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Girl Power!

Over the years black women, have over come so many challenges and obstacles. Not only being minority, but being a woman, theres so much pressure on the women in Black America. Black women have to carry themselves in such away, that they cant be touch, and the world is now on their shoulders inorder to get where they want to go. Black women have accomplished so much throughout their struggles in history. Black Enterprise Magazine did an article title “40 Rising Stars 40 & Under,” This article is based on Beautiful black women in America that are successful and that have set the bar and changed the game in so many ways. These women have inspired young ladies such as myself, to dream big, set goals, and stay focus.

Nia Batts, 27
Director, Strategic Partnerships & Social Impact
Viacom Inc.

Batts is responsible for optimizing marketing, cause marketing and corporate responsibility practices across the company while managing relationships with key partners and foundations to align market forces with positive social impact.

Angela Benton, 30
Founder, Publisher & CEO
Black Web Media L.L.C.

Service/product company provides: “Our main mission and goal—regardless of the product, whether it’s a conference or accelerator or a website—is really around African Americans and minorities in technology and really being a catalyst for change and the elevation of those individuals.”

Nikki Bethel, 36
Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness
Home Box Office Inc.

Bethel oversees all executive and employee development, internal employee communications and initiatives, and integrated business solutions for the 2,000-plus workforce of the multibillion-dollar division of Time Warner. She worked in finance for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley before transitioning into the entertainment industry. “I came to HBO with a very different energy and spirit. I do feel that my background has helped me in my current position.”

Kimberly A. Blackwell, 40
CEO and Managing Partner
PMM Agency

Blackwell is a brand manager and strategist, servicing clients around her company’s brand marketing, brand identity, and brand ideation processes, as well as making deals and negotiating contracts. She’s also a sports agent who handles all contract negotiations for the WNBA in the U.S. and overseas. Blackwell started her 25-consultant, multimillion-dollar agency as a side-hustle and officially established it in 1999. She was appointed last year to the National Women’s Business Council.

Leea Nash Bridgeman, 34
VP, Business Development
Churchill Downs Inc.

Major responsibilities: Both strategic and operational responsibilities for the diversified racing, gaming, and entertainment company. Leea is responsible for driving the growth and evolution of Churchill Down’s strategy, supporting merger and acquisition activity, identifying and vetting new business opportunities, incubating new businesses, and implementing high-priority initiatives across the company.

Kelli Coleman, 27
EVP, Corporate Communications & President, GHV of New York
GlobalHue

Coleman is responsible for GlobalHue’s external presence in the marketplace. She’s also on the finance committee, helping to steer the company financially as well as strategically. “I also am president and CEO of our incubator company, GHB. GHB works to develop new initiatives, mostly in new media. Currently we’re working on a new digital platform.”

Daphne Dufresne, 39
Co-founder & Managing Director
RLJ Equity Partners L.L.C.

Dufresne is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. She is also involved in the day to day management of the firm, its employees, and fundraising. She sits on the firm’s four person Investment Committee which makes final investment decisions on every deal. Dufresne also is a member of the board of directors of portfolio companies LAI International, and chairman of the board of Media Source Inc. and Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company.

Daphne Dufresne, 39
Co-founder & Managing Director
RLJ Equity Partners L.L.C.

Dufresne is responsible for sourcing, executing and monitoring investments. She is also involved in the day to day management of the firm, its employees, and fundraising. She sits on the firm’s four person Investment Committee which makes final investment decisions on every deal. Dufresne also is a member of the board of directors of portfolio companies LAI International, and chairman of the board of Media Source Inc. and Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company.

Amy Ellis-Simon, 39
Head of Specialty Sales and Americas Head of Corporate Access
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

A few months ago, Ellis-Simon was named head of specialty sales and Americas head of corporate access in the equities division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, focused on delivering value-added, alpha-creating opportunities to clients. One of the biggest professional accomplishments for this veteran, who was included on black enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street list, has been “working on a team that gets recognized for its excellence, working on this platform at Bank of America Merrill Lynch through some turbulent times and an interesting merger, and coming out with a platform that we’re all pretty proud of.”

Kathryn Finney, 35
Founder, Creator & CEO
TBF Group L.L.C.

Finney, perhaps best known for her site The Budget Fashionista, took to the Web in the summer of 2003. Primarily in an effort to stay in touch with friends, the Rutgers and Yale graduate started writing about her shopping experiences before the term blog had taken off. She caught the attention of the Associated Press and the news service circulated an article about The Budget Fashionista in January 2004. Her site crashed the next day. And now 600,000 unique visitors a month clamor for her take on fashion advice.

Marve Frazier, 31
Chief Creative Officer, Moguldom Media Group
CEO, Bossip.com

As chief creative officer, Frazier manages the operations of all websites under the Moguldom Media Group umbrella, including Bossip, Madame Noire, The Atlanta Post, Hip-Hop Wired, 24Wired, and StyleBlazer. Moreover, as CEO she oversees the editorial direction of Bossip.com, Moguldom’s flagship presence. Frazier joined Bossip.com, a startup launched in April 2006, in September of that year. At the time, its domain name cost less than $10. Today, after a little more than five years, she says the site has grown from 1 million unique visitors and 20 million page views a month to 2.5 million and 50 million, respectively. The company has more than 40 employees with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. “We have a great team. I appreciate being able to work with people as creative as I am and actually growing the company from nothing to what it is today.”

Ivy Grant, 37
Associate Principal
Edelman Consulting

Global public relations firm Edelman brought Grant on board from Polo Ralph Lauren in June 2011 to build its management consulting arm, using her 13-year background to help the $300 million PR giant develop more expansive and lucrative relationships with clients. The Cornell and New York University graduate is charged with helping Edelman restructure its organization by adding organizations such as the Ohio State University to its client roster, hiring new talent, and creating new business strategies.

Ajilli Hardy, Ph.D., 33
Energy Systems Engineer
General Electric Co.

Hardy is a thermal systems engineer charged with building models and experiments and testing them with the goal of developing new ways to harvest unconventional energy to convert it to a usable form. She’s also responsible for developing technology that cleans hard-to-treat process water from hydraulic fracturing sites.

Kimberly Hogg, 25
Brand Manager. AMP Energy
PepsiCo Inc.

Hogg is currently the brand manager for Pepsi’s AMP Energy drink. She’s responsible for analytics and scorecarding, developing retail programming, managing the brand’s social presence online, creating e-mail distributions, and keeping her team abreast of how the brand is performing. AMP, which pulled in more than $250 million in revenues in 2011, relaunched at the end of February with new graphics, new formulas, and new positioning.

Karine Méhu, 35
Senior Director, Strategic Marketing
USA Network, NBC Universal Entertainment Cable Group

With more than 12-years experience developing award-winning websites followed by a career in multimedia marketing, Méhu has developed a sharp eye for digital marketing campaigns and creating marketing platforms for top corporations.

These women are accomplished and are still setting goals, to get to the next level. They set the bar and they give hope for young women of color.

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