Photo caption: l-r, Panel moderator, Jovita Moore, WSB-TV Atlanta 2 anchor; Jewel Burks, co-founder and CEO of Partpic and Amazon Visual Search team lead; Tania Allen, founder of ItGresa Consulting; Malissa ‘Mali’ Hunter, partner at Tree Sound Studios; Aisha Yaqoob, advocate/activist for immigrant rights | Photo Credit: Jason McDonald
(September 21, 2018) – The second installment of EBONY’s 2018 Women Up brunch series, presented by Hilton, EFFEN® Vodka and Headline News (HLN) took place on Saturday, September 15. The renowned affair, which included a lively panel discussion, was held in Atlanta at the luxurious American Hotel Atlanta Downtown, a Doubletree by Hilton. The panel featured Aisha Yaqoob, advocate and activist for immigrant rights; Malissa ‘Mali’ Hunter, partner at Tree Sound Studios; Tania Allen, founder of ItGresa Consulting; and Jewel Burks, co-founder of Partpic and team lead of visual search at Amazon. The discussion was moderated by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Jovita Moore, who currently anchors the evening news at WSB-TV Channel 2.
Guests were delivered opening remarks by the city’s very own, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. High-profile notables, including Emmy Award-winning reporter, Shiba Russell; TV/radio personality, licensed therapist, author and public speaker, SPIRIT; and talent producer and renown makeup artist, Bre Elliott, walked the red carpet.
The EBONY Women Up brunch series is dedicated to women of color doing extraordinary work, in very ordinary ways, in their respective fields. During each event, more than 200 influencers in a variety of professions are invited to fellowship and discuss the successes they have achieved and the challenges they must overcome.
“Events like EBONY Women Up are very important. It’s important for us to be able to share things like fellowship and friendship and to get to know one another. My hope is that you will get to see friends that you know and get to make new friends. New friends can turn into new business acquaintances and new businesses. You just never know how that goes. It’s just very important that we take this opportunity to be with one another,” says Linda Johnson Rice, chairman emeritus of EBONY Media Operations.
“Hilton is proud to support important events like the EBONY Women Up brunch in order to celebrate and recognize the trailblazing work of women of color, and provide a safe forum for collaboration and fellowship,” says Andrea Richardson, director of multicultural and diversity engagement at Hilton.