Essence Magazine Reveals Black Women at Work Study

Sexy Tracy Ross graces the cover of ESSENCE
Sexy Tracy Ross graces the cover of ESSENCE

ESSENCE Magazine  will reveal findings from its study, Black Women at Work, at an invitation-only panel discussion in New York. The study, commissioned by ESSENCE in partnership with Added VAlue Cheskin, uncovers the workplace challenges facing today’s african American women. Moderated by MSNBC host and ESSENCE contributor, Melissa Harris-Perry, the panel includes Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records; Wanji Walcott, Managing  Counsel, American Express; Nailah Flake-Brown, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; and Shawn Outler, Senior Vice-President, Macy’s.
The panel will cover key findings from the study, including the fact that while Black women are feeling increasingly confident and continue to makecareer strides, they experience unemployment rates almost double that of White women, and are disproportionately impacted by the wage gender gap. The public is invited to follow the conversation
Venus Williams shows-off her beach body on ESSENCE  Magazine cover
Venus Williams shows-off her beach body on ESSENCE Magazine cover

The panel marks the beginning of ESSENCE’s year-long #BlackWomanatWork campaign, which will offer concrete strategies for career advancement through comprehensive content and programming.
We know that  African-American women are three times as likely to be head of household in comparison to the general population, therefore success at work is both a personal and economic priority,” said  Stephen Placios, Executive Vice President, Added  Value Cheskin. “these insights are the start of a better workplace for both.”
Jill Scott reveals her barnd new body graced with womanly curves on ESSENCE"s cover.
Jill Scott reveals her barnd new body graced with womanly curves on ESSENCE”s cover.

“While women have achieved  significant triumphs within the workplace and are confident in their credentials, ESSENCE is committed to shifting workplace paradigms by examining the intersection of race, ethnicity and gender on African-American women,” said Michelle Ebanks, president, ESSENCE.
Jada Pinkett -Smith devies age  and bares all on ESSENCE Cover.
Jada Pinkett -Smith defies age and bares all on ESSENCE Cover.

ESSENCE #BlackWomenWork includes:
Live Events
Work &  Wealth Conference: October 2015, New York City, An interactive one-day-experience featuring expert keynotes, career workshops and coaching sessions for more than 500 women.
Empowerment Experience EEE at ESSENCE Festival: July 3-5, New Orleans. EEE will offer an on-site ‘Career Connections’ fair in partnership with the Nationa Urban League, as well as interactive ‘Empower U’ workshops on career development financial literacy.
ESSENCE Empower U: Beginning May 1, free online courses are available on topics ranging from financial empowerment to  health and beauty.
The April issue of ESSENCE  features an expanded ‘Money & Power section, including an in-depth feature  on Black Women at Work covering the findings of the study and outlining advice for advancement.


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