Here's to a fabulous 2013!!!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Inez N. Richardson, chapter president also served as Gala Honorary Chair. More than 600 guests came dressed to the proverbial nines for the elegant afternoon affair.
|Karen and Darryl Towns, Dr. Joan Adams, Peter Adams, & Hazel Dukes|
|Hope Knight, Carla Harris, & Charlene Jackson|
|Candice Cook, Len Burnett, & Cheryl Joyner|
|Alma Rangel & Rep. Charles Rangel|
|Robin Alston, Nissa Booker, Kim Caoxum, Danyale Price|
|LaShann Dearcy Hall, Inez Richardson, & Kimberly Davis|
|Kim Jasmin (left) accepting the award on behalf of JP Morgan Chase|
|Valerie Lancaster Beal (left), Inez Richardson, Anna Maria Bishop, Martha Cameron and Hazel Dukes|
|Michelle Patterson, former New York State First Lady|
|Caroline Taylor Ellerson with LaShann DeArcey Hall and Monica Azare Davenport|
|Keisha Sutton-James and guest|
Monday, December 17, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
I just can't do it today...
The news of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut has my brain in shut down mode. This is after two shootings of young Black males under the guise of "stand your ground" laws, the Sandusky child rape scandal that rocked Penn State, and scores of other innocent children being harmed ---- it's just simply too much to bear for me.
Honest to God, it feels like we've been ending the year on a really crazy "note" for several years now.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The number one question I receive is "how can I become a Socialite/raise my social profile?"
Until recently, many people thought this question was superficial. But with the rise of reality television coupled with a difficult economy, many more people have learned that elevating one's social profile can have positive financial benefits - if managed appropriately.
Well good people, there's no magic in step one - showing up. In showing up, you open yourself up for opportunities to come your way. It's important to be seen and network outside of your "9-5."
I'm going to resurrect some of my previous posts about strategic social, face to face networking. I'll also chat a little more about showing up real soon.
Friday, November 30, 2012
This week's flick features the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Girlfriends, Inc. celebrating their 60th anniversary at the LeMott Restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27th. More than 200 attendees danced the night away at the gala affair that served as a fundraiser for the chapter's charitable endeavors.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
I hope that you took time today to support a small business. Yesterday, I got "the werks" (as I refer to it) at my hair salon. Today, I had a wonderful lunch at the Trolley Car Cafe in Philadelphia with a friend. It was nice to see the place super packed.
Even if you can't spend money today, try to send some business along or shop at small businesses during the holiday season!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I really miss St. John USVI and I think of some of my favorite tropical locations when I'm trying to relax.
Many of you know I keep a super full schedule professionally and personally. But there are days like this (when it hits me how much I'm ripping and running) that I reflect on the need for down time.
I hope that you spend some time in relax mode as you are preparing to engage in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
There's only one you - so take time to make you a priority!
Monday, November 19, 2012
The chapter was founded in 1952 and supports endeavors that uplift the community's children. Many of the chapter members were decked out in their organizational red and white for the event. The ladies worked hard to ensure a wonderful event for all attendees.
I was super pleased to see Mr. William "Bill" Tucker (widow of the late C. Dolores Tucker pictured below with a member of the Continental Societies) seated at Miss Louise's table. He's always dapper and full of great conversation.
The fashion show was coordinated by Aaron Pender who assembled an interesting array of outfits. The commentator (pictured below) was great but I didn't catch her name due the jubilant chatter of the crowd of more than 300 attendees.
The luncheon meal selection was tasty - a salmon filet with capers and a tender breast of chicken with a light sauce. But the laughter and dialogue among friends was even more enjoyable.
I was also seated next to Philadelphia broadcasting pioneer (and one of my Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorors) Eleanor Jean Hendley (left with a member of the Philadelphia Continental Societies).
I was running late due to crazy traffic in Philadelphia. Unfortunately I didn't snap as many photos as I had planned. Plus the lighting in the club was super dim so many of my photos came out dark.
Sidenote: I will work on my photos issue good people for 2013 so you can enjoy better pictures!
I try to keep it positive here - but sometimes I have to make not so nice comments.
I was disappointed by the Springfield Country Club for this event. I've been there multiple times in the past and everything was high quality. For this event, the service was kinda sub par and rushed (largely because the club's special events office booked successive multiple events back to back including a large wedding reception and a funeral/memorial service!)
I know this venue does well with hosting a variety of events. So I hope that this slippage in service was a one time challenge that will not be repeated again.
And, I lost my camera bag with my USB cord :-(
So once again, I'm sharing a few photos from my phone.
On Sunday November 11th, I attended the Keystone Cluster of The Links, Incorporated Founders Day Celebration in King of Prussia, PA. I believe there were approximately 200 Links in attendance. The Keystone Cluster consists of nine Links, Incorporated chapters in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Links, Incorporated was founded on November 9, 1946 in Philadelphia by Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott.
This year's event was hosted by the Penn Towne Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (each chapter takes a turn at hosting the event). Penn Towne Chapter President Thelma Henderson along with Joye Hamer presided over the activities. Monique Braxton (a NBC 10 news reporter and member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated served as Mistress of Ceremonies). There was also a Keystone Cluster Choir who delighted attendees with several songs.
Dianne Hardison (pictured below), Eastern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated also attended the event and noted that she has not missed one of the Keystone Cluster's Founders Day events. She thanked Velma Goode (Philadelphia Chapter Alumnae Member) for inviting her to the first event by this group held in 2007.
Sherilynn Johnson-Kimble (President of The Philadelphia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - pictured right with Leah Sheppard and Gabrielle Ingram) conceived the idea of this "cluster" of Links chapters hosting one Founders Day event together (versus individual chapter based celebrations) several years ago. She was in attendance and represented the Founding Chapter in the ceremony.
Presidents and/or representatives from the Delaware County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Harrisburg, PA; Bucks County, PA; Wilmington, DE; and Dover, DE were also in attendance. There was also a nice recognition of Alumnae members who were showered with white roses and hugs for their many years of devoted service to The Links, Incorporated.
It was nice seeing so many Sister Links in their fabulous white attire for what was a great afternoon. Of special note was seeing 90+ year old Anne Garrett Marquis (pictured in front) enjoying the fellowship.
(member of Philadelphia City Council & the Delaware Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated) read a City of Philadelphia Citation honoring the Links Founders Day.
I wasn't able to snap a photo of the Wilmington, DE Chapter of The Links, Incorporated representative who presented a flag that flew over the state's capital in honor of the Links Founders Day.
Next year's event will be hosted by the Harrisburg, PA Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.