A couple of weekends ago, Made Magazine hosted their first MADE Maven Leadership Summit at the Virgin Hotel in Chicago. Notable panelist and speakers included Val Warner, Angela Stevens, Felecia Lawrence, Robin Ayers, and many others. I received a special invitation from the magazine to cover the weekend-long event and I am READY to give ya’ll this TEA!
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The Summit kicked off with a “party with a purpose” networking event that featured entertainment from Taylor Iman, Gifted Keys and many other talented women from the city. Felecia Lawrence from WCIU’s The Jam served as host for the evening and I got the opportunity to chat with her and get her thoughts on what it means to be a “made maven
“You got to get it done and you got to get it done right! Every woman is self made…when I think of “made maven”, I think of a woman that is self made.” – Felecia Lawrence, Host of WCIU’s The JAM
The next day, the summit continued with an afternoon filled with workshops on everything from personal branding to business enterprise. Workshops included:
Retail Therapy: Preparing Your Brand For A “Big Box” Store by Chrishon Lampley
Capital Gains: Exploring Funding Options by Quinetha Frasier
When PR Pros & Bloggers Meet by Vanessa Abron
Growing From Entrepreneur to Enterprise by Kris Christian
Executive Leadership: Climbing The C-Suite by Halleemah Nash
Capturing Audience: A Guide To Social Media Amplification by Taylar Barrington
You’re A Badass! 12 Ways To Negotiate Like One by Cheryl Grace
The Author Of Your Fate by Veronica Appleton
Get Information: Forming And Growing A 501c3 Foundation by Donnie Smith
Pitch Perfect: Pitching To Win A Corporate Sponsorship by Jetta Bates
The Science Of Hair: Formulating A Winning Beauty Product by Dr. Isfahan Chambers-Harris
Personal Branding 101 by Aaja Corinne Magee
The workshops I attended were all extremely helpful and I really believe that the organizers did a great job of hitting all areas of business and creative entrepreneurship. Following the workshop sessions was the Create Your Own Table panel discussion. Panelist for this included Halleemah Nash, Chief Partnerships Officer of The Academy Group, Kris Christian, Founder & CEO of FAME Enterprises & MADE Magazine, Karleen Roy, Founder & Experience Curator at The Vanity Group and Angela C. Styles, Celebrity Hair Stylist and Author of Hair.
During the panel discussion, the panelist spoke about the hard work that goes into creating your brand and the importance of supporting other women in their entrepreneurial endeavors. I got the opportunity to chat with Kris Christian about how she “created her table” and what motivated her to start the MADE Maven brand.
“I realized that it takes lots of hard work, preparation, information, mentorship and all these things that are required to be successful. What I found was that one, college wasnt enough, networks were well needed, money was well needed, and a lot of things that honestly, we just dont have access too as young millennial women of color.”
“A “MADE Maven” to me is someone who is ambitious enough to want it for themselves and open enough to be able to connect with other women to help them grow and flourish in their professions and their careers. This weekend is about cultivating that experience and not only inspiring women but giving them resources and providing them with opportunity.” – Kris Christian, CEO of FAME Enterprises & MADE Magazine.
I know that quote is long but I just had to include every single drop of that free game that Kris was giving, yall! The leadership summit concluded with a swaggy rooftop social gathering. At the social, I ran into Angela Styles, who was promoting her children’s book, HAIR. First of all, hairstylists will always have a special place in my heart because my mother is a stylist and I KNOW how hard stylists work. Most celebrity stylist go the route of creating their own line of hair care products, but Angela went a different route and wrote a children’s book so I was curious to speak with her and find out her motivation behind that.
“My inspiration for HAIR was from my experience as a child, a woman, and a hair stylist to thousands of clients over the years. Hair is such a sensitive subject for many growing up, and I wanted to celebrate the beauty of having textured hair. Despite our own lack of love for it, and societys lack of appreciation for its beauty. I also want to help contribute to healthy hair practices in the home to prevent hair loss and self esteem issues for the next generation of girls.” – Angela Stevens, Celebrity Hairstylist & Author of “HAIR”
Never before have I felt the spirit of black girl magic and seen it in visual form. The MADE Maven Leadership Summit is a NECESSARY event for women of color who look to jumpstart their careers and I look forward to being a part of the summit next year!
Head to my Instagram and check at the “made maven” story on my page to see more from the summit!