This year, ESSENCE Festival is proud to bring you face to face with some of the many influencers in our communities who are leading the charge for change on every level.

ESSENCE Festival 2017 ticket packages are on sale now! For more info about tickets, accommodations and the latest news, visit our Festival page here

Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience Stage will serve as the intersection of passion and purpose, bridging the gap between this generation’s most prominent voices in leadership. These trailblazers and icons will be on hand to facilitate conversations that will put the intersectional voices of Black women at the forefront. Scroll through to get a first look at our ESSENCE Festival Empowerment Experience speakers