The Black Business Association (BBA) will hold its annual Salute to Black Women Business Conference and Awards Luncheon on March 31, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Themed “Women’s Education–Women’s Empowerment,” it is held in recognition of National Women’s History Month.
The event reflects annually upon the extraordinary accomplishments of women, “honoring their role in shaping the course of American history.” Throughout the years of its existence, the BBA has supported women’s rights and encouraged their empowerment through entrepreneurship.
The conference and awards luncheon attracts more than 500 of the region’s most successful women entrepreneurs, executives, educators, community leaders, elected officials, mothers, daughters and sisters, bringing together women of all ages to inspire and support of each other’s contributions.
This year the BBA presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to Diane Watson in recognition of her decades of commitment and service as an elected official and educator. Other awardees include Xernona Clayton, founder of the Trumpet Foundation, (Educational Heritage Award); advocate/educator and author Julia Hare (Exemplary Educator Award); the California Alliance of African American Educators (Outstanding Educational Institution Award); Mary (Nzinga) Kimbrough and Jackie Kimbrough Ryan, co-owners of Zambezi Bazaar, (Outstanding Community-based Business Award); and Beverly Kuykendall, president/CEO of Federal and Commercial Contracts Inc., (Entrepreneur of the Year Award).