by Kara I. Stevens
Having successfully hosted its first annual Women’s Expo, the New York Urban League Young Professionals has set a new standard for events that showcase female empowerment, creativity and entrepreneurship.
On August 24th, more than 100 women lined up at the doors of the Helen Mills Event Space to not only receive their complementary gift bags with products and goodies from Miss Jessie’s, Macy’s and State Farm, but also to sample, patronize, and discover new products and services from local women-owned businesses.
With over fifty vendors, there was a buzz of commerce and a sense of community that permeated the space. Patrons were able to experience a diversity of products and services ranging from homemade skin care products, branding services, catering services, boutique event planning services, fitness courses to career coaching in one space.
Lauren Stewart, a Virginia transplant and graduate student studying non-profit management at New York University commented, “I want to be an entrepreneur in non-profit management. It’s empowering to see black women working together and getting things done. I am excited to be here.”
In addition to providing the young, female professional of New York City with quality goods and services, the Women’s Expo was also an excellent opportunity for new business owners to increase their exposure and business acumen. For Alana Gardner, founder of J. Aubrey, an eighteen-month year-old company that specializes in the design of empowerment t-shirts, the Women’s Expo, “lets people know who you are, introduces your products and services, and empowers black women.”
Even Michelle D. Hare, representative of State Farm, the event’s sponsor, had only positive things to say about its collaboration with the New York Urban League Young Professionals. “It is fly and full of swag,” she said.
Hare and her fellow State Farm representative, Linda A. Burchett also offered participants free informational sessions on ways to build a legacy of wealth, learn how to invest, and employ life insurance to ensure their financial freedom.
In short, the first Women’s Expo was a bona fide success. Upward and onward from here.
About the Author, Kara I. Stevens
Kara I. Stevens is super stoked to be a member of the NYULYP Communications Committee. By day, she is an educational administrator. By night, she attends to her blog, FabulousNFrugal, an online home for “financial empowerment, mindful spending, and juicy living.”