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Strength Of A Woman Summit

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This weekend (May 13), Mary J. Blige, Global Superstar and the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, in partnership with Pepsi and Live Nation Urban, hosted the second annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit at AmericasMart. Click inside to check out some photos from the event!

The Strength of a Woman Summit and Festival is the brainchild of Mary J. Blige and curated by Mary alongside Ayars Agency founder, Ashaunna Ayars. The thought-provoking summit aims to inspire, share career advice, and provide women with the necessary tools to succeed in entrepreneurship, business, health and wellness, all while encouraging women empowerment and unity.

The summit featured a full day of pivotal panels and engaging programming from some of the most influential Black voices in a diverse background of industries. The keys were delivered – and the audience listened! Top-tier programming and engaging  panel discussions were weaved together via summit host, Marsai Martin. Panelists included Mary J. Blige, Former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ciara, Gail Bean, Monique Rodriguez, Earn Your Leisure’s Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings, Mara Brock Akil, Angela Yee, Brandee Evans, Raven Goodwin and Modern Blk Girl’s Tiffany James. Attendees enjoyed hearing from successful entrepreneurs, influencers, and experts in their fields, as well as the opportunity to connect with like-minded women.

Keynote speaker, Iyanla Vanzant, notably recognized as an industry expert spoke on a wide range of topics, motivated the crowd through her wisdom and knowledge, bringing the crowd in unison through exercises that further encouraged unity amongst guests.

Leading sponsors Pepsi, Live Nation Urban, Mielle Organics, Gilead Sciences, CVS Health and Amazon Music produced experiential activations for consumers to immerse themselves in branded content and raised brand awareness in the local Atlanta Black women-owned business community.

As a 9x Grammy Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Producer, Philanthropist & Global Superstar, Mary J. Blige has committed the majority of her career to amplify, empower, and give voice to BIPOC women through the art of music and truth-telling. This multi-touchpoint festival, which focuses on Music, Wellness, Tech, Beauty, and Financial Literacy is the evolution of her life’s mission and purpose.

Check out some photos from the summit below!

Ciara, Angela Yee, Marsai Martin & More Attend Mary’s J Blige’s Strength Of A Woman Summit [Gallery]  was originally published on

1. Esteemed Panelists

Esteemed Panelists Source:Getty

2. The Stunning Pretty Vee

The Stunning Pretty Vee Source:Getty

3. Influence

Influence Source:Getty

4. The Woman Of The Weekend

The Woman Of The Weekend Source:Getty

5. Brandee Evans & Gail Bean

Brandee Evans & Gail Bean Source:Getty

6. Take Notes

Take Notes Source:Getty

7. Mary J & Beatrice Dixon

Mary J & Beatrice Dixon Source:Getty

8. Something About Mary

Something About Mary Source:Getty

9. Rashad Bilal

Rashad Bilal Source:Getty

10. Troy Millings & Rashad Bilal

Troy Millings & Rashad Bilal Source:Getty

11. Second Annual Summit

Second Annual Summit Source:Getty

12. Toya Johnson and Mara Brock Akil

Toya Johnson and Mara Brock Akil Source:Getty

13. Egypt Sherrod

Egypt Sherrod Source:Getty

14. Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant Source:Getty

15. Shannon Boodram

Shannon Boodram Source:Getty

16. Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross Source:Getty

17. Pretty Vee

Pretty Vee Source:Getty

18. Black Excellence

Black Excellence Source:Getty

19. A Day To Remember

A Day To Remember Source:Getty

20. Jade Cargill

Jade Cargill Source:Getty

21. Ciara & Toya Johnson

Ciara & Toya Johnson Source:Getty

22. Droppin’ Gems

Droppin' Gems Source:Getty

23. Marsai Martin

Marsai Martin Source:Getty

24. Who Runs The World?

Who Runs The World? Source:Getty

25. Meeting Of The Minds

Meeting Of The Minds Source:Getty

26. Claire Sulmers

Claire Sulmers Source:Getty

27. Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams Source:Getty

28. Angela Yee

Angela Yee Source:Getty

29. Keisha Lance Bottoms

Keisha Lance Bottoms Source:Getty

30. Jayda Wayda

Jayda Wayda Source:Getty

31. Russell Wilson Showing Support

Russell Wilson Showing Support Source:Getty

32. Ciaraaa

Ciaraaa Source:Getty

33. Handy Smith-Harris

Handy Smith-Harris Source:Getty

34. Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez Source:Getty

35. A Powerful Panel

A Powerful Panel Source:Getty

36. Milan Harris

Milan Harris Source:Getty