I love many things, including Fridays, like-minded women, good food and great advice. A networking luncheon and seminar featuring African-American women authors and communicators allowed me to experience all of these things – within a three-hour period. “Write the Power!” – a concept that resulted from a Facebook discussion – was held Nov. 12, 2010 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
My good friend Bonnie Newman Davis, a college professor and entrepreneur, and I hosted the event, which was the talk of the town in Facebook and Richmond circles for weeks after. What made the event so special was the camaraderie among the women and the experiences and advice shared by the speakers.
Here’s a quick look at the speakers and seminar topics:
- Lillian Lincoln Lambert, an entrepreneur and author of “The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond,” talked about the lessons she learned during her quest to be published.
- Maya Payne Smart, an entrepreneur, writer and journalist, and I talked about “Starting Your Own Business.”
- Bonnie and Carmen Foster, director of community affairs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, touched on “Using Your Professional and Personal Networks to Achieve Your Goals.”
- Stacy Hawkins Adams, an entrepreneur, author and columnist, and Robin Farmer, a journalist, dialogued about “Transitioning from Writing Gigs to Speaking Engagements.”
- Alicia Aroche, a Twitter guru and Virginia Commonwealth University administrator, Stacy and I discussed “Using Social Media to Achieve Your Career Goals.”.
I am pleased to present these women to you, and I strongly suggest that you visit and bookmark their websites, subscribe to their blogs and/or connect with them using social media.
What other female authors and communicators should we get to know? Please chime in.