BLACK ENTERPRISE and Walmart Host Forum on Women in Business on Wednesday, October 16, in National Harbor, MD

  BLACK ENTERPRISE and Walmart Host Forum on Women in Business on Wednesday,
                      October 16, in National Harbor, MD

20/20 Vision Supplier Diversity Series to Explore How Women Entrepreneurs Can
Access Capital, Form Strategic Alliances and Grow Their Ventures to the Next

PR Newswire

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Oct. 10, 2013

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

                  BLACK ENTERPRISE, the premier business, investment, and
WHO:             wealth building resource for African Americans, along with
                  Walmart, the nation's leading retailer and one of the
                  nation's largest private employers of African Americans.
                  20/20 Vision: Women In Business, a forum designed to explore
                  how women entrepreneurs can prepare themselves and their
WHAT:           ventures to access capital, form strategic alliances to do
                  business with large corporations, turn a business crisis
                  into an opportunity, and leverage resources to propel their
                  enterprises to the next level.
WHERE:          The Sunset Room National Harbor
                  137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD 20745
WHEN:        Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Speaker and Event Highlights
8:00 a.m.    Registration/Networking/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.     Remarks
                  - Caroline V. Clarke, Host, Black Enterprise Business
                  Report; Executive Editor, Black Enterprise; Co-Editorial
                  Director, Women of Power Summit
                  - Beth Harrison, Director, Global Women's Economic
                  Empowerment, Walmart
                  - Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor, the State of Maryland
                  - Marie C. Johns, former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small
                  Business Administration; President, L&L Consulting
9:15 a.m.      One-on-One Conversation: It's A Woman's World: Making It In
                  A Male Dominated Industry
                  - Necole Parker, CEO, The Elocen Group, L.L.C. with
                  Caroline V. Clarke
9:45 a.m.       Session 1: Strategic Planning and Partnering for Long-Term
                  As your business grows and experiences challenges along the
                  way, new strategies are warranted. Having a strategic plan
                  provides guidance during each stage of business development.
                  This panel of experts will share how to form strategic
                  partnerships to enter new markets.
                  - Arsha Jones, Co-Owner, Capital City Mumbo Sauce
                  - Amy Hilliard, Founder and CEO, Comfort Cake Co.
                  - Lisa Williams, CEO, World of EPI
Moderator:     Sonia Alleyne, Editorial Director, BLACK ENTERPRISE and
                  Co-Editorial Director, Women of Power Summit
11:05 a.m.        One-on-One Conversation: Get On The Shelf: Perfecting Your
                  Product and Your Pitch
                  - Lisa Ascolese, Founder and CEO, Inventing A to Z with
                  Sonia Alleyne
11:35 a.m.    Session 2: Art of the Turnaround: Hurdling Obstacles and
                  Taking Risks
                  This panel of tenacious entrepreneurs will share their
                  experiences, showing how to master the tools and skills
                  necessary to turn adversity into hope and challenge into
                  - Monique Greenwood, President and CEO, Akwaaba Bed &
                  Breakfast Inns
                  - Nadine Thompson, Founder and CEO, Soul Purpose Lifestyle
                  - Jessica Johnson, President, Johnson Security Bureau, Inc.
Moderator:       Carolyn M. Brown, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, BLACK
1:00 p.m. –    Networking
3:00 p.m. 

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212-886-9585 or via e-mail at

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