March 17-20 ~ Attend Women In The Spotlight Retreat – Atlanta



Contact: Tiara Burch, Velvet Suite
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Daring, Diverse & Driven Women Converge in Atlanta

Annual WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT Retreat Empowers
Women To Take the Lead

In honor of National Women’s History Month in March, Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group presents WOMEN IN THE SPOTLIGHT (WITSL), a high-powered leadership retreat that promotes diversity and a professional and personal blueprint for influential women to triumph despite economic times by turning their passion into profit.

Women In The Spotlight will take place March 17-19, 2011 at the W Hotel Atlanta – Buckhead.  Expert speakers and panelists in the areas of personal branding, business leadership, and relationships will coach leading women on how to use creativity and innovation to create their own authentic blueprint for professional and personal success.

In 2007, women owned 7.8 million businesses and accounted for 28.7 percent of all businesses nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners. Fortune 500 reported that executive officer positions held by women in 2010 [was]: 14.4%, or 735 out of 5,110. This is indicates an increase from 13.5% in 2009.  Women In The Spotlight was created to celebrate the accomplishments of influential women who have made an exceptional impact in business across a spectrum of industries including: corporate, media, education, entertainment, finance, real estate, technology, sports, the arts, non-profit and more.

“In a time when women are progressing in leadership roles across every sector of industry, Velvet Suite Marketing is honored to present this uncommon opportunity to bring together an uncommon network of the most influential and diverse women. Our strength is in our community and we look forward to celebrating women who are taking the lead and the organizations that support their professional and professional development,” says Melissa Dawn Johnson, President of Velvet Suite Marketing and host of this year’s event.

Headliners include elite leaders from national as well as local heavy-hitters such as General Motors, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, The Atlanta Junior League, the Georgia Trade & Consulate Office, East West Bank, Tyler Perry Studios, the National Basketball Association and thriving technology innovators, entrepreneurial companies such as Tyler Perry Studios, celebrities and more.

“Just as with Velvet Suite Marketing, GM is also very committed to promoting diversity and success among women, “ said Linda Ware, GM Supplier Diversity manager.  “At GM we know that to succeed in our mission of designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles, we need a diverse work force – one that brings together a wide range of talents, ideas, experiences and perspectives.”

WITSL is held in partnership with sponsors including Cadillac, HP and Bloomingdales. A portion of proceeds will go to Girls Inc. the non-profit partner whose mission is inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

WITSL Agenda of Events

Thursday: Red-Carpet Reception hosted by actress, Tasha Smith will honor leading women’s organizations in our region with a “Presidents Roll Call” spotlighting in the areas of business, media, health, education, and more.

Friday: Leader-shift Workshops will empower attendees through the Velvet Suite 5-step system for professional and personal brand leadership to turn passion into profit in the five focus areas: passion, platform, partnerships, promotion and profit.

Bonus: Life and Style breakout sessions will address women’s personal needs with topics on: Managing the Pressure of the Spotlight, Balancing Relationships and How to Use Technology to Advance and Organize Life.

Power Networking: will allow guests to make uncommon connections by attending the High Heels in High Places Power Luncheon at Whiskey Blue, W Atlanta-Buckhead Hotel.

Bloomingdale’s Mingle & Make-over Event: Cadillac will escort the women over to Bloomingdales at Lenox Mall to enjoy personalized fittings, makeovers, pampering treatments and more.

Saturday: Luxury Suite Sessions and Honorary Dinner will highlight the importance of rest, relaxation, and personal time.  Guests can select from and purchase custom suite packages designed to de-stress and delight—followed by a Links and Legacy closing dinner to honor Women In The Spotlight who are making an impact in their community.

Sunday: Departure from the W Hotel

Early registration is encouraged. Visit to register.

Velvet Suite Marketing Consulting Group, Inc. ® is a peak performance management firm specializing in brilliant brand solutions from the inside out.  Brand building is our passion. Through our proven patent-pending system we optimize human potential through strategic consultation, leadership training and  lucrative alliances. The firm has launched leadership development training programs for influential organizations and Fortune 500 companies including: Kraft, Time, Citi Procter & Gamble, NFL, NCAA, NBA and more.

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2 had something to say.
  1. RE-

    nice event - hope it sells out

  2. PYNTK

    They definitely have some Power Players scheduled to appear.


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