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Billionaire media mogul, philanthropist and HBCU graduate, Oprah Winfrey, will be in Charlotte to keynote the sold-out 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon on Sept. 28 at the Westin in Uptown.

The United Negro College Fund‘s signature event benefits students in North Carolina and the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that support them. The luncheon, named after longtime UNCF supporter Dr. Maya Angelou, honors local women making a positive impact in the Charlotte community.

Honorees include:

  • Tiffany Eubanks-Sanders, senior vice president and market sales executive – Bank of America
  • Madelyn L. Caple, regional managing director and senior vice president – Wells Fargo
  • Tish Guerin, director of player wellness – Carolina Panthers; owner – Transitions Management Group
  • Joan Zimmerman, CEO – Southern Shows, Inc.

“Oprah Winfrey inspires us to live a purposeful life,” said Tiffany Jones, area development director, UNCF Charlotte. “As the Charlotte community comes together to raise a half a million dollars to send students to and through college, we are guaranteed an electrifying day for a great cause — education.”

Winfrey also has a connection to Charlotte’s only HBCU, Johnson C. Smith University. Three students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa enrolled at JCSU. In 2016, Winfrey gave the commencement speech at two of the students’ graduations. She made a guest appearance during the school’s 2017 commencement when the last of her students graduated.

This article was originally reported by QCityMetro.