Every year, news and policy makers, business and community leaders, and members of the media come together at The National Urban League Conference
for four days of networking, entertainment and discussions regarding the issues facing African Americans and other minorities. This exciting annual event attracts over 10,000 people each year.
On August 1, Georgia-Pacific was proud to sponsor one of the organization’s premier events at their 2015 annual conference, the Women of Power Awards Luncheon
, which honors trailblazing women for their outstanding contributions in art, politics, journalism, justice and sports.
The dynamic individuals honored represent women across varying career paths – from legendary artists, to legislators and leaders of Fortune 500 companies. JaKathryn Ross, GP Senior Director of Community Affairs, opened the awards luncheon by saying, “These women embody the entrepreneurial spirit…they are risk-takers…they embrace change and challenge the status quo. They are trailblazers who are steadfast in their conviction, who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. These leadership qualities and values are vital, not only for the betterment of us as individuals and our companies, but for the enrichment of our communities.”
The six honorees who were recognized for their noteworthy strides in women’s empowerment were hip hop legend, actress and entrepreneur, MC Lyte; President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Dr. Valerie Thompson; AT&T Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Charlene F. Lake; Chairman of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Lisa Borders; Treasurer of U.S. Dept. of Treasury, Rosie Rios; and U.S. Representative of Florida, Frederica S. Wilson.
In addition to providing opening remarks at the luncheon, Ross served as a conference panelist at the session, “From Ferguson to Baltimore: Connecting the Dots between Education, Employment and the Criminal Justice System,” which delved into civil unrest and solutions such as job creation, investment in public education and more police training.
At Georgia-Pacific, we’re proud to support organizations like the National Urban League, which drive change, innovate and create value for our communities and society as a whole.
“Our goal is to inspire our young people and show them that they can go beyond their dreams, that they can be entrepreneurs and innovators and make a positive mark on this world – for themselves and for their communities,” said Ross.