Blavity’s inaugural EmpowerHer Conference hosted in New York City on Saturday was insightful, inspiring and downright magical.
More than 300 participants gathered at the sold out conference for a day of panels, workshops, discussions and networking by black women for black women.
“It’s important to me to define a space where we were the norm and not an outlier,” Blavity co-founder Morgan DeBaun told The Huffington Post, noting that black women are often excluded from contributing to the conversation at a lot of conferences. “You can take the time to say ‘I’m in a room full of people that are like me and it’s accessible and I can actually focus on what I need to focus on and grow my business, achieve my goals and get to the nextstep’ and hopefully meet some people who can help you get there.”
For eight hours, participants were able to engage with and learn from black millennial women and influencers. Blogger Luvvie hosted a workshop on branding, Teen Vogue’s newest and youngest editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth moderated a panel on self-care and Zuvaa founder Kelechi Anyadiegwu gave her knowledge on turning a side hustle into a business.
These ladies, among others, dropped some serious gems that everyone should hear. If you didn’t get a chance to go, fret not, we took notes for you. Here are five major keys we took away from this year’s EmpowerHer:
1. Make your goals a top priority.
DeBaun’s message was on-point during her fireside chat with civil rights activist Johnetta Elzie. Staying true to the conference’s theme, the two discussed their unconventinal path to following their passions, which required much dedication and sacrifice. Different versions of this message was sprinkled throughout the day. Luvvie advised her audience to “do the work” before anything else and Welteroth reminded everyone that it’s OK to save up and live below your means while putting in work to reach your goals.
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