Discovering Your Magic: BGF Mag Attends The Unlocked Summit, Chicago
Imagine being surrounded by a sea of beautiful, Black excellence; where it is so overwhelming, simply the aura will awaken your curiosity and your hunger for growth. Now, imagine that that feeling is coming from the presence of affluent, Black business-women; business savvy women: Queens! That was the atmosphere for The Unlocked Summit, Chicago (November). We were grateful to be given the opportunity to attend this ground-breaking experience for the ultimate entrepreneurial woman presented by two young, dynamic womenpreneurs-- Chatoya Antwine and Asia Horne.
Chatoya Antwine is the Owner and Executive Planner for A la carte Galore, LLC. A la carte Galore is considered a "one stop shop" for event planning, travel planning, financial advisory, and career advancement. A la carte Galore has been in business since March 2014, primarily servicing the Detroit Metropolitan and Chicago-land areas.
Asia Horne is the Creator-in-Chief of EmpireLifeMag.Com, a premier digital lifestyle platform for the millennial entrepreneurial Woman of Color. The magazine went live on May 1, 2015 and has, since then, acquired a strong team to help keep this online publication alive and thriving.
We cannot delay on giving thanks to these two young women, for coming together and creating such a necessary movement, geared towards uplifting and empowering Black businesswomen. The event, spotless in execution, provided guests with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and cocktails/mimosas. Guests were also given a bountiful, chic, golden gift bag, containing a notepad & pen, business information for the curators and panelists, a water bottle, and other goodies. Not only did they give us an avenue to share our own businesses and ideas, but they brought on a panel of successful women to give personal stories, tips, and insights on what it takes to build and maintain a successful business. Panelists and presenters were: Dr. Chantale Stephens-Archer and Dr. Gameli Dekayie-Emenu (Besties MD), Chiquita White (Kiwi's Boutique), Jennifer Nashae (Celebrity Wardrobe Stylist), Nikki Burnett (Society Art Gallery: owner, BasketballMom Apparel, Hooplyfe, and ReMax Premiere Properties agent)- conclusively known as the Leading Ladies of Chicago, Stacey Emerson ( HER Treasures Boutique), Sheena Marie (Sheena Marie Beauty Studio), Michelle Thames (Happily Ever Natural), Dr. Shante Bishop (Branding for Believers), Ariel Rainey (Ariel the Mogul), and Monique Rodriguez (Mielle Organics).
From the beginning of the summit, there was not an inattentive moment; guests were enthralled in the stories being shared by the presenters, jotting down notes and nodding in agreement with the essential tips they heard. Here are a few of the key points we thought were worth sharing:
"Networking is essential!" Attend events, Use social media, and always be sure to follow up with those networking connections (Nikki B).
"Maintain balance." Work smarter, schedule ahead, and have a support system to keep you motivated and assist when you're unable to do it all, yourself. (Jennifer Nashae)
"Punch fear in the face! Do what you want and don't let doubt get in your way." (Sheena Marie)
"Money will come, if you work." (Sheena Marie)
"Your brand is what you represent and what you are passionate about. Your business is how you make money from your brand." (Stacey Emerson)
"Know who you are. Do not live in scare-city (scarcity). Broke is a state of mind!" (Dr. Shante Bishop)
What the summit represented, essentially, was an opportunity for Women of Color to come together and have some real deal girl talk about business and branding; it was the event that signified Black Woman Excellence as a growing and influential platform that more women are tapping into, with every breaking wave. We are gracious of the opportunity to be included in so much Black Girl Magic. To the event curators, Asia Horne and Chatoya Antwine, thank you for unlocking your dreams and choosing to help other women do the same; thank you for sharing your Black Girl Magic!
Hey yawl I’m Tyler Marie, or Ty as I’ve come to be called. I am a (West-Side) Chicagoan ‘til Chicago ends. I attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School here in the city and went on to attend the first Private HBCU, Wilberforce University (OH) where I obtained my B.A. Sociology in 2012. It’s probably pretty clear now that writing is kind of ‘my thing’ but I’m more than okay with that. Other hobbies include eating, playing basketball, modeling and singing. Basically, I spend all my time trying to be as fly of a Black Girl as I can be. Connect with me via: Twitter/Instagram- @_Mighty5| Tumblr- iamjusttyler.tumblr.com