Our Annual Awards luncheon, which honors the first African American female self-made millionaire and business leader, Madam C.J. Walker, is designed to celebrate the rich tradition of hard work and entrepreneurial spirit that is deeply rooted in the African-American culture. In the tradition of Madam C.J. Walker, we will honor four outstanding women from our community and the 2015 Positive steps Winner of the Madam C.J. Walker Essay contest. We are a non-profit organization offering a variety of programs for young girls and families. Our signature program, “Positive Steps”, provides young women ages 12–17 the opportunity to recognize their full potential through educational, developmental, and cultural programs focusing in the areas of health and wellness, careers, leadership and personal development. The Oakland Bay Chapter of NCBW launched our “Sistahs Getting Real About HIV/AIDS” program in 2003 by sponsoring 15 billboards throughout the Bay Area and an HIV/AIDS Symposium in an effort to educate women in our community. This program has expanded each year and recently became a model for our national organization. In addition to scholarships for high school graduates, and continuing college students, we also award "Working Women" scholarships to low-to -moderate income women who are returning to college to complete their education. The Madam C.J. Walker Luncheon, our key fundraising event, has grown to over 1200 guests from corporate, civic, and private sectors. By sponsoring this event, the community will know of your company’s commitment to building stronger and healthier communities. The support of organizations like yours has afforded us the opportunity to award over $360,000 in individual scholarships while mentoring over 300 girls.