Now open: Nominations for Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2016 – A List of Our Own©
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I chose Laura Bazile to be a Black Women in Europe Blog 10th Anniversary Shero because she has parlayed something she loves into a career. She is an entrepreneur event planner who uses her knowledge of different languages and cultures to create memorable experiences for her clients. I first blogged about Laura in September 2010. She’s also a Shero because she manages the Black Women in Europe: For Sisters on Both Sides of the Atlantic private Facebook group. There she maintains the community ethos of “Sisterhood Makes Us Stronger”. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary she is sharing her event planning expertise and created a guide just for us. Download your copy to ensure your next event is a success.
Thank you for everything Laura.
The good news nowadays is there is a wide array of networking events out there to attend. The range of places and types of events give us the opportunity to pick whatever we feel comfortable with. The idea remains to enjoy the whole experience.
The place, the language (to a certain level), and content available are no longer constraints. They actually represent what we, event planners, would build the event experience on.
As a Black women and an entrepreneur, I attend networking events regularly. Whether my purpose is professional (business connections) or private (looking for new hair routines or sourcing a new range of products), in both cases, I would choose the networking event that would offer the highest number of opportunities, especially if I feel I would come back with novelties or things I have been missing for too long.
When it comes to planning a networking event for Black Women in Europe, I would immediately jump to the marketing mix 5+P’s not because it is an lazy option, but rather because it would allow us to focus on quality, think big and be creative.
Do you have any other P in mind? What would trigger your decision to attend a Black networking event?
Laura Bazile is an events professional, addicted to traveling, meetings and helping people. She is passionate about digital mix, live arts and design. Laura founded blufreelance, an event marketing boutique.
Holistic hair care specialist Lyota Swainson
Financial guru Ellen Kountz
Photographer Lola Akerstrom
Poet Lesley-Anne Brown
Award-winning designer Claire Requa
Recipe whisperer Kendra Valentine
Traveler Andrea Adams
The Ground-breaking elite Awards celebrating world-class black British business leaders has announced the thirty-seven finalists of the Black British Business Awards 2016.
This list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars that represent the very best talent in UK plc. This year’s finalists are an impressive mix of accomplished individuals, ranging from the exceptional musical innovation of Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, Dragons Den winner Chika Russell, world-class Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Miss Samantha Tross and pioneer Managing Director Carol Lake of JP Morgan.
Here is a full list of the women finalists:
*Chi Chi is a Black Women in Europe Power Lister
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on 6 October 2016. Major sponsors for this year include Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Microsoft and Thomson Reuters. For further information about the awards visit the official website: http://www.thebbbawards.com/
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Editor’s note: I received this message from a sister who first contacted me three years ago. I am happy to share her project with you in hopes that you will find it worthy of your support.
I’m writing to share with you a passion project of mine, and I hope you can help. I’m really excited, but also a little nervous, to share that I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to launch a Swiss-made beauty brand for pigmented skin tones. I was unsure about crowd-funding, but as I have donated to some cool projects in the past on Kickstarter, I thought, “Why not?”
For the past 10 months I have been secretly developing this project in partnership with a phyto research centre in Switzerland. And now, I hope you can join me on my journey to launching Sikasso de Suisse™!
Please have a look at the campaign and contribute whatever you can give; and kindly share the link with friends & family, as they might be thrilled about a Swiss-made beauty brand for pigmented skin tones, and would love to receive an awesome reward! I think the women in the Black Women in Europe network might be delighted about this. I’m eager to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your help, Adrianne.
I was elected a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at the Democrats Abroad Global Convention in Berlin in May and was honored and lucky to be a part of the Democrats Abroad delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Whew!
I invite you to be a part of this with me by following my DNC Member page on Facebook where you can see pictures and videos from the convention as well as information I receive from the DNC.
If you’re an American living outside of the United States this Presidential election is one you cannot afford to miss. There are other crucial elections happening in your home state in November too. Register to vote and/or request your absentee ballot today (to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines) from http://www.VoteFromAbroad.org.
Thank you for supporting an entrepreneur in Senegal.
Dear Kiva Lender, Hello from Senegal!
Thank you so much for making a loan to a borrower in Senegal. As a Kiva Fellow who has spent the past four months meeting with borrowers and helping to advance Kiva‘s mission here in Senegal, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the recipients of your loans, who are some of the most hard-working, welcoming people I’ve ever met.
Through my visits, I’ve heard about many difficulties that borrowers in this country face, and I’ve also heard many success stories.
I met with Anna, the representative for a group of borrowers who raise livestock in a small village. She said that her Kiva loan offers her and her fellow borrowers a longer loan term than most other loans she could get, which makes a huge difference when your business takes some time to mature – literally!
I met with Mbeye, a fisherman who usually starts his day at 5 or 6 in the morning, and finishes as late as 8 or 9 in the evening. He’s using his Kiva loan to build a second fishing boat in his spare time, and he will use it to expand his fishing business.
Many borrowers I met with, including Aissatou, Bineta and Maimouna work in “petit commerce,” for which there’s not a great English equivalent, but retail comes close. They sell various goods in their neighborhood markets, but they frequently change what they’re selling to adapt to changes in demand. So, someone might sell carbon for cook stoves one week and then vegetables the next, but also sell breakfasts outside her home on weekday mornings. Many of these women work at the local market all morning, return home around midday to make lunch for their families, and go right back to the market afterward. I can’t possibly imagine cooking a meal for a family of 8 on my lunch break, so I was in awe.
I met with a group of women, including Awa and Fatou (featured above), who live in a seaside village and make their livelihood from smoking and drying fish. As a lover of smoked fish, I asked to see their work and they took me on a tour of the town’s fish smoking operations. From the area where they buy fresh fish to the grills where they cook it to racks where they leave it to dry for several days in the sun to the smokers, it was so interesting to learn about all the different steps in the process. Afterward, they invited me to join them for a lunch that included fish they had smoked – it was delicious!
I hope this update gives you a taste of the stories and successes of the borrowers you’ve lent to. It was a pleasure to meet all of them, and I thank you, on their behalf, for the loans that have helped to make their successes possible.
If you wish to keep contributing to the growth of Senegalese borrowers, join the Black Women in Europe Kiva Team today!
Best, Anneka Nelson Kiva Fellow Class 29