On September 23, Walker’s Legacy, a national women in business collective, honored the highest ranking female in the history of the US Navy, Admiral Michelle Howard, Vice Chair of Naval Operations, at its 2014 Annual Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards.
Named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, the organization entering its second year of hosting the annual awards program was designed to recognize trailblazing women of color who have made considerable impacts in both business and society.
Admiral Howard championed the need for women to support women, engage in women’s groups and “commit to the journey” of being a pioneer, during her keynote presentation – one of few appearances she has made to public.
The event, sponsored by Accelerate with Google, HP and the Elocen Group, kicked off the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Caucus Annual Conference in Washington, DC. and included remarks from honorary evening chair, A’lelia Bundles, great-great grand-daughter of Madam C. J. Walker.
The evening also honored Angela Rye, Principal, Impact Strategies and frequent political commentator who has become a premier activist of the millennial generation.
The Awards program was one of two major events held by Walker’s Legacy in Washington, DC on the 23rd of September. The organization also hosted the first women of color roundtable discussion with the National Women’s Business Council, lead by Amanda Brown, featuring remarks by White House Official Heather Foster, Director of Public Engagement; Isabella Guzman, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“Our national programs gives us the opportunity to shine a light on women who are leading in the boardroom and beyond. It shows us all that we are not only capable, bus also responsible for striving for excellence,” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy.
“As we champion to other women, we must also champion to the Administration, providing a voice for women of color amdist the growing emphasis on women in business,” she continued on the organization’s first advocacy effort.