Thu04172014

Entertainment

Group settles in to support black females in music & entertainment

 

Women of various professions were on hand for the re-launch of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.’s Memphis operations. by Joyce Douglas
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Women of various professions were on hand last week (Aug. 18) for the re-launch of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.’s Memphis operations.

 
 The re-launch of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc.’s Memphis operations drew the interests of (l-r) Porsche Stevens, Barbara Conard, Chris Johnson and Gina Neely.

 
 Carolyn Griffey (left) and Johnnie Walker, founder and chairperson of NABFEME. (Courtesy photos)

Attorneys, real estate brokers, CPAs, CEO/presidents, public relations specialists, elected officials, radio and television professionals and others attended the re-launch held at the home of Marie Pizano in the Southwind Estates in Collierville.

The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME) is a global community of professional women committed to leadership and excellence in the music and entertainment industries. It has the ability to connect professional women through its various networks located in Toronto-Canada, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Washington, DC, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Raleigh, San Francisco, and soon to come, Nigeria, Africa. The members provide perspectives and services that aid and support the professional advancement of women.

The event’s keynote speaker was Johnnie Walker, the founder and chairperson of NABFEME, and now executive director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission. Walker shared the organization’s history, its accomplishments and why an organization such as NABFEME is necessary in today’s entertainment marketplace.

Also attending was State Rep. Antonio Parkinson, the commission’s former board chairman. Parkinson provided the male perspective as it relates to the impact the organization will have in the Memphis market.

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