SUMMIT PLAYS HOST TO THE NATION’S MOST PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN
MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BET Networks announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton will address the Leading Women Defined Summit (LWD), presented
by COVERGIRL. The vision of Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks,
the seventh annual summit will convene the nation’s most prominent
African American women during Women’s History Month to help set a
national agenda and actionable solutions surrounding prominent issues
impacting the black community.
This year’s theme of “Your Story. Our World.” empowers black women to
reflect on their individual impact in a global world through candid
conversations and engaging workshops including intimate conversations
with Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu and U.S.
Senate candidate, Kamala Harris. Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global
Consumer Marketing for Apple Music & iTunes will receive the Butterfly
Award during the Dorothy Height luncheon for her unwavering commitment
to service and leadership. Attendees will also engage and inspire local
women through a volunteer session and career development workshop with
the Miami affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide.
“We are so excited to have Hillary Clinton join us for this important
and much needed discussion. Black women are the driver of the black vote
and we are honored the summit will provide a platform to engage in
constructive dialogue on the issues that matter to us the most,” said
Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.
Leading Women Defined is full of women who have changed the game and
redefined the standard of success in their fields. Presenters include
Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Sherrilyn Ifill,
President and Direct Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Education Fund;
Justine Skye, Recording Artist; Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, Apollo
Theater; Beverly Bond, Founder of Black Girls Rock!; Stephanie
Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore; Latham Thomas, Founder, Mama Glow;
Debra Martin Chase, Emmy Nominated Producer and many more. Past
panelists include First Lady Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Diahann
Carroll, Queen Latifah, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Soledad O’Brien, June
Ambrose, Kelly Rowland, Star Jones, Gabrielle Union, MC Lyte, Sheila E,
Robin Roberts and Issa Rae.
Sponsors of the Leading Women Defined Summit include presenting sponsor
COVERGIRL plus AT&T, News Corp and MASTER YOUR CARD, a community
empowerment program by MasterCard.
About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the
nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and
public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.
The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can
be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom
and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer
brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading
Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news;
CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to
54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel
and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment
tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings
for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event
Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with
festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides
ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET
International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the
extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
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