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by Shari Wooldridge / 29 March 2016 / No Comments

For Immediate Release–March 28, 2016    

 Media Contact: Cathy D. Adams

 510-653-4085 | cdaconsultingroup@gmail.com

100 Black Women is Gearing Up to Recognize Bay Area Movers and Shakers
18th Annual MCJW Awards Luncheon is Set to Inspire

SAN FRANCISCO – Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, as they host their 18th Annual Madam C.J. Walker Business and Community Recognition Awards Fundraising Luncheon, on Friday, April 8, 2016, at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel, located at 55 Fourth Street.  The event will begin with a VIP Reception at 10:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon and awards program at 11:30a.m.

The annual awards luncheon is in honor of the first African American female self-made millionaire and business leader, Madam C.J. Walker. In the spirit of Madam C.J. Walker, recognizing  her hard work and entrepreneurial insight which is deeply rooted in the African-American culture, we will honor four outstanding women that are making an impact in our community:

Madam C. J. Walker Corporate Award—Loretta Walker, Vice President, External Affairs, Employee Engagement & Communications, AT&T

Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur Award—Cleminatu Fields, CEO, A Squared Ventures, Inc.

Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer Award—Stacy Brown Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit

Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy Award—Gay Plair Cobb, CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc.

Madam C. J. Walker Community Service Award—Barbara Taylor

and

2016 Positive Step Essay Contest Winner—Imani Brown

Keynote speaker is Debra Martin Chase,  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 has 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 CeremoniesMelanie M. Shelby, Partner, Gray, Greer, Shelby and Vaughn, LLC 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 Corporate AwardLoretta Walker, Vice President, External Affairs, Employee Engagement & Communications, AT&T,  heads AT&T California local government and community affairs initiatives in 12 counties of the East Bay and Central Valley.

 Madam C. J. Walker Entrepreneur AwardCleminatu Fields, CEO, A Squared Ventures, Inc. – has over 17 years of experience in develop­ing policies, implementation plans, and achievement reports as well overseeing staff in those efforts.

 Madam C. J. Walker Pioneer AwardStacy Brown Philpot, CEO, TaskRabbit -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.

Madam C. J. Walker Advocacy AwardGay Plair Cobb,  CEO, Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. –

 serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Oakland Private Industry Council.

 Madam C. J. Walker Community Service Award—Barbara Taylor – has been working in the music industry and with small black businesses since 1985. In the early 1990’s she worked for the Mandela Institute.

Imani Brown – Listen to this year’s essay winner as she describes those who have influenced her life, past and present, and the lessons in leadership she has learned as a Positive Steps member.

About the 100 Black Women

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, a local non-profit organization, offers a variety of programs and services that enrich the lives of women, young girls and families. One of the signature programs is “Positive Steps”, a program developed to support and nurture leadership in young girls aged 12 –17. This year the Madam C. J. Walker Essay Contest Winner & Positive Steps participant is Imani Brown who will be acknowledged with an award during the luncheon.  The luncheon serves as the major fundraiser for the Bay Area Chapter of NCBW that supports their programs:  “Sistahs Getting Real about HIV/AIDS” an initiative promoting HIV/AIDS education resulting in increased public awareness and The  Young Scholars and Working Women scholarships givne to deserving students interested in continuing their education.

Tickets and corporate sponsorship information are available on the NCBW website, www.onehundredblackwomen.com, or contact Cathy Adams, CDA Consulting Group, by email at cdaconsultingroup@gmail.com or phone at (510) 653-4085.   

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