Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Mini-Speaking Tour

This is week I had the honor of speaking at two different events: The Young African Professionals in DC and the Interntional Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, California.

My first stop was in DC where I spoke on Friday evening at the Young African Professionals networking event. Even though it was cold and it snowed, many young Africans attended the intimate gathering. The set-up was beautiful and ambiance was great! We mingled for about an hour and thirty minutes before I spoke. It gave me enough time to meet a few people and become really comfortable with the crowd. 

When it was time for me to speak, I was ushered into a chair on stage with a small end table to hold my water. After I was introduced to the crowd, I began to speak about my life and how I started my company. I also spoke about the opportunities for entrepreneurship in Africa. My talk was concluded with lots of questions from the crowd. I really enjoyed this event. I got a chance to spend time with my best friend and her husband and also meet interesting people from Africa or who are doing tremendous work in Africa. I am excited about the new opportunities that will sprout out from this experience.

If you are an African professional or just have an interest in Africa, I highly recommend you join this group. You can learn more about their events here:
The next day, I flew to Long Beach, California for the International Salon and Spa Expo to teach two classes on Ethnic Skin and Skincare 101.

This conference is created for beauty industry professionals and is one of the largest  in the nation. The exhibit hall was full of exhibitors from major beauty companies. There were stages where these companies and their stylists could show off their products and skills.

I love traveling and speaking but I must saw that I am glad to be back home so that I can get some much needed rest and get back to working on innovative products for Nuekie!  To view more pictures from my mini-speaking tour, click here.

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