Walker’s Legacy and Google Host Sold-Out Women in Business Award Brunch


More than eighty women joined for inspirational programs and brainstorming sessions

(New Orleans, Louisiana) – On July 4, 2015, Walker’s Legacy, a national women in business collective founded in 2009, powered by partner Accelerate with Google hosted the more than eighty women for an impactful women in business awards program during the 2015 New Orleans festival weekend.

The goal of the sold out second annual program was to continue forward Walker’s Legacy’s mission to increase the number of women entrepreneurs of color by improving access to key inspiration and resources.

“African-American and Hispanic women are making great strides in entrepreneurship throughout the country, our goal for this annual awards brunch is to bring greater attention to our role as business owners and economic contributors to the US” stated Natalie Madeira Cofield, Founder, Walker’s Legacy.

Melinda Emerson, the SmallBizLady, advised attendees that “before you start a business you should understand what you are truly passionate about.”

Mushiya Tshikuka, owner of the Damn Salon and WeTV Reality Star also told attendees to “stop dreaming and start goaling; put real timelines behind your life ambitions and you can accomplish anything.”

Janaye Ingram, National Director, National Action Network informed attendees that “everyday Black churches deposit $5 billion in tithes and offerings with banks that do not do business in our communities.  We need to ensure that our purchasing and spending power is being invested in and aiding with the growth of our communities.”

Attendees gained valuable insight from an all-star panel of leading women in business and politics and also joined the Walker’s Legacy network by becoming active participants in solving for problems facing women in business in post panel working groups organized by Amplify4Good.

Complimentary beauty products were provided by partner, LAMIK Beauty, a women-of-color-owned beauty brand based in Houston, Texas.

Honorees included:

  • Melinda Emerson – Forbes #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs | Host, #SmallBizChat | Author, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months
  • Janaye Ingram – National Executive Director, National Action Network
  • Mushiya Tshikuka – Owner, The Damn Salon & Reality TV Star, “Cutting it in ATL” (WETV)

About Walker’s Legacy:  Established in 2009 and named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, Walker’s Legacy serves as one of the largest entrepreneurial associations for women of color in the country.

About Accelerate with Google: Google is committed to making the web work for small businesses.  That means making the web and all of our tools for businesses more accessible and useful.  Accelerate with Google supports businesses in communities that are underrepresented on the web, growing diversity and inclusion in Google’s user, customer and partner base.


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Walker's Legacy is a growing global women in business collective founded to establish networks of empowerment and access for women of color in business.