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Actress, Singer, & Author Vanessa L. Williams And Carnival CEO Arnold Donald To Speak At The 2016 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

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NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) — BLACK ENTERPRISE hosts its 11th annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit on Wednesday, March 9th to Saturday, March 12th at The Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton in Hollywood, Florida. The Summit, hosted by ADP, is the leading executive development conference for women of color and annually welcomes more than 1,000 mid- to senior-level power players and C-suite executives from across the country.

Vanessa L. Williams joins the 2016 speaker lineup along with her mother Helen Williams to discuss the costs and sacrifices that come with success in their session “You Have No Idea!” On Thursday, March 10th, the singer, actress, and author will be among the recipients of the esteemed Women of Power Legacy Award. Also honored will be legendary golf pioneer Renee Powell, and N. Joyce Payne, Ph.D., founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund who will receive the Barbara Graves Legacy Award.

Now in its 11th year, the Women of Power Summit features influential speakers and one-on-one keynote sessions with top executives—many of whom are women of color themselves. In addition, the Summit offers more than 20 hours of lifestyle, leadership, and professional development workshops with countless opportunities to network with like-minded peers. Attendees will be empowered, inspired, and equipped with the necessary tools to implement a strategy for success beginning the moment the conference concludes.

“When we first launched the Women of Power Summit, the field for this sort of event was wide open. The women who attended weren’t sure what to expect, but they walked away thrilled. Eleven years later, the women’s empowerment space is very competitive but there is still nothing like this, which speaks right to the hearts of business women of color. Every year, the Summit offers plenty that’s new: speakers, sponsors, topics that tap into emerging issues, and the unique challenges we face,” says Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit, Caroline V. Clarke, who is confident in the Summit’s ability to consistently tackle these issues and challenges. In fact, the Women of Power Summit’s year-over-year success led to the launch of Women of Power TV for which Clarke serves as host. “What never changes is our commitment to this audience’s success and their need for greater connection with each other. This event is relevant, resonant, and unparalleled, and we are so excited about this year.”

Also named among the ranks of this year’s Women of Power Summit speakers is Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald. No stranger to the executive suite, Donald will be interviewed by BLACK ENTERPRISE President and CEO, Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. Their discussion on playmaking in the power suite will engage and inspire Women of Power attendees and is sure to assist them in developing their own actionable plan to carve out their path to the corner office.

The host sponsor of the 2016 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Chevrolet, EMC, Macy’s, PepsiCo, State Farm, and Walmart. Platinum Sponsors are Cigna, Intel, and Southwest Airlines; and Corporate Sponsors are Abbott, Carnival Corp., FedEx Express, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, and Hilton Worldwide.

Confirmed speakers include:

Amy DuBois Barnett, Media Executive & Author
Hon. Joyce Beatty, U.S. House of Representatives, 3rd District of Ohio
Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc
Debbie Dyson, Corporate Vice President, Client Experience and Continuous Development, ADP
Pam El, EVP & CMO, NBA
Carol Fulp, President & CEO, The Partnership Inc.
Bridgette Heller, former EVP & President, MERCK Consumer Care
Karen Horne, SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment and Universal Studios
Dawn Hudson, CMO, NFL
Tiffany Hunt, Vice President, Business Transformation Office, Nationwide
Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks
Wonya Lucas, CEO, Public Broadcasting Atlanta
Cynthia Marshall, Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T
Racquel Oden, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch
Sherice Torres, Marketing Director, Google Commerce (Android Pay)
Tracey Travis, EVP & CFO, Estee Lauder
Vanessa L. Williams, Actress, Singer, Author
Carmen Rita Wong, CEO, Malecon Productions

Attendees of the 2016 Women of Power Summit will also have the opportunity to tap into all the latest BLACK ENTERPRISE developments taking place in and around the Summit courtesy of the dedicated BE Events app. Available for free on Android, iOS, and other smartphones (attendees with Windows and BlackBerry devices can go here), the app allows visitors to access the full event schedule, browse the event social media updates, receive information on all the speakers taking part in the Summit, as well as develop a personal event planner to remind them of their must-attend sessions. It also features a detailed interactive floor plan to help attendees navigate the session rooms as well as keep attendees fully up-to-date with the latest developments through a link to the #BEWPS social media tag. Attendees will also receive push notifications of giveaways.

The Summit begins Wednesday, March 9th and concludes the evening of Friday, March 11. To register and find out more information, visit www.blackenterprise.com/wps and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter.

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Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell Announces Leadership Team

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House Democratic Leader-Designate Fentrice Driskell (D-Tampa) today announced the appointment of the following Democratic Representatives to serve on the House Democratic Caucus leadership team for the 2022-24 legislative term:

  • Leader Pro Tempore: Representative Dotie Joseph (D-Miami);
  • Policy Chair: Representative Kelly Skidmore (D-Boca Raton);
  • Floor Leader: Representative Michael “Mike” Gottlieb (D-Davie); and
  • Whip: Representative Christine Hunschofsky (D-Parkland).

“The House Democratic Caucus is made up of some of the strongest, most fierce champions of the people in the entire state,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “It is an honor and great pleasure to work with these individuals in this new capacity, and all of them are prepared to lead the Caucus in the face of the challenges that lie ahead of us.”

As Leader Pro Tempore, Representative Joseph will assist the Democratic Leader in carrying out designated responsibilities and perform such Leadership responsibilities as are assigned, including stepping in for the Leader as needed.

“I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing Representative Joseph for over 20 years. From the time we were at Georgetown Law to now, she has always been a consistent champion for justice. The issues she advocates for on behalf of all Floridians makes Representative Joseph an invaluable asset in defending Floridians against extremist Republican policies,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “I look forward to Representative Joseph’s leadership as a key member of my team over the next two years.”

In her role as the Caucus Policy Chair, Representative Skidmore will be responsible for ensuring the Caucus continues to champion legislation that positively impacts all Floridians, and will lead discussions about bills before the House at Caucus meetings.

“As the previous Policy Chair for the Caucus, I know what is needed to do this job. Appointing Representative Skidmore as Policy Chair was an easy choice,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “She stood out as a prime member in understanding policy during the last legislative term. Representative Skidmore also brings with her a wealth of experience as both a former House and Senate staffer and House member. Applying her unique skillset to this new role will benefit the Caucus and all Floridians.”

In his role as Floor Leader, Representative Gottlieb will be responsible in interpreting the House Rules, ensuring the Caucus adheres to the agreed upon rules, and working with his Republican counterpart in advocating for fair amounts of time be allotted to the Caucus in debating different pieces of legislation.

“Two things I greatly appreciate about Representative Gottlieb are his refreshing candor and strong fortitude,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “As the minority party in the Legislature, we’re aware of the challenges that lie ahead of us. What we need right now is someone who is unwavering under extreme pressure to help guide our Caucus during difficult moments. Representative Gottlieb is perfectly suited for this role.”

As Whip, Representative Hunschofsky will be responsible for keeping all Democratic Caucus members apprised of Caucus policy on any bills or issues before the House.

Representative Hunschofsky has an amazing ability to get things done,” said Leader-Designate Driskell. “Not only does Representative Hunschofsky possess a wealth of knowledge due to her experience as the former mayor of Parkland, Florida, she is also a champion of many initiatives close to Floridians’ hearts, such as expanding access to quality mental health care. I know Representative Hunschofsky’s knowledge and ability will help prepare our Caucus for the challenges of the next two year.”

The Florida House Democratic Caucus will convene during Organizational Session taking place Nov. 21-22, 2022 in advance of the 2023 Legislative Session scheduled to begin on March 7, 2023.

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VIDEO: State Rep. Dianne Hart elected chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – State Representative Dianne Hart (D-Tampa), incoming Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, talks briefly with Florida National News on the importance of the Florida Blue Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium in Orlando Saturday. The Florida Classic is an annual college football rivalry game between Bethune–Cookman University and Florida A&M University.

Hart’s Twitter Statement:

Hart’s statement: “I’m honored to have been elected as the Chair of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus.” “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and for trusting me to move this important caucus forward.”

During the 2021 and 2022 Legislative Sessions, Rep. Hart served on the following House committees, including Democratic Ranking Member of the Infrastructure and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee, Judiciary Committee, Joint Committee on Public Counsel Oversight, Ways & Means Committee, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Subcommittee, State Legislative Redistricting Subcommittee and Select Subcommittee on Authorized Gaming Activity.

Hart was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2018. She is also the CEO of the East Tampa Business and Civic Association.

 

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Former State Rep. Bruce Antone Ready To Rejoin Florida House

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Former State Representative Bruce Antone respond to questions by CFABJ, NAACP, and the Florida Voters League panel during a candidates forum in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Former Florida State Representative Bruce Antone served 12 years (six terms) in the Florida House of Representatives and defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Travaris McCurdy during the August primary election to represent Orange County in the newly draw District 41 House seat.

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

CFABJ, NAACP, and Florida Voters League held a candidates forum for candidates seeking county, state and Congressional seats in Orange County, Thursday, October 19, 2022. (Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News)

Antone was among eleven candidates seeking election to county, state and Congressional seats participating in a candidate forum hosted by CFABJ, NAACP and the Florida Voters League, Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

Green Party nominee Robin Denise Harris is the only potential road block in Antone’s return to Tallahassee and faces off with him in the November general election. The District 41 House seat has an overwhelmingly Democratic voter base.

During his time in the Florida House, Antone was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chairman of the 29-member Florida Legislative Black Caucus.

The general election is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

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