ESSENCE invites you to join us for the opening ceremony of this year’s Essence Empowerment Experience. We have a special opportunity for you. Join us from 10:30AM- 2PM THIS FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center. We’ll gift you with a free ticket to the opening night concert series at the Superdome- Friday June 30th featuring Diana Ross, John Legend, India.Arie, Kelly Price, Ro James, PJ Morton and more.

Who you’ll hear from during the Opening Ceremony:

  • Essence Editor-In-Chief, Vanessa K. DeLuca
  • NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
  • Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon interviewed by Soledad O’Brien
  • Keynote Conversations with: Kenya Moore, Tina Knowles and more.
  • Strength of A Woman panel discussion with Mary J Blige, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Niecy Nash and others. Moderated by Tamron Hall.


To participate simply use the following instructions:

1. RSVP here by claiming your FREE ticket to the Experience.

2. Bring a print out of your ticket or use the Eventbrite mobile app to display your ticket.

3. Enter the Convention Center thru Hall B and proceed to the Empowerment Experience. Look for the Community Partner to check-in table located just outside Hall A.

4. One single ticket for Friday’s Superdome concert will be distributed after 2PM from the Community Partner Check-In table.