In the shadows of the Jefferson Memorial, where beautiful cherry blossoms are anxious to bloom, there are echoes of the nation's most influential women discussing the most pressing issues in our community —education, health, our children and philanthropy.
They are the voices of White House Senior Advisor, Valerie Jarrett; BET CEO Debra Lee; lawyer and TV personality Star Jones; designer and Yele Haiti organizer, Claudinette Jean; and prolific poet, Nikki Giovanni, just to name a few.
A-List Blog: More on the Conference
It is the first year of the annual Leading Women Defined summit in the nation’s capital and the gathering is more than a sisterhood. The powerful women are setting the national agenda for the next decade for the African-American community. As former Spelman College President Johnetta Cole remarked at a LWD dinner, we are doing “women’s work.”
Thursday afternoon, it is my turn to moderate the discussion on Saving Our Selves: Help for Haiti, the rebuilding a nation panel. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Star Jones, who hosted previous panels, left some serious shoes for me to fill, but if you know me, I love stilettos no matter how challenging they may be to strut in.