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Women Who Lead Holds Inaugural Event

photo of participants in the Women Who Lead event, standing in front of the event marquee.

On Saturday, September 9, the Inaugural Women Who Lead Opening Retreat for Black BRAND was held in Virginia Beach, VA.  Women Who Lead is a partnership between Black BRAND, Norfolk State University and Truist Bank. The bank contributed $250,000 to the women’s professional accelerator program.

The program will help women who are capable but are often left behind when it comes to advancement because they can’t get their foot in the door, or they come up against a ceiling that keeps them from achieving. It is the visionary idea of Blair Durham, co-founder of Black BRAND, a nonprofit that serves as the Black Chamber of Commerce for the Hampton Roads and Dan River areas.

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, NSU President; Dr. Sandra Williamson-Ashe, Keynote Speaker and Mentor; and Blair Durham, Co-Founder, President, Black BRAND, Hampton Roads’ Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.