If you follow me on Instagram than you know that I attended the EmpowerHer 2017 Conference by 21Ninety and Blavity and it was LIT!
Being surrounded by so many dope black women was so…empowering!
I’ve been to a few conferences that were open to the “general public” and they were good, but EmpowerHer17 oozed black girl magic!
Every single person in attendance, from the panelists to the attendees SLAYED and there was a true sense of sisterhood, an intangible “we’re all going to win” vibe that strangely enough felt so real you can almost touch it.
Drake’s “no new friends” mantra was completely ignored this weekend and rightfully so! I connected with 4 wonderful sisters and we clicked, so much so that we’ve dubbed ourselves the Fab5!
It was also good to meet (in person) some of my online blogger boos, nothing like vibing in real life!
I’m grateful to have been invited by Ford to attend the event, and although I prefer spending my Saturdays with my little ones, I’m glad I took a few hours to absorb the knowledge, wisdom and honesty being shared by these wonderful women who were bold enough to fight the good fight [that is entrepreneurship], and pursue their dreams.
There was an innumerable amount of gems dropped by these wonderful panelists and as much as I’d like to share all of them with you, I can’t because this post will become one that never ends; I will however, share what stood out the most to me and where I am in my personal, spiritual and entrepreneurial life, and hope that it encourages you as much as it did me.
“be authentic to who you are… don’t fail yourself” – Nikisha Brunson
There were three common denominators that were shared through all panelists and I will touch on them below:
- Authenticity / Knowing your worth
It may sound cliché, but there is so much truth to this. No one is you, no one will ever be you, and whatever you do, whatever the assignment on your life, it will never be accomplished by a lack of authenticity.
Your happiness comes from who you are and living in your own skin, accept yourself, know your worth, love yourself, so that other people can know how to love you. You will not be for everyone… and that’s okay as long as you’re for you!
Also touched on was the importance of energy and what you allow around you, which indirectly ties into the subject of knowing your worth and authenticity. When you know who you are you don’t allow certain things around you. I wanted to get up, shout, and praise dance when I heard Autumn from Sir and Madame say that she is adamant about protecting her space and that she will not allow negative energy around her, and people know not to come to her with certain things because she’s taken a stand in loving herself enough not to allow certain things around her.
That in itself is a form of self care.
The older I get the more I find myself protective about my space; from the folks I keep around me, the music I listen to, the books I read and the places I frequent. Protecting your energy is so very important, and if folks will criticize you for being you, they were never your people to start with… and that’s okay.
me when Autumn touched on the importance of protecting your energy! #praiseHim
2. Discipline/Working Smart
Last week I shared a post on the topic of discipline and as God would have it Zim, CEO of travelnoire.com touched on the subject during her session. I will say that, out of all the sessions, this is the one that stood out to me most for a number of reasons; this is not to say that the information the other panelists shared were not up to par, but where I am in my life right now, God confirmed a number of things through Zim.
She stated that most people are most productive early during the day, and that she starts hers early, with prayer, reading the GOOD BOOK and matcha!
I love that she’s intentional about spending time with God. And I think it’s safe to say that the word intentional is synonymous with discipline. In order to be intentional about something, one has to be disciplined.
On the subject of hard work, she mentioned that hard work is important but that one has to work smart.
You can be busy accomplishing a whole lot of nothing. She mentioned that she never checks her email until later in the day as it is a distraction, turns off notifications on her phone and uses The Promodoro technique which I now use LOL.
3. Conclusion/ Key points
In closing, the major takeaways are as follow:
a. stay true to yourself
b. be intentional about treating people well, you never know who’s help you will need.
c. build a company that is impactful
e. work hard
me: walking out the conference feeling empowered and ready to make things happen.
Were you there? What resonated most with you ? Drop a line below.
Until next time.
“But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26 ESV