Written by | Ray Cornelius

It is with great pleasure to announce that yours truly, Ray Cornelius, will be attending this year’s Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit May 13-16 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This one-of-a-kind conference features a myriad of seminars, workshops and events that will help motivate and inspire your entrepreneurial spirit.

I was thrilled when one of the conference sponsors, AT&T, asked me to be a correspondent. I was even more excited to know that I will get an opportunity to meet motivational speaker, author and “breakthrough” specialist, Lisa Nichols. She will be judging this year’s AT&T “Going Up! The Elevator Pitch” event. This high-stakes competition features a select group of finalists who get 60-seconds to pitch their business to a group of judges and to go head-to-head for a chance to win $10,000.  Exciting right? The event promises to be fast paced, engaging and enlightening. Other superstar judges include Founder & CEO of Film Life, Jeff Friday plus President & CEO of Black Enterprise, Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr.

AT&T will also present the coveted “Techpreneur Award” at this year’s Small Business Awards Luncheon which recognizes the best and brightest small businesses. The luncheon also includes a one-on-one conversation with the CEO of So-So Def Recording and Atlanta music icon, Jermaine Dupri. “Why Did I Get Married” actor and activist, Lamman Rucker will participate in the “Entrepreneurs Solving the Education Crisis” session while and media personality, Steve Harvey will share his story during a Fireside Chat with Earl “Butch” Graves, Jr.  Black Enterprise will also host a special Town Hall Meeting titled, “Black Males Matter” featuring TV One correspondent, Roland Martin.

AT&T will also participate in “The Corporate Procurement Game” session, where top procurement officers will be on hand to give advice and insider strategies to help businesses win supplier contracts. Film director and noted producer, Reginald Hudlin will speak at the “It’s Called Show Business” session while WEtv’s Kim Kimble and HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod will give their two cents on “Leveraging Reality TV to Further Your Business.” The Summit closes out with a 100th Anniversary Celebration & Awards Dinner honoring music industry legends, Clarence Avant and Quincy Jones.

Once again I am so elated to be a part of this year’s conference and can’t wait to post about my experience.

Click HERE to register and see the full schedule.