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Empowered Women Illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

CÎROC × COMBS ENTERPRISES EMPOWERED WOMEN

The first cohort of the 2021 Empowered Women honorees, including Iman, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, and Fadia Kader, are announced in celebration of International Women’s Day.

 

Ciroc and Combs Enterprises are proud to announce the continuation of its Empowered Women platform. Empowered Women, first launched in 2016 by Combs Enterprises women-led executive team, uplifts, spotlights, and honors an eclectic and dynamic group of entrepreneurs, creatives, and businesswomen.

This year, Ciroc and Combs Enterprises partnered with Culture Creators, a cultural connectivity organization that aims to spotlight the contributions of individuals who have shaped the global view of Black culture. To further amplify the initiative, fittingly launched during Women’s History Month, Empowered Women will honor 50 successful women and share the narratives that formed them. Championing discussions around the value of mentorship, allyship, and leadership, Empowered Women highlights the importance of celebrating the current and uplifting the next generation of fearless leaders. Honorees represent five categories including social impact, technology, entertainment, art and style, and business.

Ciroc, Combs Enterprises, and Culture Creators will spotlight the honorees beginning in March and culminating this spring. The series will include custom digital content and exclusive honoree interviews shared via Culture Creators’ platforms, curated vodka cocktails, and an exclusive media partnership with women’s lifestyle publication, Elle Magazine.

It is an honor to continue to build and strengthen the Empowered Women platform alongside Culture Creators and Elle Magazine”, says Ingrid Best, Vice President of Global Marketing, Spirits, Combs Enterprises. “As a Black woman, it is my personal and professional mission to honor those who are breaking boundaries, while also providing a platform for us to continue to do the important work of mentoring and showing up for the next generation. We hope this program encourages young, budding professionals to push boundaries and redefine the status quo in their respective industries.”.

The first round of March 2021 honorees is below, representing the industry leaders paving the way for future generations.

 

Empowered Women Honorees – March:

  • Adrienne Lofton
  • Alencia Johnson
  • Brianna Agyemang
  • Caroline Yim
  • Dawn Dickson
  • Donna Stewart
  • Fadia Kadar
  • Heather Lowery
  • IMAN
  • Jamila Thomas
  • Morgan DeBaun
  • Sarah Jakes Roberts
  • Stephanie L. Young
  • Morgan Dixon
  • Valeshia Butterfield-Jones
  • Vanessa Garrison
  • Yvette Noel Schure

Joi Brown, Founder, and CEO of Culture Creators commented, “I started Culture Creators because I envisioned a platform that gives individuals who push the culture forward and strive for inclusion that flowers while they are still here while continuing to develop the next generation of leaders. Partnering with like-minded visionaries at Ciroc to bring Empowered Women to life marries the spirit of celebration and mentorship.”.

As part of its mission to propel Black culture, Culture Creators has consistently celebrated the accomplishments of key luminaries across a broad spectrum of industries, including entertainment, fashion, finance, technology, business, and more. The Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch, Culture Creators’ annual signature event, exemplifies this mission and has previously honored Sylvia Rhone, Byron Allen, Marsai Martin, Jemele Hill, Kenya Barris, Charles D. King, and the late Andre Harrell, to name a few. In 2019, Culture Creators launched the first-ever C2 Summit, a platform that targets students of color across all universities and provides interactive educational experiences, employment opportunities, and creates access to leaders across various career paths. Today, Culture Creators further advances its mission with the launch of the Empowered Women platform.

resort illustration by Gabrielle Marchan for 360 Magazine

Mallory Weggemann – LIMITLESS

Mallory Weggemann is a record-setting, two-time Paralympic swimmer for Team USA. She has set fifteen world records and thirty-four American records, and is also the recipient of an ESPY Award, a 15-time World Champion, and a Paralympic gold and bronze medalist. Weggemann has also served as a commentator on NBC for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, the first female reporter in a wheelchair ever to serve in that capacity. Weggemann has established herself as a leader outside of the pool, as well; she is an inclusion advocate serving on the Advisory Board of Disability for Delta Air Lines as well as a cofounder and co-CEO of TFA Group, a social impact agency and production studio. A highly sought-after motivational speaker, Weggemann has presented at numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Comcast, PepsiCo, Northwestern Mutual, Aetna, Accenture, and Delta Air Lines.

In her upcoming book, LIMITLESSTHE POWER OF HOPE AND RESILIENCE TO OVERCOME CIRCUMSTANCE LIMITLESS (3/2/21), Mallory shares her remarkable story and the lessons she learned by pushing past every obstacle, expectation, and limitation that stood in her way, and she helps readers to discover how, they, too, can choose to rewrite their own stories to overcome the challenges they face.

Besides being a gold medalist, Mallory Weggemann is also an ESPN ESPY Award winner, TV Sports Commentator, and founder of social impact agency, TFA Group. She knows firsthand that the words and images we use, and how we use them, impacts how society perceives everything.

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Context to the void that currently exists:

Whereas nearly 20% of the US population is disabled, fewer than 2% of characters on TV are disabled.  This disparity in representation for the disabled community is apparent across the entertainment industry. In 2020, Mallory was a TV commentator at the Golden Globes and didn’t see one person who had a disability the entire day — one of the largest gatherings of the biggest names in Hollywood. In fact, she had to be lifted three steps when she reached the end of the carpet because no one had thought to create an accessible path for a wheelchair.

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A few misconceptions & truths about Mallory’s identity are:

On 1/27/21, Twitter labeled her image in a wheelchair as ‘sensitive content’.  TRUTH: her image is one of empowerment – one that happens to be of a woman living with a disability.

Her image is ‘imperfect’ and she is ‘confined’ to a wheelchair. TRUTH: her image shows strength & the wheels beneath her don’t confine or limit her; they give her the freedom to not only chase her dreams, but live them.

Her body is broken. TRUTH: Her body has taken her to the top of the Paralympic podium, it is the body that has broken countless world records throughout her career and above all, it has proven time and time again the power it holds to adapt & become stronger with each perceived imperfection.

Being scared is limiting. TRUTH: Being scared allows Mallory to gain confidence & she advises: “Scare yourself – put yourself out there in a way that “success” isn’t a guaranteed outcome. We don’t grow by playing it safe, taking the easy wins or just going through the motions – we grow when our minds want to say, “I can’t” but instead say, “why not?”

TRUTH: Our society can do better – our next generation deserves better. “We all deserve to be seen – not covered up by a disclaimer. And most of all, we deserve to know that we all belong in this society and that starts with representation,” shares Mallory.

In 2008, when Mallory was paralyzed at the age of 18, she yearned to see representation. When she looked at the world around her, she felt isolated by her differences. It was then that Mallory learned it is hard to become what you don’t see. For the past 13 years she has made a conscious decision to do her part to fill that void, so our next generation never has to ask, “what about me?”

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To learn more about Meghan’s incredible story and pre-order her book, please visit this website.

BARON DAVIS x NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

2-time NBA All-Star, Serial Entrepreneur and Master Connector, Baron Davis presented The BIG (Business Inside the Game) Power Summit events during NBA All-Star Weekend.
An invitation-only traveling series of highly-curated summits, workshops, and immersive experiences utilized explore how to create real business and social impact, The BIG Power Summit assembled a network of upper echelon thought-leaders, industry experts, and rising stars from diverse backgrounds to connect, learn, and engage in dynamic, yet exclusive environments.
BIG Lovefest : Wednesday, February 14 @ The Jeremy Hotel
The Summit began with the BIG LOVEFEST Valentine’s Day Women’s Networking Luncheon at the Jeremey Hotel at West Hollywood, hosted by ESPN Sports Center Anchor, Cari Champion and sounds by DJ, television personality, and fashion model DJ KISS. The event honored women in business, sports, and entertainment including motivating speeches by Los Angeles Sparks President/COO, Christine Simmons, ESPN Sports Center Host, Cari Champion, and Baron Davis.
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Baron Davis with ESPN Sports Center Host Cari Champion

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill
Welcome to LA : Thursday, February 15 @ The London Hotel
Curated to set the tone of celebration for the weekend with music provided by DJ, producer and photographer DJ D-Nice, who began his career in the mid-1980s with legendary hip hop group Boogie Down Productions.
Attendees include: Ice Cube, Retired NBA Champion Matt Barnes, executive producer of VH-1’s reality TV series, Basketball Wives, Shaunie O’Neal, Lil Wayne’s manager/Maverick Management, Cortez Bryant (Young Money), retired NBA player Amare Stoudemire, NBA “super fan”; James Goldstein, and two-time NBA All-Star MVP, Allen Iverson.
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Ice Cube with Baron Davis

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Allen Iverson, James Goldstein, and Baron Davis
The BIG Summit : Saturday, February 17 @ The London Hotel
Panel attendees were treated to thought leadership at the highest level brought together to exchange future-forward ideas around how to create real business and social impact, collaborations and opportunities that live at the intersection of sports, media, technology and culture, disrupting industries, and enriching our communities. Panelists include: Rapper, Actor, Producer, ICE CUBE, NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and David Robinson, Co-founder and President of Lyft, John Zimmer, and others. A viewing party of NBA All-Star televised events immediately followed the panel.

Additional panelists include: Film Producer, Scott Budnick, Philadelphia Eagles, Jay Ajayi, and Passionflix CEO, Tosca Musk (sister of Elon Musk).

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Ice Cube, Hamet Watt, and John Zimmer

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Scott Budnick, Jay Ajayi, David Robinson, and Chris Paul