Sometimes all you have to do is walk into a room and you just know that the space is going to be life-changing! That’s how I felt when I stepped foot out of the elevator and into Tiffany Hardin’s summit for aspirational, multi-faceted millennial women. The inaugural She Knows Now Summit took place on September 10th at LMHQ and I was lucky enough to be in attendance along with about 100 other women.
This one-day intensive summit was filled with dynamic and inspirational panels, interactive workshops, brilliant mentors, and so many opportunities to network with other aspirational women. We heard from women who are leaders in their industries from companies like RocNation, Trill Yoga, The Jam Stand, and Harlem Runs.
If you didn’t get the chance to join us for the She Knows Now Summit, I’ve got you covered with the 5 things I learned there:
1. Mental health is important.
Founders of Harlem Run and Trill Yoga, Alison Desir and Claire Fountain, reminded us all that if you are not mentally well, you can’t be your best professionally. Both women discussed their experiences with mental illness and how they used fitness, mindfulness, and even medication to overcome. Whether it’s yoga, running, or giving yourself a facial, find practical ways to take care of yourself!
2. Sometimes, you have to level up.
When registering for the She Knows Now Summit, everyone was given the option to “Level Up”– this was for the women in attendance who wanted to take an advanced track and work in smaller groups with mentors. This was a great opportunity and showed who was really serious about reaching their goals. On your journey to success, be aware of when you need to Level Up!
3. Maintain your circle of influence.
My absolute favorite part of the day was the Circle of Influence panel with Kelli Coleman, Lauren Maillian, Tai Beauchamp, and Jovian Zayne. These four women are the definition of friend goals! Just seeing four beautiful and brilliant women of color talk about their journeys to and through success together was inspiring.
Jovian started the panel by asking everyone if they were in a season of pruning or collecting for their circle. All of the panelists gave great insight about the importance of letting go of dead weight in your circle of influence, whether it be family, friends, or colleagues. Bigger and better things can’t come into your life if you don’t create the space for them.
4. Don’t be afraid to say who you are.
When pursuing your goals, there will always be naysayers who don’t believe in you or doubt your ability to be successful. In the panel on Cultivating Your Passion, Alma Lacour, Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Sabrina Valle, and Cynthia Simpson all emphasized the importance of claiming who you are and what you do, especially in the beginning of your career.
Make sure your friends and family know your job title. When you meet new people, tell them exactly what you do. Don’t be afraid to brag a little! If you are confident and vocal about who you are, others will catch on and follow suit.
5. There is no destination.
“There is no destination for success, only direction.”- Jovian Zayne
In order to be successful you have to be willing to grow, evolve, and change your plans. Things will not always go as planned, but if you have direction that will be okay. If you ever feel that you’ve reached the destination and there’s nothing else to aspire to or improve upon, it’s time to find a new project. Challenging yourself to reach new heights is part of the journey!
As you can see, this was truly a day to remember! I learned so much about myself as a woman, creative, and entrepreneur. I can truly say, that I’m ready to Level Up on this journey to success thanks to the She Knows Now Summit. Next year, I’m getting my ticket early, and you should too!
For more information, check out the She Knows Now website and follow @SheKnowsNow on social media. I was invited to this event as a guest of She Knows Now. All opinions expressed above are my own and not those of the company.