Advocate of the Year is presented to Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder of Walker's Legacy, a global platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman.
In 2009, when Ms. Cofield found herself in need of female mentors and role models during the formation of her first entrepreneurial venture, Walker’s Legacy was born. Recognizing the need for positive and accessible examples of multicultural women in business the goal was to develop an open forum for women to engage and inspire.
Today, Walker’s Legacy equips multicultural women-led micro-enterprises through entrepreneurship training and business development programming and works to improve the livelihood and economic equality of low-income women and girls.
The organization is named in honor of Madam C. J. Walker, a successful entrepreneur, and the first self-made female millionaire in United States history.