Women of Power Luncheon
Celebrating Black Herstory
March 23, 2023
Join U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. in partnership with AT&T for the 2023 "Power 50" Women of Power Luncheon to honor women who are powerful leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives.
USBC's Women of Power "Power 50" list, honors the top 50 women in the country who are entrepreneurs, trailblazers, advocates, executives, visionaries, and in their respective industries.
The USBC Power 50 List is an annual honor bestowed upon 50 illustrious women who embody the spirit of the organization—unwavering dedication to making a difference in their communities and in the world at large. The honorees represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels from all over the United States.
The USBC Power 50 List and annual luncheon represent an important opportunity for these women to receive national recognition for their hard work and efforts toward progress.
Our 2023 Power 50 list includes an array of women from diverse backgrounds who represent a wide range of industries including healthcare, finance, policy, entertainment, and more.
Celebrate with us at the Salamander Washington DC, as we honor women who tell our stories, build our communities, advocate our causes, inspire change, make HERstory, and amplify the voices of all women.
Jennifer Leigh McClellan entered the U.S. Congress in 2023 after winning a special election to replace the late Congressman A. Donald McEachin.
A lifelong Virginia native, McClellan was born in Petersburg to parents who served the community: her father worked as a professor at Virginia State University and her mother worked as a counselor at VSU. McClellan attended Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County, where she was valedictorian. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond, where she served as a Charter member of the Rho Rho Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She then obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. McClellan has served the greater Richmond area in elected office for nearly twenty years. She was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005 and served in that post until being elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2017, where she succeeded A. Donald McEachin after his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. A principled and progressive legislator, McClellan has always worked to ensure Virginians’ voices are heard in government.
Throughout her eighteen sessions in the Virginia General Assembly, McClellan passed over 370 pieces of legislation, including landmark bills to protect and expand voting rights, combat climate change, preserve reproductive health care, and enhance workers’ protections and labor rights.
McClellan lives in Richmond with her husband, David Mills, and their two children, Jackson and Samantha.
Tanya Lombard is Vice President, Global External and Public Affairs at AT&T.
In this role, she works to strengthen AT&T's brand messaging and partnerships with multi-cultural segments which include Women, Black, Hispanic, Asian American Pacific Islander, Disability, Native American, and LGBTQ+ communities.
As part of this effort, Ms. Lombard created The Humanity of Connection to serve as the intersection of where policy meets community. By honoring multicultural innovators, leaders, and movements, The Humanity of Connection highlights those who have moved our culture forward and showcases AT&T’s efforts to be a positive force in diverse communities. Under this umbrella, Tanya also created The Society of Millennials, a multicultural group of millennial influencers and thought leaders who engage in company policy priorities and community leadership.
A native of New Orleans, Ms. Lombard has served for more than 25 years as a confidante to leaders at the highest levels of government, business, entertainment, civic, and professional organizations. During the Clinton administration, Ms. Lombard worked in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs.
Ms. Lombard has received numerous honors and awards which include The President’s Award from the Black Women’s Agenda, Inc, National Action Network’s Keepers of the Dream Award, Ebony Power 100 2020, National Urban League Donald H. McGannon Award, National Newspaper Publishers Leadership Award, Woman of Distinction Spirit Award from the Greater New York Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, Corporate Leadership Award for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcasters Association, Power Player.
Tanya Lombard is a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans and 2021 graduate of the Harvard Business School AMP 199 Program. She currently resides in Washington, DC but her heart and home will always be in New Orleans.
Ghee is honored to be the President of Multicultural Advertising for Allen Media Group which includes: The Grio Properties and HBCUgo.TV. The largest Black Owned Media company in the world. Her team is responsible for growing these critical Black-owned media brands.
Ghee has also worked for other powerful media companies including Ebony & Jet (As The CEO), CNN, A&E, The History Channel, and BET Networks. While at BET, Michele created and ran the first and only network for black women: BETHer.
Her mission is simple: lead people, transform communities, and drive revenue.
Ghee has received honors including: Multichannel News Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, and The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award to name a few.
Ghee has authored three books and is a sought-after public speaker.
Ghee graduated from Golden Gate University and in 2015 was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Ghee resides in New Jersey and is a proud wife of husband Tony and honored to be the mom of Taylor and Jordan.
This year's Trailblazer Award Recipient is Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Resorts.
Salamander Washington DC is prominently located along the capital’s vibrant Southwest waterfront, Salamander Washington DC is a short walk from the nation’s most cherished monuments and the exciting attractions and restaurants in the new District Wharf.
2023 Women of Power Playlist
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We are proud to celebrate the diverse and inspiring women who are making history every day.
Come dressed in your finest fascinators and hats for our Women of Power Luncheon in Washington, D.C., where will applaud the achievements of some of the nation's most influential women.
Even if you are not a woman, we still invite you to come dressed up and show your support for women who are making this world a better place.
In honor of Women's History Month, join us while we give our 2023 Power 50 honorees and all women their flowers while celebrating HERstory.
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