Mo'Nique's historic Oscar win is more proof that African-American women are capable of anything we set our minds to.
Timed to coincide with Women's History Month, BET is keeping the momentum with its "Leading Women Defined" conference in Washington.
BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee will host the event, bringing together powerful women from all walks of life. At the three-day summit, which begins today, the attendees will discuss issues important not only to Black women, but to Black America as a whole. Topics on the schedule include "Generation Next: Young, Black and Motivated" and "A Healthy BET: Black Women and Health."
Another panel will discuss a topic near and dear to President Obama's heart: education. Named for the President’s education initiative, the "Get Schooled: Ending the Drop Out Crisis," panel seeks to find solutions to the ongoing dilemma of our children opting not to finish their education.
To lead the important conversations, a number of government officials, public intellectuals, policy advocates, journalists, businesspeople and private sector leaders will participate. CNN's White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux will attend as well as Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Others include journalist Gwen Ifill, moderator and Managing Editor of the PBS news program, "Washington Week;" and Melody Barnes, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
The discussions are expected to be lively and thought-provoking, and participants will leave with clear ideas and an agenda in hand to tackle the problems discussed.
But the conference won't be all business. After all the hard work, there will be a little pampering. Guests will receive a spa visit, complete with massages and hair and makeup provided by My Black Is Beautiful (MBIB), Pantene and Cover Girl Queen Collection.
There will be three days of planning, sisterhood, healing and fun. Organizers plan to revitalize the spirits and visions of the attending leaders as those women renew their commitment to not only laying the foundation for a better Black America - but for a better future for the world.