This year I had the opportunity to host the TEDx Youth Buffalo. It was so exciting to just host because before I was a speaker and I really enjoyed the opportunity of being on the other side. All the speakers were great and over all this years TEDx Youth was truly epic! Check out the pictures below!
Had to get a selfie for myself
Selfies with a few of the speakers
Selfies With The Mayor
I was given the honor to facilitate one of the workshops at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Gamma Phi Omega chapter HBCU Think Tank. The conversation with the students was one you would of wanted to hear. The students were active in the conversation, gave their opinion and view on Historical Black Colleges and Universities and Predominately White Institutions. The conversation was so good I hated we had to stop.
I had the opportunity to host the event “Are You Scared To Buck” Dance Competition sponsored by Buffalo All Star Extreme at Hutch Tech high school. This event was a combination of dance teams and some step teams. The competition was so good that I was so happy I was the host and not the judges.
Checkout some of the pictures and videos below to see how great the competition was!
This group of young men were so cute. They did such a great job.
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I had the opportunity to be the host for the Women in The Spotlight GoinGlobal annual Brunch where Dia Simms was the guest speaker. It was truly an honor to host such an event for an organization such as WITSGG. If you do not know who Dia Simms is find out below!
Dia Simms is a corporate executive, entrepreneur philanthropist and public speaker. Early in her career, Simms professional journey began rather unconventionally. She worked for the Department of Defense, and later in advertising sales and the pharmaceutical industry. Simms’ career path took a unique turn when she was solicited to work with music and business mogul Sean Combs. Simms was initially offered the position of Combs’ assistant, and although she had never been one, she accepted. Simms quickly rose to the challenge by proving herself invaluable, eventually securing the position as Chief of Staff of his executive office. Due to her relentless commitment to excellence, she was promoted several times within the last nine years, eventually securing her current role as President of Combs Wine & Spirits.
As the President of Combs Wine & Spirits, Simms oversees the strategic execution of all brands under the House of Combs. The charge includes brands such as Revolt TV, Aquahydrate, Sean John, Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka and DeLeon Tequila.
Under her leadership, Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka has experienced over 1000% growth, going from obscurity to one of the most recognized vodka brands on the globe. The company’s in-house marketing agency has received several awards, including the coveted Diageo Golden Bar Award for ‘Best Spirits Advertising’ and Diageo’s 2011 Global Marketing Brilliance Award for best ‘Synergy 360.’ They were recently recognized at the 2014 Pro Awards for ‘Best Holiday Campaign’ and ‘Best Cause Based Campaign’. Their accolades are largely due to Simms’ efforts to ensure that brand marketing plans have a strong tactical paradigm. The core belief of the agency is supremely focused on delivering sales driven programming and connecting the consumer to their brands in lifestyle driven arenas.
In 2011 Simms was named ‘Leader of the New School’ by Essence Magazine. She is regularly featured in the media and has lent her expertise to outlets such as The Huffington Post, Fortune, and Fox News.
Simms is actively involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, provides entrepreneurial training to High School students and sits on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. She speaks out about emphasizing importance of goal setting and education to youth throughout the community. Simms received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University, a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Contract Management from the Florida Institute of Technology and is Level- II Certified by the Defense Acquisition University.
Simms balances her work and personal life by commuting weekly from New York to her home in Atlanta, Georgia where she resides with her husband and daughter. Her belief is that women can be multifaceted in their work and personal lives. Simms maintains that women can be strong business women as well as stellar mothers and wives. Her mantra has become a source of inspiration those looking to emulate her success. Simms cites her mother as her inspiration and credits her mother as her compass for being a successful in business and parenting. Her life’s motto is, “Do what you say you are going to do.”
I had the great opportunity to serve as a panelist for Buffalo State College “Ladies Who Brunch” Brunch hosted by the Fashion Student Association. This event was so beautiful and truly a delight to be apart of.
I had the blessed opportunity to share my love and idea of why it is so important to “Be A Go Getta” on the platform of TedxYouth@Buffalo. It was truly a honor to be one of the phenomenal speakers to share.
TEDxYouth@Buffalo encourages and facilitates the unleashing of powerful ideas and concepts that can change the world.
TEDxYouth@Buffalo brings together innovators, explorers and teachers and seeks to illuminate, inspire and activate them to encourage conversation, collaboration and action. Together with our community and corporate partners, we work to provide Western New York’s youth with a forum that encourages and facilitates the unleashing of powerful ideas and concepts that can change the world.
TEDxYouth@Buffalo is part of a series of live and live-streamed events organized in Buffalo, under license from TED and under the TEDxBuffalo umbrella.
Check out my video as I presented on why one should “Be A Go Getta”
I had the great opportunity and honor to host the CAO Youth Power Summit. The event was a packed out event and the highlight of my day was introducing Eric Thomas The HipHopPreacher.
While he spoke the room was so silent you could hear a pin drop. I believe every person that came to the event was truly transformed.
Check Out The Video Of Eric Thomas Live In Buffalo NY!
Today I had the great opportunity to participate in the Marshawn Evans Speak 4 Pay seminar powered by Women In The Spotlight GoinGlobal. I was truly empowered and enlighten by the information shared with us today from Marshawn Evans. She not only informed us of what we were doing wrong in pursuit of developing a speaking career but she shared with us best practice and on what we should be doing next.
If you do not know who Marshawn Evans is please go check her out at www.marshawnevans.com you will thank me later!
I had the great opportunity to host the Youth Summit for the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. which is comprised of 43 Black, Hispanic, and Asian state legislators from districts across the state.
The guest speaker Gabrielle J Williams shared her insight on entrepreneurship and being a young “Go Getta” and the importance of knowing your unique selling value. Not only was the youth motivated and moved but so was adults. After the guest speaker was the talent show. Every youth that performed was so talented and it was truly hard to pick a winner.
Check out some of the pics from the summit. Enjoy!