“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
Women now occupy over 20 percent of executive offices in America.
Their faces seen, their voices heard, and their vision shaping futures nation by nation. In 2010, women continue to scale the heights of power and influence, making waves in business, politics, and non-profits around the world.
Recently, Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, invited some of Black America's most influential women for a weekend of celebration and networking. The remarkable event was invitation-only and featured panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions from leaders in business, philanthropy, government, education, and the arts.
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Under the theme, "Leading Women: Defined," executives, actresses and recording artists set aside their titles and reservations in order to openly share ideas about the journeys to their success and all it encompassed.
The list of invitees included lawyer and television personality Star Jones; White House reporter Suzanne Malveaux; actress Tichina Arnold; poet and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni; Hollywood trainer Jeannette Jenkins; Cookie Johnson of CJ by Cookie Johnson; R&B singer and actress Tatyana Ali; AIDS Activist Hydea Broadbent; life coach Dr. Michelle Callahan; R&B artist Chrisette Michele; Terri Williams of Terri Williams PR; actress Tasha Smith; Tasha Boone of the US Census Bureau; author and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete; model and actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon; and minister, psychologist and keynote speaker, Dr. Robin L. Smith.
BET News caught up with many of them during the premiere event, where they shared some of their most intimate truths. Those truths, they hope, will guide and shape the lives and aspirations of young women everywhere.
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