How do you get women of all ages and races together at an event? You tell them it is time to unleash unapologetically! Valencia Griffin-Wallace, Lifestyle Designer also known as The Southern Belle of BOLD, presented her annual Define You event the weekend of December 2nd in Gonzales, La.
Define U, is a movement about empowerment, education, and entertainment as methods of teaching women strategies in life, money, and business.
The weekend kicked off with a red-carpet VIP night with the mission that everyone should feel like a VIP. It was set up for an intimate meet/greet/socializing event with the speakers. The speakers included: Precious Brown, LaDonna Bracy, Lexi Jones, and Titi Ladette-Cleveland. Every professional hired understood the mission of the event and exceeded expectations. Those professionals included: Decorator Zenovia Griffin, MUA Christin Sibley, Photographer Duane Jones, Caterer Lorraine Bradley, and designer Kenya Kersey.
VIP night even included a door greeter to welcome attendees in. The night ended with a unique take on the popular Mannequin Challenge and special gifts including a break down bottle. Inside the specially coated bottle was a personal message from Valencia that is to be used if the attendees were ready to give up on their dreams.
Day 2 was all about education as the conference sessions included Define Your Life (Valencia Griffin-Wallace and Titi Ladette-Cleveland), Define Your Money (LaDonna Bracy and Lexi Jones), and Define Your Business (Precious Brown and Tameka Garrett). With shopping breaks, a donut bar, and games that included “Penny Year Memories”, the day went by fast.
Attendees became part of the Define U Live family by sharing their event photos and takeaways using the event official hashtag #DYL2016.
Photography by Duane Jones.