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DISB Commissioner to Speak at Women’s History Event

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

DISB Commissioner to Speak at Women’s History Event

The program, held in conjunction with NMC Consulting Group and the DC Commission for Women, is named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire.

Washington, DC - Commissioner Gennet Purcell of the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) will provide remarks at the Walker’s Legacy: A Women in Business Lecture Series on March 17, during Women’s History Month. The program, held in conjunction with NMC Consulting Group and the DC Commission for Women and launched in January 2010, is named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. “I am honored to be invited to offer my insights and experiences as a woman and more important, to offer my vision as the commissioner for the financial-services industry in the District of Columbia,” Commissioner Purcell said. Appointed to the position by DC Mayor Adrian Fenty in August 2009, and confirmed by the Council of the District of Columbia in November 2009, Commissioner Purcell is the only Black female commissioner in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the organization of insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five US territories; and she is one of a handful of female commissioners. The March 17 event at the Charles Sumner Museum, Great Hall, 1201 17th Street., NW, from noon to 2 pm, is the second installment of the quarterly series. It has been themed, “Pearls for Success in Business,” and features Carla Harris, a prominent Wall Street investment banker, who has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America by Fortune magazine, one of the Top 50 Bankers on Wall Street by Black Enterprise and among the Top 50 Women Shaping the World by Essence magazine. She will speak candidly on her wisdom and her book, Expect to Win. The program will be moderated by Natalie Madeira Cofield, the president of NMC Consulting Group Inc., a firm that specializes in business development, public affairs and program management, and will include additional remarks by  the DC Office of Women’s Policy & Initiatives director, Niambi Jarvis. For more information, call (202) 429-5535.