The 2020 ESSENCE Entrepreneur Summit is officially streaming!

Head over to ESSENCE Studios or now to tune in and get front-row virtual access to hear the some of best in the business share tips, strategies, advice and other tools you can use to carry your business to higher heights in the new year!

Keep scrolling to get a glimpse of the full event schedule and learn a little about the insightful conversations you’ll hear. For more information and to see a full listing of all of the many Black-owned businesses represented during the program, click HERE.

Panel: Show Me The Money
Business pioneers share their experiences and advice on securing venture capital funding to grow to the next level.
Panelists: Kimberly Bryant, Ashlee Ammons, Kerry Schrader, Pinky Cole
Moderator: Yvonne McNair

Panel: Perfecting Your Pitch presented by Aveeno
Do you have an idea, a product or a vision that could use a boost to bring your entrepreneurial dreams to life? AVEENO® and Essence are teaming up with skin health and beauty industry experts to share best practices on how to present yourself and perfect your pitch to spark interest in you and your business.
Panelists: Alfred Edmond Jr., Abena Boamah, Tonya Thompson, Sharie Wilson
Moderator: Cameka Smith

Panel: Hustle & Hollywood – Finding Success As A Celebrity Entrepreneur
Successful celebrity entrepreneurs share their journeys of following their entrepreneurial dreams despite demanding schedules, busy family lives, and the constant watch of the ever-critical public eye.
Panelists: Draya Michele, Karamo, Gizelle Bryant and
Moderator: Caroline Wanga

Panel: The Power of Capital – Start, Run, Grow sponsored by Chase
Hear from JPMC experts on the power of capital through your business lifecycle, including thinking strategically about cash flow, credit options, SBA/business business banking loans, and more!
Panelists: Racquel Odn, Leyonna Barba, Lavonda Davis, Renae Bluitt
Moderator: Tosh Ernest

Panel: Next Generation Boss
A roundtable of young inspiring Black business owners under the age of 18 chat about the evolution of entrepreneurship in a new era of possibilities from the perspective of the next generation of leaders.
Panelists: Taylor Roberts, Jett Montgomery, Kheris Rogers, Moziah Bridges
Moderator: Gia Peppers

Panel: Transform to Thrive in a Digital World presented by Microsoft
2020 has companies reimagining ways to stay on the leading edge to thrive in the digital world. Whether it’s learning new skills, partnering for success, or digitizing marketing, this panel will share how to use technology to elevate your business.
Panelists: Amie Seisay, Sandee Kastrul, Samantha Thompson
Moderator: Tina Eskridge

Panel: Power Moves with Power Players
Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe and Ricky Bell of the award-winning Hip Hop and R&B group Bel Biv DeVoe join media maven Michele Thorton Ghee and PepsiCo Beverages CMO Chauncey Hamlett for a reflective conversation about how they’ve also found lucrative success as thriving entrepreneurs in and outside of the entertainment industry.
Panelists: Michael Bivins, Ronni DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Chauncey Hamlett
Moderator: Michele Thornton Ghee


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