In addition to the original online content, AOL Latino and Ford will sponsor three contests, one for each coach category combining Money and Careers, where consumers will be asked to write essays explaining why they qualify to win an empowerment getaway and personal consultation with our coaches. These contests and trips will be spread throughout the year. For more information on how to submit, please visit www.promocion.tuvozentuvida.com.
Women Driving Progress
At its core, Women Driving Progress is about empowering women to make a difference in their lives by providing them with the tools to realize their goals while simultaneously celebrating the diversity and accomplishments of African American women by sharing their inspiring transformation with Essence readers. The program is centered on the areas of Women's Health, Career and Finances and features an opportunity for Essence readers both in-book and online to read tips on all three subjects. Part of the initiative includes a contest inviting women to submit a 200-word essay telling Essence and Ford why they would be the perfect candidate to meet with an empowerment coach at the 2009 Essence Music Festival. Three finalists will win a trip to New Orleans to meet with their coach and one winner will also win the grand prize—the progressive 2010 Fusion Hybrid that gets 700 miles on one tank of gas. Coaches for the program include Fitness Guru Donna Richardson Joyner and Finance Expert and Essence Financial Contributor Carla Harris. As part of being the Automotive Exclusive sponsor of the 2009 Essence Music Festival, Ford will sponsor Empowerment Seminars over the course of the weekend, including Friday's seminar which is focused on "Living an Authentic Life."
“ESSENCE is pleased to partner with Ford on such an important initiative,” said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications, Inc. “The Women Driving Progress mirrors ESSENCE’s commitment to empowering women to move their lives forward by focusing on key developmental areas both personally and professionally.”
On June 10, following a review of the entries, Ford and Essence Magazine will select the three finalists who will meet up in New Orleans as part of Ford's sponsorship of the 2009 Essence Music Festival. Official rules, submission guidelines and details on the program are available on www.essence.com⁄drivingprogress.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 213,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company’s wholly owned automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.
About AOL Latino
AOL Latino, http:⁄⁄www.aollatino.com, is the number two bilingual portal for U.S. Hispanics with more than 1.7 million unique visitors according to March 2009 comScore Media Metrix data. AOL Latino offers comprehensive Spanish language products and services including free email and instant messaging. The service also offers U.S. and Latin American news, financial tools, the latest in music and entertainment, personal finance, sports, fashion and beauty, as well as access to all the existing content available on AOL, http:⁄⁄www.aol.com.
About Essence Communications Inc.:
Essence Communications Inc. (ECI) is the leading media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. With a multi-platform presence in publishing, live events, and online, the Essence brand is "Where Black Women Come First". The company's flagship publication, ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the Essence Music Festival, Women Who Are Shaping the World Leadership Summit, Window on Our Women (WOW I, II & III) and Smart Beauty I, II & III consumer insights, the Essence Book Club, Essence.com, and ventures in digital media (mobile, television and VOD). For 39 years, ESSENCE magazine, which has a readership of 8.1 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information relating to every area of African-American women's lives.
Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available at www.essence.com.
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