National Basketball Wives Association | Women's Empowerment Summit
This past Saturday, during NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, NC, I had the pleasure of being a red carpet correspondent for the National Basketball Wives Association’s (NBWA) Women’s Empowerment Summit. Influential women such as Gabriel Union, Ayesha Curry, LaLa Anthony and Debra Lee we’re in attendance. I felt a little nervous being back on the media scene, but by the time the red carpet segment was over, I felt incredibly empowered by everyone I had the chance to meet! Confidence, sisterhood and were themes in each of the interviews.
Gabriel Union-Wade— actress, author, philanthropist and creator of Flawless hair care products—said, “You’ve got to have people in your corner that will call you on your stuff, but also celebrate you and lift you up.”
Cari Champion, broadcast journalist and host and creator of the Brown Girls Dream mentoring program, said, “confidence comes with knowing you are just as smart as everybody else in the room and you deserve to be there. I owned it and it bothered everybody. Once it bothered them, I knew I was doing it right.”
Chasity Melvin, honoree and the first female coach in Hornets and Swarm history, said, “You have to be extremely self-confident and understand that you belong. So you’ve got to take away that self doubt.”
NBWA board member John J. Clay emphasized the importance of a woman’s presence and position to male leaders and that “we have to stand side by side and work together.”
This Women’s Empowerment Summit was refreshing during All-Star weekend when the focus is mainly on the men. Not only were the attendees inspiring, but so was every woman on the other side of the carpet. This event left me feeling empowered and eager to confidently chase my goals.