E-3 Summit Wows Women with Focus on Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement

On June 7th, we launched our women’s initiative with a daylong meeting designed to explore and celebrate the contributions African American women have made to American history and culture. Oprah Winfrey delivered the keynote address.  

A crowd of nearly 400 came out to participate in the E-3 Summit – a discussion of Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Engagement – and hear seven high profile professionals talk about their lives on the front line as business developers, chief executives, mentors and game changers.

The summit began with a networking breakfast in our Heritage Hall.  The session brought together women from a wide range of businesses to meet and exchange ideas and to tour Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture exhibition. Curators and Museum Specialists were with them to discuss aspects the exhibition and to show how Winfrey used her daytime talk show as a platform for powerful conversations on challenging topics ranging from incest to domestic violence. 

The breakfast featured a conversation between CNN anchor Fredericka Whitfield (@FWhitfield), and Cathy Hughes, founder and chair of Urban One, Inc, (@UrbanMediaMaven).

A panel discussion followed with Beverly Bond, creator of Black Girls Rock, (@djbeverlybond);  activist Brittany Packnett, (@mspackyetti); Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter, (@iamlisaprice);  Alexis Herman, the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor; and Phyllis James, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International.

The panel discussion was followed by a keynote address from Oprah Winfrey. To see more moments from the E3 Summit follow the hashtag, #E3Summit. Stay tuned for next year’s Women’s summit!

Watching Oprah is on view through June 2019 in the museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery, a 4,300-square-foot space located on the concourse level.

Join the conversation #WatchingOprah and explore the exhibition online.

  • Breakfast at the E-3 Summit, Credit: Earl Gibson III
  • Crowd at the E-3 Summit, Credit: Earl Gibson III
  • Panel discussion at the E-3 Summit, Credit: Earl Gibson III
  • Oprah Winfrey on stage at the E-3 Summit, Credit: Earl Gibson III