Queen of Gospel
Award Winning Actress
During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes.
Ms. Magazine and Essence; Gender and Race Activist
The CaPP Institute
Martin Chase Productions
Editorial Director, Women of Power Summit; Host
Women of Power TV
Chief Leadership Officer
Founder & CEO
Former Chairman and CEO
Young & Rubicam Brands
Senior Vice President U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement
president & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE
Executive Managing Editor
Senior Vice President, Comedy Development
Professional Diversity Network and National Association of Professional Women
Vice President - Human Resources
Certified Coach, Trainer, Consultant
Raise The Bar, LLC (a WBENC certified company)
Regional President–The Americas
Water Cooler Group
Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Head of Global Consumer Marketing
Apple Music and iTunes
Chief Diversity OfficerPublicis Groupe
President and Chief Operating Officer, Function(x), Inc.
President and CEO
Sterling Investment Management Inc.
Chairman and CEO
Social Media ManagerBlack Enterprise
Caroline Clarke is an award-winning journalist whose experience spans print, digital and television outlets. In her 19 years at Black Enterprise, she has served in a number of key roles including senior editor and editor-at-large, Black Enterprise magazine; editorial director, Black Enterprise Books; and general manager, Interactive Media, where she helped to run blackenterprise.com as well as launch other digital platforms for Black Enterprise content delivery, including an emerging mobile platform. In addition, as editorial director of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, she determined the editorial direction and theme of the nation’s largest annual conference targeting African American women executives.
Currently Clarke hosts the Women of Power TV Show, a new half-hour series which showcases various female entrepreneurs, CEOs, moguls, and charismatic leaders representing success and influence. She is also Executive Editor, influencing Black Enterprise content across all platforms. She is the author of Take a Lesson: Today’s Black Achievers on How They Made It, What They Learned Along the Way & Postcards From Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail. Prior to Black Enterprise, Clarke worked at The American Lawyer and several newspapers. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Smith College and a master’s degree with honors from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is married and has two children.
As the executive managing editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE, Alisa Gumbs plays a critical role in the planning and execution of content across the company’s print, digital, and events platforms. In addition to developing content strategy and managing section editors, she is responsible for the timely production of each issue, including editing articles; determining editorial schedules; and coordinating the production, art, and copy departments. She currently serves as the magazine’s lifestyle editor and also contributes to the agendas for the Women of Power and Entrepreneurs Summits.
Gumbs joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in August 2003 as a copy editor and later spent a year as the copy chief before being promoted to managing editor in 2007. Earlier in her career, she was a senior copy editor and regional feature correspondent at PR Newswire, editing breaking business announcements and counseling clients on the development of feature news releases.
Throughout her time at BLACK ENTERPRISE, Gumbs has researched, reported, and written for the website and magazine, including cover stories in November 2011 on the business of foodies such as Marcus Samuelsson, in December 2010 on the social media savvy of blogger Gabi Fresh, and in September 2006 on the entrepreneurial pursuits of former models such as Tyra Banks and Iman. She has also been published in The Village Voice.
Gumbs is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
Shelly Jones Jennings is Vice President, Director of Digital for Earl G. Graves, Ltd., overseeing digital properties for BLACK ENTERPRISE, the leading business, finance and careers media outlet for African Americans. A proven leader within the digital space, Jones Jennings’s core objectives are to bolster the brand’s digital strategy, while cultivating more competitive, engaging platform experiences to attract a broader, ever-growing audience.
Since taking the lead on digital development at BLACK ENTERPRISE, Jones Jennings has leveraged her hybrid experience as a seasoned consultant to companies on creative web development strategies, integrated media optimization and online marketing to create dynamic digital offerings and user experiences across Black Enterprise’s myriad digital platforms. This includes launching the industry’s first African American magazine iPad app, BLACK ENTERPRISE’s acclaimed BE App’d.
Jones Jennings is a strategic digital communications advisor and systems manager who combines real world experience, a passion for innovation and the ability to effectively oversee sophisticated technology development from industry recognized platforms to sponsored micro-sites.
Since graduating from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, with a B.S. in Computer Science, Jones Jennings has consulted for top organizations, such as Ogilvy and Mather, Accenture and Time Inc. During her time as a consultant at Time Inc., she worked on several sites including Essence.com, People.com, InStyle.com and TimeForKids.com. After providing her expertise for several years, Jones Jennings was brought on by the media conglomerate as Executive Producer, leading the digital strategy, implementing new project and production processes, serving as the liaison and providing expert advice to various departments.
She headed the relaunch of the site design and functionality, upgraded search engine optimization, created new content programming and increased audience reach, newsletter deployment and advertiser opportunities. Jones Jennings was also integral to the development and launch of several video programming initiatives like a 30-day online dating reality show called “30 DATES in 30 DAYS,” the surprise marriage proposal feature “WILL YOU MARRY ME?” and the annual bachelors’ feature “DO RIGHT MEN.” As a result, revenue increased 9116%, site traffic 8937%, newsletter subscriptions 460% and magazine subscriptions 115%–which earned her the Time Inc. Top Performer Award.
As an industry leader, Shelly Jones Jennings has participated in dozens of digital media conferences and trade events, continuing to build her network, intellectual curiosity and shared knowledge with colleagues, employees and mentees. When she’s not pursuing her next innovative digital project, the die-hard Basketball and Yankees fan enjoys reading, spending time with her family. Jones Jennings resides in New Jersey with her husband.
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