Chapter President, Aisha Brown 20th Annual MCJW President’s Remarks


I would like to welcome each of you to the Women’s Empowerment Forum and the 20th Annual Madam C. J. Walker– Business and Community Awards Luncheon- Honoring the Past, Treasuring  Present and Shaping the Future.  We are so excited that you have decided to join us for an empowering day filled with information and opportunity. This year we have decided to do something slightly different by starting the day with two morning workshop sessions with dynamic speakers from across the Bay Area.

Secondly, I hope that you will be enlightened as we recognize four extraordinary women for their leadership contributions to our communities, become inspired by our Positive Step’s essay contest winner Camille Batiste and are captivated by a motivating message from our keynote speaker MC Lyte.

Each year, our goal is to inform and inspire you more than the previous year and we believe that this year we will not disappoint.  For those of you who are joining us for the first time, we welcome you and hope you enjoy your experience.  For our returning friends, we appreciate your ongoing support of the work of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Oakland/ Bay Area Chapter (NCBW/OBAC). Without your support we would not be able to continue with our mission.

Thank you to each one of our sponsors for your belief in the work that we do to transform our community. Our continued partnerships are vital as we continue to make a difference in the lives young girls and women as well as advocate on important women’s issues.

In addition, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the entire chapter of NCBW/OBAC for making this luncheon a success.  I would like to extend a special thank you to the luncheon chair, Abiola Ashorobi and her co-chair- Robyn Cameron for their leadership.  Thank you to our event planner Ms. Cathy Adams, and the entire Luncheon Leadership Team for their vision, creativity, and time.

Lastly, as this is our annual fundraiser for our organization, I ask that you take the time to  meet some of our members and learn more about the work that we have committed to do. I highly encourage you to check out our website at and consider making a donation.

Thank you again for you for joining us.


With gratitude,

Aisha Brown

Chapter President

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