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Confessions of a Mompreneur: Tips For Success

There is nothing more frustrating than thinking you have to choose between your dreams and your family. The pressures of being a career woman and a mother can be incredibly tough to handle. So much so that people still seem to think that a woman’s life stops after kids. Not true! We’re here to put those alternative facts to rest. Next month at BrownGirlsLove Power Day 2018 Presented by Toyota, we have a powerful panel of entrepreneurs who will speak on our “Confessions of a Mompreneur” panel on how to have it all. Check out tips exclusively from our panelists on how they’re slaying both roles.

1. Learn From Your Mistakes (Melanie White)

“A lot of new entrepreneurs give up easily after their first failure. I always tell people to “learn from your mistakes.” Failures are inevitable, especially when you take a big risk to achieve ambitious goals. Recognize this before you begin. You will learn from your failures and they will only make you better. There is very little learning in success. Embrace failure and move on. Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up. Many entrepreneurs point to mistakes as being their best teacher. When you learn from your mistakes, you move closer to success – even though you initially failed.”

-Melanie White

2. Patience is a Virtue (Kim Roxie)

“Work/life balance takes time to discover. Just be patient with yourself and the journey to get there.”

-Kim Roxie | LAMIK Beauty

3. Maintain a Solid Support System

“One thing that has contributed to my success as a mompreneur is my support system. Having a support system allows me to do more than most working moms that I know.”

-Dreena Whitfield | WhitPR

Want more tips like these? Join us for the “Confessions of a Mompreneur” Panel on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at BrownGirlsLove POWER Day!

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Thriving Under 30: Tips For Success From Millennial Moguls

Once upon a time, much like wisdom, success came with age. You put years and years of hard work and ambition into a career path and eventually you’d be handsomely rewarded. With the digital age came the breaking down of  barriers to entry so that now, with the click of a button, the entire world is your stage. Financial success is so much more accessible and the new generation has so much more confidence. Millennials continue to defy the odds, putting the “20-something” woes to shame and validating the term “age ain’t nothing but a number.” Whether you are in school or getting your first taste of adulting as a post-graduate, success is yours to experience NOW. We pulled together a group of young movers and shakers  who are panelists at BrownGirlsLove POWER Day Presented by Toyota, to share ­a few key tips for  thriving under 30!

Check them out below:

1. Define Yourself  (Gracie J – Founder of The Editorial Nail)

“The words I live by are ‘don’t live down to people’s expectations of you.’ I’ve been told so many times I couldn’t do something for a myriad of reasons. One being – you’re not there yet! ‘Well, how would you know that, if you’re not as big of a fan of me as I am?’ Do not allow people to underestimate you or make you feel that you cannot be great right here and now!

2. Discover Your Niche (Jade Kendle, LipstickNCurls)

“Discover your niche and water it like a plant! No one wakes up one day with an empire. Empires are built brick by brick, seed by seed. When you find your passion, your niche, water it and allow it to grow organically with love and consistency!” – Jade Kendle

3. Emulate Where You Want to Be

“If you want to create a luxe and high end product, market it that way! Be creative with your resources and find ways to elevate your content without spending a ton of money. It’s possible!”  – Jade Kendle

4. Stop Giving Up Halfway (Emmelie De La Cruz)

“Stop giving up and starting over every few weeks or months. You’re discouraged. You’re tired. You’re annoyed. You’re sad. You’re lazy. You’re frantic. So what? Be that for an allotted amount of time and move on. When you dwell in those emotions and let them become your identity, you let them dictate how you live your life.” – Emmelie De La Cruz

There are NO limits to the heights you can reach and the goals you can attain – not even your age! Want more tips like these? Join us for the “Thriving Under 30” panel discussion on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at BrownGirlsLove POWER Day in NYC! This post and BrownGirlsLove POWER Day is presented by Toyota. #LetsGoPlaces in 2018. Click below to purchase your ticket:

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3 Reasons To Tell Your Unique Story


“No one is you and that is your superpower.” We have all read and been temporarily inspired by the meme, but how many of us really believe that what we have to offer is special? Author, blogger, and Power Day speaker Ty Alexander’s story of success, loss, and continuous healing is truly exceptional. By penning her book “Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died” and being transparent with her blog Gorgeous in Grey she has managed to share her story with others that need the encouragement and support of knowing they are not alone. Unsure about why the world needs you to step and share? She’s got great three reasons for you. Check them out below!

1. It’s Therapeutic

I never realized how insanely therapeutic talking through my story could be. Each time I tell it I become more aware of how far I’ve come. When I start with “I slept on couches when I first came to NY” or when I realize I’m saying “I did my first commercial” I’m wowed at my journey all over again.


2. It’s helping others

When I shared that a part of my journey included losing my mother, women who had been through the same experience began to reach out. I realized that it only takes one conversation with one woman to make them change their ideas on death and grief. Sharing my story gave them permission to live independently from that grief. Sharing our stories reminds us that it’s ok to live beyond that story and that story isn’t our only existence in the world.


3. It’s proves we are not alone.

Not only did I realize I was giving women permission to live independently but I was a constantly reminder that they weren’t alone in this. When we are going through the fire it’s hard to see others on the sidelines cheering for us. It’s hard to see that we aren’t the only ones in this race.

Want more tips on how to help others and yourself by sharing your unique story in 2017? Join us on January 7th for the 2nd annual BrownGirlsLove Power Day!

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3 Tips For Using Your Influence To Build A Lifestyle Brand


BrownGirlsLove Power Day is about empowering you with resources and encouragement so that you can kick off your 2017 with power! One of your biggest resources is your influence! We tapped Power Day speaker, model, blogger, and beauty entrepreneur Africa Miranda to share three tips on how she converted her significant social influence into a complete lifestyle brand. Africa just recently launched a beauty elixir and she has more on the way. Here’s what she had to say about building a lifestyle brand:

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3 Tips For Fab Finances in 2017


We are only one week away from our 2nd annual Power Day! We’ve asked some of our amazing speakers to provide you guys with a few tips to kick off 2017 with POWER! First up is Tonya Rapley of My Fab Finance with 3 Tips for Fab Finances in 2017! Check them out below:

1. Take Regular Financial Assessments


Start with your first assessment during the first week of the year. That’s a given! But then regularly check on your expenses, and your progress. It’s better to realize that you’re behind on your goals in June, than to let the entire year pass you by leading to disappointment in December. Things you should assess include: your credit score, your purchase categories, your savings, and retirement savings progress.

2. Question Your Spending

All too often we buy out of habit and not out of understanding. I’m not saying don’t buy things. But you should ask yourself questions before you buy. Questions you should ask: “Do I really need this?”, “What purpose will it serve?”, and “Am I buying this to appeal to others or is it a legitimate investment in my goals?”. These questions are helpful in combating unnecessary purchases.

3. Join a Community


Accountability is powerful. It binds you to the relentless pursuit of your goals. When you align yourself with others who are committed to achieving the same goals, a healthy competition and camaraderie evolves that can super-charge your focus. In my Triumph Club, members celebrate each others’ financial successes and learn from one another. While your immediate circle might not be on the same financial page as you, it’s helpful to a be a part of a community that understands your journey.

Want more awesome tips like these? Join us for the “Girls Just Wanna Have Funds” Panel on this Saturday, January 7th at Power Day 2017 in NYC! Click below to purchase tickets:

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LBS Mompreneur Diaries (Working Mom Edition): Alicia Thompson

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I’m excited to partner with Capital One on the second post in our “Working Mom” edition of LBS Mompreneur Diaries, featuring women of color who are killing it at work and at home. Capital One is consistently recognized for its exceptional workplace culture and for supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives across the entire organization. That’s why I was so excited to work with them to offer this series, because they get it. They’ve been ranked on Fortune’s “100 Best Places to Work” and Working Mother Magazine’s “100 Best Companies” to name a few.

Hopefully you read and loved our interview with working mom Kenya Paul. Our second featured working mom is Alicia Thompson, Manager of Supplier Diversity at Capital One. We talked about her role as a working mom to two beautiful children, what she hopes to teach them about diversity and inclusion, and advice that every mom should consider when picking a place to work.

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Get Like Me: Teen Vogue Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing & Brand Partnerships Zoé Zeigler

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Zoé Zeigler’s life is all about balance. The marketing professional doesn’t believe in limiting herself and manages her multiple professional roles with poise and polish.  As the Executive Director of New York’s chapter of ColorComm she hosts warm and welcoming events designed to inform and empower women of color. As a Senior Manager at Teen Vogue, she focuses on managing Integrated Marketing & Brand Partnerships and as a blogger she creates compelling content designed to uplift and stand out. We caught up with Zoé to learn about statement earrings, confidence, and the importance of branding beyond your business card.

Name: Zoé Zeigler

Location: New York, New York

Describe Your Personal Style in Three Words: Thrifts, prints and…me

Who Are Your Favorite Designer(s): I love supporting independent designers. Some of my favorites at the moment are DPiperTwins and Lois London. I’m not really into your traditional “labels.” I’ll take nice one-of-a-kind vintage/thrifted item or a cute African printed piece over a big name brand any day.

What Are Your Must Have Accessories?: A statement pair of earrings for sure. I have over 60 pairs displayed like art in my apartment that I rotate wearing daily.

Learn more about Zoé Zeigler below.

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#BrownGirlsLove INSPIRATION: Discerning Between Good Ideas and God Ideas

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The first ever Brown Girls Love Power Day was filled with dynamic and uplifting speakers including a member of the LoveBrownSugar family. Not only is minister Rashida Selise Wilson a powerful motivational speaker who coaches women to sync their career choices with their spiritual centers she’s also the older sister of LoveBrownSugar founder Christina S. Brown. Rashida skillfully counsels through encouragement and education displaying an impressive level of poise. Her Power Day workshop revolved around the need for channeling a spirit of discernment. No matter their occupation or denomination everyone can use a little help with decision-making and Rashida provided that with clear and concise suggestions. She spoke to attendees about the power of being still and listening to the true source of their motivations.

Did you miss out on the moment? Don’t worry Rashida’s shared a few tips below so that you can start your year off by making sharp choices.

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#BrownGirlsLove FINANCE | Fab Finances for the Budding Entrepreneur


Dominique Broadway is an award winning Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert and the Founder of Finances Demystified & The Social Money Tour. Dominique has received various accolades such as the Top 30 Under 30 in Washington DC, the DC Future Business Leader of America Businessperson of the Year and the Top Financial Advisor for Millennials in the US.

There are so many things that we will be chatting about at BrownGirlsLove POWER Day this weekend to ensure you have fab finances! Here is a little something for your to sip on in the mean time:
1. Making More Money 

No matter if you are a employee, budding entrepreneur or seasoned entrepreneur, we all want to make more money! Having a strategic plan to do so is key. The best way to create a plan to make more money is to determine the amount of money you want to make and create a action plan that includes activities to help you reach this amount.

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2. Saving to Bring All of Your Dreams2Reality

It can be hard to reach your goals when year after year you are pulling from your savings. Determining the right amount to save and where to save to get the most bang for your buck is key. Many on-line banks offer the best interest rates on your savings and they are not too easy to access when you go on a spending splurge.

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3. Your Year of Wealth

This should be the year where you focus on not just saving and growing your business, you should also be learning more about investments, creating wealth and making your money work for you. We will be covering all of these strategies in addition to how retirement plans work and the easiest way to start investing now.

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Love this article? Dominique will be sharing more of her insight at our BrownGirlsLove Power Day event this weekend in NYC. Click below to purchase a ticket and experience Domminique’s intimate workshop!

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#BrownGirlsLove ADVICE: How To Build A Brand With Staying Power


Welcome to the first installment of the #BrownGirlsLove series here on LoveBrownSugar.com. In anticipation of our upcoming BrownGirlsLove POWER Day, we’ve tapped a few of our expert workshop presenters to share their knowledge and to help YOU develop your dreams. If you’re an entrepreneur or aspiring to be one, PR & branding expert Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes has some amazing advice for you.

POWERFUL branding is at the heart of every POWERFUL business. When it comes to establishing the core features or qualities of your brand, all you need is a little passion (well, a lot actually!), a little time, a little research and an in-depth understanding of how your business truly operates. Here are three considerations:

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