Published on February 20th, 2012 | by thevyne1
The Vyne 9: 9 Reasons to Attend Black Enterprise’s “Women of Power Summit”
Last week I attended Black Enterprise magazine’s “Women of Power Summit.” In a word, it was fantastic. It’s definitely one of those conferences that you get out of it what you put into it. So I put myself into it and came away with nine reasons you too should attend this conference next year:
- 1. The Sisterhood – There’s something special about a group of educated, professional women taking over The Ritz Carlton and pressing pause on their usual daily grind to learn, grow and socialize together. Maybe it’s the spontaneous smiling and hugging or the positive reinforcement and unscripted yet welcomed advice giving. Whatever it was…it was magical.
- The Sessions – There were plenty of workshop sessions to go around and what was great about them was the variety. Some sessions were appropriate for the new professional woman, while others were more appropriate for the seasoned veteran. Regardless of which end of the spectrum you were on, there was a session for you.
- The Tweetups – If you’re not familiar with Twitter language, a “tweetup” is an in-person “meet up” of people who follow each other on Twitter. I had the opportunity to “tweetup” with some really cool ladies in the digital lounge including Vanessa/@thepinkboss and Keisha/@KeishaNYCPR. Both ladies are blazing trails as entrepreneurs in their chosen fields.
- The Entertainment – Evenings at this summit did not disappoint. Two words…Eric…Benet. Say what you want but the man can carry the heck out of a tune! We were also treated to some soul stirring original poetry by several artists including Taalam Acey (@taalamacey) and HBO Def Poet Shanelle Gabriel (@shanelleg).
- The Entrepreneurs– If you’ve ever thought about making a living off of your true passion, cutting the corporate cord and being your own boss then this is the summit for you. It was encouraging to meet and connect with so many women who had the courage to step out on instinct and faith. Black Enterprise hosts another summit designed specifically for entrepreneurs but this one helps whet your appetite for it in advance.
- The 40 Under 40 – Speaking of encouraging. It was just amazing to see 40 young women under 40 who are already doing amazing things to advance society and business while at the same time being great role models for others to look to. Special shout out to our very own Vyne Woman to Watch and dear friend, Tamara Nall who was one of the 40 under 40. Shout out also to NBCU/Comcast for sponsoring such a worthy event.
- The Networking – Debra Langford, who is known for her effortless ability to network (among many other noteworthy talents) led a session on power networking that served to stir everyone up and challenged us to meet….and I mean REALLY meet at least 30 other women. It was a great start to the week.
- The Retail – Yes, the retail. Between the specials offered by Macy’s and the array of vendors, including jewelry by Cerese D, I had to contain myself.
- The Inspiration – All in all…that’s what this summit was…inspiring. It was inspiring to see women at the top of their professional game sharing wisdom with rooms full of other women listening eagerly and intently. It was inspiring to see movers and shakers sharing business cards and chatting through how they can partner together on an idea. It was inspiring to hear stories similar to mine and perspectives I hadn’t thought of. It was inspiring to press pause for a few days with my sisters….