Pictured from left are actress Alley Mills, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” singer Florence LaRue, The 5th Dimension; Co-Pastor Marguerite Reeve, Faith Community Church; Dr./Pastor Beverly “Bam” Crawford, Bible Enrichment International Church and founder of The Company’s Women’s Empowerment Conference and Grammy-winning singer, Deniece Williams. (63928)

Dr. Beverly “BAM” Crawford, founder of The Company International hosted the third annual Women’s Empowerment Conference March 6-8, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 200 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach.

The Company International is an organization that connects and supports women of all ages, cultures and backgrounds looking for new ways to balance life, develop successful strategies and have more fulfilling relationships. This year’s theme, “Tree of Life,” welcomed women to take full advantage of the many experts and sessions available which include health and wellness, nutrition and principles for business offering guidance to empower women in the workplace, marketplace, community and ministry. Attendees gained inspiration through access to skills and information to restore and strengthen their dreams and goals.

Dr. Crawford and her empowerment team consisted of notables from various industries such as: co-host Gabrianna Crawford, aka Punky G.; photographer Valerie Goodloe, world renowned worship leader Minister Jackie Gouche; best-selling author, Victoria Christopher-Murray; Hall of fame/Olympic gold medalist and entrepreneur, Pamela McGee; Zumba instructor, Scheli Jones; herbalist, Nina Collins; nutritionist, Jayme Hirashiki; mental health advocate, Dr. Lynn Goodloe, and many more powerful women.

Awards were given to Dr. Brook Bell, CEO/executive director of More Too Life and Living Above the Noise Inc., and a champion of human trafficking; Denise Roberts, founder of The Denise Roberts Breast Cancer Foundation, and D. Mary Thompson, who received her Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Arts and Doctorate in Ministry while incarcerated.