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Odyssey Media Launches ‘In The Black’ Tour for Women Entrepreneurs + Professionals Transitioning

*New York, New York — Odyssey Media announced today the launch of their fall 2015 Tour “In the Black”, a fifteen-city tour of transformational networking events for women, featuring a team of experts and special guests (including Essence Magazine’s Editor-At-Large Mikki Taylor).

The “In The Black” Tour will kick off on September 22nd in Cleveland, OH and continue through November 12th with their final stop in Los Angeles, CA. The tour is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Life Reimagined and Marriott International.

Odyssey Media is a marketing & communications company founded by CEO Linda Spradley Dunn, focused on connecting and empowering influential and affluent multicultural women around the world.

For the last 17 years, Odyssey’s unparalleled signature event “The Odyssey Business Retreat” (which has featured names like Vanessa Williams, Sheila Johnson and Ava DuVernay) and unique blend of business sessions, entrepreneur boot camps, digital forums, resources, and networking opportunities, have since built up a global movement thousands of women strong.

The “In The Black” Tour is focused on connecting women business owners, entrepreneurs, and professional women in transition with tools and discussions they truly value.

CEO Linda Spradley Dunn explains: “We strive to provide trusted spaces for women to connect, learn, and be inspired. With this tour, we’re spreading the word about Odyssey by inviting women in transition, small business owners, and entrepreneurs to network with their peers, learn from the best, and discover a whole new tier of community.”

According to The Cheskin Research Company “…women are leaving corporate jobs in favor of entrepreneurship at twice the rate of men, and multicultural women are departing even faster.”  Now, Odyssey is reaching out to support these women with the “In the Black” Tour, by providing powerful talks, business networking, and professional tools provided by Coca Cola and Life Reimagined.

Coca-Cola has provided a business assessment and skill building tool called the “Supplier Training & Empowerment Program” [STEP] as part of their “5 by 20” initiative, and Life Reimagined has provided their “LifeMap” tool, designed to help women business owners pivot through life’s transitions, and map out a meaningful path to their goals.

Each tour stop will include presentations by noted experts in the business and lifestyle industries. Odyssey Media founder Linda Spradley Dunn and Executive Vice President Cheryl-Walker Robertson will welcome attendees to the event.

Business coach Becky Davis will host a segment on finance for small businesses, and editor and fashion/beauty expert Mikki Taylor will host a segment about personal style and ‘the little black dress’.

The goal? To help women begin or enhance their journey by incorporating the necessary tools to succeed. Such tools include:  a black book (with a list of colleagues, family and friends), a black box (packed with the tools one will need to go to the next level), a little black dress (an LBD is a uniform that takes one from home to the office), a black bag (full of products that makes one feel confident) and a lot of black ink (a contract, personal financial portfolio and balance sheet).

“In the Black” Tour will visit the following cities:

“In The Black” Tour

September 22nd                      Cleveland, OH             The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

September 23rd                       Detroit, MI                  Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center

September 24th                       Chicago, IL                   The Metropolitan Club

September 29th                       Newark, NJ                 The Newark Club

September 30th                       New York, NY              The Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park

October 1st                              Boston, MA                 The Colonnade Hotel

October 6th                              Miami, FL                    Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

October 8th                              New Orleans, LA         The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

October 20th                            Philadelphia, PA          The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

October 21st                            Mitchellville, MD        The Country Club at Woodmore

October 22nd                           Washington, DC          TBD

October 28th                            Atlanta, GA                 The Commerce Club

October 29th                            Charlotte, NC              The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

November 10th                        Houston, TX                 Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria

November 12th                        Los Angeles, CA          NBC Universal Studio Lot

 The “In the Black” Tour sponsors are:  Coca-Cola, Marriott International and Life Reimagined.

To purchase tickets and register for the “In the Black” Tour, please visit: http://www.odysseymc.com/cpages/in-the-black

For more information about Odyssey Media, please visit www.Odysseymc.com and also follow us on social media on Twitter (@OdysseyMediaCo),Instagram (@odysseymediaco) and Facebook www.facebook.com/OdysseyMediaCo.

About Odyssey:

Odyssey Media is a marketing & communications company focused on connecting and empowering influential and affluent multicultural women around the world.

Odyssey’s unparalleled blend of conferences, business retreats, boot camps, philanthropy initiatives, digital forums, resources, adventure activities, and networking opportunities has helped us amass a database of thousands of women.

The Odyssey community includes: multicultural female corporate executives, attorneys, physicians, entrepreneurs, small business owners, educators, community leaders, spouses, retirees, and women in transition who are key decision makers and need to stay connected.




Michelle Huff
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