18th Annual Madam C. J. Walker
Business and Community Awards Luncheon
Friday, April 8, 2016 | San Francisco Marriott Hotel
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER—Debra Martin Chase is an Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning television and motion picture producer whose company, Martin Chase Productions, has been affiliated with the Walt Disney Company since 2001 and been based at the ABC Television Network since 2012. She was the first African American female producer to have a deal at a major studio.
MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES—Melanie Shelby is an award winning professional with a nearly 20-year track record of exceeding business objectives for top tier organizations such as AEG, Allstate, California Department of Insurance, Comcast, National Black Caucus of State Legislators, PG&E, State Farm, Southern California Gas Company and others.
Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award—Stacy Brown Philpot, Chief Operating Officer at TaskRabbit and Board Director at HP, Stacy has nearly 15 years of consumer technology experience where she has led the growth and scale of large and small enterprises in the digital economy. She is currently the chief operating officer (COO) of TaskRabbit, the leading marketplace matching workers with customers. As COO, Brown-Philpot is responsible for revenue growth and profitability, including marketing, operations, business development, data science, finance and HR. She advises the board on strategic issues and the financial direction of the company. Since joining in 2013, she has transformed this fast-growing startup into a global business, charting the course in a new industry and launching local operations in more than 19 markets