Audra Bohannon is a Senior Client Partner for Korn Ferry Hay Group based in the firm’s Boston office.
For over 30 years, Ms. Bohannon has delivered strategic leadership and business consultation solutions that have helped move people and organizations toward their desired performance results. In her current position, Ms. Bohannon brings keen analysis and outcome-driven expertise on issues related to optimizing the contribution of a global workforce and advancing women worldwide. Her portfolio of client organizations served includes a broad range of U.S. and global industries and businesses. Ms. Bohannon’s consulting, facilitation, and executive coaching services have spanned corporate structure, from C-level executives to entry-level individual contributors.
Ursula M. Burns is Chairman and CEO of Xerox, the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. Under Ursula’s leadership, the company’s presence dramatically increased in the $500 billion business services market. Moreover, the company’s reach extended into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing. In addition to the Xerox board, Ursula is a board director of the American Express Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation. Ursula also provides leadership counsel to community, educational, and non-profit organizations including FIRST - (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, among others. She is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In celebrating her 50th season as a solo artist and one of the most recognized names and voices, the Reigning Queen of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar stands tall, committed to her journey as a humanitarian, entrepreneur and gospel singer. Armed with an arsenal of over 40 recorded albums, 11 GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Dove Awards, an induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree for the class of 2016, Pastor Shirley is, “in my lane and enjoying the results of the labor.” With her latest Light Records/Entertainment One release FILL THIS HOUSE, Pastor Shirley remains “grateful for the music, the songwriters, the songs, and to be a gospel singer. I am thankful to sing for the Lord.” Executive produced by Caesar, Stanley Brown and Phil Thornton, Caesar’s rich powerhouse voice fills the album’s 11 tracks, inspiring spiritual rejuvenation and strength to persevere through tough times.
Veronica Chambers is a prolific writer and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Mama’s Girl. A contributor to several anthologies, including the bestselling Bitch in the House, she’s been a senior editor at the New York Times Magazine, Glamour, and Newsweek. She is currently a JSK Knight Fellow at Stanford.
Caroline Clarke is an award-winning journalist whose experience spans print, digital and television outlets. In her 19 years at Black Enterprise, she has served in a number of key roles including senior editor and editor-at-large, Black Enterprise magazine; editorial director, Black Enterprise Books; and general manager, Interactive Media, where she helped to run blackenterprise.com as well as launch other digital platforms for Black Enterprise content delivery, including an emerging mobile platform. In addition, as editorial director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, she determined the editorial direction and theme of the nation’s largest annual conference targeting African American women executives.
Becky A. Davis
Chief BOSSpreneur Becky A. Davis is known as the “Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon" for her straightforward coaching skills that develop individuals into well-rounded business owners. As a member of the prestigious Forbes Magazine Coaches Council, official private coach for the ultra-exclusive Odyssey Media Company, and national entrepreneur spokesperson for Coca-Cola, Becky is one of the most in-demand experts for small businesses.
It isn't her education or impressive resume that makes Becky stand out. It's that in Becky's 20+ years of coaching and speaking, her real-life, in-the-trenches experience gives her a radically different view on nearly everything. Becky realizes that every business has a unique code that unlocks a flow of clients and cash. Mentally, Becky never removes herself too far from remembering the days when she experienced the trials and tribulations of fighting to get clients and make profits to stay in business. As a speaker, Becky is known for her practical, street-savvy style; Becky’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect with her audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.
Morgan DeBaun started her career in Silicon Valley and is the CEO of Blavity. She is a serial entrepreneur passionate about building technology at the intersection of creativity and culture. Since founding Blavity, Morgan has been quoted in nationwide outlets like Forbes, NPR, TechCrunch and Huffington Post as a voice of her generation.
As Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, Launch Team member to Lean In and former President of The White House Project, Tiffany Dufu is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women. Having raised nearly $20 million toward the cause of women and girls, Tiffany was named as one of 10 “Women to Watch” by Mattel and 19 "women who are leading the way" in the Huffington Post amongst luminaries such as Hillary Clinton and Diane Sawyer. In addition she was included in Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, and on NPR and Bloomberg. Tiffany is a widely sought after speaker and has presented at Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, TEDWomen and MAKERS.
Debbie Dyson leads ADP’s enterprise-wide client experience, business process innovation (BPI), global shoring, learning and performance, change communication and management. She provides governance, tools and best practices to help leverage innovation across ADP and create a sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Debbie began her ADP career in 1988 as an account manager, serving clients with more than 1,000 employees. She has since held roles of increasing responsibility in client relations, operational support and general management. Debbie served as Division Vice President and General Manager of the mid-market (50-1,000 employees) Service Center for ADP’s Northwest and South regions. She led those teams to accelerated revenue growth with above-plan performance while maintaining high levels of client retention and engagement.
Matrice Ellis-Kirk is a senior member of the firm’s Board Recruiting Practice and head of the firm’s Dallas office. Having a passion for topics related to corporate governance, her current search work focuses on the boardroom.
Matrice is active within the business and civic communities, serving on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority, and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She has served on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Visitors, as a non-executive director of public company boards, and also as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council.
Donna Fielding leads Human Resources for the Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) division of ADP.
As Division Vice President, Donna manages the largest human capital portfolio at ADP. Together, these 20,000 ADP employees serve some of the world’s largest companies as members of National Account Services, Benefits, Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Multinational Companies and Employer Services International.
Michelle Fisher is founder/CEO of Blaze Mobile. She is the company's key innovator, responsible for setting strategic direction and overseeing the company's rapid growth and leadership in mobile payments and health care. Michelle is the author of over 100 granted and pending patents that covers the gamut from NFC mobile payments, mobile app purchases, and location based mobile advertising, mobile health care, and more written over a decade ago before the App store existed.
Ashley M. Fox is a former Wall Street analyst, a Howard University grad, and she is now an expert in her field as a Financial Education Specialist. She is the founder of Empify (merging of the words EMPower and modIFY), an education- based organization created to help both adults and children understand financial literacy. Empify focuses on the creation of life-altering curricula, informative digital content and interactive events curated to teach all aspects of financial education. Empify’s financial literacy programs have helped educate thousands of people across the country.
Ann M. Fudge
Ann Fudge is the Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of pre-eminent companies across the full range of marketing communications. Young & Rubicam Brands companies include Y&R (advertising), Burson-Marsteller (public relations/public affairs), Wunderman (direct and database marketing), Landor Associates (brand consulting and creative design), Sudler & Hennessey (strategic healthcare communications) and Cohn & Wolfe (public relations) among others.
Marcia Ann Gillespie
A trailblazer in the magazine industry and a leader in the women’s movement, Marcia Ann Gillespie is a respected and award-winning activist, editor, educator and writer.
She is a former editor-in-chief of two groundbreaking magazines, Essence (1971-1980) and Ms. (1993-2001), and was also the President of Liberty Media for Women, the company she co-founded with Gloria Steinem that took ownership of Ms. in 1998. Gillespie is a visiting professor at SUNY Old Westbury College. She joined the faculty in the American Studies department in 2010 and currently teaches writing for media and a special course on African Americans and the Mass Media.
Cheryl Grace is Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen, the global company that measures what consumers watch and what consumers buy. She is a highly accomplished thought leader and the visionary behind Nielsen’s African-American Consumer Report. This award-winning report led to the company’s historic creation of Nielsen’s Diversity Insights Series. Each report focuses on the rapidly growing Hispanic, African-American or Asian consumer base. Known for her engaging and refreshing perspective about why we buy what we buy Cheryl is a much sought after speaker.
As the executive managing editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE, Alisa Gumbs plays a critical role in the planning and execution of content across the company’s print, digital, and events platforms. In addition to developing content strategy and managing section editors, she is responsible for the timely production of each issue, including editing articles; determining editorial schedules; and coordinating the production, art, and copy departments. She currently serves as the magazine’s lifestyle editor and also contributes to the agendas for the Women of Power and Entrepreneurs Summits.
Maya Harris Esq.
An accomplished attorney, public policy advocate, and philanthropic leader, Maya Harris is an innovative voice in global efforts to expand equal opportunity, strengthen democracy and protect civil and human rights. Most recently, Harris served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she played a leading role in shaping Clinton’s domestic policy agenda.
Before joining the Clinton campaign, Harris was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, focused on promoting policies that strengthen the U.S. economy and democracy through greater inclusion of women and people of color. While there, she authored Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate, documenting the current and increasingly future prominence of women of color in influencing political outcomes.
Results-oriented, with over 15 years of experience in social media, digital/integrated marketing, product management and business development for both U.S. and International environments, Joy works as part of Corporate Communication to bring the passion, innovation, and story of AT&T to life.
Joy serves as Chief Storyteller, leads the Social Media Center of Excellence for overall processes/best practices and orchestrates all branded digital and social media efforts for AT&T’s entertainment, mobility, business solutions, and innovation business units. She also merged DIRECTV/AT&T’s social ecosystems and re-architected a new Fortune 10 environment.
Vania, with over 32 years of experience in the financial industry, joined Merrill Lynch in 1988. She held various positions in Global Wealth Management prior to ascending to her current role as Senior Resident Director. She is a dedicated financial services professional who has spent more than two decades as a Compliance and Business Manager prior to becoming the Senior Resident Director leading Merrill Lynch's office in Aventura, Florida in 2006. In her position, Vania leads a team of Domestic and International Financial Advisors responsible for over $3.5Billion of clients assets under management.
Elisa Leary is currently Vice President - Human Resources at Macy's Inc. She brings more than 24 years of Human Resource Management experience to the organization. Elisa is responsible for leading the Macy’s Merchandising, Strategy Analytics and Innovation teams in organizational strategy, employee relations, succession planning and organizational management.
Elisa’s prior experience spans retail as well as Consumer Products. In her prior role as Senior Business Partner Global Human Resources for Avon, Elisa was responsible for supporting the Asian, European and Latin American Markets. In this role Elisa used her wide knowledge of Human Resource competencies, to drive Strategy, talent and succession for Avon.
Richelle Parham is a seasoned senior-level executive, who possess more than 20 years of global strategy and marketing experience for prolific corporations such as eBay, Visa, Digitas and Citibank. She has a proven track record of leading high-performing business and marketing teams, utilizing strategic and analytical decision-making expertise to successfully drive key business performance. In 2016, Ms. Parham joined Camden Partners, a leading private equity firm, as a General Partner. Her focus is investing in growth stage global consumer companies.
Whether she is bringing laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moving theatre-goers to tears, thrilling movie fans, offering new insights to students by teaching Master Classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, serving on Boards of prestigious organizations, or breaking new ground as a director, Phylicia Rashad is one of the entertainment world's most extraordinary performing artists.
A native of Houston, Texas, Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University.
Dr. Ashleigh Rosette
Dr. Ashleigh Shelby Rosette is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and a Center of Leadership and Ethics scholar at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences and a member of the Duke Corporate Education Global Learning Resource Network.
Bozoma Saint John
Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trail blazing marketing and advertising executive. With more than 15 years of experience that spans multiple industries including consumer packaged goods, digital music/entertainment, fashion, automotive and sports, Boz is uniquely qualified for her current role as the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes.
Boz and her incredible team of marketing and digital experts are responsible for concepting and implementing strategic campaigns geared towards growing consumer brand recognition, loyalty and equity around the world. For iTunes, Boz oversees initiatives for all verticals including film, video, books and various other forms of entertainment content. Additionally, Boz’s years of expertise in joining the world’s best creators with the world’s biggest brands makes her uniquely qualified to help bring Apple’s entertainment platforms to consumers globally in a meaningful, impactful and memorable way.
Jai Stone is an award-winning brand strategist and social media superhero with over 60k online followers. Her client list corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, NASCAR and Turner Broadcasting System as well as a number of high-profile entrepreneurs.
Ms. Stone is a highly requested saucy speaker, courageous content creator and two-time best-selling author. Her thought-provoking content and stories have been featured with Forbes, BET, Huffington Post, ESPN, Black Enterprise and Essence Magazine.
Dr. Janet Taylor
Dr. Janet Taylor is a Community Psychiatrist in New York City. She is currently a psychiatrist with CASES, Inc. working with individuals who are criminal justice involved and have mental illness. The practice of Community Mental Health is extremely rewarding to Dr. Taylor, because "being on the frontline with individuals and their families battling the emotional and economic impact of Mental Illness is where I can make a difference."
She attended the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky for Undergraduate and Medical School. An internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital-Brown University followed. Her psychiatric residency was completed at New York Medical College - Westchester Medical Center. She received a Master’s of Public Health in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the 2008 Woman in Medicine Award (National Medical Association- Council of Women’s Concerns).
Jacquette M. Timmons
Jacquette M. Timmons has been leading thought-provoking conversations about money, choices, relationships, and life for twenty-three years. An investment expert and financial coach, she is the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. Timmons conducts personal finance and stock market investing workshops and is a sought-after speaker on the intersection of money and life. Her media appearances include Bloomberg Radio, BET Tonight's Nightly News, WNBC's Today in New York, and Fox TV's Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and magazines such as Real Simple, Black Enterprise, and Heart and Soul. Timmons holds an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University's Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a Woodhull Fellow.
Bernard J. Tyson
Bernard J. Tyson is the Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals — known as Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading integrated health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. With annual operating revenue of more than $60 billion, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.
Elaine Welteroth is the Editor of Teen Vogue. Appointed in May 2016, Elaine oversees and manages the editorial direction of the magazine. She is largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue's coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news.
Elaine edited September 2016’s For Girls By Girls issue, which was shot entirely by female photographers, and set the tone for the brand's increased emphasis on diversity, female empowerment, and cross-generational conversations. Elaine joined Teen Vogue in 2012 as the first African-American ever to hold the post of Beauty & Health Director at the publication, where, in addition to her beauty coverage, she continuously raised awareness of current events and social issues dedicated to empowering teens through print and online features. Prior to Teen Vogue, Elaine was the Senior Beauty Editor at Glamour and a Beauty and Style Editor at Ebony magazine, where she started her editorial career. Elaine is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and resides in Brooklyn. She has over 87,000 followers on social media across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
About this conference
One of the essential strategies for reaching the next level is to leverage the power of our networks while embracing the secret power of sisterhood. Now is the time for us to come together with the women in our lives who inspire us to be our best selves. Grab your circle of sisters and meet Black Enterprise, March 9-12, at the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.
If you're at all familiar with the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit you know this is the premier event for powerful executives, decision-makers, influencers, and leaders to gather for three days of networking, uplifting, supporting, sharing, developing and bonding.
This year will be no different. This year we will leverage the secret power of sisterhood as we host conversations and workshops geared toward embracing our networks as a means to build the careers and lives we aspire for.
Thus far, we have confirmed true women of power who will be in attendance including founder and president of ColorComm, Lauren Wesley Wilson; president and COO of Function(x) Inc. Birame Sock; managing director, RSR Partners, Matrice Ellis-Kirk; former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, Ann Fudge; founder and CEO, Blaze Mobile, Michelle Fisher; and Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp., Ursula Burns, who will be honored as a legacy award recipient.
You will leave the 2017 Women of Power Summit with the critical tools you need to strengthen your finances, build your brand, manage transitions, take risks, connect, and win.
About Black Enterprise
BLACK ENTERPRISE is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BLACK ENTERPRISE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers.