Since 2017, black women have been making headlines for becoming the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs in the United States — and the momentum hasn’t slowed down since. Black women are continuing to stake their claim of market share in a range of dynamic industries, but as the saying goes: Mo’ money, Mo’ problems. As black women embark on the ambitious journey to entrepreneurship, new challenges emerge making it important to create safe spaces where we can vent, exchange knowledge and share cheat codes to maintaining success. Lynique Browning, a boss lady in her own right as the C.E.O. of Mad Diva Concierge, realized a gap in the industry for such an event — not too long after, the She.E.O. Bosses Brunch was born. The goal of this event is to create an intimate space where black entrepreneurships can candidly speak about the highs and lows of business leadership and the balancing act of maintaining a well-rounded personal life. It combines everything we love about brunch — from delicious food and bottomless mimosas to dressing up with your girls for an afternoon on the town — with a safe space where black women can feed one another’s passions and ambitions. The Strut Magazine team was granted the exciting opportunity to attend the 1st Annual She.E.O. Bosses Brunch in Los Angeles on September 9th, where we witnessed Browning’s incredible vision come to fruition.
The She.O.Bosses Brunch was hosted at a secret location in the up-and-coming Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. The venue presented beautiful 360-views of the hipster neighborhood, setting the quintessential ambience for the perfect Sunday brunch in L.A. Local Black owned businesses were in attendance as vendors, creating a mini market where attendees could discover new businesses to support while they enjoyed networking and brunch. Besides the noteworthy panelists — which included Celebrity hair stylist Mariama Dashiell, Jayla Baxter (Founder of SEQ Hope Foundation), Rocsii Frank (CEO of the Source LA), Dana Cody-Teichner (CEO of Tippie Toe Nails), Certified Business Coach Adria Hookes, and Maxie James (Owner of Ellaé Lisqué) — some of the most esteemed girl bosses in town were also in attendance, including executive members of Black Business Women Rock, Katty Customs and Koury V.
The event kicked off with breakfast and mimosas as attendees made their rounds to network. Once breakfast commenced, the panel discussions kicked of — and that’s when Sunday service really got started! The ladies took turns professing the keys to their success in both their professional and personal lives, talking about everything from defining what “girl power” means to debunking the myth that there isn’t enough room for us all to claim a seat at the table. By the end of the panel, the venue was filled with laughter and murmurs of women sharing their own testimonials among one another, fostering a sisterhood of sorts between attendees that was both motivational and awe-inspiring.
Lynique Browning was thrilled at the turnout of the first She.E.O. Bosses Brunch, and shared that the event was only a kick off of what’s to be a tour stopping at major cities around the country;
“As far as my future plans for the #SheEOBossesBrunch I plan on taking the event on tour. We will be stopping in Las Vegas next on February 16th, 2019. From there ,we will be heading to Arizona. We then plan to hit other major cities such as Chicago, Miami, New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston. I created this platform to recognize different #SheEOBosses from all around the world so that we can support one another, empower one another and be a support system to other women in business that are local. I feel so many women look for small businesses to support and feel this is the perfect opportunity to bring us all together.”
Congratulations to Lynique Browning for the phenomenal success of the 1st Annual She.E.O Bosses Brunch! Keep up with Mad Diva Concierge on Instagram (@maddivaconcierge) and look out for details on their next event stopping in your city and tell them that The Strut Mag sent you!