The 73rd NBA All-Star Celebration returns to Indianapolis with the National Basketball Wives Association (NBWA) Crowned-themed Women’s Empowerment Summit and Male Panel. The star-studded event will include Indianapolis’ own Award-Winning Actress and Producer Vivica A. Fox, CBS Mornings and Oprah Daily Editor at Large Gayle King, Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Award- Winning Podcast, “All the Smoke,” Matt Barnes, and ESPN Featured Commentator Stephen A. Smith at 11 AM on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the NCAA Conference and Events Center 700 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204.
The cast brings a wealth of knowledge to Indianapolis; they will explore how different aspects of identity, health, career, relationship,
and business intersect to impact women’s experiences of empowerment. NBWA President Sabrina Galloway shared that NBWA’s mission is to nurture, build, work, and achieve together (as a unit) to “galvanize women to influence in order to nurture our youth, build strong communities, and work together to achieve economic stability for families and women around the world.” A feat laced in the African culture and identity: village building, choosing a village (family), and collaboration over individualism investing in empowering women, youth, and education.
The day will begin at 11 AM with red carpet networking hour with celebrity guests, panelists, NBWA members, and television executives (hor d’oeuvres, champaign & mimosas). Vivica A. Fox will moderate the Health, Career & Relationship Panel at 12:05 PM. At 1:15 AM, Gayle King will moderate the Business Panel featuring Monique Rodriguez, Tomi Rose, and Kyra Epps. The event will end with a Male Panel featuring Stephen A. Smith, Kevin O’Grady, and Melvin Rodriguez, moderated by Matt Barnes.
President Galloway shares another component of NBWA’s mission: sowing and reaping. Fully aware of Indianapolis’s impact on the association’s ability to (reap) move forward. The NBWA insists on leaving Indianapolis better by investing financially (sow) into organizations, businesses, and schools. On Saturday, February 17, NBWA will announce more than one company or organization as a recipient of an NBWA contribution.
Empowering women goes beyond just personal empowerment, as it also involves restructuring systems and institutions to foster more fair and inclusive communities for all. It necessitates collaborative efforts, partnerships, and ongoing work spanning various industries to tackle the underlying causes of gender inequity and establish enduring progress.
The NBWA has an inherent grasp on ensuring comradery and contribution. The inaugural introduction of this year’s male panel allows the guests to glean from multiple points of view, says Galloway, an idea that continues to develop in the organization as a way to contribute holistically to the complete woman.
Lena Horne once called “blackness the 5th dimension” of humanness, expanding space and time. In context, she referenced how Black People, especially Black Women, have the unique ability to transform, build, and make whole. As a culture, the idea builds upon the Ghanaian proverb (coined by Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey): “If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family (nation).” The NBWA has prepared a day of nation- building in CROWNED: the NBWA Women’s Empowerment Summit and Male Panel.
Be sure to get your tickets today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nbwas-womens- empowerment-summit-mens-panel-tickets-808305793387?aff=oddtdtcreator.
Visit the website at https://nbwassoc.org/wes/ to learn more. Be sure to watch or listen to the podcast with Sabrina Galloway.