Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Address BET Networks’ Leading Women Defined Summit

Mar 01, 2016
By ViacomCBS Staff



BET Networks announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the Leading Women Defined Summit (LWD), presented by COVERGIRL. The vision of Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the seventh annual summit will convene the nation’s most prominent African American women during Women’s History Month to help set a national agenda and actionable solutions surrounding prominent issues impacting the black community.

This year’s theme of “Your Story. Our World.” empowers black women to reflect on their individual impact in a global world through candid conversations and engaging workshops including intimate conversations with Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Erykah Badu and U.S. Senate candidate, Kamala Harris. Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music & iTunes will receive the Butterfly Award during the Dorothy Height luncheon for her unwavering commitment to service and leadership. Attendees will also engage and inspire local women through a volunteer session and career development workshop with the Miami affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide.

“We are so excited to have Hillary Clinton join us for this important and much needed discussion. Black women are the driver of the black vote and we are honored the summit will provide a platform to engage in constructive dialogue on the issues that matter to us the most,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks.

Leading Women Defined is full of women who have changed the game and redefined the standard of success in their fields. Presenters include Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director, Advancement Project; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Direct Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Education Fund; Justine Skye, Recording Artist; Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, Apollo Theater; Beverly Bond, Founder of Black Girls Rock!; Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore; Latham Thomas, Founder, Mama Glow; Debra Martin Chase, Emmy Nominated Producer and many more. Past panelists include First Lady Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Diahann Carroll, Queen Latifah, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Soledad O’Brien, June Ambrose, Kelly Rowland, Star Jones, Gabrielle Union, MC Lyte, Sheila E, Robin Roberts and Issa Rae.

Sponsors of the Leading Women Defined Summit include presenting sponsor COVERGIRL plus AT&T, News Corp and MASTER YOUR CARD, a community empowerment program by MasterCard.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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