Now more than ever, the stories, lives, and testimonies of Black women are changing the world and are leading the way to a better tomorrow.

The Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce (SBCC) continues to lead in this space and is proud to host the Connecting the Dots symposium that will celebrate women who have become successful business leaders across the nation. This free virtual event will be held on October 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST. Pre-registration is required via Eventbrite.

The symposium will feature Black women leaders who will share their victories and defeats in starting a wide array of businesses. Each speaker will discuss how they have connected the dots in their lives to be as successful as they can in their womanhood, professional life, parenting, and personal life. Topics such as tapping into family support, marriages won and lost, friends who come and go, business challenges, startup life, finding your niche in your industry, managing a non-stop work schedule, and much more will be common themes throughout each speaker’s presentation. This year’s moderator is Lorrie Clark, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors at the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce.

SBCC President and CEO, Azizza Davis Goines commented, “This is one of the most highly anticipated events of this year. Stories have the power to shape our community and Black women telling their own stories about the ups and downs of their journey in becoming successful business leaders are a lethal force for change.”

This event is sponsored by SMUD, Kaiser Permanente, Safe Credit Union, UC Davis Health, Wells Fargo Bank, and AARP.

Speakers include:

Barbara A. Perkins: an author, executive & life coach, inspirational speaker, leader, and teacher with a relentless commitment to excellence. Her distinguished record and expertise in community engagement, public policy, and organizational leadership allow her to be a collaborative and valuable resource for individuals, corporate leaders, and elected officials.

In 2013, Barbara partnered with world spiritual leader, Dr. Iyanla Vanzant and served as interim-president of Vanzant Enterprises and executive director of Inner Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance, Inc. where she managed the day to day operations. She has written and published six books on mentoring and coaching. Currently, she is working on her soon to be released book, “Restoration: Seven Promises of God,” an idea born early one morning during her treatment and healing from stage III breast cancer.

Nilajah Renee: the founder and voice of power behind Mpowering Humanity’s Leadership Training, Mentoring, and Coaching Evolution. With New Jersey roots and a global perspective, Nilajah Renee is an Evolutionary Speaker, aspiring Author, Leadership Trainer, Mentor, and Coach with a message about “Self- Leadership”!

Maisha Bahati: co-founder of Crystal Nugs, the first Black-owned and women-owned cannabis delivery retailer in Sacramento. A native of Sacramento’s Meadowview community, Maisha is an industry mentor and influential professional. She is an established fashion designer of 15 years, mother, and wife. She is an active member of her community who advocates for equity opportunities for women and people of color entering the cannabis industry.

Attorney DeLonda K. Coleman: the youngest of nine children, the second attorney among her siblings, a wife of approximately 25 years, a mother of three, and a grandmother of nine. Attorney Coleman has been an estate planning, family law, tax, and real estate attorney for over 13 years and owns her own law firm, Law Offices of DeLonda K. Coleman, P.C.

Nicole Murphy: a mother, actor, and entrepreneur. She was born in Sacramento to an African American father and a British mother. At age 13, Nicole began her modeling career in San Francisco and by 14, she had signed with the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency.

In 2012, Nicole took on the dual role of Executive Producer and cast member of VH-1’s popular reality show, ‘Hollywood Exes’. Over the next few years, her entrepreneurial desires kicked in. She successfully launched Destiny Moscato, her wine company, Friendship Love and Peace, her jewelry line, Nicole Murphy Designs, an interior decorating and design company and most recently she formed the Friendship, Love and Peace Foundation, a charitable organization.

Cheryl Brownlee: brings more than 20 years of marketing, event planning, community outreach, media, and public relations expertise in California and across the nation. Her media relations and social marketing experience serve partnerships in high recognized local, state, national and international events, and outreach campaigns.

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