Oprah Winfrey receives the inaugural Young Executive Fellows and Empowerment Award

Oprah Winfrey receives the inaugural Young Executive Fellows and Empowerment Award

Oprah Winfrey was awarded the first-ever Empowerment in Entertainment award at the Los Angeles event on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, presented to her by Alicia Keys, in conjunction with the launch of the Young Executives initiative in an effort to mentor and create opportunities for underserved students in Los Angeles. The award honored Winfrey for using her life to create opportunities for people of colour, women, members of the LGBTQ community and emerging voices in the industry. During her speech, she said: “Empowerment is authority. It’s a signed permission slip to seize the day. It’s the process of getting stronger and more confident and more engaged. To be empowered is to move through the world without fear or apology, and with these gifts, come an even deeper privilege — the ability to take charge of your own life and claim your rights.” In closing, Winfrey turned her attention to the inaugural group of students in the room, telling them that “when I look at you, Young Executives, I see the hope in your eyes, and it reminds me of the way my daughter-girls from my Academy in South Africa look on graduation day as they cross the stage to accept their diplomas. I see the sacrifice and work that it took to get you there. But more than that, I see the ways in which your lives are forever changed because of the opportunity you were given and the choices you made to step up into leadership roles and end the cycles of abuse and poverty that your mothers and grandmothers and fathers have endured.”

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