Dayira “DayyBella” Jones of Bella Bar Tees and Bianca Rush of Sassy Mitchell Hair hosted their annual Ladies Who Brunch Atlanta: A Royal Tea Affair at the Georgian Ballroom located at the beautiful Biltmore hotel in downtown Atlanta. These two young CEOs created a platform for young female business owners (or aspiring business owners) to network and gain inspiration from other successful, established female entrepreneurs. This year, the illustrious panel included music/media mogul Kandi Burruss, model maven Cynthia Bailey, reality TV star and shoe designer Emily B, popular celebrity blogger Necole Bitchie and celebrity makeup artist Latasha Wright.
All of the panel shared stories of how they acquired their fame and thriving businesses. However, the event climaxed when the ladies answered questions about their actual process for starting to live their dreams. Necole Bitchie inspired me when she touched on how radios stations told her ‘no’ time and time again so she gave herself two weeks to put together a business plan for herself. The pioneering blogger then put her plan in action, posting to the web about celebs and events and garnering a following using social media. Necole allowed herself one year to work this angle and then go back to those radio stations with the experience they said she lacked. However when the year was up, she did not need to go back—she was already doing what she loved.
The panel also offered priceless advice for finding a mentor, working for someone else and working for yourself. Emily B made an important distinction in how she handles herself as the star of the event and how she handles herself when working as a stylist. The Love and Hip Hop NY star stated that she does not take pics or go for the mike when she styles; she knows she is there to work. The Real Housewives of Atlanta “housewives,”Kandi and Cynthia, also provided great examples of knowing when to partner with someone and when to part ways with someone.
Overall, the coordinators beautifully decorated the already breath-taking ballroom and offered a great opportunity for young women to fellowship and lift each other up. The event did lag a bit, especially during seating and serving but this just gave the women more time to mingle, which was the best part of the whole thing anyway. Events such as Ladies who Brunch Atlanta offer young businesswomen an invaluable opportunity to meet like-minded people and build networks.