About bwsbe


It all started when...

Dr. Robert "Bob" Wright had the vision and inspiration to bring together some of the most respected business leaders in the country for an empowerment symposium to benefit the local residents and business community of his hometown, Columbus, Georgia.  From there, The Bob Wright Symposium On Business Empowerment (BWSBE) was born.  It was designed to expose members of the minority community to successful entrepreneurs who are industry trailblazers and respected thought-leaders within their fields. In addition, it has become one of the first events of its kind to take place in Columbus, proud home to several influential minority business and community leaders.  

The conference is moderated by Byron Pitts, renowned ABC News Chief Correspondent and Nightline Co-Anchor, and features several "Fireside Chats" (informal conversations) with extraordinary business leaders and executives.  In these discussions, they share invaluable business insight, knowledge and stories of their personal & professional experience.  In addition, lunch and networking opportunities are provided for all attendees during the day.

Most importantly, all proceeds from the BWSBE will go to benefit the Alpha Onward & Upward Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and tuition support to college students in the state of Georgia.  


 BWSBE Steering Committee


Members of the 2019 Bob Wright Symposium Steering Committee include:

Dr. Bob Wright | Chairman
Lamar Barnett | Co-Chairman
Shonalee Gamble | Co-Chairman
SirMichael Jones | Co-Chairman
Oz Roberts | Co-Chairman
Earl Camp
Florene Dawkins
Cecilio Gill
Norman Hardman
Greg Hudgison
Cierra Jackson
Vincent Jones
Bridget Spruill

2018 BWSBE: The Year of the Woman VIDEO SNIPPET