Morgan Stanley to Present TNJ's 2018 "25 Influential Black Women in Business" Awards

(Nzinga Shaw, Lesleigh Irish-Underwood, Sandra Richards, Yolanda Conyers, Dee Marshall)

The Network Journal (TNJ; announces Morgan Stanley ( as the Presenting Sponsor of our Twentieth Annual Influential Black Women in Business Awards and unveil its 2018 list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business honorees.
“The women we honor in the 20th year of the awards span occupations, industries and expertise, and they share the same traits when it comes to their career and community service: passion, drive and focus. We salute them for achieving significant levels of success in their businesses and professional careers, and for their myriad contributions to their community,” states TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin.
This select group will be profiled in the spring 2018 issue of the magazine, and will be formally honored during Women’s History Month at the 20th Annual 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon, presented by Morgan Stanley, on Friday, March 16, 2018. This highly anticipated signature TNJ event will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, located at 1535 Broadway (between 45th & 46th streets) in New York City, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year’s sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Morgan Stanley. Additional sponsors include AT&T and Bronner Brothers.
The program includes a networking reception, lunch and awards presentation, with multi-Emmy Award-winning journalist, Brenda Blackmon as Mistress of Ceremonies. The annual event attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers from various industries. Tickets are $375.00 if purchased on or before March 9th, and $425.00 thereafter. To purchase tickets, please visit
The 25 Influential Black Women in Business Class of 2018:
Jan M. Adams
JMA Solutions
Vicki R. Brackens, ChFC
President & Financial Planner
Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC
Michele Bryant
Senior Managing Director, Global Chief Procurement Officer
Deloitte Global
Gabrielle Bullock
Director of Global Diversity, Principal
Kimberly Y. Chainey
Associate General Counsel, Global M&A, Strategy & Innovation
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
Roxann Thomas Chargois
Owner Principal
JMC Auto Group
Yolanda Conyers
Vice President Global HR and Chief Diversity Officer
Camille Chang Gilmore
VP of HR & Global Chief Diversity Officer
Boston Scientific Corporation
Michelle D. Greene
Vice President , IT Business Partner – Global Functions
Johnson Controls
Genma Stringer Holmes
Holmes Pest Control
Lesleigh Irish-Underwood
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
United Way of New York City
Marachel L. Knight
Senior Vice President-Technology Planning & Engineering
AT&T Services, Inc.
Dee C. Marshall
President & CEO
Raise the Bar, LLC
Ghillaine Reid Melbourne
McGuireWoods LLP
Gail D. Morales
SVP, US Project Efficiency Executive
TD America’s Most Convenient Bank
Trina Parks, MHA, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Corporate Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
RWJ Barnabas Health
Joy Profet
General Manager
ESSENCE Communications, Inc.
Carla Hunter Ramsey
Global Director Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Procurement
National Grid
Denella Ri’chard
Sr. Director, Trade Communications & Engagement
Holland America Line
Sandra L. Richards
Managing Director
Head of Segment Sales & Engagement Group, Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley
Nneka Rimmer
SVP, Strategy & Global Enablement
McCormick & Company
Nzinga Shaw
Sr. VP of Community & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena
Tamika Curry Smith
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Mercedes-Benz USA
Alicia Thompson, APR
Managing Director
Porter Novelli
Cassandra Carter Wheeler
Regional Director
Georgia Power Company
About the 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards
Launched in March 1999, The Network Journal‘s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards honors women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to her community. A “TNJ25″ honoree typically is a business owner, or a partner, president, CEO, board chair, or other senior-management executive with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sector.