Upcoming Event: #BusinessGirlMagic Brunch & Learn with Darcel Laurie - April 22 (Philly)

Join us for brunch & conversations with Darcel Laurie, Multimedia Journalist and Founder of Moguls in Media LLC!

Darcel will be discussing her new book, Tired of One Night Stands with Success: I Want a Fully Committed Relationship.

Books will be available for purchase at the event or you may purchase at www.onenightstandswithsuccess.com.

Over Brunch we will learn + discuss: 
  • How to date your idea with the intention of marriage 
  • Tools on how to be successful no matter what the arena 
  • How success takes having a relationship with it 
  • + More business & lifestyle topics

About Our Featured Guest Speaker 

Darcel Laurie is a Multimedia Journalist from the Philadelphia area. You can see her work published in Lucky Magazine Online, Sheen Magazine and Industry Rules Magazine. Darcel made appearances on Fox 29 Philly and has been featured on WDAS 105.3fm, Power 99fm, and so much more.
Today, Darcel is an Entrepreneur, Mentor and Educator. She launched Moguls in Media LLC in January 2016. Darcel started her business to empower others in their respected industries as a mogul. During her career in journalism, she has had the privilege to interview designers such as Michael Costello and Stevie Boi. She has also interviewed Tyrese Gibson, Misty Copeland, Loretta Devine, Eva Marcille, Nicole Murphy, Chrisette Michele, Angela Rye and many more.

In recent news Darcel has won Media Mogul of 2016 from Brown Women in Media. She has been featured in Empire Life Magazine during the Women’s Future Month. Darcel is certainly making her mark; she recently completed her 4 city tour with Moguls in Media LLC. The tour stops consisted of Philadelphia, New York, D.C. and Atlanta. The tour highlighted heavy hitters in media and industry professionals in each city. In addition, the tour highlighted her Moguls in the Making Mentorship Program that assists others in making their dreams become a reality.

To keep up with Darcel Laurie you can follow her book @onenightstandswithsuccess, her company @mogulsinmedia or her personal account @darcelworld on social media. Or simply visit her websites at mogulsinmedia.com or onenightstandswithsuccess.com for more information on her business ventures. Space is limited.

Location will be revealed upon RSVP.


Upcoming Event: #BusinessGirlMagic Brunch & Learn - April 7th (NYC)

Join us for brunch + conversations with Velvet Lattimore, Owner/Designer of Vedazzling Accessories and BADA Unite.

If you ever wanted to open a boutique or any other type of retail store or business. Then this is an event you don't want to miss!

During brunch you will learn:
  • The Pros + Cons of Brick & Mortar vs. E-Commerce
  • The Winning Mindset of a Retail Entrepreneur
  • The Hidden Realities of Store Ownership
  • + Plus More Business & Lifestyle Topics
This event is ideal for anyone who is:
  • Interested in starting an accessories/handbag line
  • Opening a retail store
  • Becoming an entrepreneur

  • Looking to build their network

About Our Featured Guest Speaker
Over five years ago, Velvet Lattimore made a decision to have a baby. She was tired of nurturing other people’s fashion dreams and gave birth to her own. She named her baby, Vedazzling Accessories Boutique, and it’s become the go to place for interesting and captivating pieces. Located at 145 Front Street in the heart of DUMBO, Brooklyn, Vedazzling Accessories is also a retail platform for emerging Black accessories designers. “This industry is cut throat and it is especially hard on African Americans who are typically undercapitalized and have difficulty securing orders from mainstream retailers,” admits Velvet.

So, to some degree, she still nurtures other peoples’ dreams, but now she simultaneously nurtures hers, too. Part cheerleader and part den mother, Velvet’s style is to guide the designers she carries so that they achieve a greater sell-through. She has also recently opened the boutique as a Pop-Up Shop venue which allows designers to get first hand feedback from customers.

With her resumé brimming with fashion industry job experience from production to marketing, Velvet also created her own handbag line – The Vedazzling Collection. Constructed of high quality leathers with pristine finishes, her bags are available at a mid-tier price point at the store and through her website www.vedazzlingaccessories.com. She also offers sustainable faux leather for her customers that want the feel of leather without compromising their beliefs.

Somehow, Velvet manages to balance her commitment to emerging designers and her need to flex her fashion muscle. With Vedazzling Accessories ranked number 5 out of 28 in Brooklyn shopping under the accessories category on Trip Advisor, this dynamo is encouraged and has her eye on the future. Ideally, she’d like to find the right partner to open other Vedazzling Accessories Boutiques in the U.S. and abroad. After all, there are talented black designers all over the world who are just looking for a way to make their fashion dreams come true.

You can learn more about Velvet's company by visiting:
Instagram: @Vedazzling


Upcoming #BusinessGirlMagic Events:
Philadelphia - April 22
New York City - May 20
Philadelphia - June 9

3 Simple Rules in Building Your Dream Network

A new year can mean the beginning of so many new things. If starting a business or new career is one of those things, one area you should be concentrating on, that often gets overlooked, is networking. Networking can be a key strategy in conquering your fears and gaining the necessary momentum to conquer your goals.

Meeting the right people is a learning curve to get you where you need to be faster. People who have already accomplished the goals you have for yourself can serve as a reliable resource and can give you the information that you need right away. It's on you to take action.

Attending events that speak to you and may attract the type of people you want to meet. Don't just go to an event, just to go and waste time. You'll feel unproductive and will lack motivation to attend another event. It's okay to pick events based on your personality type. If you're an introvert, meetups may prove more productive than a happy hour or cocktail reception. (Please note: #100BusinessGirls events are Introvert friendly).

Before you go sending mass emails and asking everyone to coffee or lunch. Do some research and see if the people you want to meet will be hosting or speaking at an event, if they have a book, or were featured in an interview. Sometimes the questions you want to ask them can be answered by researching any of those key things or just by following them on social media. While you may be an awesome person, don't approach people expecting them to "put you on". Put yourself on, by showing through your actions what you are all about and you will attract the type of people you want to meet, naturally.

Building your dream network won't happen overnight, there is no time limit. It's a constant process of adding, eliminating, and maintaining relationships. If you are looking for more tips and strategies you can read and download our networking playbook, 0 to 100: How to Grow Your Network the #100BusinessGirls Way.

Thanks for reading!

- Jamillah Y. Johnson

Upcoming Event: #PowerForward Women in Business Game Night 76ers v Grizzlies - March 21st (Philly)

Come out as we have an exciting event with the Philadelphia 76ers and hear from female executives that work in the sports industry! Tickets will include entry to the panel speaker Q&A session and VIP Club Box tickets to the Sixers vs. Grizzlies game.

Purchase tickets now and get a chance to get an awesome Sixers swag bag! There will be up to 2 winners! Click Here

Upcoming Event: #BusinessGirlMagic Brunch & Learn - *New Date* March 10th (NYC)

Let's kick off 2018 with some #BusinessGirlMagic!

Join us for brunch & conversations with Yasmin J. Mattox, Founder & CEO of Arkatecht, LLC

During brunch you will learn:

  • How to plan for family and career together and simultaneously rather than separately, and why doing so is key to succeeding both personally and professionally. 
  • How technology is being developed to make family and career (advancement) planning more efficient and effective to allow professional women the time and energy to be more present in their careers and with those they love. 
  • How to identify pressing social/societal problems that can be addressed with commercial technological innovations. 
  • + More Business & Lifestyle Topics

About Our Featured Guest Speaker 

Yasmin J. Mattox was born in Lower Manhattan and raised in Harlem. She attended Hunter Elementary and High Schools in New York City, and graduated from high school on Long Island. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Alfred University in 2007, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in International Studies from St. John Fisher College in 2011.

She has worked in the legal, mental health, renewable energy, and higher education fields, with the common thread being her interest and expertise in interdisciplinary research as a foundation for informing problem solving for issues big and small. From 2012 until 2016, she owned a social science research and consulting firm, conducting psychosocial-oriented research and analysis for business and defense consulting firms located in the United States as well as abroad.

In the beginning of 2017, she founded Arkatecht, a technology company whose mission is to create digital tools that assist professional women with proactively, integratively, and simultaneously planning for family and career advancement to facilitate success and positive outcomes in both areas. She is married and has three young children.

You can learn more about Yasmin's company by visiting: www.arkatecht.com

Upcoming Event: The Art of Success Brunch with Amber Noble Garland - December 9th (Philly)

#100BusinessGirls proudly introduces the first installment of our new event series, Dreams & Gems! Let's get together and celebrate our 2017 accomplishments and kick off 2018 with strategies and actions to get YOU to the next level!

Enjoy brunch, networking, and conversations with like minds in an intimate and upscale environment. Our featured special guest speaker is an entrepreneur, entertainment industry veteran, business strategist, author, and real estate expert, Amber Noble Garland.


$49 Early Bird Price until October 31st. Now $55
(includes brunch, juices, coffee, iced/hot tea, taxes, gratuity, discussion + gift bag)

Location will be revealed upon RSVP.


About Amber Noble Garland 

Amber Noble Garland spent a decade as a marketing and promotions executive in the Radio Industry before being recruited to the global music powerhouse, Def Jam Records in 2001 where she worked with global music icons like Jay-Z, LL Cool J, The Roots, Patti LaBelle, Lionel Richie and The Isley Brothers. Since 1996, Amber has negotiated nearly $20 million in contracts for her clients in the areas of radio, television, digital platforms, book deals, speaking engagements and brand endorsements.

As a high-profile talent manager of 20 years, she’s played an integral part in the career development and expansion for prominent men and women. Amber has represented syndicated radio personalities, TV hosts, best-selling authors, an Emmy award-nominee, a Golden Globe award- winner, a Gracie award-winner and a world-class athlete. Over the course of two decades, a few of her notable talent management clients have included Egypt Sherrod, Idris Elba and Laila Ali.

She’s been a dynamic speaker for Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur’s Summit and alongside Barbara Corcoran at INC. Magazine’s summit for female entrepreneurs, a moderator for the EPIC conference, and an instructor/facilitator of programs held at Kean University, Seton Hall University, Princeton University, National Urban League Conference.

You can learn more + connect with Amber here: 


We hope you can join us!


Please Note: EVENT & GIFT BAG SPONSORSHIPS are available, email us at info@100businessgirls.com for more information, please put "Sponsor Inquiry" in the subject line. Thank You!

Upcoming Event: Let's Do Brunch! Philly - September 24th

Join us at our upcoming signature brunch meetup!
An enlightening afternoon of conversations, inspiration, and growing your network.