Natalie Madeira Cofield Named 2018 Advocate of the Year by Minority Business Development Agency

NatalieThe Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce has named Natalie Madeira Cofield, entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic activist as the recipient of its Advocate of the Year Award.

The Agency’s Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advocating minority business enterprise as an economic force in the global economy.  The award is the highest level of recognition in the nation bestowed on a minority-owned business or firm by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Cofield is the founder and CEO of Walker’s Legacy, the largest digital business platform for multicultural women and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, its nonprofit sister arm which is missioned to encourage entrepreneurship and financial empowerment amongst economically challenged women and girls of color.

“The Minority Business Development Agency is the only agency within the Federal Government whose sole mandate it is to ensure economic and business opportunities for minority communities.   It is an amazing honor to be recognized for our work to empower multicultural women in business the nations most critical and growing economic driver,” said Cofield about the honor.

Recipients were honored at the Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Business Awards breakfast and reception on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, during the 2018 National Minority Supplier Diversity Council conference programming in Austin, Texas.

The honor adds to Cofield’s list of recent recognitions including 100 Most Influential African Americans by The Root, the 100 Most Influential Washingtonians and Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Washington Business Journal.

To learn more about the 2018 Minority Business Development Agency Awardees, please click here.


About the Walker’s Legacy

Walker’s Legacy,, is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming and a global community.   


About the Walker’s Legacy Foundation

Walker’s Legacy Foundation,, exists to provide the entrepreneurial, financial and professional supports needed to improve economic prosperity and reduce economic inequality for multicultural women and girls, globally.  


About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA,, is the only Federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 47 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that provide greater access to capital, contracts and markets.  

Walker's Legacy

Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman and exists to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.

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