saturday 11:15AM
Empowerment

Aja Brown is the youngest Mayor elected in the City of Compton, holding over 10 years experience in development and government.  Mayor Brown is a proven strategic visionary, concentrated on quality of life and policy reform. Holding a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, the USC Alumna is focused on progress and community empowerment, utilizing the “New Vision for Compton” as the vehicle that will rebrand and reestablish the City of Compton as a thriving community.

This event is free
Saturday 11:15AM
Empowerment

Kasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, taking office for a second term on January 6, 2014. Elected with a clear mandate for fiscal reform, Mayor Reed has increased core city services and reduced the City’s spending during a historic recession. Mayor Reed is also Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

This event is free
Saturday 11:15AM
Empowerment

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the 49th Mayor of Baltimore and the only black female serving as mayor among the country’s 100 largest cities. She has focused her administration on growing Baltimore’s population by 10,000 families over the next decade. In 2013, she presented, Change to Grow: A Ten-Year Financial Plan, the City’s first long-range financial plan. Rawlings-Blake is secretary of the Democratic National Committee and Second Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

This event is free
Saturday 4:45PM
Empowerment

Rev. Al Sharpton is the founder and President of the National Action Network (NAN), a not-for-profit civil rights organization headquartered in Harlem, New York, with over sixty chapters nationwide including a Washington, DC Bureau and regional offices from coast to coast.  Rev. Al Sharpton is currently the host of a daily television show on MSNBC that analyzes the top political and social news and features the country's leading newsmakers.  "PoliticsNation” with Rev. Al Sharpton airs at 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.(Also see Rev. Al Sharpton moderate the '"What's At Stake II" Panel Saturday, July 5 at 12:20P.M.)

This event is free
Saturday 12:20PM
Empowerment

Roland Martin currently serves as TV One’s political editor, senior analyst of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and host of News One Now on TV One. Martin is an acclaimed journalist winning more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including becoming NABJ's 2013 Journalist of the Year, the organizations most coveted honor; a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors and the National Association of Minorities in Cable among many others.

This event is free
Saturday 1:30PM
Empowerment

Sarah Jakes oversees the women's ministry at The Potter's House of Dallas, the church led by her parents, Bishop T.D. and Mrs. Serita Jakes. She pens a blog at sarahjakes.com and serves as a television host on The Potter's Touch. Sarah is an author and will release her first book, "Lost and Found" on April 1, 2014. Sarah is a highly sought after motivational speaker and mother of two. Learn more at sarahjakes.com.

This event is free
Saturday 2:25M
Empowerment

Sharon Boone believes every woman deserves the best of everything. As Senior Health & Relationships Editor, she shares information on health and wellness, and spearheads coverage on food and drinks. Sharon is the creator of TheLUSHiouslife.com, a site dedicated to cocktails, spirits and living the good life. In 2014, Planned Parenthood named her one of their 98 Dreamkeepers for her work in encouraging women to take control of their health.

This event is free
Saturday 12:10PM
Empowerment

Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight. In addition to being a co-host on the "The View,” Sherri is also an accomplished comedienne, film and television actress. Sherri authored the New York Times Bestselling PLAN D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes Even If You Don’t Have Itand created a high fashion wig collection, “Luxhair Now by Sherri Shepherd™.

This event is free
Saturday 3:20PM
Empowerment

Motivated by her parents and Chef Duane Nutter, Tiffanie Barriere’ has the pleasure of serving cocktails in the busiest airport in the world One Flew South Resturant and Sushi Bar. Originality from Houston, Texas and parents from Louisiana, Tiffanie has taken Bartending serious in Atlanta. Tiffanies passion for cocktails, beer and wine along with southern hospitality have soared into glasses all over the south. According to Forbes, GQ, Esquire, NY Times, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution she takes her hospitality and craft to the heart. Tiffanie enjoys adding creativity derived from day to day energy, the equinox, and her creole roots. Fun, savory, bold and colorful represent her up bringing along with her service on the bar. The Drinking Coach is her city name for more than a few reasons, however leading by example with a great word of advice or hug before you leave her is a typical experience. 

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