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The Eliza Mary Global Network celebrated International Women’s Day with the 3rd Annual Women’s International Summit in Atlanta to inspire and connect women with entrepreneurial endeavors.
With the theme, “I Am My Sister’s Keeper,” a panel of gutsy, highly charged, and charismatic boss ladies shared their experiences and ingenuity in the areas of media, self-healing, and philanthropy.
The roundtable discussion, which was moderated by Clarissa Joi, CEO of Clarissa Joi, Inc., included Renee Mack Jones, CEO of One Accord Media; Joy Tribble, radio personality and contributor for Mix 87.7; Kunbi Tinuoye, founder of UrbanGeekz; and Quinetha Frasier, CEO of Social Impact Technology.
The ladies discussed the nuances of being an immigrant, full-figured woman, and black woman navigating the philanthropic space. In addition, prioritizing and destigmatizing mental health in the African-American community was discussed at length. All of these topics were explored in tune with women owning their power and potential and moving their business and endeavors forward.
Before the conclusion of the event, Melisa Alaba, founder and CEO of the Eliza Mary Global Network (EMGN), discussed the social enterprise organization’s goals for the year. On the heels of being officially trademarked last November, EMGN has a number of exciting programs planned in its third year.
Alaba detailed how they’ve refined their accelerate weekend program to bring it to a larger audience. This year, the organization will introduce the opportunity to churches, where women will be able to create a business plan and pinpoint a bona fide number in revenue.
Also in the lineup for later this year is a project to expose women to profitable business sectors.
“We at the EMGN really want to help people to actually make income and make a business for their family,” said Alaba, speaking to the attendees. “When you open up opportunities, it’s limitless the amounts of money that you can make. It’s not all about money, but it is about taking care of your family and it is about living and not being in struggle. It’s hard to do something meaningful without the currency of money.”
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