The Network Journal Announces its 14th Annual “25 Influential Black Women in Business” Awards

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The Network Journal, an award-winning business magazine with an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners, announces its 2012 list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business.

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We salute these women for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers and for their contributions to their community.

The Network Journal, an award-winning business magazine with an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners, announces its 2012 list of “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”

The select group will be profiled in the special March issue of the magazine, and will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the 14th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon on Thursday, March 22. This signature TNJ event, which is highly anticipated each year, will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th streets) in New York City, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“The women we are honoring in the 14th year of these awards span job titles, industries and expertise, but they share the same traits: passion, drive and focus. They are at the forefront of American leadership and symbolize the diversity and advancement that has occurred across industry lines,” TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, said. “We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers and for their contributions to their community.”

TNJ’s 2012 extraordinary women are:

Maureen E. Archibald, Executive Director, Harvest of Hope Family Services Network, Inc.

Verona Brewton, Director, Minority Initiatives, Zimmer, Inc.

Angela Brock-Kyle, Managing Director, TIAA-CREF

Julia M. Brown, CPO & SVP, Global Procurement Kraft Foods, Inc.

Chrysa Chin, VP, Player Development, National Basketball Association (NBA)

Shauna Johnson Clark, Partner-In-Charge, Houston, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

Patricia A. David, Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity, JP Morgan Chase

Charlene D. Faison, Manager, Nuclear Licensing Programs, Entergy Nuclear Operations

Wanda Felton, First VP and Vice Chair, Export Import Bank of the United States

Vicky L. Free, EVP, Marketing, & Brand Strategy, BET Networks

Jackie Glenn, Chief Diversity Officer, EMC2 Corporation

Ellen McClain Haime, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, NYRA, The New York Racing Association, Inc.

Jeniffer Harper-Taylor, President, Siemens Foundation

Darline Jean, President and Chief Executive Officer, The About Group

Rose Stuckey Kirk, President, Verizon Foundation, Verizon Communications

Michele Lawrence, SVP & Community Banking President for the Delaware Valley Central Market, Wells Fargo

Patricia A. Mitchell, Executive Vice President, Industrial Bank

Karen Morris, SVP, Human Resources, Meijer, Inc.

Lauren P. Raysor, Esq., Lawyer, Author & Motivational Speaker,    Lauren P. Raysor Law Offices

Arva R. Rice, President & CEO, New York Urban League

Kim Seymour, VP, Executive Talent Management, American Express Co.

Karen Johnson Shaheed, Esq., Interim Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, Bowie State University

Janet A. Simmons, President, Global Resource Solutions, Inc.

Denise C. Soares, Executive Director, Harlem Hospital Center & Renaissance Healthcare Network

M. DeLois (Dee) Strum, CEO, MDStrum Housing Services, Inc.

The program includes a cocktail networking reception, lunch and awards presentation with Mistress of Ceremonies Brenda Blackmon, Co-Anchor My9 WWOR-TV and Author of “A Mom’s Story.” As a signature TNJ event that attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers from various industries, the luncheon sells out each year.

Tickets are $285.00 if purchased before March 9th and $335.00 thereafter. Sponsors this year are: L’Oreal USA, Wells Fargo, Entergy, State Farm, Macy’s, Zimmer, WNYC, and WBLS-FM.

About The Network Journal

Founded in 1993, The Network Journal is an award-winning magazine published eight times a year, including combined December/January, April/May, July/August October/November issues. Along with its Web edition, TNJ.com, it provides news and commentary on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,000 readers, the print edition of The Network Journal is distributed nationwide, with emphasis on the northeast region. For more information call 212-962-3791, or visit the TNJ Web site at http://www.tnj.com.

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