WNBA Color Analyst and Atlanta’s Former First Lady Host GWBC’s 6th Annual Power of Partnering Marketplace Event
Atlanta GWBC® will kick off its annual POP Marketplace featuring Atlanta Dream’s Color Analyst, LaChina Robinson and Atlanta’s former first lady, Valerie Jackson as its emcees. Robinson is the mistress of ceremonies for the POP Opening Plenary Session and Jackson is the presenter for the POP Marketplace Luncheon.
The two-day event features the WAVE Golf Scholarship Tournament at Country Club of Roswell on August 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and the POP Marketplace at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on August 30. GWBC® will close out the day cheering on the Atlanta Dream at their basketball game versus the Indiana Fever at Phillips Arena.
Robinson, a 2009 recipient of the Atlanta Dream Women of Inspiration award, has recently jumpstarted a career in broadcasting and is in her third year with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. After stints as an analyst on radio for both Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball and the Dream in its inaugural season, Robinson’s television broadcasting career has skyrocketed and she can be seen working for networks like ESPN, Fox, NBA TV (Turner) and CSS. Robinson says, “I am excited to help host the 6th annual GWBC Power of Partnering event. It’s going to be empowering to have so many women business owners all in one place. As women we need to partner, promote and encourage each other as often as we can, and this event will certainly be a great opportunity for that.”
Jackson is a radio host for “Between the Lines” with Valerie Jackson on WABE, the National Public Radio station in Atlanta. She is also the widow of former Atlanta Mayor, Maynard Jackson, chairs the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation and is a Partner in Jackmont Hospitality, a food service business. "As a small business owner, I welcome the GWBC's Marketplace as an excellent opportunity to exchange information and strategies for business development in a very competitive environment," Jackson added.
Global Director Supplier Diversity, Johnnie B. Booker agrees. “As a proud corporate partner with GWBC, The Coca-Cola Company is delighted to sponsor the 2011 POP Marketplace. Coca-Cola realizes the value that women-business enterprises (WBEs) bring to our business and we embrace supplier diversity as a key corporate value. GWBC’s POP Marketplace promotes WBE participation that is reflective of our diverse customer base and diverse business community. In that regard, Coca-Cola’s participation not only positions our company for success but we are able to contribute to the economic development and success in our communities.”
The POP Marketplace will provide WBEs with an opportunity to network with government members and other WBEs to discuss procurement opportunities. Over 300 attendees are expected from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. For registration and more information, please visit www.GWBCPOPMarketplace.biz.
Established in 2000, the Greater Women's Business Council is a nonprofit organization for women business owners in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina interested in promoting, developing, and maintaining business relationships with major corporations, government agencies, and other women business owners. GWBC's mission is to certify bona fide women’s business enterprises and to promote activities directed toward the development, establishment, expansion and encouragement of businesses owned by women. GWBC® is a certifying partner organization of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and was selected as the organization's "Partner of the Year" in 2007. Through its affiliation with WBENC, GWBC® certification is nationally recognized and accepted by over 1000 major corporations. For additional information, please visit www.gwbc.biz.