SOURCE: Black Enterprise

December 18, 2006 09:10 ET

Black Enterprise Presents Second Annual Women of Power Summit Hosted by State Farm®

More Than 600 Women Executives of Color to Convene, Network, and Build Business Strategies at Career Development Conference

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 18, 2006 -- Executive women of color around the country seeking to build relationships with peers and find solutions to the unique challenges they face in the workplace will gather Feb. 7-10, 2007 for the second annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®. The four-day leadership conference designed to empower professional and entrepreneurial women will be held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2007 Summit features a notable roster of keynote speakers and session leaders. Dr. Robin L. Smith, psychologist; author; and frequent contributor to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will kick off the Summit on Thursday, February 8 with a keynote address titled "Designing Your Best Life." Adrian Bracy, VP of finance for the St. Louis Rams; Paula Madison, KNBC president and GM, NBC/Telemundo Los Angeles Regional GM, NBC Universal EVP for Diversity; and Gwendolyn Sykes, CFO of NASA, will headline the new session "Game On! Knowing the Rules of the Corporate Game & Playing to Win!" Adriane Brown, president and CEO of transportation systems for Honeywell; Vicki Fuller, SVP and director of Alliance Capital Management; and Mary Winston, EVP and CFO of Scholastic Corp., will conduct the executive leadership workshop "How to Be a Power Player: Uncovering your Roadmap to the C-Suite."

"Black Enterprise and its properties in print, TV, radio, on the Internet, in digital media, and its lifestyle events are a tremendous resource to our subscribers, viewers, and listeners," says Allison Jones Maitlandt, Senior Director of Black Enterprise Events. "The Women of Power Summit provides an invaluable opportunity for our corporate partners to connect with African American women executives."

Pam El, Vice President, Marketing, State Farm®, says, "We are proud to again be the presenting sponsor of this prestigious event. As a leading provider of insurance and financial services, we are pleased to provide smart and savvy women this unique opportunity to take charge of their professional and financial futures."

Additional speakers at the 2007 Women of Power Summit include Kerry Chandler, SVP of corporate responsibility for The Walt Disney Co.; Bonita C. Coleman Stewart, vertical markets director, automotive for Google Inc.; Lisa Ellis, EVP, Sony Music Label Group; Andrea Fant-Hobbs, vice president of brand management and media for Verizon; Janet Hill, VP and publisher of Doubleday/Harlem Moon; Claudette Hunter, senior director of quality assurance for Abercrombie & Fitch; Debra Langford, executive director of strategic sourcing and talent management for Time Warner Inc.; Candace Matthews, president of Soft Sheen-Carson; Valerie Morris, CNN correspondent; Faye Wattleton, president of the Center for the Advancement of Women; Carol H. Williams, president, CEO & chief creative officer of Carol H. Williams Advertising; and Terrie M. Williams, CEO & founder of The Terrie Williams Agency and The Stay Strong Foundation.

The 2007 Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm® is sponsored by BMW, Continental Airlines, Frito Lay, IBM, Intel, Microsoft,, Pepsi, QTG, Sony, and Verizon.

To register for the Summit, or for more information, visit or call 800-209-7229.

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