Last Thursday Amanda Miller Littlejohn (founder of Mopwater PR) and I hosted a luncheon for women of color in communications at Oya Restaurant in Washington, DC. The event is called ColorComm and will be a bi-monthly luncheon series during the summer and fall.
Why did we do this? What is the purpose, you may ask?
For some time now, I’ve been thinking about ways to bring women of color in communications together in an intimate setting with the real chance to get to know one another. For me, I kept hearing certain names and seeing certain faces at events that I didn’t know—but whom I wanted to know and wanted to learn from.
I believed that I wasn’t the only one who had a desire to build a stronger network among women of color in communications, and Iast week I was proven correct with 30 women in attendance.
The event is designed to foster mentorship and friendship through a dialogue on career and professional development.
Some very accomplished and dynamic women were in attendance including: Traci Otey Blunt from RLJ Companies (a producing company for the movie “Jumping the Broom”); Brigitte Johnson, President of the PRSA National Chapter; and Almina Khorakiwala from Walker Marchant Group just to name a few. Several agencies were represented including women from Edelman, Burson-Marsteller, The Hatcher Group, and others. Additionally, women from the entertainment and media fields were also present.
Tara Jones, my mentor and VP of BET Networks, served as our guest speaker. Tara is a remarkable woman and she offered tips that apply to anyone who is trying to build and grow their career.
1) Don’t ever let anyone get in your head not even yourself. You can conquer anything, you just have to go for it; don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.
2) As you climb career ladders, reach down and bring someone with you.
3) Continue to build and strategically manage your networks. Break all your contacts into groups, for example: Mentors, Advocates and Trailblazers.
4) Make time for the things that are important in your personal life. There is no joy in success if there is no one to share it with.
Stay tuned for tips from our next luncheon in July!