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Presenting Guest Speaker MC Lyte and honoring Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-Hop pioneer and philanthropist, MC Lyte, will be guest presenting at the 11th Annual League of Black Women Global Leadership Conference, themed "LBW Bold," May 6-9.  This year's conference will be held in the Nation's capital and hosted at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Among the special conference guests, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of the 23rd Congressional District, Florida, will be honored at the conference's annual Black Rose Award dinner, which honors a distinguished woman who uses her professional advancement to inspire other women.

Others who will be recognized throughout the conference include Honorary LBW Conference Chair, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of the 11th Congressional District, Ohio, and Honorary LBW Chancellor, Congresswoman Corrine Brown of the fifth Congressional District, Florida.

The conference will feature presentations by an array of professional organizations, including the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Menttium, Ivy Consulting Group, The Black Women's Health Imperative, and Blacks in Government (BIG).

Panel discussions and forums will highlight topics that include professional development, executive leadership, diversity and inclusion, mental and physical health, and entrepreneurship. Conference attendees will also be able to participate in breakout sessions, as well as network with high-level professionals.

This year, the conference has added "Shark Friendly Tank," a twist of the popular TV show "Shark Tank." This new addition will allow thriving women owned businesses to pitch for investment to a panel of venture capital firms.

The conference continues its legacy of celebrating and encouraging leadership in today's Black woman and aims to offer a platform for action and debate that will continue beyond the conference. This year, the conference will feature a high level of executive leadership development workshops designed to encourage and inspire women of color.

"Every year, our conference goal is to serve as the impetus for women to be that missing voice in the executive as well as global leadership arenas. In doing so, we hope to create a blueprint for fueling the critical assets and untapped talent that women of color possess that is often overlooked; so as to expose them to competitive opportunities as well as ignite their advancement to the global stage," says the President and CEO of League of Black Women, Sandra Finley.  

This blueprint comes as inspiration from a statement by the Center for American Progress, which says, "women of color will compromise the majority of all women in the future, and it is in our best interest to close racial gaps so we can begin to create a society and a workforce that will sustain U.S. competitiveness on the global stage."

LBW sponsors include Wal-Mart; Deloitte; CNA, Bethune-Cookman University; Loews Corporation; BlueCross Blue Shield Association; Aon; United Nations; Blacks in Government, and Federally Employed Women.

For conference registration, speakers and agenda inquiries, call (708) 754-1676 or email tmorgan@leagueofblackwomen.org.

About League of Black Women
Grounded in the principles of racial and gender equality, leadership, scholarship and community development, the League of Black Women was founded in 1970 by women fighting for the betterment of African-Americans. Today, this national non-profit organization practices those principles through leadership research and education programs that aim for the advancement of professional women of color through the pipeline to the executive level. For more information about the League of Black Women, please visit leagueofblackwomen.org.

Samaiyah Bashir  
(708) 567-3413

Tameka Morgan
(708) 754-1676

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