Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts Headlines 2018 Bob Wright Symposium on Business Empowerment
For the fourth year in a row local businessman, philanthropist and power broker, Dr. Robert “Bob” Wright, hosted a group of his friends in business from around the country to come to Columbus and share their stories.
Once again moderated by Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent with ABC News, the conversations were down to earth, insightful, informative and inspiring.
For the first time, this year’s symposium featured an all female line up. Each of the panelist spoke of a common theme; “Building a legacy of “Generational Wealth.”
Headlining this years event was Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” who spoke about the importance of “Making Your Mess Your Message.” Her personal challenges include her breast cancer diagnosis in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS. Her courageous battle with cancer has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013 for the strength and courage she has displayed throughout her life and career.
In addition to her daily duties on Good Morning America, as an entrepreneur, Roberts founded her own production company, Rock’n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks, ranging from informational shows and documentaries, to live special events.
Roberts graduated cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She was a standout performer on the women’s basketball team, ending her career as one of the school’s all-time leading scorers and re-bounder. In 2012, Roberts was named an inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
She is also the author of “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By” and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk. Aside from Roberts, guest speakers include: ▪ Kimberly A. Blackwell, chief executive officer of PMM Agency ▪ Eva Jane Bunkley, inventor of “The Makeup Bullet” and celebrity makeup artist ▪ Stephanie Burnley, co-CEO of Devon Industrial Group ▪ Yukia Harris-Walker, Curvaceous Couture bridal salon own-er ▪ Yuneisia Harris, Curvaceous Couture bridal salon owner ▪ Dr. Michele Hoskins, CEO and founder of Michele Foods ▪ Natalie M. King, Esq., CEO of Dunamis Clean Energy Partners ▪ Melissa Harville-Lebron, CEO of W. M. Stone Enterprises, E2 Northeast Motorsports and Coutra Music Group ▪ Rose E. McElrath-Slade, president and CEO of Strategic Resources Inc.
▪ Alexis Davis Smith, president and CEO of PRecise Communications.