“I am a woman from the cotton field… From there, I promoted myself.”
-Madam C. J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker was a woman that makes Women’s History Month worth celebrating. Becoming the first self-made female millionaire is kind of a big deal. Without her and women like her, who knows where we women might be today. Fast forward to this year, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women celebrated 30 years of the Madam C. J. Walker scholarship luncheon in Philadelphia, PA.
The purpose behind the luncheon/seminar is to highlight women of excellence making a great impact on the world. What was an event slated for 600 turned into 700 women (and a few sprinkles of men).
There were so many women that made this luncheon awesome, the list could go on for days. For starters, the sold out 700 attendees gives an idea of the awesomeness that took place. It was moving to see so many women come together to celebrate and encourage one another.
The program itself was filled with phenomenal women from the scholarship recipients to the award winners to the keynote speaker.
Triple Crown Scholarship recipients were women at various phases of their education, either currently in some sort of secondary education or plans to pursue secondary education.
The winner of the PECO Power to the Community was Shaleah Lachè Sutton. Her UNIQUELY YOU SUMMIT (UYS) is all about middle and high school girls being able to discuss self esteem, sex topics, and academic success.
The first place winner of the Madam C. J. Walker Award was Tanya Hill-Holliday. How did she win first place you ask? Starting out as a crew member her sophomore year at Morgan State University, she became the FIRST BLACK WOMAN to own a Mcdonald’s on the Main Line (of Philadelphia). To date, she now owns 10 Mcdonald’s and has employed over 10,000 people. In addition, Mrs. Hill-Holiday greatly serves her community with her time and financial assistance. When asked what advice she would give to someone on the verge of giving up on pursuit of her dream, she said, “Quitting is not and option. Do not let anyone get in the way of your dreams. Work harder, climb harder, and you will get there.”
Rounding out the luncheon, was the keynote speaker, Honorable Marilyn Mosby. Serving in Baltimore City, she is the youngest State’s Attorney of any major city in America. She has been heavily active in serving the public her entire life. She spoke about the importance of her role in the legal system, as she works constantly to ensure equality in the justice system. She was also very candid in telling the audience it is as important to be mindful of choices made in love and life because they greatly impact the future. Overall, left the audience with thoughts on what could be done to change the future for the better.
And of course a successful luncheon nails the defining component….lunch!
It’s a great time to be a woman. 30 years of this luncheon, and it’s just getting bigger every year, which means women are getting the job done! So many before us did a great job of paving the way and showing us we are capable of taking over the globe if we want to, one city at a time. Nothin to it, but to do it. LET’S GO LADIES!!!