About BWA


WASHINGTON, DC - For 40 years, The Black Women's Agenda, Inc. (BWA) has protected, secured, and advanced the rights of African-American women and their families. On September 22nd, a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,200 elected officials, journalists, corporate and community leaders and members of its National Collaborating Organizations will join BWA in celebrating this milestone at the organization's 40th Annual Symposium Workshop & Awards Luncheon to be held at the Marriott Marquis Washington.

Continuing an annual tradition, BWA will salute the achievements of five phenomenal women: The Honorable Kamala D. Harris, the dynamic U.S. Senator representing the State of California, will receive the organization's President's Award. April Ryan, White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Network and a political analyst for CNN, will accept BWA's Education Award. Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, Executive Vice President Ascension and President and Chief Executive Officer Ascension Health Care will be presented with BWA's Health Award. Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference will accept the organization's Economic and Business Award, and Briana Richardson, a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, will be honored as the recipient of the Bright Future Award.

In addition, BWA will host two workshops: "Living Your Best Life at Every Age," will be an interactive forum moderated by Star Jones lawyer, journalist, television personality, and featuring a panel of well-known women including Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications, Inc.; Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO, Black Women's Health Imperative; Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D., 17th President, Shaw University and newly appointed Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, Howard University, and Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech University and a celebrated poet, writer, activist, and television personality. Participants will be encouraged to broaden their horizons, welcome challenges, and agitate norms. Kara McCullough, a physical scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Miss USA 2017, will headline the Inform & Inspire workshop for middle-school age students enrolled in Girls, Inc., reminding them that pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics can be a beautiful thing.

"The phrase Black Girl Magic has become popular on social media and in conversation, but magic isn't what's making Black women stand out," said Gwainevere Catchings Hess, BWA's national president. "It's the fact that we are proud, prepared and persistent. We have and will continue to use our voices, talents, and contributions to move this nation forward - no spells or incantations needed."

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Past Symposiums


BWA 2016 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2015 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2014 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2013 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2012 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2011 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos

BWA 2010 Annual Luncheon Awards and Workshop Photos



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