Walker’s Legacy Hosts 2nd Annual Awards at #ESSENCE2015

Walker’s Legacy Hosts 2nd Annual Awards at #ESSENCE2015


In 2009 Walker’s Legacy – named as an homage to Madam C. J. Walker – was founded as an entrepreneurial association for women of color across America. Today, the national collective aimed at uplifting women in business, is partnering with Accelerate with Google to host an impactful brunch during Essence Music Festival Weekend.  Walker’s Legacy is on a mission to increase the number of women entrepreneurs of color by improving access to key resources.

“African-American and Hispanic women are making great strides in entrepreneurship throughout the country, our goal for this annual awards brunch is to bring greater attention to our role as business owners and economic contributors to the U.S.” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder, Walker’s Legacy.

This brunch and awards program is another step in their journey to make this mission a reality.  Attendees will join the Walker’s Legacy network and become active participants in their movement to solve problems facing women of color in business.  Each attendee will join six other women and a mentor and will have an hour to produce an idea that solves a problem for women entrepreneurs.  Complimentary beauty products will be provided from partner, LAMIK Beauty.

Confirmed Honorees include:

Melinda Emerson – Forbes #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs | Host, #SmallBizChat | Author, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

Janaye Ingram – National Executive Director, National Action Network

Mushiya Tshikuka – Owner, The Damn Salon & Reality TV Star, “Cutting it in ATL” (WETV)

Beverly Bond – Founder and Executive Director, BlackGirlsRock, Inc.

Accelerate with Google is an effort to make the web work for small businesses by making the web and all of the company’s tools for businesses more accessible and useful.  Accelerate with Google supports businesses in communities that are underrepresented on the web, growing diversity and inclusion in Google’s user, customer and partner base.