Guys! Today we are officially two months away from BrownGirlsLove POWER Day! For those of you who have been following me for a while now, you know that Power Day is an event I decided to produce starting back in 2016 based on my desire to empower, educate and inspire women like you at the beginning of the year.
Not only is it an opportunity for me to meet, greet and love on all of you in person but it’s also a chance for me to introduce you all to women who inspire me personally and who will motivate you to get out of your chair and DO something. I’m so proud to announce that our 2018 Power Day event is being presented by Toyota USA!
The first weeks of every year are truly critical. They set the tone for your entire year, and that’s the critical time when you set intentions and make an action plan for all you want to accomplish. It’s for this exact reason that I made sure Power Day takes place during the first weekend of the year. It’s an opportunity to explore all your hopes and dreams and hear from women just like you who have made their own dreams come true.
Toyota, who was our Presenting Sponsor for 2017, is back with bigger and better plans to blow your mind at Power Day. I won’t reveal any of their surprises, but know that if you’re in attendance with us this January – you’re in for a special treat. You may recall their #LetsGoPlaces360 photobooth last year, which was SO much fun. They are such an amazing brand for committing to the empowerment and inspiration of young black women. I’m so proud to have them as a partner for this event.
So here’s what you can expect in 2018:
Really Dope Panelists – You know I’m always looking for the brightest and baddest brown girls to bring you expertise, empowerment and inspiration at Power Day. The panelists this year are a combination of women from our very own BGL community as well as heavy-hitters in the digital space who have claimed a real stake in their industries of choice.
Amazing Sponsors & Vendors – I can’t reveal all the secrets but expect to have a TON of fun during our breaks and during lunch hour at Power Day because the sponsors and vendors are going to give you so much to do. From photobooths to live demo’s and can’t-resist products, you won’t want to miss it.
Swag Bags on 100! Our sponsors are not playing this year. Everyone will get a FREE BrownGirlsLove tote bag filled with swag from our sponsors. Trust, you won’t have to buy any beauty products for at least a few months.
The Best Networking, Ever. Issa Rae did an interview earlier this year where she talked about the importance of networking “across” and not up. Basically, the people you should be trying to get to know are the people on the same level as you who are just working hard, trying to make it. Why? Because they make the best partners to GROW with. I loved that advice and it’s so true. Those are exactly the types of connections you’ll make at Power Day 2018.
Want more? Check out this recap video of Power Day 2017 with highlights from the day’s festivities:
I want YOU to attend Power Day. There is so much you would enjoy and so much MORE you would learn just by being in the building. Click below and use the promotional code “LOVE” to buy your ticket with $50 OFF before they sell out!
“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!
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:
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:
Many stories have been shared of the psychological effects of facing one’s mortality. A woman is diagnosed with lupus and reevaluates her commitment to work-life balance. A man survives prostate cancer and is inspired to become a better father. Less is told of those left behind – the children, cousins, siblings, and friends who are left face to face with their greatest fears and inadequacies when someone they loves is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Gorgeous in Grey’s Ty Alexander recounts her experiences worrying about, caring for, and ultimately mourning her late mother with beautiful honesty in “Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mother Died”. Part memoir, part self-help book, this first effort from Alexander is the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one dealing with grief this holiday season.
BrownGirlsLove Power Day is coming! I can’t even express how EXCITED about this I am. Each year our annual BrownGirlsLove Power Day conference gets bigger and better. If you’re reading this, you NEED to be in the building. Don’t believe me? Here are 5 reasons you need to attend #BrownGirlsLovePOWER Day
1. The Swag Bags
What’s a dope event without amazing swag bags right? Our sponsors ALWAYS have amazing products for everyone to take home. Prepare for beauty products, hair products, stationary, business products and so much more. All included in the price of your ticket!
2. The Stories
I’m a storyteller at heart. That’s why I created LoveBrownSugar. To tell my unique story and the stories of other people in my community of beautiful brown girls. So one of the things you’ll experience at BrownGirlsLove Power Day is unique and heartwarming stories from women you admire, speaking openly and honestly about their journeys. From the speakers to attendees, Power Day is a judge-free zone and we get to tell our own authentic stories so we can grow together.
3. The Speakers
When I say we ALWAYS have some of the dopest brown girls on the planet in attendance at Power Day, I’m not exaggerating. These women are always people who inspire me daily. They are the top influencers, experts, business owners, brand builders, editors and more. They are the cream of the crop and they’re ready to dole out information to anyone who’s prepared to listen. More than anything, they’re REAL. These women are authentic and I choose speakers for Power Day that I know won’t sugarcoat their journeys. They give it to you straight, no chaser. So be prepared to learn from the best.
4. The Sisterhood
By far, one of my favorite things about #BrownGirlsLove events are the bonds that are formed by the women who attend. Some women form new friendships, meet new business partners, become each other’s accountability partners and more. You never know who you’ll meet at a BrownGirlsLove event. But you are, without a doubt, bound to meet beautiful brown girls who are just like you and who want to see you WIN.
5. The Saturday
There’s absolutely no coincidence that I choose the FIRST Saturday of of every year to host BrownGirlsLove POWER Day. There’s something very special about the first week of the year. It sets the tone. It gets you revved up. And if you’re making an investment to be at an empowerment event on your very first weekend of the year, you must mean business. Don’t sleep on the amazing things that can happen during the first week of the year.
So what more could you ask for in an empowerment event? Have you snagged your ticket to Power Day yet?
In a time where hair is being glorified in all its states, Charlene Dance is taking her position as Global Marketing Director of Strength of Nature to new heights. Managing a total of 14 brands under the Strength of Nature name (including African Pride Shea Butter Miracle, a proud sponsor of BrownGirlsLove Power Day), her goal isn’t to just merely promote and sell products, but to create and provide women of color with hair products that speak to their personal style preferences. We spoke to the hardworking boss about her role, the diversity of the beauty industry and the keys to making it in marketing.
Name: Charlene Dance
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Personal Style in three words: Professional, Versatile, Sophisticated
Favorite Designer(s): For just everyday/weekend wear, I really like Rag & Bone. I love Tadashi Shoji for eveningwear, he’s one of my favorite designers, and then professionally I love Elie Tahari.
Must Have Accessories: One of the things I don’t leave the house without, and don’t take off is my wedding ring. I’m a sunglasses girl too, so I always have my sunglasses! I have a pair of Roberto Cavalli’s right now that I like. I had a pair of Tom Ford’s that I wore over the summer, that I usually wear on weekends and then I have a pair of very simple Kate Spade sunglasses that I wear on the professional side.
Read more about this powerful businesswoman below.
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.
On January 9th, 2016 BrownGirlsLove hosted its first ever Power Day in Manhattan at the innovative event venue Offsite. Conceptualized by LoveBrownSugar Founder and EIC Christina S.Brown, BrownGirlsLove Power Day was a mini conference intended to bring empowerment and inspiration to millennial women of color. The women attending the conference participated in workshops, witnessed a live keynote panel discussion, enjoyed breakfast and lunch, and were treated to BrownGirlsLove tote bags full of goodies.
Learn more about how BrownGirlsLove POWER went below:
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.
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.
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.
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!