by Ellen McGirt
Originally published: July 6, 2016
Surprising new research.
I’m just back from the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, the annual extravaganza of music, empowerment, networking and, in many instances, utter joy. For the black professional women in the audience, there were a ton of peak moments.
Our panel, Leading with Purpose, was sandwiched in between rousing remarks from Reverend Al Sharpton and even more rousing remarks from Oprah Winfrey. She held the crowd rapt with stories from her own life’s journey while channeling Maya Angelou, her character Sophia from The Color Purple and encouraging everyone to embrace their divine path by letting go of the pre-conceived notions that limit our self-images, and the fears, injustices and resentment which hold us back.