SOURCE: Black Enterprise


February 10, 2010 14:29 ET

BLACK ENTERPRISE Kicks Off Its Fifth Annual Women of Power Summit Hosted by State Farm®

More Than 500 Women Executives of Color Come Together to Map Out Their 5 Paths to Power: Envision, Prepare, Connect, Persist, and Commit

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 10, 2010) - BLACK ENTERPRISE will kick off its fifth annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® ( on Feb. 10, 2010 at the La Quinta Resort & Club near Palm Springs, California. The sold-out, four-day leadership conference will examine the distinctive challenges that minority women face in corporate America and offer business success strategies that focus on workplace politics, emerging business trends, management techniques, and workforce diversity.

This year's featured keynote speaker will be Hon. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has held senior leadership positions in government, industry, research, and academe. A theoretical physicist, she was chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995-1999). President Obama appointed her to serve on his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The focus of her research and policy include energy security and the national capacity for innovation, including addressing the "quiet crisis" of looming gaps in the science, technology, and engineering workforce, and reduced support for basic research. She is a vice chairman of the Council on Competitiveness and co-chairs its Energy Security, Innovation and Sustainability initiative.

"Since its inception, the Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® has provided African American women executives with access to industry leaders, expert advice, and valuable networking opportunities," says Grace Castro, vice president, BLACK ENTERPRISE Multimedia Sales & Events. "BLACK ENTERPRISE is honored to welcome Ms. Jackson and all of our VIP guests as they share their success stories and enable women of color to power forward in their professional and personal pursuits."

The 2010 Summit will feature an outstanding roster of speakers and session leaders, including Marilyn Johnson, vice president, Market Development, IBM; Pamela Mitchell, founder & CEO, The Reinvention Institute; Susan Taylor, founder, National Cares Mentoring Movement, and many more inspiring women.

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The 2010 Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® is presented by ExxonMobil, Frito-Lay, QTG, Pepsi, and FedEx. Platinum sponsors include Abbott Vascular, Buick, Continental Airlines, EMC, Intel, Macy's, Microsoft, and Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Corporate partners include Fox Searchlight, Herbalife, and United Healthcare

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate source for wealth creation, 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. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 3.9 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BLACK ENTERPRISE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

State Farm® insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 68,000 employees serve more than 74 million auto, fire, life, and health policies in the U.S. and Canada, and more than 1.8 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 22 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or, in Canada,

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