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Out About Town: Makers Brunch

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of brunching with a room full of New York City’s most talented movers and shakers better known as the “Makers.” Organized by Calcie Cooper (aka “The” Social Broker), Shantelle Guyton, Latoya Henry, Shani Periz and Michelle Sprot, last Sunday’s Makers Brunch brought together “the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things.”

I truly believe that the only way we can advance as a people is by joining forces. I’ve met countless entrepreneurs who are focused on individual efforts and struggling to do so. For the Makers Brunch, I wanted to gather these individuals as a collective so we could get to know and support each other’s endeavors. Ideally, this organization will serve as a blueprint for the advancement of our entire community.

– Calcie Cooper: Connector, Events Cultivator & Philanthropist

Following are pics from last week’s Makers brunch which honored Fly Female Entrepreneurs, Tai Beauchamp (CEO, the BluePrint Group) and Valeisha M. Butterfield (Founder, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network/WEEN):

(L-R) Latoya Henry, Tai Beauchamp, Calcie Cooper, Shantelle Guyton, Valeisha M. Butterfield, Shani Perez

(L-R) Tai Beuchamp & Valeisha M. Butterfield

(L-R) Renae Bluitt, Calcie Cooper, Latoya Henry

(L-R) Jennaydra Clunis, Lisa Bonner, Renae Bluitt

(L-R) Valeisha M. Butterfield, Calcie Cooper, Shantelle Guyton

Calcie Cooper leads us in reading the “Makers” pledge

(L-R) Keanna “KJ” Rose, Damali Elliot, Renae Bluitt

Makers Brunch guest of honor, Tai Beauchamp, shows off her gift from Memory Lane by Toya

So, what’s the moral of the story? Working towards individual goals is nice but moving onward and upward collectively is powerful. As we know, there’s strength in numbers so when you sprinkle in a little passion, ambition and influence, the sky will NEVER be our limit!

*Photography by Nik Wes

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

2 Comments

  1. Sadie

    January 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    That was nice of Calcie (et. al.) to gather for such a great cause! I was a tad bit concerned about the representation of male Makers in the group — or maybe the pics don’t adequately reflect group diversity.

  2. Miss Journey

    February 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    It is so true. Since starting my own project, Her Journey, I have met some great women, who have contributed some amazing ideas and inspiration. The collective energy of a group is electric. It is now that I truly understand that the idea that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

    I love to see events like these, and I hope to see and participate in more like it.

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