Black Women In Business, a new community for Black Women leaders, will hold its first program of 2014 on January 21  from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mechanics and Farmers Bank Corporate Headquarters in Durham  with a Leadership Conversation entitled “Genuine Connections, Strategic Direction”.  Anita Brown-Graham, Director of Institute for Emerging Issues, will lead the discussion on how to cultivate and nurture strategic networks by establishing genuine connections with people.  Brown-Graham was recognized in 2013 by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work with the Institute.  For more information and to register, go to:  The registration deadline is January 17 and the cost is $32 for an individual registration and $27 each for multiple registrations. Refreshments and program materials are included. To register, go to:

Black Women In Business ( is a new community for Black women leaders.  Its purpose is to enrich and celebrate the talents and skills of Black women leaders—those who manage people, those who are in a high-level individual contributor role or those who own their own business—through online and live events focused on professional development. 

Through online and live events, Black Women in Business will:

•Host monthly professional development-focused sessions (The Academy Series), led by accomplished practitioners and thought-leaders

•Provide periodic programs and events designed for leadership development

•Showcase and celebrate talented leaders through profiles and interviews

•Create opportunities for mentoring and connecting with peers

•Share information and resources online

For more information, contact Ingrid Jones, Founder at or (919) 812-7474.