I had such a great time at Karen Taylor Bass’ Power Brunch event last week. She’s a PR badass!
As a Queens girl that is tired of having to trek to Manhattan for a little culture and sophistication, I was so impressed by Bass’ choice of venue—Pa-nash, a Caribbean restaurant with an exquisite layout and reasonable prices right in the heart of Rosedale, Queens.
I was sold.
Le Hubs and I will be planning our next frugal and fabulous date night there with their $2 for 1 drinks. Here is a link to the site if you are interested in finding out more.
But back to the event. I loved it! There were so many interesting, hungry, and collaborative women entrepreneurs in that room. On top of that, Karen interviewed a powerful, creative, and funny local business owner, Cece Bryan, owner of Whipped Treats, a smoothie and juice bar in Elmont, New York, about what it takes to be successful in life and business.
Bryan believed that there are three things:
In addition to these nuggets, we also heard from Marcia Beckford, a representative of Prudential, the company that also sponsored the event. Ms. Beckford had such exuberance and confidence. As a financial advisor, she spoke about the importance of establishing and following through with long-term financial goals. Her research found that we, as black women, all too often expend all of our resources (emotional and financial) and energy taking care of others to that point that we do not have anything to give to ourselves when retirement comes. (And ya’ll know how I feel about that: pay yourself first. Your older self is depending on your younger self to make that happen.)
In particular, she said that we are great at day-to-day planning (i.e. paying for clothes, school fees, and money for fun), but we fall waaay behind other groups when it comes to laying a strong financial foundation that includes investments and adequate/appropriate insurance.
Have you started making the necessary phone calls and emails to link up with a financial advisor so you can get your long-term financial plans started?
If not, schedule a time tomorrow to get that done. It cannot wait.