Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman Summit Is Free To Attend

Mary J. BligePEPSI®, Live Nation Urban and MVD Inc. announced the talent, official sponsors and exclusive experiences offered at the third annual Strength of a Woman Summit, being held Saturday, May 11th at The Glasshouse in New York City.

This year’s event will be co-hosted by comedian and co-host of The Breakfast Club, Jess Hilarious and award-winning on-air talent, journalist and podcaster, Gia Peppers.

The event is free for everyone who completes the registration form HERE.

The Strength of a Woman Summit is the ultimate destination that brings the festival’s mission and purpose of empowerment, elevation, education, and equity to life with inspiring programming, pivotal panels, keynote speakers, workshops and experiences, focused on wellness, culture, finance and entrepreneurship, style, beauty, podcasts and much more.

Notable key speakers, for the free event, include Taraji P. Henson, Tasha Smith, Method Man, Marsai Martin, Larenz Tate, Angie Martinez, Pinky Cole Hayes, Crystal Renee Hayslett, Misa Hylton, Bevy Smith, Claire Sulmers, Michael Rainey Jr. and more.

The Strength Of A Woman Summit is free for attendees, due to the tremendous support of its official sponsors Mielle Organics, Verizon Business, Starz, and ASCAP.

Summit Schedule:

*Doors will open at 9:30 AM.

Welcome from Jess Hilarious
●          Time: 10:00-10:05 AM

Morning Motivation and Prayer Featuring Tasha Smith
●          Time: 10:05-10:15 AM

From Crisis to Care: Navigating Mental Health in the Black Community
●        Time: 10:20-11:05 AM
●        Program Description: True wealth is mental wellness. We’re bringing together
powerful Black voices to drop gems on managing life’s everyday challenges while keeping our                    minds on point. This isn’t just a panel — it’s a roadmap to inner strength, grace and resilience.                    Discover practical self-care strategies and unlock a healthier, happier you.
●        Moderator: Kristi Henderson, DE&I Executive & Planned Parenthood LA &
California Affiliates Board Of Directors
●        Talent: Dr. Thema, Notable Black Psychologist; Shanti Das, CEO/Founder of
Silence the Shame; Sharon Content, CEO/Founder Children of Promise NYC

Respect the Architect: Become the Architect of your Life
●        Time: 11:10-11:40 AM
●        Program Description: From styling music icons to shaping cultural trends, Misa
Hylton has left an indelible mark on fashion and entertainment. Get ready to be inspired as the                    fashion icon and her specially curated guests share their secrets to success and resilience                          through undeniable creativity across the board. Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity                          to embrace your unique vision, unlock your potential, and chart a course towards designing the life             you’ve always wanted.
●         Moderator: Misa Hylton, Image Architect & Designer
●         Talent: LaTonya Blige-DaCosta, COO of MJB Productions; Simone I Smith,
Jewelry Designer; Madison Star Brim, Artist, Designer, Birthworker

Operation Secure The Bag: The Keys to Unlocking Financial Freedom
●      Time: 11:45-12:30 PM
●      Program Description: Level up and learn wealth-building strategies from
corporate executives as a discussion about financial freedom takes center stage. The conversation            is brought to you by PepsiDig In —the brand’s platform designed to drive access, business growth              and awareness for Black-owned restaurants, by providing resources, mentorship, and training to                 restaurateurs to upskill their businesses. Join us for a conversation on entrepreneurship, financial
planning, and how the Black community can crack the economic ceiling IRL. Don’t just dream of                 setting yourself free — gather the real keys to stacking generational coins. Your journey to                           prosperity starts here.
●       Moderator: Pinky Cole Hayes, Founder/CEO Slutty Vegan and Bar Vegan
Authority, Philanthropist
●       Talent: Rosezena “The BizLawyer” Pierce, CEO & Founding Trademark Attorney
of R.J Pierce Law Group, P.C.; Nicole George-Middleton, ​​SVP, Membership, ASCAP; Sherrese                   Clark-Soares, CEO/Founder Harbourview Equity Partners

Girl Talk with MJB
●        Time: 12:35-1:35 PM
●        Program Description: The girls are talkin’! Experience this unfiltered
conversation that celebrates the magical bond of Black women’s friendships as MJB and her                      celebrity besties Angie Martinez, Taraji P. Henson and Tasha Smith talk about life, love, dating, and            everything in between. Celebrate the strength and sisterhood of Black women as we toast to the                 joys and triumphs of everyday life with the women we love most!
●        Moderator: Angie Martinez, Radio Icon, Creator and Host of Angie Martinez
IRL (In Real Life)
●        Talent: Mary J. Blige; Taraji P. Henson, Actress; Tasha Smith, Actress/Director

You CAN Sit With Us: Cultivating and Maintaining Sustainable Community
●        Time: 1:40-2:25 PM
●        Program Description: Explore the power of community and friendship as we
discuss ways to foster healthier connections among Black women. From overcoming toxic                          environments or friend groups to embracing inclusivity, discover the keys to building meaningful                  relationships. Don’t let societal barriers break us — it’s time to redefine sisterhood and create a                  space where everyone belongs.
●        Moderator: Gia Peppers, Award-Winning On-Air Talent, Entertainment
Journalist, and Podcaster
●        Talent: Heather Lowery, Founder NextGemFemme; Marsai Martin, Actress;
Crystal Renee Hayslett, Actress, Producer, Host; Shari Bryant, Co President of Roc Nation Label

Verizon Small Business Panel – The State of Small Business: How Female Leaders Can Be The Driving Force of Change
●        Time: 2:30-3:00 PM
●        Program Description: Small businesses are the fabric of communities across
the country, often having a significant economic impact on a local and national scale. Women-                    owned businesses continue to increase – ranging in the millions if not tens of millions. So, how can            female leaders drive true change within their organizations and in the broader business landscape?

Join us for a lively conversation with Verizon Business leaders focused on the state of small                       business, the importance of prioritizing diverse voices, and how we as women are uniquely                         positioned to navigate the extraordinary challenges many businesses are facing today. Panelists will           zero in on trends they’re seeing in the field and what is resonating most with small businesses, such           as new technology and social constructs, taking a deep dive into how we can support both the                   individual business owner and the communities they operate in. And finally, the discussion will cover           how organizations like Verizon are championing small businesses, from tailored solutions, to                       programs such as Small Business Digital Ready, which offers over 50 courses, peer networking, 1:1            expert coaching and incentives such as grant funding to small businesses across the country.
●        Moderator: Brave Williams, Entrepreneur, Multi-unit Developer & Owner, Be
BRAVE Founder & CEO
●        Talent: Aparna Khurjekar, SVP & CRO, Business Markets & SaaS;
Dawn McNellis, Senior Director, Business Sales; Sonal Patel, Vice President, Business Marketing

We Set The Trends: Developing Your Personal Style
●        Time: 3:05-3:35 PM
●        Program Description: Don’t know which looks match your vibe? Say less. Gain
the skills you need to elevate your style game and discover how Black culture influences fashion                from designer OGs and today’s rising influencers who are innovating the style & beauty industries.              It’ll be an electrifying celebration of Black trends, creativity, and individuality.
●        Moderator: Bevy Smith, Author, TV and Radio Host
●        Talent: Claire Sulmers, CEO/Founder, Fashion Bomb Daily;  Kim Kimble,
Celebrity Hairstylist, Entrepreneur; Tahira Wright, Founder, The Cut Life

Black Women’s Health: Everything Your Mother Never Told You
●        Time: 3:40-4:20 PM
●        Program Description: Trust. This isn’t your mother’s typical health talk. In fact,
it’s an eye-opening discussion that will delve into rarely discussed topics from fibroids to                              perimenopause to that feeling you get when “your nerves are bad.” We’re breaking the silence and            equipping you with the tools not passed from generation to generation. Don’t miss a chance to                    learn new knowledge and reclaim more power.
●        Moderator: Tunde Oyeneyin, New York Times Best Selling Author, Peloton
Instructor and Global Nike Athlete
●        Talent: Bea Dixon,CEO, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Honey
Pot Company; Coach Gessie Thompson, Health Activist & Founder, The Detox Now; Dr. Stephanie            Thompson, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Physician

Our Men Honor the Strength of a Woman
●        Time: 4:25-5:10 PM
●        Program Description: Join us for a dynamic discussion led by a lineup of
influential male voices who will share their love of Black women. Don’t miss your chance to hear                firsthand from the men who recognize and appreciate the strength, beauty, and magic of Black                     women.
●        Moderator: Da’Vinchi, Actor
●        Talent: Method Man, Actor; Larenz Tate, Actor; Michael Rainey Jr., Actor; Mekai
Curtis, Actor

Closing Remarks
●        Time: 5:10-5:15 PM

The Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit is produced by MVD Inc., an internationally acclaimed creative production agency led by co-founders and sisters Miatta Johnson and Massah David.

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