New York, NY (April 12, 2017)—The ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola® announces the expansion of its Money & Power Expo into a weekend-long conference, entitled Path To Power, during the daytime programming taking place June 30–July 2, 2017, on the second floor of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

Free and open to the public, the first-ever Path To Power conference will offer daily general sessions, 40+ workshop style intensives, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and business professionals at all career levels. Confirmed speakers include: Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter; Master P, Founder of P. Miller Enterprises; Jessica O. Matthews, Founder & CEO, Uncharted Play, and Bari A. Williams, Head of North American Business Operations at StubHub. This year’s topics will include the following:


  • Creating Your Value Proposition & Marketing Your Brand
  • Small Biz Tech Start Up Kit
  • Doing Business With Corporate America
  • The Power of the Pivot: Knowing When It’s Time to Change Direction
  • Developing a Profitable and Sustainable Business Model
  • Innov8HER: Transforming Tech through the Federal Government
  • Using Technology To Grow Your Business


Programming partners for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® Path To Power Conference include Time Inc., the Minority Business Development Association, National Minority Supplier Development Council, National Urban League, United States Black Chamber, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and #YesWeCode. Sponsors include State Farm Bank.

Registration for the 2017 ESSENCE Festival® Path To Power Conference is now live! Download the 2017 Essence Festival App to register for the Path To Power Conference today.

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Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content  company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. Our influential brands include People, Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Real Simple and Southern Living, as well as approximately 50 diverse titles in the United Kingdom.


Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company dedicated to African-American women, with a brand reach of 21.2 million. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events and online, ECI is comprised of Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; the Essence Festival; Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music events; Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series;; and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD).

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Sheila Harris, Time Inc.



Bradford Bridgers, Time Inc.