Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Phenomenal Woman Luncheon over the weekend at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The invite only event took place during the 2nd Annual Women 2 Women Conference and honored the one and only Susan L. Taylor.


The former ESSENCE editor-in-chief and “most influential black women in journalism today,” was recognized for her recent work with National CARES as well as her trailblazing career in media.  During her inspirational speech, Taylor talked about the importance of faith and how a life changing encounter with a Florida youth named “Damian,” was the catalyst for her creating the national mentoring program.

Monica Pearson with A Young

Monica Pearson with Ambassador Andrew Young

The afternoon luncheon also featured a soul-stirring “call to action” speech by the luncheon’s second honoree, Edie Fraser, as well as musical entertainment by R&B songstress, Regina Belle, who performed the classic Color Purple tune, “Ms. Celie’s Blues (Sister)” and her hit single, “If I Could.”

Other Atlanta luminaries in attendance included Atlanta TV icon, Monica Pearson, Ambassador Andrew Young and his wife, Carolyn Young, former Coca-Cola executive, Ingrid Saunders Jones, Bishop Dr. Barbara King and everyone’s favorite TV psychologist, Sherry L. Blake, PhD.

Susan L. Taylor 2

Susan L. Taylor

Prior to the luncheon, the conference featured panels and workshops led by singer, actress and reality star, Nicci Gilbert; media maven,  Lisa D. Cox;  Award winning songwriter, Tena Clark; Real Estate and Wealth Coach, Sonia Booker; author and playwright,  Pearl Cleage; and Emmy-winning actress, Lynn Whitfield.

Proceeds from the conference benefits teens at the Dr. Maya Angelou Teen Center located at the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA in Atlanta, GA.  Check out a few more photos below:

Dr. Barbara King' Charmain Ward

 Bishop Dr. Barbara King/GA Pacific’s Charmaine Ward

Regina Belle 2 Dr. Sherry Blackwell

 Regina Belle and Sherry L. Blake PhD

Ingrid Saunders Jones

 Ingrid Saunders Jones introducing Susan L. Taylor

Susan L. Taylor

 Susan L. Taylor

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