ESP's Everett Glenn and Sheila Gilmore joined nearly 1,200 corporate executives, entrepreneurs as well as an elite g group of speakers and celebrities for the 10 th Annual Power Networking Conference at the beautiful Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta. The PowerNetworking Conference (PNC) is a three-day, business and networking summit consisting of keynotes, plenary, workshops and panel discussions.
Speakers and celebrities at the 2011 PNC included, but not were not limited to, distinguished African American psychologist Dr. Na’im Akbar, a prominent lecturer, author and recognized expert on the psychology of African who is a clinical psychologist at Florida State and the past President of the Association of Black Psychologists, largest black mental health professional organization in the world ; L es Brown , the world's leading motivational speaker; Maggie Anderson, an Emory/University of Chicago lawyer and MBA who with her husband, John, a Harvard/University of Chicago graduate started the Empowerment Experiment and lived off of Black businesses for a year and inspired a national movement, the Empowerment Experiment, to support Black business and talent, and infuse Black wealth into struggling Black communities; best-selling author, popular public speaker and powerful personal coach Lisa Nichols (Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul and No Matter What); Season 4 Winner of NBC's hit reality television The Apprentice with Donald Trump Randal Pinkett, CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, NJ; Iyanla Vanzant author of 2 New York Times bestsellers (8 million copies sold), including In the Meantime and One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, two New York Times bestsellers who graced the stage on the Oprah Show 20 times.
The Phenomenal Women Awards were presented to Sheila Bronner (Bronner Brothers), Publisher, Upscale Magazine; Lisa Jackson, Administrator, EPA; Debra Nelson, Vice President, MGM Resorts International; Dr. Iyanla Vanzant; and Cheryl Broussard, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur. The Corporate Professional of the Year Hilton O. Smith , Executive Vice President, Turner Construction, and Sheri L. Cooks, Manager, Business Diversity Outreach, Prudential. The National Community Service Award was presented to James Lowry, Senior Advisor and Global Diversity Director, The Boston Consulting Group.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards were presented to Mike Roberts, and Sonja Williams. Mike Roberts is Chairman and CEO of The Roberts Companies, whose holdings include real estate, radio, television, hotel and telecommunications and publishing businesses, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Over the past 29 years, Mr. Roberts has build a billion dollar empire, created thousands of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities, raised the level of economic activity and enhanced the quality of life for the African-American community in his hometown of St. Louis and across the country, received. Sonja Williams, CEO at Shock Theory, one of the country’s leading interactive marketing and web development companies. The Living Legend Award was presented to Ambassador Joe Beasley.
ESP's Everett Glenn joined executive producer, writer and TV show creator Jacque Edmonds Cofer (Let’s Stay Together, Martin, Living Single, and Moesha), Marshawn Evans, former beauty queen turned corporate attorney, and CEO of EDGE 3M Sports and Entertainment, and Peter Thomas co-founder of Source Entertainment, which launched the Source Awards, Source All Access and Source Sound Lab on UNP. Famed Hollywood attorney Darrell Miller who has represented actors, writers, directors and producers associated with a variety of television programs and motion pictures including “NCIS,” “Law & Order,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “In Plain Sight,” “Flash Forward,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew,” Academy Award Winner “Crash,” “RocknRolla,” “Couples Retreat,” “Notorious,” “The Great Debaters” and “Max Payne” was the panel moderator.
Each year the PNC brings out the best and the brightest from across the country who come together to share ideas, motivate and inspire each other to greatness. The theme of this year's conference was " Power With A Purpose: Getting Together To Get Ahead” and included 40 workshops in 6 tracks including Entrepreneurship/Business Development, Career Development, Wealth Building, Servant Leadership, Technology and a Student Program attended by over 250 college-aged young people free of charge. For career professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, the PNC provides incredible networking opportunities and enables participants to extend their circle of influence and reach.