All-Star weekend was in full effect in Charlotte this past weekend, but it wasn’t just all about the men and sports — the women wanted to have something special for themselves! The National Basketball Wives Association held it’s 2nd annual Women’s Empowerment Summit 2019, honoring the the Evolution of Women in Business — Debra Lee, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chasity Melvin, and Courtney Ajinca.
Women from all walks of life were in attendance and it surely was a celebration for women to remember. From having discussions about learning how to maintain your identity outside of being married and a mother, pushing to normalize having passions outside of your family, to simply uplifting each other and sharing kind words. Not to mention there were TONS of influential women in the building! Gabrielle Union, Lala Anthony, Ayesha Curry, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and so many more.
I had the amazing opportunity to even ask Gabrielle Union about how she manages to balance being a wife to a “Hollywood Husband” as she likes to call Dwayne Wade, being a new mother and a brand:
“It’s hectic and busy. I fall short and I just have to hope that people are cool with that because, balance, realistically is that I’m not going to be hitting it out of the park in every area. When people say, ‘I’m going to give it 110%’ well now you’re at a deficit. If I give 100% at work, what do I have for the other areas of my life? So realistically, I do the best that I can, as long as I maintain my joy, peace, and grace — that’s enough for me, that is a balance.”
Cari Champion and Baron Davis were the lovely co-hosts for the event as well; Baron Davis moderated amazing chats with the guest speakers, Shannon Allen, CleRenda McGrady, Sandra L. Richards, and Ayesha Curry. Discussing why they started their foundations and careers they chose and what keeps them going — along with a Fireside Chat with the program honorees Debra Lee and Valeisha Butterfield Jones.
Things started to get real with Cari Champion and Jada Pinkett Smith during their chat — about motherhood, marriage, having to be the foundation of your family; topics that should definitely be discussed way more.
The Women’s Empowerment Summit was beautiful and necessary during the AllStar weekend where is mainly about the men — a giant reminder that women are still and will always be the showrunners, even when running the show from the sidelines.
Check out images of the event below (Images by Alston Media Group):