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Gayle King, Vivica A. Fox, Stephen A. Smith, NBWA members and thought leaders convene during NBA All-Star Weekend to discuss business, health, and financial wealth

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The National Basketball Wives Association (www.nbwassoc.org) will host its 5th Annual WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT AND MEN’S PANEL during the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis at the NCAA Conference and Events Center , 700 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, February 17 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. This year’s theme NBWA Crowned will feature actress, television host and film director Vivica A. Fox, author, and accomplished broadcast journalist Gayle King, ESPN featured commentator Stephen A. Smith and many entrepreneurs, business owners, and real estate moguls. The summit will also present a new Men’s Only Panel. Tickets for the summit can be purchased on Eventbrite https://bit.ly/NBWAWES2024.

The 2024 Women’s Empowerment Summit will feature a Health, and Career and Relationship panel featuring NBWA members and special guests moderated by Vivica A. Fox and premiere a Women in Business panel featuring Mielle Co-Founder, Monique Rodriguez, Award Winning Television Producer and TV Co-Star Kyra Epps, NBWA Vice President, Indiana Native and Founder of Aston Rose Sports and Entertainment Real Estate Firm Tomi Rose. A Men’s Only panel focused on generational wealth, real estate and health will be led by former ESPN featured commentator Stephen A. Smith, Mielle Co-Founder Melvin Rodriguez, and President of Concord Summit, Kevin O’Grady and moderated by Entrepreneur, Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Award-Winning Podcast, All The Smoke, Matt Barnes. Other celebrity guests and panelists will be announced. This exclusive event will bring together 400 influential attendees, including business owners and executives, community organizers and thought leaders, NBWA members, sports and entertainment executives and celebrity guests.  

“On behalf of our organization, we are thrilled to host our 5th annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in the distinguished city of Indianapolis during NBA All-Star Weekend,” says Sabrina Galloway, NBWA President.  “Our Women Empowerment Series is the premiere and only occasion of its kind during the weekend events and we are gracious for the opportunity to celebrate the leadership and legacy of women and advance social impact in Indiana,” added Galloway.

The 2024 Women’s Empowerment Summit will proudly support the NBWA’s annual charitable initiatives. Two local charities include the Boys and Girls Club and Indiana Black Expo’s Performing Arts Academy.

Event sponsors include NBA, NBPA Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Mielle, Concord Summit Capital, Lido, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Marion County Health Department, Radio One, Black Onyx Management, Indianapolis Urban League, Indianapolis Recorder, Marion County Department of Child Services and Firefly.

A complete list of WES moderators and panelists are below:

Gayle King, Co-Host, CBS Mornings and Editor at Large, Oprah Daily

Gayle King is co-host of CBS MORNINGS. An accomplished journalist, King interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to CBS MORNINGS and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She is also editor-at-large of Oprah Daily, hosts “Gayle King in the House,” a live, weekly radio show on SiriusXM and co-anchors with Charles Barkley, “King Charles,” a weekly, one-hour prime-time program on CNN.

Vivica A. Fox, Award Winning Actress, Producer and TV Show Host

Vivica A. Fox has positioned herself as a Hollywood screen gem and has triumphantly built an international brand that stands on the strength that women can do anything. With an extensive body of work that encompasses unforgettable television, stage and film credits, Vivica A. Fox is an inspiration as a Hollywood actress, generous philanthropist and accomplished businesswoman.

Matt Barnes, Entrepreneur, Executive Producer and Co-Host of the Award-Winning Podcast, All The Smoke

Matt Barnes played 14 seasons in the NBA and won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2017. He is an entrepreneur, executive producer and co-host of the award-winning podcast, All The Smoke. 

Stephen A. Smith, ESPN Featured Commentator and Executive Producer 

Stephen A. Smith is a renowned sports analyst, a featured commentator and executive producer on ESPN’s First Take, an analyst on NBA Countdown, ESPN and ABC’s long standing NBA pregame show, radio host and host of his popular podcast, The Stephen A. Smith Show. 

Kevin O’Grady

Kevin O’Grady is the President of Concord Summit. Kevin has personally managed the closing of over $20 Billion of structured financing including both debt and equity for development, acquisition, and perm debt solutions in all major asset classes. Concord Summit purchases non-performing debt and has been prolific in this space for more than 18 years.

Monique Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Mielle

Monique Rodriguez is the Founder and CEO of Mielle, the fastest growing, Black-founded and women-led global beauty brand offering quality, natural products for textured hair to consumers. Monique launched Mielle in 2014 with just one product, the Mint Almond Oil. Today, Mielle is a global sensation, with orders in nearly 90 countries around the world. The brand’s products can be found in more than 100,000 stores across the U.S.

Melvin Rodriguez, Co-Founder & COO of Mielle

Melvin Rodriguez is the co-founder and COO for Mielle, the fastest growing, Black-founded and women-led global beauty brand offering quality, natural products for textured hair to consumers. Prior to co-founding Mielle, Melvin spent more than two decades as a Project Engineer for UPS where he successfully managed numerous multimillion-dollar projects.

Kyra Robinson Epps, Award Winning Television Producer and TV Co-Star

Kyra Robinson Epps is an Image Award-Winning Television Producer best known for producing some of the best American TV series.  She is best known for her work on OWN’s transformative hit show “Iyanla Fix My Life.” Her other productions include Just Keke, Paternity Court and Sex Box. She can be seen alongside her husband Mike Epps on HGTV’s Buying Back the Block.

Stacia Washington, Managing Director, Senior Wealth Manager, LIDO 

As Managing Director, Stasia Washington is responsible for guiding families, public charities and private foundations on all aspects of financial asset management. She has over 25 years combined experience in non-legal trust services, capital markets, philanthropy and family governance, including most recently as a Senior Vice President, First Foundation Advisors, from 2013 to 2023.

Tomi Rose, Co-Founder and CEO of Aston Rose 

Tomi Rose is the co-founder and CEO of Aston Rose, the first national sports and entertainment luxury real estate firm. Tomi is currently a Fund Partner, focusing and guiding real estate investments. An industry trailblazer, entrepreneur, developer, and Realtor® that ranks among the top 1% of global real estate agents. She is a strategic innovator with over half a billion dollars in closed transactions and 40 affiliated agents across seven states. Tomi has played a pivotal role on the executive committee of the National Basketball Wives Association, serving as its First Vice President and Director.

Sabrina E. Galloway, President, National Basketball Wives Association

Sabrina E. Galloway is the Chief Strategist and Co-Founder of The Galloway Group, a multifaceted enterprise that serves as the umbrella for several businesses, a non-profit and real estate holdings. Sabrina’s keen ability as a consensus builder, strategist, innovative thinker and communicator, have helped to catapult the off the court endeavors of she and her husband, Langston, into viable business partnerships across a cross-section of areas in the marketplace. 

When Sabrina is not leading the Galloway Group, assisting her husband, Langston, with his endeavors or being a loving mother to her children, you can find her fulfilling her passion of service and empowerment through NBWA, a platform that seeks to encourage and gather women around life’s challenges and triumphs. 

Event Details


“NBWA Crowned – Empowering and Supporting Woman”

NBA All-Star Weekend 2024

Date: February 17, 2024

Time: 11:00AM to 3:00PM

Location: NCAA Conference and Events Center, 700 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information, visit: www.nbwassoc.org


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