University of Arizona College of Medicine New Home to the Valley’s Favorite Heart-Healthy Happy Hour!

Heart disease and stroke claim more lives than any other disease, putting people of all ages – from infants to the elderly – at risk. It is also the number one killer of women – taking the lives of more women than all cancers combined. While 1 in 31 American women will die from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 will die of heart disease – approximately one woman dies of heart disease every minute. The annual Red Dress Cocktail Party seeks to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and make them aware of what they can do to prevent it.

Please join Dr. Martha Gulati, Division Chief of Cardiology, Banner – University and University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for the 9th Annual 2017 Red Dress Cocktail Party on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. This heart-healthy happy hour will include food, fashion and fun along with raffles and life-saving information on how to prevent heart disease.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party is a grass roots event started by valley resident and heart advocate Maria Benson. Benson created the event after losing several female family members (including her mother) to heart disease. The primary purpose of the event is to raise awareness about heart disease. While heart disease is the number one killer of women, only one in five American women believe heart disease is their greatest health threat.

The party has grown tremendously since its inception – starting out as a small gathering of friends evolving into a highly anticipated event with more than 300 attendees. A guest favorite aspect of the event will is the fashion show. We are proud to announce that Steve Irvin of ABC Channel 15 News will return as the celebrity emcee.

The Red Dress Cocktail Party Team is excited to partner with Banner – University Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix in hosting the 2017 event and is looking forward to making a greater impact locally this year. The proceeds from the event will benefit Banner Health’s Women’s Heart Center – the first center in Arizona to focus on cardiovascular disease in the female population and provide comprehensive programs and education for healthcare providers and the community. The public is welcome. Tickets to the event are $50 and the fee is tax deductible. To order tickets, please visit

Event Snapshot
Red Dress Cocktail Party

April 12, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, 505 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Admission: $50 (tax deductible donation)


Business Supporter and Advocate Maggie Anderson Headlines Women’s Business Conference

wocbc-flyer_2016Author Maggie Anderson documented her family’s decision to support only Black-owned businesses for a year in “Our Black Year.” On Oct. 15, Anderson will share her experience and the journey that followed at the 2nd annual Women of Color Business Collaborative (WOCBC) Conference at A.T. Still University in Mesa.

Anderson and her family made history and dominated headlines with their choice to live exclusively off businesses, professionals, and products from the Black community for an entire year. This pioneering case study in self-help economics was called
The Empowerment Experiment and led to a landmark study conducted by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. Anderson’s stand proved how incremental support of Black businesses and professionals can rescue the community and improve the American economy as a whole. Anderson will share her story during the luncheon keynote address at the WOCBC Conference.

The WOCBC creates and fosters strong cooperative business relationships among women of color in Arizona. This is achieved by providing professional development, peer networking and business opportunities to current and future entrepreneurs. The vision of the annual WOCBC Conference is to help women of color throughout Arizona collaborate to take their businesses to new levels of success.

“What makes our conference unique is that it is specifically designed for women of color,” said Kerwin Brown, President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Arizona. “While women-owned businesses are growing at an extraordinary rate, there are still obstacles and challenges that this segment of business leaders face.”

In the United States, there are 9.4 million businesses owned by women with 3.1 million of those businesses owned by women of color. Those businesses generate $228 million each year. While Arizona’s numbers mirror national statistics, there is a disparity in opportunities for women of color.

“During the conference, participants not only have the chance to find resources and garner information, but they have the chance to build meaningful relationships with like-minded women,” said Brown. “It is more than a network, it is a sisterhood.”

Participants will select a conference track when they register. Track A is for women who are considering starting a business or have been in business less than five years. Track B is for women who have business for five or more years. The presentations are tailored for the specific tracks.

Workshops will provide information on establishing a strong business foundation, social media marketing, personal branding, how to master negotiations, communication trends for businesses, wellness for entrepreneurs and more.

Registration for the Conference is $100 for BCAZ members, $150 for general participants and $50 for students. To register, or for more information, visit