2016 Salute to Black Women in Business Conference


2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Congresswoman Maxine Waters with former congresswoman Laura Richardson looking on. (March 20, 2016)

In recognition of National Women’s History Month, the Black Business Association (BBA), one of the oldest active ethnic business organizations in the nation, hosted its 2016 Salute to Black Women Business Conference, Vendor Faire and Awards Luncheon Saturday, March 19, at The L.A. Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, in collaboration with the National Women’s History Project’s (NWHP).


The “Salute to Black Women” is the BBA’s annual commemoration of the achievements of African
American women. The BBA is pleased to announce that longtime BBA friend and supporter, Congresswoman Maxine Waters received the “Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award” for her more than 40 years of exemplary public service.

Other honorees include: Jan Perry, General Manager, City of Los Angeles, Economic & Workforce Development Dept., Laura Hall, National President, National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L.), Dezie Woods-Jones, State President, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA), Carolyn Flowers, Senior Advisor, Federal Transit Administration, U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

It was a pleasure to see the many powerful and successful African-American women assembled on the stage, inspiring us in the audience to never give up and to follow our passion.  It was also good to see former Congresswoman Laura Richardson in attendance as well.  Jan Perry also announced her departments intentions to hire 15,000 youth this summer via the Hire LA Youth program.

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