Xernona Clayton to speak at 2018 Women's Leadership Conference

Xernona Clayton to speak at 2018 Women's Leadership Conference

July 13, 2018 9:42 AM


Civil rights leader Xernona Clayton, who broke race and gender barriers in national broadcast TV and worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to end racial inequality in America, will expound on her life and experiences at the 2018 Women's Leadership Conference (WLC).

The conference, in its 12th year, is sponsored by The MGM Resorts Foundation and will held Aug. 27-28 at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The honored activist will celebrate her 88th birthday on August 30.

"We are honored to have Xernona, a civil rights icon and philanthropist, appear at WLC," says Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts. "She has an incredible life experience of breaking glass ceilings in the 1960s, fighting against racial and social injustice and promoting recognition of African American culture and contributions to America through the Trumpet Awards. Her history and life's work will surely resonate with attendees."

Clayton is the Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation's Trumpet Awards. The Trumpet Awards is an annual event recognizing outstanding African American accomplishments and has been nationally televised for over 25 years and distributed internationally to over 185 countries around the world.