ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience Panels – Saturday, July 6
Gus Bennett

The ESSENCE Empowerment Experience: Solutions and Success Secrets for Fearless Black Women

**All events are free to attendees, and no registration is required.**

**Appearances/schedule are subject to change.**


Reducing Violence and Murder in America, 11:10 – 11:40 AM
Join our fight to help end gun violence across the country.
Speaker: Mayor Cory Booker, Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, Mayor Kasim Reed, Mayor William A. Bell
Moderated by Alex Wagner

Jobs in America,
11:50 AM – 12:05 PM
Find out how the president of the National Urban League is working to rebuild jobs across the country.
Speaker: Marc Morial

Supersize Your Dream: Reinvent Your Life & Your Business, 12:20 – 1:05 PM
Become motivated to take your business to the next level.
Speaker: Shameeka Ayers, Michele Clark Jenkins, Monique Greenwood, Stephanie Perry Moore, Issa Rae

Keynote: Reverend Al Sharpton, 1:20 – 1:40 PM

Where Smart Starts, 1:45 – 2:25 PM
Hear from top education experts on what it takes for children to excel in school.
Speakers: Karran Harper Royal, Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Thelma Baxter, Dr. Michael Lomax
Moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry

10 Ways to Fix Your Life & Get Happy, 2:30 PM – 2:55 PM
Pinpoint easy ways to reduce stress and find more lasting joy.
Speaker: Iyanla Vanzant

Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, 3:15 – 4:00 PM
In celebration of the Civil Rights Movement’s 50th anniversary, icons of the era will take part in an intimate discussion about their journeys and the current state of civil rights.
Speakers: Congressman John Lewis, Shirley Sherrod, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Myrlie Evers Williams
Moderated by Reverend Al Sharpton

Black Women’s Agenda 2013: Moving Forward
, 4:05 – 5:05 PM
What is your agenda? Our panel of experts will discuss trending topics that affect our lives, careers, families and communities.
Speakers: C. Nicole Mason, Karen Carter Peterson, Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Moderated by Alex Wagner