On October 28, 2015, I had the privilege of attending one of the premier events for Los Angeles, The 2015 Ladies that Lead Tour held at the Dynasty Collection. The event was hosted by The BOSS Network with founder Cameka Smith. Cameka started the The BOSS Network to bring resources and networking to business women, not only has she achieve this, but The Boss Network has grown tremendously. Forbes recently named the Boss Network the “10 Best Career Sites for Women.”
The evening began on the terrance of the Dynasty Collection where we were greeted by a team of fabulous bartenders and an array of Twenty Grand Flavored Vodka’s. I asked the bartender if he would recommend a drink that wasn’t too sweet but the taste of alcohol wasn’t pronounced, and he recommended the Rose’ Vodka and Lemonade. Good thing I was driving and I knew to limit myself because the drinks were delicious.
As all the guests started to arrive, there was plenty of opportunity to network, take pictures and catch up with ladies that I had not seen in a while, such as Amber of TalkToAmber.com, whom I had the chance to hang out with all night!
About 7 pm, we were asked to enter into the ballroom…STUNNING! From the table decor, food buffet stations to the beautiful chandeliers that were the focal point of the room. It was just beautiful. The seating was open, so Amber and I found a table toward the front to ensure that we would have a good view for taking pictures.
As we were walking to our table, I bump into one of the guests. I immediately started to apologize and as the guest turned around, it was Beverly Johnson…Yes, The Beverly Johnson! I felt so bad….who bumps into the first women of color to be on the cover of Vogue magazine. But she was amazingly sweet and gave me the biggest hug ever. I even was ale to get a picture, which I posted on my Instagram page, check it out!.
When we finally made it to our seats, we were seated at the table directly next to Beverly Johnson, Kim Coles, Natalie Gouche and Tracey Ferguson. I was literally surrounded by powerhouse women. As the night began with Cameka looking stunning, she welcomed us and give the audience an overview of the The Boss Network. It was now time to start the panel discussions. The Panel consisted of Author, comedienne, Actress, producer and TV personality Kim Coles, Founder of Jones Magazine Tracey Ferguson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Independent product broker and motivational speaker Lisa Ascolese and Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion of Prudential Advisors Gale Britton.
I personally believe that each one of these women, have open doors for us so that we can achieve our dreams and goals. The panel discussion was an inspiration and I was so moved by the stories and advice that was given. I didn’t want the night to end and I’m pretty sure that I wasn’t the only one. One of the tweets I sent out during the evening was from Kim Coles said “Don’t be concerned with how many followers you have, be concern with where you are leading them.” In this world of social media, so many of us are caught up with “likes” and “follows” that we forget our purpose. Powerful!
The ladies were presented with”Thank You” gifts for being panelists and then it was time for the keynote speaker of the evening. The beautiful, talented, breaking barriers, oh and the woman I bumped into…Beverly Johnson. Ms. Johnson spoke of her childhood, how she became a model and how she built her business and now author of the New York Times best seller, “The Face That Changed it All”. Listening to her speak, I could imagine my mom, younger and seeing Beverly Johnson on the cover of Vogue. I’m sure this changed the perspective and dreams of many young women.
Now, during this panel discussion there was an open buffet, so I don’t want to forget that this event was a very intimate affair with dinner. Offered was a full spread of mexican food, from tacos, fajitas, chips, salsa, Cesar Salad and more. Not only was the spread amazing but the taste was out of the world.
After the panel discussions, we were asked to meet with the panelists, take photos, mingle and network. The event was one that I would definitely attend again in the future and would encourage all women to join. The information that was provided was invaluable for business owners, someone climbing the corporate ladder or someone planning to became an entrepreneur. Sadly, we have to wait until 2016, but be sure to visit The Boss Network for other events!
Would you like to see more events like this LA?
Not in LA, what type of events is your area lacking?