The 2010  National DIVERSITY WOMEN’S BUSINESS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE is one of the country’s most prestigious and productive conferences for and about women in business. Sheila Robinson, founder of the annual event and publisher of  Diversity Woman Magazine says, “Now is the time to address ‘The Diverse & Multicultural Women’s Leadership Gap’.” When you consider the facts about women for example, there are only 28 Women CEO’s in Fortune 1000 companies, the purchasing power of over 85%, senior women age 50 and older, control net worth of $19 trillion and own more than three-fourths of the nation’s financial wealth.  She does make a sound business case for this year’s focus.

25 corporations are already sponsors of the event.  With one week left to go, the question is whether or not your company, educational institution, or nonprofit organization is one of those? Here’s who’s in:

  • Diamond Level Sponsor – Wells Fargo
  • Gold Level Sponsors – All State Insurance, State Farm Insurance, and Cargill
  • Silver Level Sponsor – AOL
  • Bronze Level Sponsors – Sodexo, Cisco, and Motorola
  • Other sponsors include – AARP, American Institute of Architects, Bennett College for Women, Campbell Soup Company, Cognosante, Freddie Mac, Hilton Hotels, Howard University, HRC, McDonalds, McKesson, National Grid, Office Max, MCI Diagnostic Center, Progress Energy and SHRM

To become a sponsor, click here.

The conference is on Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th,  at the Gaylord Resort & Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.  Still not sure about joining Sheila as a sponsor?  Consider this – according to Wendy Stephenson, managing director of Sponsorship Consulting who provides “must read” metrics on the value of sponsorship

“Sponsorship is a marketing business activity.” “If you want to get involved in the arts and culture, the environment or education in the communities in which you operate, it’s worthwhile looking at sponsorship which is a business tool, rather than a pure donation. That way you’ll get a return, and your stakeholders will be a great deal happier. You can still be doing real good in the community, and that is a corporately responsible thing to do.”

The Conference Co-chairs joining Sheila are Edie Fraser, Diversified Search, Candi Castleberry Singleton, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Pittsburgh, Jeanette Kilo-Smith, Chief Diversity Officer, Motorola, Shari Slate, Diversity Officer, Cisco, and Alisa Joseph , Vice President, Wells Fargo. They have assembled a powerful group of women business leaders from the world’s largest corporations and entrepreneurs from successful women-owned businesses.  Join them as they discuss opportunities women leaders must address because of their differences and unique strengths. The conference will explore age, faith, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, work/life balance for women and other diversities as well as winning strategies for growth and achievement.

About Sheila Robinson, President & Producer. Sheila is a “marketing phenom” with more than 20 years of experience in corporate leadership roles ranging from project management to global marketing. She realized that she, like many other women, was being bypassed on the executive development track. As a result, she has a passion for mentoring and leadership development for women, particularly women of various ethnic backgrounds. Sheila launched a regional publication, Career Network Magazine and the national magazine, Diversity Woman. With its tagline “Leadership Empowerment for Women Who Mean Business,” the magazine is a thought-provoking, inspiring, and entertaining resource for female executives and entrepreneurs of all races and backgrounds—and the only magazine geared specifically toward this sizeable demographic.

I support this event because I think that it will be a positively powerful win-win for everyone. So, look for more news and share the information about this exciting upcoming event. “We’ve come a long way and still have a long way to go.”

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