SOURCE: Black Enterprise

January 10, 2007 10:30 ET

BLACK ENTERPRISE Announces 2007 Women of Power Legacy Award Winners

Annual Award Recognizes High-Achieving Women of Color From Diverse Career Paths

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 10, 2007 -- Four African American women trailblazers will be honored by Black Enterprise during the Women of Power Legacy Awards on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. The award ceremony will kick off the company's 2nd annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, a four-day leadership conference designed especially for women of color. The Summit will take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, through Saturday, February 10. Black Enterprise board member and former general manager Barbara Graves will host the awards dinner, which is sponsored by Pepsi, and CNN correspondent Valerie Morris will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

The recipients of the 2007 Women of Power Legacy Award are Suzanne de Passe, chairman & CEO, de Passe Entertainment; Judith Jamison, artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ruth Simmons, president, Brown University; and Faye Wattleton, president, Center for the Advancement of Women.

de Passe is an Emmy Award- and NAACP Image Award-winning television, film, and record label executive with more than 30 years in the entertainment industry. Jamison, a renowned dancer, choreographer, author, and arts advocate, continues to spearhead initiatives that bring dance into the community and introduce children to the arts. Simmons became the 18th president of Brown University in 2001 and the first black woman to lead an Ivy League institution. Wattleton is a noted spokesperson on reproductive rights and family planning policy, and was the first African American and youngest president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America during her tenure from 1978-1992.

"The Women of Power Legacy Award honors women whose accomplishments have helped redefine the standards of success for women of color in the workforce today," says Allison Jones Maitlandt, vice president of marketing and events for Black Enterprise. "We're excited to celebrate this year's award winners and hope their achievements will continue to inspire future African American women leaders."

Black Enterprise created the Women of Power Legacy Award in 2006 to recognize women whose power, influence, and achievements have left a legacy of success for women of color in every career field. Inaugural honorees included Ernesta Procope, president of E.G. Bowman Co., the first major black-owned business on Wall Street; Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an eight-term U.S. Representative whose public service career spans nearly three decades; Johnnetta Cole, president of Bennett College for Women and a career educator and administrator who, in 1987, became the first African American woman to serve as president of Spelman College; and Joyce Roché, president & CEO of Girls Incorporated. Roché draws on 25 years of experience in corporate America to help instill confidence and leadership skills in girls and young women.

For more information on the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, visit or call 800-209-7229.

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