I had an amazing opportunity to attend the Brown Girls Building Brands Brunch in the Philadelphia over the weekend. This was the third annual brunch, which was one of three events for the Fit Girl Fresh Weekend, hosted by Zakia Blain of FBF Fittness. I attended the first year and had a great time. You know how the saying goes “Third time is a charm?” Well that saying definitely rings true for the BGBB Brunch! The star studded panel included Myleik Teele, Nina Parker, Elise Neal, and Erin Carpenter. What made this event different then most conferences is that the panelists were actually sitting at the brunch tables with the attendees! I sat right next to Myleik Teele (The CEO of Curlbox) and had the most casual, yet awesome conversation about boyfriends and moving out of your hometown. Yes, I was screaming inside, but since I’m a PR girl, I know how to keep my game face on! So without further adieu let me spill the tea on the gems that I gained from the event:
Myleik talked about the importance of being your own cheerleader
The panel discussed charging your worth and being confident in your value
Myleik discussed how she manages her time which includes determining what should be an in person meeting vs a phone conference
The Panelists discussed the power of saying no
Nina Parker talked about stepping out of your comfort zone, and having tough skin
Erin Carpenter talked about overcoming objections
Elise Neal discussed safety in the age of social media while building your brand
After the event, I spoke to a few of the panelists and got my honorary selfie!
So I know you all are dying to know what I asked Myleik and Nina. So I asked Myleik about finding a balance between being too nice and bitchy. It’s a struggle that I’m sure many brown girls face! I can go zero to a hundred! (In my Drake Voice) So Myleik’s advice to me was about lowering my voice, and speaking slowly when getting into a situation when someone is trying to take advantage. What I loved about speaking to Myleik is that she is so down to earth and authentic, she even told me she used to struggle with that as well!
I also spoke to Nina Parker about being respected as a woman in the entertainment business and working with men. The advice she gave me is to stand my ground and be patient because that will take time, but eventually people will understand how to treat you.
Overall, the event was great and I received a ton of gems. I’m looking forward to next year! Check out some of my flicks from the event below.
Stand Out + Shine On,
Deja M. Cromartie, M.A.
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