I hadn’t planned to do another DREAM JOB BRUNCH this year. I think part of the reason was just fear. The fear of not being able to have an event as good as the first DREAM JOB BRUNCH in May. Or the fear that no one was interested in the concept anymore and therefore I wouldn’t sell any tickets. Or the fear that I’d get the event ready to go and then something would go wrong.
Clearly those fears were unfounded because the event SOLD OUT and we had a great time this past Sunday. The DREAM JOB BRUNCH was amazing. It was everything I’d ever imagined this event could be: a networking event for creative and entrepreneurial women to connect with each other, support each other, and learn from each other. That’s exactly what Sunday’s DREAM JOB BRUNCH was…an opportunity for us to meet and connect and inspire each other while learning from an entrepreneur who looked like us: in this case, Desiree Verdejo, founder of Harlem beauty boutique Vivrant Beauty.
Once again, we met in the bright and beautiful M Wild’s Studio in Chelsea. Brunch consisted of freshly baked muffins, mini bagels, DIY yogurt parfaits and berries, and of course, lots of yummy mimosas! Every one had a chance to snack and sip while mingling and saying hello. I was blessed to have so many of my “Blogger Boos” come out to support, like Melissa Kimble of My Creative Connection (creator of the wildly popular #blkcreatives Twitter chat), Fatima Farmer (who hosts her own amazing event), Beatrice Clay and Tykia Key of A Gamine.
Then we all sat down and introduced ourselves, our reasons for attending the brunch, and our “dream jobs.” All the ladies who attended had such big ideas and warm personalities. As we introduced ourselves and our “dream jobs,” you could see some ladies nodding in agreement, others jotting down notes for following up with each other afterwards. I mean, it felt like we’d known each other a lot longer than two hours by the time the brunch was over.
It was also such a treat to hear Desiree talk about her journey to entrepreneurship and answer questions about balancing full-time work with starting a business (she started Vivrant Beauty while working as an attorney!) and how to build relationships in the beauty space with both brands and beauty bloggers/experts. Desiree reminded us that she didn’t come from the world of beauty, and as an “outsider,” she was sure that she was always reaching out to people in the space to learn more and start building relationships, even before Vivrant Beauty existed.
I love that Desiree was so smart and intentional in how she developed the concept around Vivirant Beauty, and I especially loved hearing about her desire to create a space that caters to Black women. It’s true: there aren’t any brick-and-mortar beauty boutiques I know of that cater not only to our needs for certain products, but also provide an environment where we as Black women feel like we’re special and in Desiree’s words, deserving of beautiful things. I so admire Desiree, not only for her passion and drive, but also for keeping Black women at the forefront of her business while also catering to a very diverse clientele.
I loved hosting this event, and I can’t wait for the next one. It would be my dream to host another in January and then continue each and every quarter. I’m also looking into a monthly DREAM JOB “MEETUP” that allows ladies that attend the brunches to keep in touch with each other in a more informal setting. I was so inspired by everyone at Sunday’s DREAM JOB BRUNCH that I feel like the sky is the limit! If you didn’t get a chance to have brunch with us on Sunday, join my mailing list (check for it in the sidebar to the right!) so you can find out about the next one before anyone else!
I’d like to thank all the lovely ladies that came out to support the event and of course also thank our special entrepreneur hostess, Desiree Verdejo. I’d also like to thank my husband and cousin for being such an amazing team that helped set up and break down and get these great photos. Sunday was such a lovely time, and I’m looking forward to hosting the DREAM JOB BRUNCH again in 2016!