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ESSENCE to hold its first Empowerment Conference in Chicago on Oct. 30th

(October 23, 2009) ESSENCE magazine will hold its first ESSENCE Empowerment Conference on Friday, October 30th, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago from 9AM to 3:30PM. Hundreds of women are expected to convene at this conference that promises to provide attendees with the key strategies they need to go to new heights in their careers, finances, relationships and every other area of their lives.

The ESSENCE Empowerment Conference will feature breakout sessions and keynote addresses from renowned speakers at the height of their careers who will share their expertise and secrets to success with the audience. The conference will also provide optimal opportunities for attendees to network with their peers, as well as program participants.

"ESSENCE always seeks to inspire women to be their best in every facet of their lives, especially in the areas of careers and finance," said Tanisha A. Sykes, ESSENCE Senior Editor, Personal Finance and Careers, and conference host. "The ESSENCE Empowerment Conference is perfect for any woman who wants to build her personal brand, transform her finances or take her career to the next level."

Scheduled speakers for the ESSENCE Empowerment Conference hail from the business, media, entertainment and financial sectors. They include:

Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE Beauty and Cover Director;
Nicole Mangrum, President & CEO, Interweave International, Artistic Consultant/Educator, SoftSheen-Carson;
Carole L. Brown, Senior Managing Director, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C. and Former Chairman, Chicago Transit Authority;
Dee Marshall, Life Coach & TV Lifestyle Expert, Raise The Bar, LLC;
Cheryle Robinson Jackson, U.S. Senate Candidate, Illinois;
Angela T. Ingram, Vice President, Communications, Clear Channel Radio Chicago;
Hermene Hartman, CEO, Hartman Publishing Group;
Sheila C. Hill, President & CEO, Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Inc.;
Kenetta Bailey, Senior Vice President, Marketing, WE tv;
Marshawn Evans, ESQ., Innovation Expert, ME Unlimited LLC; 
Merri Dee, President/CEO, MD Communications, Inc.;
Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments and Financial Contributor, ABC's Good Morning America;
LeeAnn Trotter, Entertainment Reporter, NBC 5;
Robin Robinson, Anchor, Fox Chicago; Cheryl Burton, Anchor/Reporter, ABC 7;
Nicole Jones, Proprietor, Sensual Steps Shoe Salon;
Sharon Rossmark, Independent Business Consultant;
Michelle McKinney Hammond, Relationship Expert, DivaCor, LLC;
Yolanda Daniel, V.P., Internal Audit, W.W. Grainger, Inc.;
Anise Wiley-Little, Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President, Allstate Insurance Company;
Carmella Barrett Perry, DDS, Every Tooth Counts Pediatric Dental Center;
Carol Hillsman Sagers, Director, U.S. Marketing, McDonald's USA; and
Donna Grant Dorsey, Vice President, Human Resources, Navistar Financial Corporation.

Tickets are $50. For more information, a full listing of speakers, or to purchase tickets, please visit Essence.com/empowerment. Sponsors for this event include: L'Oreal Paris and SoftSheen-Carson Roots of Nature Remedies.

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