The 20th Annual 25 Influential Black Women In Business Awards

Top Quote The Network Journal announces its 2018 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business. The celebratory luncheon is on March 16th, located in New York City. End Quote
  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2018 - The Network Journal (TNJ;, an award-winning business magazine for African-American professionals, corporate executives and business owners, announces its 2018 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business.

    “The women we honor in the 20th year of the awards span occupations, industries and expertise, and they share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus. We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers and for their myriad contributions to their community,” states TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin.

    The 25 Influential Black Women in Business Class of 2018:
    an M. Adams
    JMA Solutions

    Vicki R. Brackens, ChFC
    President & Financial Planner
    Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC

    Michele Bryant
    Senior Managing Director, Global Chief Procurement Officer
    Deloitte Global

    Gabrielle Bullock
    Director of Global Diversity, Principal

    Kimberly Y. Chainey
    Associate General Counsel, Global M&A, Strategy & Innovation
    Avis Budget Group, Inc.

    Roxann Thomas Chargois
    Owner Principal
    JMC Auto Group

    Yolanda Conyers
    Vice President Global HR and Chief Diversity Officer

    Camille Chang Gilmore
    Vice President of Human Resources & Global Chief Diversity Officer
    Boston Scientific Corporation

    Michelle D. Greene
    Vice President , IT Business Partner – Global Functions
    Johnson Controls

    Genma Stringer Holmes
    Holmes Pest Control

    Lesleigh Irish-Underwood
    SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
    United Way of New York City

    Marachel L. Knight
    Senior Vice President-Technology Planning & Engineering
    AT&T Services, Inc.

    Dee C. Marshall
    President & CEO
    Raise the Bar, LLC

    Ghillaine Reid Melbourne
    McGuireWoods LLP

    Gail D. Morales
    SVP, US Project Efficiency Executive
    TD America's Most Convenient Bank

    Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
    RWJ Barnabas Health

    Joy Profet
    General Manager
    ESSENCE Communications, Inc.

    Carla Hunter Ramsey
    Global Senior Director Corporate Social Responsibility
    Global Procurement

    Denella Ri'chard
    Sr. Director, Trade Communications & Engagement
    Holland America Line

    Sandra L. Richards
    Managing Director
    Head of Segment Sales & Engagement Group, Wealth Management
    Morgan Stanley

    Nneka Rimmer
    SVP, Strategy & Global Enablement
    McCormick & Company

    Nzinga Shaw
    Sr. VP of Community & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
    Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena

    Tamika Curry Smith
    Head of Diversity & Inclusion
    Mercedes-Benz USA

    Alicia Thompson, APR
    Managing Director
    Porter Novelli

    Cassandra Carter Wheeler
    Regional Director
    Georgia Power Company

    This select group will be profiled in the Spring 2018 issue of the magazine, and will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the 20th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon, presented by Morgan Stanley, on Friday, March 16, 2018. This highly anticipated signature TNJ event will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th streets) in New York City, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year’s sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley. Additional sponsors include AT&T and Bronner Brothers.

    The program includes a networking reception, lunch and awards presentation, with multi-Emmy Award-winning journalist, Brenda Blackmon as Mistress of Ceremonies. The annual event attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers from various industries. Tickets are $375.00 if purchased on or before March 9th, and $425.00 thereafter. To purchase tickets, please visit

    About the 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards
    Launched in March 1999, The Network Journal's 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards honors women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to her community. A "TNJ25" honoree typically is a business owner, or a partner, president, CEO, board chair, or other senior-management executive with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sector.

    About The Network Journal
    Founded in 1993, The Network Journal (TNJ) is an award-winning magazine published quarterly. It provides news and commentaries on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,325 readers per issue, TNJ is distributed nationwide, with a focus on the New York tri-state area, while its daily digital edition at reaches a global audience.

    For more information contact Sergei Willoughby, 212-962-3791 x206, Sergei ( @ ) tnj dot com or visit the Web site at

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