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Alycia Kabeck’s 2nd annual NYC Women’s Empowerment Summit, gathered experts in the fields of producing, model management, nutrition and finance to enlighten, support and strengthen. This summit was an educational platform for women to meet and find mentors, who are the movers and shakers in their chosen fields. Egos were pushed aside and age, religion or race had no barriers.
Starting off the event was the adorable Chelsea Krost wearing a BCBG Herve Lever designer outfit. Chelsea talked about starting a platform for teenagers that she termed “The Melleniumals.” At 16, Chelsea started her own radio show “Teen Talk Live.” Now at 21, she has already written a book “Nineteen,” went to Africa and started a program for sanitary hygiene sponsored by Delta and Kotex. Filming the whole experience, she became the spokesperson for U for Kotex.
Valerie Smaldone, a 5-time Billboard winner and radio personality, taught how failure is a stepping stone to success. In failing you learn what you need to do to create success. Networking is the way to win and technology is the key. Keeping ahead of the curve, you find what is authentic. Make your own focus group to keep each other in check. Go to your circle of trust.
Laura Fredricks is the author of the best-selling book “The Ask.” “The Ask,” for those who don’t know, teaches you how to ask for anything, especially funding and getting it. Laura states, “follow through is the key.” If you meet someone, do your homework and bounce off everyone’s energy. Know your audience.
Doc Robyn, author of “Stop the Drama,” stated: “winning is a women’s right.” If you want to be a leader you must communicate. We have to work together. Figure out your needs and remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Margaret Luce is a model, actress and producer who recommends getting off your phone and getting into the real life. Do not let fear seep in, as it will sabotage your life. If you constantly live in fear you never progress. Take care of yourself, eat well and step away from anything negative. If you lead a spiritual life, step into that light; it will keep you away from dark energy that will keep you down. In talking about her spirituality, others opened up as well, which led to her talking about changing their prayer. Ask what is good for you, instead of what you want, trust and give. Do little things in big ways.
At 76 years old, Hattie is full of life with no surgery or shots. Her show, “Cougars, Cubs and Sex,” has been featured on the Oprah Network, The Learning and The Discovery Channel. She is also a model for Dolce and Gabbana. She states: “Stay with the channel of your being, pray and ask and pray for the process, when you ask for something be ready to give back.” Her books, “Retro Age” and “Sex and the Single Senior,” were written as gifts to negate the stereotypes of what age is perceived to be.
Danielle DiFerinado creates handbags that have been the give away gift on Oprah. She taught the audience how to build a brand. It starts with an idea, then spec it out and sample with raw materials. She also says it’s important to know your customers. Once you have a product you have to sell it, market it and finish it off with giving back, as well as focusing on the function. This process takes working 24/7 and it is your social life. Know your competition. Be driven and passionate. Keep a book of all your mistakes and how you handle it.
Sally Kravich is a nutritional coach who wrote the natural path book, “Vibrant Living.” She started off as an actress (Donnie’s love interest in Donnie and Marie and Zanadu), skater and choreographer (Ice Capades). She started the raw juice cleansing in Los Angeles. She ran the Guess stores, helping people get pregnant who couldn’t. She followed all her dreams. “Be flexible and work on you. Confront your fear, follow your passion and your pathways will open up. Be open to see the doors. Get off artificial sweeteners, no MSG, keep eggs in your refrigerator, read labels for ingredients, and remember your body is your temple.”
Keri Gans, “The Small Change Diet” writer, is the opposite of Sally Kravich. “Though she looks good, I am more on the holistic side and Ms. Gans is more on the physician side. I found it amazing that she thinks that everything is ok including items that have been proven harmful as long as you look good on the outside.” From volunteering, she became the spokesperson for the head of many national organizations. Ms. Gans’ biggest tip was to parlay everything to the next step.
Pat Addiss talked about the necessity of having a good lawyer, as it will save you in the long run. She compared her two new projects “A Christmas Story the Musical,” which will be on Broadway, and “Geraldine,” Angelica Page’s new one-women show soon to open at the Cherry Lane Theatre in October. Ms. Addiss stated how high the bar is, so make sure you are trained. Make sure your team is on the same page. Your team is like a family, so make sure the dynamics are correct. She showed how many jobs are open to women and, along with The League of Professional Theatre Women, she is working to make this job more available to women.
Gayle Naftaly showed that being empowered is something that comes from within. If something is not right Exit, Reboot and Refresh. The Exchange Movement is a program that helps women get support so that their projects can succeed. Stay upbeat in the face of challenges.
Isisara Bey is a journey agent. “This life is a journey on how to find the best in you.” She believes in the law of correspondence, where in life you plant your ideas, intentions and work. You only get out of the ground what you put into the ground, so stay grateful. When you plant you reap in a later season. Leave the plants alone, let them flourish and don’t look back. If you follow this, the cycle will manifest 10 fold with more seeds. Keep your focus.
Kristine Gasbarre, author of “How to Love an American Man,” talks about being authentic. With 60 million single women in the world, I was always thinking how can I be in service. Psychologist Ken Paige states when we look at our highest joys and our lowest lows, they can reveal to us what we need in love and what we can offer to the world.
Amanda Steinberg runs the dailyworth.com, which gives practical tips to women for saving money. Her quick fix advice is Budget, Earn, Save, Spend and Invest. Keep several different accounts including the curve ball account, where $500.00 is kept for emergencies and the save to spend account that is for clothing, and what you know you are going to need. In doing this, you will keep your spending well within your means.
Elle Kaplan is the CEO of Lexicon Capital, a private bank on Wall Street and a financial expert. She advocates short-term sacrifice for long-term goals. “Look for inspiration of possibilities. Never stop learning.”
In covering this story I learned tips that should be passed on. We are all each other’s mentors, teachers and students, if only we keep our eyes wide open. It is time to pay it forward.