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Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Day 2

After day one’s inspiring Purpose & Pearls Beach Party, I knew I would have a lot to look forward to on day two. For the early risers the day began at 6:00 a.m. with the Power Cardio Sculpt and Yoga on the Beach sessions. For the majority of the attendees including myself the day began a little later with a continental breakfast feast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 am

We’ve Got the Power!

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Immediately following breakfast, we officially began the day with the "We’ve Got the Power" session featuring speaker Lisa Nichols, CEO of Motivating the Masses, Inc.  Lisa is a successful entrepreneur and best selling author of 6 books. She was featured in the self-help movie The Secret and has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live and Extra.  From the moment she walked out on stage you could see that Ms. Nichols was a firecracker (read: commercial grade firework). She got the crowd fired up in a manner that I have only ever seen from the likes of Tony Robbins or Oprah herself.

My favorite quotes from Lisa’s session:

“Power is in the surrender to your assignment.”

“Power is in living your life in seasons and recognizing when some seasons are over.”

“Allow your greatness to show up even if people don’t like it.”

“Comparison is the thief of all joy.”

“Power is in your down moment. That’s when you remember who you were born to be. This circumstance does not define me.”

Lisa told her story, letting us in on some of her hardships.  As she told a particular story she recalled a moment where she was on public assistance and had run out of diapers for her baby.  It was the weekend and she’d gone to the ATM to pull money out but only had eleven dollars and change available. With the ATM only dispensing cash in increments of $20, she would be forced to wait until Monday morning to retrieve the remaining cash from her account. For two days she wrapped her baby in a towel as a substitute for the diapers. It was then that she held her baby and told him not to worry because they would never have to go through this again.  After years of building her business she stated that her company was now near the launch of their IPO. What was the sassy statement she made to punctuate this accomplishment? “From Public Assistance to going public.” To that statement the crowd leapt to their feet with roaring shouts and applause.  Was I at church or the first leadership session of the day? I couldn’t tell.


Zero to Breakthrough

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The second session of the day featured Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, President, VAI Consulting & Training L.L.C. Vernice was the first African American female combat pilot in the U.S. armed forces and is author of Zero to Breakthrough; 7-Step, Battle-Tested Methods for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. Vernice took the stage in what appeared to be an official combat pilot uniform.  She discussed seizing opportunities and acknowledging obstacles.  She spoke of the moment were she decided she wanted to attend a conference but was short on funds. She made a decision to make a “gutsy move“ embarking on a road trip to the conference. As she told this story, Vernice began removing her flight suit. She revealed the tailored shirt and dress slacks she was sporting underneath. She switched out the boots for heels and put on a red jacket. Continuing her story, she told us how she drove for hours not knowing what the outcome would be or how she would pay for anything. Upon her arrival she met an event organizer who told her a speaker had just dropped out and asked her to speak in that persons place.  He also informed her that all of her expenses would be fully taken care of.

My favorite quotes from Vernice’s session:

“Opportunities don’t go away other people take advantage of them.”

“Acknowledge the obstacles. Don’t give them power!”

“A breakthrough mentality creates your reality.”

“Make your gutsy move.”

At the end of her segment FlyGirl held up a copy of her book. Lisa Nichols who had just taken the stage before her had given a gift to the entire audience but FlyGirl had something else in mind. She stated that she didn’t have enough books to give away to the entire audience but still wanted to giveaway her book to attendees. “Who wants this book?” she asked. The audience roared and clapped some raised their hands. “Who wants this book?” she asked again. More shouting and clapping. I believe it was on the 4th instance of her asking that same question that one woman got out of her seat and approached Ms. Armour with her hand held out. FlyGirl happily handed her the book. “Make your gutsy move.” She reiterated.  You could feel the entire crowd experience an aha! moment.

Building Real leadership in Real Time

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Next up was an executive leadership panel and probably my favorite panel of the summit.


Elizabeth R. Thornton, Author and Professor of Management Practice, Babson Executive Education, Babson College 


  • Adrienne Lofton - SVP, Global Brand Marketing, Under Armor
  • Ramona Rogers-Windsor - Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Co. LLC.
  • Katrina Adams - Chairman, CEO & President, USTA (United States Tennis Association)

The session covered a myriad of subjects pertaining to leadership timelines and plotting a realistic trajectory that fits your life and career objectives. I questioned the panel about the setbacks of race and gender and my own personality trait of introversion and the responses were enlightening.  The overwhelming sentiment was that I should derive power from being black and female as apposed to viewing those things as crutches. Ramona revealed that she doesn’t think about race or gender while Katrina directed me to replace Black, Woman, Introvert with Courage Grace, Dignity.

These women exhibited a certain level of poise and confidence that I completely admire and by the end of the session it felt like some of that aura had been transferred over to me.  I was thinking about possessing the ability to walk into a room or situation with confidence because I not only have a strong sense of self I also have the knowledge and know the details. As Adrienne put it, “When you’re maniacal about knowing the business it’s easy to feel confident in having a point of view.”

Some other standout quotes from the session.


“Stand up. Stand out. Have a point of view. Stay measured”

“Lead through where you are most passionate.”

“Always think about what’s next.”

“Go slow to go fast.”


“I care very little about what people think.”

“Ask for what you want.”

“Find people who want you to succeed.”


“Mental models drive our perceptions about the way things are supposed to be.”

“Embrace the path that you lead and enjoy the battle.

“Start with a dream and be disciplined.”


Day two was so action packed I had to split it up into two posts. Stay tuned for Day 2- Part two.

Thank you for reading. Now… Let the power moves continue.


In case you missed the recap of day one, check it out here.

Caroline Clark Women of Power TV

What’s it all about?

I heard about this event one morning on the radio and decided to look into attending. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to miss it all these years, but this year the summit celebrated its 10th anniversary in a three-day long celebration that can only be described as awe inspiring.

The title of the event alone should be enough to give you an indication of what transpires here but in case it doesn’t, the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit is an annual executive leadership conference held by Black Enterprise and hosted by title sponsor State Farm. Each year powerful women in Corporate America convene in droves to meet, connect, and learn from one another. Sessions and keynote speakers cover issues like career advancement strategies, work/life balance and money management. What I discovered was how truly indicative of its name the summit is, providing a preeminent forum for women of color to come together to network and build lasting relationships.

Let’s talk about Day 1

Monday was the unofficial start to the summit. While activities like the Wine & Design painting class and shopping excursion to Macy's took place during the day, conference attendees began to arrive at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach to pick up their registration packets before the first leadership event of the night, the Purpose & Pearls Beach Party. The all white affair, which touted a keynote address from Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senor Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley gave clear indication to how wonderful the rest of the summit’s events would be.

Held on the Ocean Patio of the hotel overlooking beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, the atmosphere of the evening was something of sheer elegance. Guests stunned in chic, all-white ensembles and were seated at tables set with all-white linens and florals as ambient lighting from all-white candles romanticized the space.

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The first keynote of the summit, which was from the wildly charismatic and captivating Carla Harris, provided personal details on her career journey, letting us in on the secrets of some of what she's gone through to accomplish what she has in her career to date. She spoke at length on the powers of staying true to yourself and not losing sight of who you are as person. As an accomplished singer and businesswoman one of the “pearls of wisdom” she shared with attendees was letting go of the notion that she should never mix those two parts of her life. Harris realized after making a connection based on a shared interest of music that she should embrace her true self. On a second occasion when her company was among several bidding for an account with McDonald's, it was her ability to remember a specific version of the McDonald's jingle and sing it to the CEO (who could not recall that there had ever been an alternate version to begin with) that would help form a relationship that would be the catalyst for landing her firm the deal.

Carla Harris Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management Morgan Stanley

She said some other things that really resonated with me. First, “Your voice is at the heart of your power”. The second was a ditty she recited that went like this: “A bell is not a bell until you ring it. A song is not a song until you sing it. Power was not put in your hands to stay. Power isn’t’ power until you give it away.” And the third builds on the ditty. “Don’t sleep on your power to influence change in your work, life, or the world. It is in us to be used.” Preach Ms. Carla, preach.

Jackie Daniel and Carla Harris

I seized the opportunity to chat with Carla after her address and ask her for advice on how to handle some recent events in my own personal career journey. While I won’t divulge her specific advice to me, I can say that she spoke to my soul and it was an honor and a pleasure to get her input. Wow if this was night one, I could only imagine what day two had in store. Check out the slide show for more photos from the evening.

I’ll cover day two in tomorrow’s post. You won’t want to miss it.

Thank you for reading. Now… Let the power moves continue.