— about the retreat —
#SweetTalks Live Retreat is the premier event for women entrepreneurs of color looking to make their mark in the world and fulfill their purpose. Whether you already have your own business, organization, initiative, or you are still in the planning and idea phases and need a little direction and inspiration, this event is for you.
This exclusive experience includes a unique live podcast interview with a phenomenal special guest and panel of women entrepreneurs, local desserts, wine, as well as vendors, entertainment, and so much more. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be given as a scholarship to one woman exemplifying a true entrepreneur.
Our 2019 theme is
"Now or Never"
Why now or never? Frankly, because it’s time to stop pushing your dreams to the back burner and put in work in the kitchen to create your masterpiece and serve it to the world on a silver platter.
—Live podcast Keynote Interview—
CREATOR & HOST OF #SWEETTALKS
Briana, also known as “Bri” is the Creator and Host of #SweetTalks, a podcast that gives listeners a tasty bite into the minds of delectable (phenomenal) women entrepreneurs of all flavors. After lifestyle blogging for 5 years, she decided it was time for a change. She had a litt’l talk with Jesus and the idea of #SweetTalks birthed from a place in which she refers to as #boldinsecurity. She LOVES DESSERT and wanted to create a podcast where women could listen to other women share their stories of life, whatever it may look like for them and how their journey has shaped them into who they are right now. #SweetTalks is a community for women entrepreneurs like myself who want to follow their dreams and may be searching for a better version of themselves with no fear of failing.
Aside from the podcast, Bri has a full-time career in Marketing, Communications and PR and has worked the spectrum from corporate to nonprofit, working with some major brands nationwide. She’s planned multiple successful high-profile events and fundraisers for entertainers and professional athletes that even surprise her at times. Through it all, she have learned to never underestimate yourself.
founder OF FINANCES DEMYSTIFIED
Dominique Broadway is an award winning Financial Planner, Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, Finance Expert, Entrepreneur and the Founder of Finances De·mys·ti·fied & The Social Money Tour. She has a strong passion for working with young professionals, entrepreneurs and people of all ages to bring their Dreams2Reality. Dominique began working at major brokerage firms such as UBS Financial Services and Edelman Financial Services, at the ripe age of 21, focusing on clients with $10 million and up in investable assets.
Dominique is known for being highly favored to share her entrepreneur story, financial expertise and words of wisdom to universities such as Georgetown University, Howard University and University of Maryland, among others and corporations such as NBC Universal and numerous non-profits. Dominique has also received various accolades such as the Top 30 Under 30 in Washington DC, the DC Future Business Leader of America Businessperson of the Year and nominated for the Changemaker of the Year for her work with Financial Literacy.
Dominique’s demystified financial advice, has been highlighted on Yahoo!, Pageonce, TheNest.com, Baltimore Sun, Black Enterprise, Marketwatch.com, Ebony Magazine, Levo League, SmartCEO, U.S. News, USA Today, Refinery 29 and other media outlets.
— THE PANELISTS —
owner of Urban Hang Suite
Kelli is a "Social Entrepreneur/Consultant" that is passionate about changing how people "LIVE" Richmond, Virginia. Formerly the Business Manager of Mama J's restaurant, Kelli is now working for herself (Like The Fruit, LLC) to socially connect people through food, sports, arts and education. She is an on air personality for Radio One Richmond's Kiss FM and iPower Richmond and hosts a weekly podcast and web series called "Coffee with Strangers". Kelli hosts various social events including The Richmond Jazz Festival, After Hours at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Family Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and Dinner En Blanc Richmond. She's also assisted in creating unique urban events in RVA including RVA Pop Up Parties, Hip Hop BINGO, Ready 2 Give Charity Events, Dinner and a DJ, HeART & Soul Brew Fest, Richmond Black Restaurant Week and The Art of Noise. In 2018, Kelli blended all of her talents and opened her Urban Hang Suite concept in downtown Richmond. Kelli got her Bachelor of Science degree from UVA and Master's in Education from VCU.
FOUNDER & OWNER OF baresoul yoga
Ashley Williams is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with 11 years of work experience within the field of education, mental health and juvenile justice in Central Virginia. She has implemented therapeutic interventions, programs and professional development trainings that combine mindfulness, movement, social-emotional learning techniques and mentoring in various settings including secondary schools, higher education institutions, detention and juvenile correctional centers, behavioral health programs, non-profits and adult education programs. Ashley is the Owner of bareSOUL Yoga & Wellness that offers daily yoga classes, private individual and group classes, educational workshops and yoga therapy sessions and other offerings that foster individual awareness, community building and holistic well-being. Ashley serves on the Board of Directors of Project Yoga Richmond, a technical assistant consultant for the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and a member of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2019. In 2018, Ashley was recognized as Style Weekly's Top 40 Under 40 and Richmond Magazine's Daring Woman of 2017. Ashley lives in Church Hill, RVA and enjoys learning and exploring all parts of Richmond, Virginia.
OWNER OF miss priss tea
The tradition of afternoon tea has always been about bringing together friends and Patricia Bradby wants to foster friendships all across Central Virginia. Her tea party catering company, Miss Priss Tea, brings the elegance of a traditional Victorian tea to the location of your choice complete with finger sandwiches, miniature pastries, and scones with clotted cream. She started the business in April 2016 with the support of family and friends after moving back home to Richmond, VA. Her events and catering services bring together women of all ages to enjoy time away from digital distractions, learning from one another while finding comfort and relaxation in every cup. Patricia attended New York University for her undergraduate studies and received her M.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing and event management, which she continues to pursue outside of her small business through her work with Leadership Metro Richmond and TEDxRVA. When she's not working you can find her hiking, biking, or dining around town, her three favorite methods of exploration.
CREATOR OF key to curls llc
Rakia Rolle a native of The Bahamas, is a natural hair blogger who started her natural hair journey in Aug 2014. Her hair blog leauxkey (lowkey) was formed in October 2017. She became passionate about sharing her natural hair journey as well as her hair care tips with other natural persons who were searching for help with how to maintain or take care of their hair. A lover of DIY projects and crafting up her own deep conditioners in the kitchen; Rakia would always share her concoctions with her followers and posted the results after using them on her hair to which her followers fell in love and would always send her messages telling her how much they liked her DIY projects and how they’ve seen changes within their hair since trying it for themselves. After seeing the impact her DIY projects made Rakia decided to launch her very own hair care line; she is now the creator and founder of Key To Curls a natural hair care brand that launched in February 2018 with its very first product the Kinks Coils & Curls Clay Wash. Rakia’s goal was to create a line that catered directly to the needs of the questions she received the most as a hair blogger. Her goal was to keep the ingredients simple but effective. A few months later she added more products to her collection and she hopes to continues to expand her hair care line.
— LOCATION —
— our sponsors —
Our Platinum Sponsor, Cupcake Vineyards is known for their assorted collections of finely-crafted wines that pair perfectly with moments of joy. Thanks to them, our guests will enjoy many of their popular wines including Moscato D’asti, Rosé, Riesling, among many others – all paired with delicious treats from our dessert bar.
Let’s get our mind, body, and spirits relaxed and focused to connect with others and learn from everyone at the retreat with a little mediation and breathing exercise to kick things off, thanks to our sponsor BareSOUL Yoga.
The #sweettalks live retreat is made possible by our amazing sponsors and partners.If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— vendors —
Shop & connect with businesses that support women of color. if interested in being a vendor, please contact email@example.com.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be at least 18 years old to attend the event. Wine will be served to those 21 years old and above and an I.D. is required.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is plenty of parking (both in a lot and street parking), but feel free to take an Uber or Lyft if you prefer! If you are coming with friends, carpooling always helps!
What is the attire?
Casual chic. Show your personality.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring yourself, of course – business cards, and maybe an extra pen and paper to take some notes. Leave all distractions at home!
Is my registration/ticket transferable?
Yes, your ticket is transferable to another individual within 2 weeks of the event date.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please either have a printed ticket or the app available, along with your I.D.
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds for the event, but tickets can be transferred within 2 weeks of the event date to another individual attending.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Make sure to register the ticket for the person who will be attending.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.