About the Women’s Empowerment
Women’s Empowerment is Radio One Raleigh’s largest and most anticipated event. Year after year, thousands of African American women (and men) come to Women’s Empowerment for an entire day of education, entertainment and empowerment. Created in 1994, in honor of Women’s History Month, Women’s Empowerment was designed to enhance the lives of African American women by addressing issues that specifically impact their “health, hearts and pocketbooks.” Throughout the day, this expo-styled event offers seminars, workshops, demonstrations, sampling, and shopping.
The program begins with a motivational speech by a nationally recognized speaker. Past speakers have included Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General; Susan L. Taylor, former editor in chief of Essence; Rolanda Watts, N.C. native and former talk show; Phylicia Rashad, former co-star of The Cosby Show; Iyanla Vanzant, noted motivational author; Debbie Allen; actress and choreographer, Queen Latifah, actress & recording artist; and awarding winner actress Angela Basset. Susan L. Taylor, of Essence Communications, appeared twice– in 1997 and again in 2002. The keynote speaker for 2004, the 10th Anniversary, was Vivica A. Fox. In celebration of that banner year, Blair Underwood was added to the program to bring forth the male perspective of today’s empowered woman. In 2005, our keynote speaker was television host Star Jones Reynolds. North Carolina’s own American Idol Fantasia Barrino was among the many musical artists who have performed at Women’s Empowerment Expo. In 2006, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts was the keynote speaker, and in 2007 Grammy Award-Winner Natalie Cole delivered a moving keynote address! In 2008, actress, singer and all around diva Patti LaBelle graced the W.E. stage with words of encouragement and an awesome vocal performance that attendees will not soon forget. In 2009, songstress Mary J. Blige gave her powerful testimony. In 2010, Layla Ali brought the house down with her message of empowerment, encouragement and support.
Women’s Empowerment 2011 Keynote Speaker
Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which eventually led to a long stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo. His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including: Me and The Boys on ABC from 1994-1995, The Steve Harvey Show on the WB from 1996-2002 and Steve Harvey Big Time Challenge on the WB from 2003-2005.
Throughout his television success, Harvey never lost sight of his true passion for stand-up comedy. In 1997 he continued touring as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric The Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. The immediate success of the tour led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history The Original Kings of Comedy directed by Spike Lee. In 2006 he released Don’t Trip, He Ain’t Through With Me Yet, a clean and family friendly DVD, unlike any he had ever done before. Due to the overwhelming demand for his original style of cutthroat and tell-it-like-it-is comedy, Harvey released a brand new comedy special on DVD entitled Still Trippin in stores now.
Currently Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, which airs in over 64 markets and has over 7 million listeners from 6-10 AM EST. The morning show has also allowed him to share relationship advice with his listeners through the Strawberry Letter segment, where he responds to relationship questions. This segment’s popularity led to a book deal with Harper Collins.
His first book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man was released on January 27, 2009. The widely-acclaimed book is Harvey’s ultimate guide to unlocking the male mind, understanding his game, anticipating his moves and countering with unstoppable offense and defense. Harvey has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tyra Banks Show, CBS’ The Early Show, NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CNN Newsroom, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet and several others to discuss HIS #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING BOOK!
Sponsorships and Vendors
If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor at Women’s Empowerment 2011, call the Vendor Hotline at (919) 863-4848.
Women’s Empowerment Keynote Speakers
Past Keynote Speakers
Women’s Empowerment 2010