Unlocking Your Power & Purpose - The Black Business Women Rock Review
WHILE CONTINUING TO INCREASE THE NETWORK AND NET-WORTH OF BLACK BUSINESS WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD, ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10TH, BLACK BUSINESS WOMEN ROCK FOCUSED IN LOS ANGELES AT THE 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE EXPO.
MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA TO THE BAY AREA GAINED ENTREPRENEUR KNOWLEDGE AMONGST THREE PANELS AND TWO FEATURED SPEAKERS, KARIM WEBB (CO-OWNER AND OPERATIONS PARTNER OF PCF RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT, An LOS ANGELES BASED FRANCHISEE OF BUFFALO WILD WINGS) AND TIEO NEJON (KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND BRAND BUILDER).
ALICIA "ACE" EASTER BEGAN THE CONFERENCE WITH AN ENLIGHTENING YOGA/MEDITATION TO "INNER CONNECT" WITH ONE's PURPOSE AND INTENTION IN ATTENDING. THROUGHOUT THE CONFERENCE ATTENDEES GAINED INSIGHT ON HOW TO CLARIFY THEIR PURPOSE. CLOSING REMARKS WERE PRESENTED BY CEO AND FOUNDER NATALYN RANDLE, SHOWCASED THE DEVELOPMENT OVER THE YEARS FROM HER BACKYARD CONFERENCE TO THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL.
Randle's passion and purpose is to love and serve others by providing resources and connecting women to network, bounce knowledge off each other, and to create a space to uplift fellow business owners.
" We have to network see what the other person is doing if they have a business study them. what are they doing to be successful?," said Randle.
" I use to be shy, I use to be fearful what did I do to stop being fearful? being around people that weren't fearful, you just got to be strong. tap into that inner power and go, make your mistakes, get back up make sure you have someone around you to pick you up and help you along that way and if you do that everyone will start gravitating. she added.
Randle's event also consisted of three powerful panels: “Unlocking your Power & Purpose”, "Family Business Success", and "Unapologetically Me"". The panelists were all experienced entrepreneurs who were electrified about sharing their experience and encouraging others to take a leap of faith.
Jenenne Macklin and Karin Griffin both were amongst six women who spoke as panelists during the “Unlocking your Power & Purpose” panel. Moderators opened up with the following questions, how did you discover your purpose? (to the experts on stage) and turned to the audience asking how many ladies in the room know their purpose? as they reaffirmed its a safe space.
With a show of hands, seven women answered. The response had attendees notebooks flipping and pens circulating. One spoke about the power of the internet and being able to search for educational tools which can help to launch a business as well as seeking mentorships.
The conversation then transitioned to the next steps on what happens next once the purpose has been discovered, and how the purpose should focus on how an individual can utilize their skills to make an impact on this planet.
All women agreed on visualizing, painting the picture in your mind and translating it on paper. Inside two exclusive interviews, Jenenne Macklin shares more about the power of visualizing and planting seeds as Karin Griffin reveals her story of when she refused to not be a cheap carbon copy of anyone else.
Influential transformation speaker, personal/professional intuitive coach, and author.
From a spiritual conversation she had within, at the age of thirteen, she was determined to work with kids. Macklin was certain she was designated on the right path to fulfill her mission. And so she did. The licensed therapist and social worker by profession did not stop there. The author created spiritual centers, teddy bear stores, and more. As Macklin stated, the ways of finding the purpose will unravel differently for everyone however, it's critical to listen to the voice within.
"Just write it down and see what you hear and say hmm okay let me seat with that let me see how it feels. It's suppose to energize us it's not supposed to drain us," said Macklin. "It supposed to feel good,” The motivational speaker added.
Macklin then spoke about her excitement for her upcoming conference, Unleash & Unlock Your Money & Wealth on February 5th, 2017. She expressed how this will be the first conference she planned and how we can not let fear get in the way.
Q: When it comes to writing a plan many of us may over think. How do you find a balance so you're writing with a clear mind?
A: When you find yourself thinking a lot and when you rehashing the same story over and over get up and go and move. If that doesn't work write the story down. Write down that story you keep saying to yourself I won't be able to have this job or won't be able to have my business. Then call a trusted friend and read it to them and see if they say to you if that's the craziest thing they ever heard. But at least it's out of you and it's not going around and around and around.
Visualization Exercise Suggested by Macklin:
Get up in The morning softly close your eyes, and visualize day from start to finish. ( visualize yourself work on a specific project or particular thing you want to accomplish) Don't write it down just send it out to the universe.
Q: How can we change our mindset when it comes to the topic of money, what are ways we can put money towards good energy instead of having the impression that money is the root of all evil?
A: Let's change the way you think about money, let's change the way you handle your money, let's change the way you spend your money because it's all connected to how you think about yourself. When you are upset you spend your money you either buy food, music or you either buy clothes. Why don't we take care of what upsets you then you don't have to spend money on that dress you really didn't need. Or let's buy something that's four to five hundred dollars that you can wear for the next four to five years and so you don't have to keep shopping every week.
Suggested Money Exercise by Macklin - Track Your feeling
Take one or two days to write down how you handle your money with cash versus how you spend your money using the debit card. Notice how you feel when you spend cash in comparison to how you feel using the debit card. Notice how many you said can't afford something? Macklin mentioned this exercise is the beginning of how one can shift their views on money.
Motivational speaker, Co-pastor, Hairstylist, and Author
Being“the little girl for a lot of years who was supposed to be seen and not heard” gradually found her voice in her 30's. This transformed into her calling to uplift others to walk in their authentic selves.
As a professional hairstylist numerous of women sat in her chair comfortably revealing their dis satisfactions in many aspects in their lives: Marriage, jobs, children etc. The motivation speaker began to encourage these particular women to seek what gives them fulfillment and joy. The rest was herstory. The author of Naked, Bare Your Soul and editor of the blog, Runway Report (Walking The Runway of Life) continues to touch many women across the world.
Q: Why is it important for you to motivate women and have sisterhood More specifically dedicated to black women?
A: We are better together than we are apart whether if we realize it or not. I believe that god has given me a gift to empower women to find their true voice and walk into their authentic self. As women often time we do so much for others and that we get lost in the process and then years down there's bitterness, anger and emotions come out because you never did for you. And often times as women if we are not careful we try to be something for others that god did not create us to be. I think the best person we can be is ourselves.
I always try to encourage women to know that there fearfully and wonderfully made, they have a DNA all of their own and to really tap into who that person is and be free to be that person.
As I shared on the panel today it just came a time that I refuse to be a cheap carbon copy of anyone else. I wanted to walk in truth, it's not an easy journey to try to find that person.
As discussed living your truth is not an easy journey. It takes practice, courage, and self-talk. However, she states she continues to show women to not give up during the challenges and it’s certainly worth fighting for. According to Griffin, 77% of the average person's self-talk is negative.
Briefly, Griffin spoke about an article on her blog, “Slips and Falls” where shes gives a metaphor about how runway models fall down the runway while wearing stelios and compared it to our daily lives.
A: Often times, when you try to come out and try to be the person you are there will be slips and falls. You must be committed and realized these stelios will fit and you're not slipping and tripping anymore
We talked about the importance of self-care while being an entrepreneur. She spoke about taking moments to step back to make sure she is strong, aligned, and refreshed in order to empower others.
Q: In between projects you can constantly be on the go and may be easily distracted to practice self-care. I loved the way you tied the term refresh with self-care what are some signs where you know it's time to refresh?
A: You're irritated a lot, not as patient. that is what I found out with myself. Not having the time for that affirmation. That's how a lot of people fall because they get into the mechanics and stop taking care of themselves.
Owner of Owner-Barber NINTH Chapter Barbershop 355 N. Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA
Five entrepreneurs who business fights against the “social norms” had intriguing conversations about being unapologetically yourself while conducting a professional persona.
Moderator Kawai Matthews asked a question, Can you be too unapologetic where it backfires? Some said yes others said no. However, owner of NINTH Chapter Barbershop, Ayesha Harris simply answered “as long as you’re not hurting anyone” there's nothing wrong with being unapologetically you while pursuing to have a thriving business.
Previously working at an all-black traditional barber shop near West Hollywood Harriss witness the unfairness towards gay clientele. This experience encouraged her to use her talent to create a safe space for QPOC (Queer People of Color).
Q: Why do you feel it's your duty to create a safe space for QPOC? How does this relate your barber shop?
A: I started to notice when I was working at the shop how many gay queer people came to get grooming services and then I saw how they were treated not necessarily bad but not necessarily equal either. I loved the example you gave about being carefree doing the tootsie roll in Walmart. You discussed as long as your not harming others around you then it shouldn’t be a crime.
I stand by that, I think if you’re not hurting anyone and it's literally just making you uncomfortable, well then you really need to identify your own comfort. I don’t think it's anybody's human experience to liberate everyone I think the human experience is to liberate yourself and if you liberate others in the process, good job.