Areva Martin to deliver keynote at The Presidents’ Council annual meeting

18 Apr Areva Martin to deliver keynote at The Presidents’ Council annual meeting

By Lydia Coutre’ of Crain’s Cleveland Business


Attorney and author Areva Martin will deliver the keynote speech at The Presidents’ Council annual meeting this Friday, April 20.

The theme for this year’s meeting — scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the St. Clair Ballroom at Key Center — is courageous conversations, the courage to lead, said Erica C. Penick, executive director of The Presidents’ Council, which works to support, develop and advocate for African American entrepreneurs and rising leaders.

“It really is just to make certain that business owners do recognize their place, position and responsibility in the current climate as well as in terms of raising the next generation of leaders,” Penick said.

Martin said she hopes to share a message of the unique role business leaders play in their communities.

“I want to speak to the important role that small business owners play in job creation, but also their role in terms of social change,” she said. “And as an entrepreneur, one of the things that I’ve done is also spend a significant amount of my time and resources being engaged in broader issues.”

Martin — who is also an advocate, television host, legal and social issues commentator — is making her way around the country on a tour for her book, “Make It Rain,” which is about growing personal power and influence to benefit oneself and one’s community, she said.

“It’s important for all business leaders, but I would say even more important for African American business owners because in the African American community, business owners are significant, they are the individuals that you know, kind of set the tone and agenda for what the next generation will do,” Martin said.


The last day of registration for The Presidents’ Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting is Wednesday, April 18. Be sure to purchase your tickets here: