A Peek Inside BET’s “Leading Women Defined” Summit in D.C.

Susan Taylor at the "Leading Women Defined" Summit Last Year (Credit: BET)

BET held it’s second annual “Leading Women Defined” Summit in D.C. earlier this week at the Four Seasons in Georgetown. The summit, according to it’s password protected Web site, is “a special gathering of approximately 100 strategic thought leaders representing a cross-section of areas impacting the Black community.”

This year’s summit honored Susan Taylor, former editor of ESSENCE and founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement, at the Dorothy Height luncheon on Tuesday.

The summit also included panels with inspiration Black women such as producer Mara Brock Akil, poet Sonia Sanchez, NAACP’s Chairman Roslyn M. Brock, poet/author Ntozake Shange, Star Jones and editor-in-chief of Ebony Amy DuBois Barnett. Panelists also included actresses Tichina Arnold, Tatyana Ali, Nicole Ari Parker, Tracee Ellis Ross and Boris Kodjoe.

Still, among the high powered women, legendary actress Cicely Tyson apparently “stole the show”:

Tyson took the mic and told an indignant story about how, after everything she’s done in her career, she was recently asked to do a screen test to prove her talent — and then she still didn’t get the job.

But then, “it’s not what people do to you, it’s what you let them do to you,” Tyson said. “You have your own power and you have to execute it.” [WaPo]

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