Wall Street powerhouse Suzanne Shank was honored at the star-studded Black Girls Rock! 2017 Awards, the annual BET television network celebration of top African-American women in the fields of entertainment, finance, politics and more, which aired on August 22nd.
Ms. Shank was presented with the “2017 Shot Caller Award” by actor Wood Harris, of the films “Remember the Titans” and “Creed,” as well as the hit TV show “the Wire,” at the August 5th ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. She was recognized as an accomplished pioneer in the world of finance and a role model for African-American women and girls throughout the country.
Other award winners included U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, whose impassioned speeches extolling progressive principles have made her a viral video sensation; iconic singer Roberta Flack whose hit songs include “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love;” actress Yara Shahidi from the hit show “Black-ish;” Isaa Rae, the writer, actress, producer and creator of “Insecure”; pop star Solange Knowles and community organizers Derrica Wilson and Natalie Wilson of the Black & Missing Children Foundation.
The event was hosted by “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson and featured performances by SZA, Anthony Hamilton and Ledisi.
“I am humbled to share the stage with these talented and dynamic black women,” said Ms. Shank. “I came from modest beginnings but had encouragement from my parents and mentors that allowed me to achieve a level of success I never imagined. I hope my path serves as an example and provides encouragement to girls and young women to dream big and to pursue their dreams fully. Investment bankers don’t often get to walk the red carpet, rub elbows with Hollywood A-listers and hold up statues. It was a thrill and an honor to be recognized by Beverly Bond, the show’s creator, and BET.”