Walker's Legacy Announces 2014 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awardees

National women’s organization honors female trailblazers of color


Washington, DC – Walker’s Legacy, a national women in business collective is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards, Admiral Michelle Howard and Angela Rye, political commentator and Principal, Impact Strategies.

Named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, the organization is entering its second year of hosting the annual program designed to recognize trailblazing women of color who have made considerable impacts in both business and society.

The national event, sponsored by Accelerate with Google, will be held during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Caucus Annual Conference in Washington, DC., and will include remarks from elected officials and honorary evening chair, A’lelia Bundles, great-great grand-daughter of Madam C. J. Walker.

About the 2014 Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awardees:

Admiral Michelle Howard, Highest Ranking Female 4 Star Admiral in the History of the United States Navy

Michelle Janine Howard is a United States Navy admiral who currently serves as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Prior to that, she served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5). Howard has achieved many historical firsts throughout her naval career. She was the first African-American woman to achieve three star rank and four star rank in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as being the first woman and African-American woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy.

On July 1, 2014, Howard became the first woman and the first African-American woman to become a four-star admiral. As Vice Chief of Naval Operations she is the first African-American and the first woman to hold that post.

Angela Rye, Principal & CEO, IMPACT Strategies | Political Commentator

Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies. Featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. She is a prominent political strategist who offers regular on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, MSNBC, and TV One. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to more complex legislation that bears long-term implications nationally and internationally. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology and Services Coalition, and is a member of The Links, Incorporated, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Government Relations Group.

The program features a high-ranking host committee which includes:  Lauren Maillian Bias, Author, The Path Redefined; Dy Brown, Executive Director, Jack & Jill Foundation; Jewel Burks, Diversity Evangelist, Google; Waikinya Clanton, Executive Director, NOBEL Women; Janell Hazelwood, Associate Producer, Black Enterprise; Chanelle Hardy, Executive Director, National Urban League, Washington, DC Bureau; Janaye Ingram, Acting Executive Director, National Action Network; and Thione Niang, Founder, Give1, among others.

To register for the 2014 awards, please click here.


About Walker’s Legacy
Walker’s Legacy is a national women in business collective founded in 2009 to establish an eco-system of support for enterprising women. The organization is named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in US history. For more information please visit, www.walkerslegacy.com.
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