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#ICYMI: The Unlocked Summit Detroit

The Unlocked Summit Detroit took place in the Motor City February 19 and 20, 2016. Proceeding the first sold-out summit in Chicago this past November, the Detroit stop took another refreshing approach to the two-day experience for women entrepreneurs.

Friday was a night of networking and building as The Unlocked Lounge took over the top floor of the sleek and stylish Centaur Bar in Downtown Detroit. Young professionals of color connected over the Summit’s signature cocktails, appropriately named The Lock and The Key, as they were able to shop with and support local entrepreneurs. The vendors’, including Anthony Neal, Trish’s Garage, Purple Love and Bare All, tables were incredibly impressive as their quality products were something that they took extreme pride in, you could tell by the way they were displayed and packaged.

The night served as a wonderful precursor to the jam-packed day that was the The Unlocked Summit Saturday. Bright and early, women excited to learn walked into the amazing co-working space that is Tech Town, a small business incubator where many local startups come to get their ideas off the ground.

The Summit kicked off with an energizing and transparent presentation by Dr. Joyvina Evans, who shared her story of trials and triumphs.

April Boyle, Executive Director of Build Institute, then gave registrants direction on how to build their own business models to set a strong foundation for their business.

The first segment of the day ended with a fun presentation by stylist Amber Nicole, who recommended for women to explore their personal style to represent themselves as well as their brand the right way through their wardrobe.


Participants were sad that Naturalicious‘ Gwen Jimmere was unable to make it but she called on her friend, Dr. Rose Moten in to save the day. Her discussion on tapping into your personality type in order to analyze the way you operate and interact intrigued participants thoroughly.

Author Brittney Michelle helped women discover their inner glow with the fantastic use of glow sticks, during her presentation to encourage participants to live life at their full potential.

As a midday break took place, a delicious boxed lunch spread was provided by Divine Indulgence, owned by 20-year-old Detroit native Shanel DeWalt. The menu included wraps, salad, chips and yummy desserts that everyone loved.

EmpireLifeMag.Com’s own Asia Horne walked participants step by step on how to build a strong visual brand on social and digital media.

LaToya Early of Chase Great Enterprises then kicked up the energy a few more notches by sharing her personal testimony when advising women to take a hold of the power in their purpose.

Participants also learned that planning is key when A la carte Galore‘s Chatoya Antwine taught them how to execute attainable goals.

A fan favorite of the day was Ebony Cochran, as she gave real life experiences and references from her business, Blackwood Credit Services in her presentation about the taboos and tips of credit.

The workshops ended with an enthusiastic bang when Jená Emily Utley discussed her personal and professional story through fitness and faith.

The Unlocked Panel, moderated by media personality, April “AP” Lockett, featured Detroit influencers Kyra Harris of Black Slated, Camille Johnson of Black Bottom Archives and Meagan Ward of The Powerful Women. The women gave insight on where the city is and will be in terms of entrepreneurship as well as the importance of sisterhood and supporting one another in business.

A new element to The Unlocked Summit is The Unlock City Awards where two women were selected who made a tremendous impact in the city of Detroit. Those two women were Dr. Nicole Farmer of LifeLine Business Consulting and Councilwoman Mary Sheffield who both gave powerful keynote speeches that encouraged participants to go for their goals and dreams because it can very well happen.

A theme that was ever present throughout The Unlocked Summit was faith and spirituality. Facilitators, panelists, honorees and participants alike related with one another through sharing their testimonies and being very transparent as they all knew they shared a common denominator.

As the day wrapped up, everyone left with a feeling of empowerment and urgency to go out and make their goals come to pass in terms of their business as well as their personal lives.

The Unlocked Summit Founders, Asia Horne and Chatoya Antwine, were also honored the following Tuesday, February 23rd, by Councilwoman Mary Sheffield and Detroit City Council for their contributions to women entrepreneurship, empowerment and the Detroit Community.

The Unlocked Summit is happy to host their next ground breaking experience in Atlanta, GA on June 3rd and 4th.

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