The digital platform for multicultural professional and entrepreneurial women, in partnership with the African American Mayors Association (AAMA), recognized leaders in policy, economic development, and entrepreneurship advocacy during the 2017 Annual Legislative Conference.
Walker’s Legacy, a platform for multicultural women in business and entrepreneurship, hosted its annual Women in Economic Development and Civic Leadership Program and Awards Reception in partnership with the African-American Mayors Association (AAMA) on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
In tandem with the 2017 Annual Legislative Conference, this event brought together approximately more than two-hundred (200) attendees in business, entrepreneurship, and policy discuss both the challenges and opportunities for future growth and development in our cities.
The program was opened by the Honorable Marie C. Johns and hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies Lesli Foster, award-winning journalist and WUSA-9 anchor. Featured remarks were given by Microsoft Director of Federal Government Affairs, Stephanie Peters, and Stephanie M. Sykes, Executive Director of AAMA.
Followed by Peters and Sykes was Acting Executive Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Chris Garcia, and Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG) Vice-Chair Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence (D-14-MI) who spoke of the importance of women in public service and developing entrepreneurship ecosystems in their respective cities.
The intersection of entrepreneurship and growing cities was further discussed in the historic Black female mayor panel that included Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore, MD), Mayor Karen Weaver (Flint, MI), Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), Mayor Lovely Warren (Rochester, NY), and Mayor Vivian Covington (University Park, IL). The panelists discussed their experiences in office, view of diversity in public service, and the relationships that exist between entrepreneurship and economic development in today’s social climate.
The panel was followed by an awards reception that was opened by celebrated author and great-great-granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, A’Lelia Bundles, and highlighted the recipients of the Women in Economic Development Achievement Award. Recipients of the award were recognized for outstanding leadership in economic policy, business development, and entrepreneurship advocacy.
This year’s honorees include:
- Aisha Glover, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark, NJ)
- Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S. Watson Institute, Thomas Edison State University (Trenton, NJ)
- Carlecia D. Wright, Chief Diversity Officer & City Department Director, City of Houston (Houston, TX)
- Courtney Johnson Rose, Chairwoman, Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce (Houston, TX)
- Courtney R. Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity, Government of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
- Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Invest Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
- Lisa Cooper, Director of Economic Development, City of Birmingham (Birmingham, AL)
- McClain Bryant, Director of Policy at the Office of the Mayor, City of Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
- Tiffanie Stanard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stimulus (Philadelphia, PA)
- Tina Herbert, Director, Office of Business Opportunities, City of Columbia (Columbia, SC)
- Valerie Jackson, Director of Policy, Planning, and Development, City of East Orange (East Orange, NJ)
The panel program and awards reception was hosted at Microsoft Policy and Innovation Center in Washington, DC. Additional program partners included the Minority Business Development Center (MBDA), National League of Cities, Thomas Edison State University, and Miss Jessie’s Originals.
Moments from the event may be viewed here and using the hashtag #WLCBCF2017 on Twitter.