On Saturday, October 22nd many entrepreneurial spirited women filled the Atlanta History Center to hear other females talk about how they were living out their dreams. Rolling Out magazine puts on this amazing event every year to inspire women who are thinking about making the leap or are in business for themselves. They offer informative panelists to share their stories on how they climbed the cooperate ladder, made their own way and more!
I was in charge of the giveaways and the Talking Pretty Lounge where people came over to get photo opts and me fellow bloggers and network. On the panel this time around, we had McGee Williams Osse, the CEO of Burrell Communications Group; Michele Thornton, the director of multicultural ad sales at CNN; Tracey Jennings, the VP and Global Director at Liquid Soul Media; and, of course, Kandi Burress as the headliner.
Michele Thornton was my favorite speaker because by looking at her, you would have never known that she was 40 pounds heavier and that she use to clean houses for a living. She eventually worked her way up and was humbled by her experience. She now is the head of ad sales at Cnn, loved her spirit! All the ladies gave inspirational stories and great quotes as well. Michelle said, “be a brand not an accessory”. Gold medalist Natasha Hastings talked about growing up with a single mom and having a love for running at the age of nine years old.
She also touched on her recent nude photoshoot for ESPN. She said she talked it over with her family before deciding to do it. Burrell Communications owner, McGhee Williams Osse spoke of brand management and told the audience, “your brand is what you project”. Keisha Walker and Tracey Jennings both spoke about different facets of business and on different ways you can maintain your company when economical hardships arise. All the ladies did an amazing job!
Munson Steed the moderator of the event, then did a one on one interview with Kandi. She spoke about the early days of working with heavy weights in the music industry and on how she was not prepared but learned throughout her career. She landed her first record deal at 17 yrs old. She talked about stereotypes and perceptions that people have of her and how reality tv can jump start your brand, if you are business savy and on top of your game.
You are never too old to learn and I really enjoyed listening to all the ladies. It was an afternoon of learning,fellowship,networking and building relationships. The ladies got to experience winning giveaways,great food,being motivated and gaining more knowledge.I suggest that you make sure you have atleast one friend in your circle that adds value to your life and that encourages you. The friends that want to send you club flyers and tell you where the next party is at, may need some re-evaluation, just saying! We plan on bringing this event back to Atlanta in the near future! xoxo