(Above: Vanessa K. Bush, ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief; Miki Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's Products; Model Devyn Abdullah; and Arva Rice, NYUL President and CEO)

Over the last four years, New York Urban League (NYUL) empowerment events have offered young men and women across New York City the opportunity to explore career paths and network with professionals from across Corporate America.  

This year, Time Warner was one of the sponsors of the fifth annual Girls' Empowerment Day, and Time Warner Center played host to the day’s afternoon activities. Kwanza Butler, Senior Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Time Warner, delivered the opening remarks. Afterwards, participants were treated to a panel discussion entitled "Beautiful Me: Learning To Love Yourself" featuring Miki Branch, co-founder of Miss Jessie's Products, Arva R. Rice, NYUL president and CEO, with Vanessa K. Bush, Editor-in-Chief of ESSENCE Magazine serving as moderator. The panel touched on topics ranging from beauty perceptions, race, the key to building a successful career, as well as the struggles one faces on the path to a successful career. Most importantly, the panel encouraged the young women in the audience that beauty comes in all forms, and that their dreams are within their reach if they pursue them fearlessly and with passion.

Guests were also treated to a performance by the group Audible Chocolate. The day ended with closing remarks from Imani Breaker, vice president of Customer Care at Time Warner Cable, and a networking reception.

Here’s a video clip of the panel discussion: