International Music and Entertainment Professional Organization Provides Passport to the Entertainment Industrys Elite

New York, NY ( - The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment, Inc. (NABFEME), the ultimate network of female powerhouses, has selected Chicago, as the host city for their 5th Anniversary Celebration and annual International Women's Leadership Summit.

From August 17-21, 2005 executives from around the globe, in the industries of music, film, television, fashion, and sports will convene at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, located at 1 West Wacker Drive, for five days of informative panels, enlightening forums, comprehensive workshops, networking, and entertaining events.

"Our previous summits have afforded attendees access to industry icons like Patti Labelle, Sylvia Rhone, Suzanne de Passe, Kenny Gamble, Nikki Giovanni, and Judge Glenda Hatchett.

This year, in addition to industry access, we will offer a step-by-step guide to building a successful career in the entertainment industry," says Johnnie Walker, president and founder of NABFEME.

The NABFEME International Womens Leadership Summit will continue its focus on health and wellness, career development, financial management, and family relations.

The summit will present its stable of signature events including- She's Got Game Awards Ceremony, honoring women who have made major strides in their careers and who have impacted others in the industry; Women Who Jam, the all female concert that showcases the talent of seasoned and new artists; The Shero Hall of Fame Ceremony, an event that celebrates the induction of the industrys most influential and prominent women; "The Mentor Power Luncheon", an inspirational gathering that salutes and recognizes positive Mentor/Mentee relationships. This year the luncheon will celebrate strong mothers in entertainment and is themed: In Celebration of The Celebrity Mom; SISTERHOOD: A Network of Our Own, an event that provides a think space and is the unit of connectivity for all attendees. NABFEME will also debut The NABFEME Literary Lounge, an intimate setting and refined atmosphere created for African American authors and book enthusiasts to come together for readings and discussions.

General registration costs for the NABFEME 2005 International Women's Leadership Summit are $395 for members, $495 for non-members and $250 for student members. Walk-up registration is $500 for members, $600 for non-members and $275 for students. For registration and information call (201) 724-9836 or visit

Founded in 1999 by record industry trailblazer Johnnie Walker, NABFEME supports and empowers black female professionals, managers, and technicians in the music and entertainment industry.

More than 2,000 women worldwide have joined this stellar nonprofit organization, whose purpose is to assist with the economic and career development of women of color in the entertainment arena.

For more information about NABFEME, visit our website at

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