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Annual award recognizes high-achieving women of color from diverse career paths

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blackenterprisecover(New York, NY) February 4, 2010— Five African American women trailblazers will be honored by BLACK ENTERPRISE during the Women of Power Legacy Awards hosted by PepsiCo on Wednesday, February 10. The awards ceremony will kick off the fifth annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, a four-day leadership conference designed especially for women of color. The Summit runs through February 13 at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.

This year’s Legacy Award winners are B. Smith, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, B. Smith Enterprises; Hon. Shirley Jackson, Ph.D., President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Audrey Smaltz: CEO and Founder, The Ground Crew Worldwide; Aulana L. Peters, Retired Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; and former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, who now serves as Chair and CEO of New Ventures LLC.

“Since its inception, BLACK ENTERPRISE has aggressively documented the contributions of women in business,” said Women of Power Co-editorial Director Caroline Clarke. “These women have defied expectations and lifted up others along the way, creating a legacy that is not merely testament to their stellar personal success, but to a well-rounded life of accomplishment and dedicated service.”  

For more information on the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, visit www.blackenterprise.com/wps. Presenting sponsors include ExxonMobil, FedEx, Frito-Lay, Pepsi, and Quaker.  Platinum sponsors are Abbott Vascular, Continental Airlines, EMC2, Intel, Macy’s, Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft.
 

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