The Washington Business Journal has named Natalie Madeira Cofield, entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic activist as the recipient of the Rising Star Award by the Washington Business Journal.

Held annually in Washington, DC the 2018 Women Who Mean Business Awards recognize the region’s most influential women in business. According to Emily Van Zandt, associate editor for the Washington Business Journal, this year’s nomination pool was the largest in the award’s fifteen year history with roughly four-hundred submissions.

Cofield was selected among three women to receive the prestigious Rising Star Award which aims to honor women under forty, who have made significant contributions to their field and achieved success in business and entrepreneurial endeavors.

“From my educational experience as a graduate of Howard University to the founding of Walker’s Legacy, Washington, DC has been the most influential city for my career and personal success. I am honored to receive this award in a city that means so much to me, in the company of the region’s most significant female leadership,” said Cofield about the honor.

In total, twenty-eight women were honored including notable women such as Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO of AARP, Alexandra Jaritz, global head of Tru by Hilton, and Virginia Ali, co-founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, among others.

Recipients will be honored at the 15th annual Women Who Mean Business Awards dinner on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC.

To view the complete Washington Business Journal Class of 2018 Women Who Mean Business or to attend the event, please click here.  


About Natalie Madeira Cofield: Natalie Madeira Cofield is the Founder & CEO of Walker’s Legacy, the largest digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman, and its sister organization Walker’s Legacy Foundation. A frequent speaker, author, and sought-after subject matter expert, Natalie is a social entrepreneurship educator, superwoman self-care advocate, and economic empowerment leader with over a decade of experience working with a myriad of organizations and agencies from Paypal to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


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