The Executive Leadership Council held the Black Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., at the offices of Skadden Arps and The Federal Reserve.
In October 2003, the Executive Leadership Council (Council) convened its very first women’s summit in Washington, D.C., for a public policy briefing at which fifty Council women members were able to hear from some of the most influential people in the public and private sectors a candid analysis of the economic and political events that shape our businesses and our lives.
For the past six years, the summit has been convened in New York City where over one hundred African-American women executives have heard from business leaders and icons. This annual summit adds perspective and direction to the achievement of excellence in business, economic and public policies for the women attending, their corporations, and the community at large.
The changing economic landscape has created new opportunities, contemporary challenges, and innovative solutions. The Summit returned to Washington, D.C., to focus on areas of particular interest to The Council’s women executives.
Members of this year’s Planning Committee included Council members Diane Ashley, Lesia Bates Moss, Michele Bolden, Avis Braggs, Leilani Brown, Susan Chapman, Kimberly Davis, Jessica Isaacs, Nicole Lewis, Valerie Lewis, Glenda McNeal, Paula Madison, Westina Matthews Shatteen, Lucia Riddles, Esther Silver Parker, Mitzi Short, Marva Smalls, Regenia Stein, Geri Thomas, Tracey Travis and Tina Walls.
All proceeds from sponsors and registration fees went to the Ann Fudge Scholars Program to support exemplary graduate and undergraduate black college women majoring in business with an interest in international business.
In addition, the “Black Women on Change” forum was held at the National Press Club. “Black Women on Change” delivered riveting lessons on leadership from a powerful pantheon of black female executives in top management roles at Fortune 100 companies. With distinctive perspectives and styles, the panelists told the audience of over 100 how to face down fear, embrace change and navigate seismic shifts in the workplace, economy and life. The event, which was open to rising diverse executives, was presented at the conclusion of Black Women’s Leadership Summit of 75 executives within three reporting levels of the CEO of their companies.
“Black Women on Change” is the first in the next generation of events based upon the renowned “Black Women on Wall Street” series that for eight years showcased successful financial women of color with electric authenticity. This year the event was moved from New York City to Washington, D.C., in recognition of the Nation’s Capitol as the new seat of power and catalyst for business change. Subsequent events in the series are expected to be held in other major cities.