“Black girls are magic.”
The phrase itself, popularized as a hashtag by CaShawn Thompson, speaks to the ability of Black girls and women to succeed despite the adversities they face due to systemic racism. Boss Women Media, an organization dedicated to lifting up Black women entrepreneurs, will be celebrating such achievements through its second annual Black Girl Magic Summit.
Boss Women Media does its work both online and offline — though in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, all of that work has of course gone virtual. And that includes its upcoming summit, a 2-day event to be held August 15 and 16 that offers (digital) panels and workshops, as well as opportunities to network with women who are just like them.
Speakers will include Black women executives like Dr. Jennifer Jackson of Capital One, Teneya Gholston of Revlon and Regina Davis of Toyota. Actresses Meagan Good and Tia Mowry will also address the virtual assembly.
“Our mission is to create a space for Black women and empower them as leaders in communities across the country,” Marty McDonald, founder and CEO of Boss Women Media, told The Story Exchange.
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She continued, “According to a recent study, last year, 1,817 women-owned businesses launched every day in the United States. Among those businesses, 42 percent of them were started by Black women” — making it all the more critical to support this active, enterprising group.
Especially now, organizers note, as the coronavirus crisis continues to keep people apart. “Creating community, sharing resources, and planning for the future is more critical than ever,” the event’s site says. “We want to rally to serve our community in the areas they need most by pivoting to bring tools and resources to all women nationally during our emerging normal.”