A very integral part of the May 1st Launch Party was the dynamic panel discussion. The Empire Life team handpicked the three panelists that represented our three foundations, Business, Being and Beauty flawlessly. Dr. Shante Bishop, Aaja Corinne Magee and Ariel Simmons definitely served up the knowledge during the entire dialogue. Their experiences along with their expertise in their respective industries gave attendees a look into the world of a powerful female entrepreneur of color. Check out the powerful discussion above!
Just a few of the great quotables include:
Dr. Shante is the CEO of Design Her Label, LLC and Creator of the Branding for Believers podcast where she helps diverse women entrepreneurs turn their creative genius into bankable brand strategies.
“Middle class is the new broke. Entrepreneurship gives you an opportunity to break the cycle.”
“Media is very powerful. The way that we show up in the world in terms of being intentional about our story, it was a no brainer to empower people with the tools to tell your story that is a counter to the one that someone has scripted for you.”
“One of the first things people think (when first starting a business) that you have to have venture capitalists. You have have to have funders, that you have to have investors… and most of the people who say that aren’t leveraging free.”
” When you build credibility, money chases you.”
Specializing in image branding and transformation, Aaja helps millennial entrepreneurs shape brand perception through presentation. She aids her clients in maximizing their brand power to position them for next level success in the marketplace.
“In building a brand, you really have to find out what people need and how you’re going to connect with them in an emotional place… It’s meaningful.”
“Your image is a first impression, it gives insight as to what type of person you are. The style of dress you choose, the event that you choose that style of dress for are all indicators of what you may be like.”
“If you want to be a millionaire, you must master the look of wealth. You need to have professional presence. You can miss the mark if you’re not gearing your appearance towards the audience you’re seeking to attract.”
Over the past five years, Ariel has blossomed in her modeling career having most recently been featured as JET Beauty of the Week. Ariel is taking her career to the next level as a mentor to help women build confidence and self-esteem through the art of modeling.
“You have to keep your blinders on (when it comes to haters). They’re not going to have any type of relevance to your career, to your outcome, to your life. It’s pretty simple. Stay focused, do your research and get credible advice.”
“Connect with other relevant forces around you. Don’t be afraid to network., don’t be afraid to reach out.”
“Never rely on what you think you know.”