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#ICYMI: Karen Civil’s LiveCIVIL Brunch in Chicago

Karen Civil brought her signature event Live Civil Brunch to Chicago and she didn’t disappoint.  Organized by Zo Entertainment and CEO of Charismatic Solutions, the event began with a breathtaking brunch and desserts. Chicago Tastemakers had the opportunity to network and exchange dynamic conversations about their businesses and the services they offer. Chicago’s young, affluent aspiring and established entrepreneurs gathered sharing ideas, self made testimonies and encouraging words of trail and error.

DJ V Dub of WCGI set the tone and serenaded the crowd with a backdrop of women empowerment tunes. The event was off to a great start. As Red Kiva began to fill, shortly after dining and mingling, the panel began to get settled.  Leading the discussion was CEO of Charismatic Solutions and PR maven Robin Snowden and journalist extraordinaire and columnist for Vibe and The Source Magazine Brandon Robinson.  Among the panel was Karen Civil, WGCI personality Loni Swain, marketing and brand developer Toussaint Werner, Lil Bibby’s manager Lorin Patrick and Artist Manager Chicago Hurricane.

Down to earth, round the way girl, Karen Civil, started the discussion by sharing the keys to being an online success which all panelists agreed with: organic content (always be original), brand awareness (understand your brand), consistency across platforms (develop routine brand messaging) and persistence (don’t allow yourself to be discouraged).

Karen discussed humble beginnings as a Funkmaster Flex intern and building fan sites and recognizing her love for digital media. Once she discovered how to monetize the Internet she developed a digital media company and her first blog, Since then she has build an empire ranging from clothing to merchandise to a second blog to writing a Live Civil book to building a school in Haiti to developing a Haitian American doll.  This millennial definitely doesn’t miss a beat. While managing all these projects she still has an impressive client base including Lil Wayne, Nipsey Hussle, YG, Young Jeezy and Beats By Dre to name a few.

Karen Civil also described the many challenges she faced being a woman and black in a male dominated business. She stated that the entertainment industry is not for the week. She described many time being mistaken for a client girlfriend instead of the manager.  “Often times, I would have to work longer hours, stay later, come earlier, dress a certain way, be a certain way and I basically had to teach people how to treat me.” So she decided, “I’m going to be the change I want to see in this business, in this society. So I make that effort to find extraordinary African American people to work with me.”

So many looking to follow in her footsteps openly absorbed digital pioneer, Karen Civil’s expertise and advice. After the panel discussion, the audience had a chance to ask anyone on the panel questions pertaining to their interests. Here at Empire Life, we are so excited to have covered such a new leader on the forefront of digital mediums. Congrats to all those involved with making this event a successful informative event sponsored by exclusive brands like Jordan, Hip Hop Weekly, Boost Mobile, Saleem Music Group and Rich Boy Cartel.

To get more insider knowledge from the panel watch the full-length video above.

Amanda Battles is the Founding Creative Director for Empire Life.

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