I had the incredible opportunity to co-host an Afternoon of Empowerment with my best friend Vera Sweeney last Thursday in NYC with TracFone and Dress for Success.
Our Afternoon of Empowerment was an inspiring and empowering event sharing the benefits of the TracFone and Dress for Success program, Success is Calling. For the second year, this program will help to empower women by giving them crucial skills to reach their career goals.
We invited 10 digital influencers to join us at the trendy Annisa Restaurant in the heart of Greenwich Village, owned and operated by award-winning chef Anita Lo.
It was such a treat for us to get the chance to listen to Chef Anita Lo share her love of food, entrepreneurship and passion for serving good food. She was so gracious, so kind and so inspirational. She has a true passion for women entrepreneurs and loved sharing with us that Annisa means “women” in Arabic.
Annisa also features a special wine list that celebrates women in wine, primarily offering selections produced by female vintners or vineyard owners. You get a one-of-a-kind experience and Chef Anita Lo makes sure it’s extraordinary. It truly was the perfect setting for our Afternoon of Empowerment.
There’s something very special about attending an event that empowers you. As we were planning this event, we really wanted to make sure everyone left feeling inspired and moved by what Success is Calling stands for when it comes to women trying to go after their careers goals. We were able to have 3 inspiring women from last year’s program who graduated share their stories and learn more about how we can encourage each other to grow in our own careers.
Fredericka, Simone and ShaVaughn brought me to tears with their inspiring stories.
Each woman with a different tale to tell, but all so powerful. Each woman with a not-going-to-give-up attitude. Each woman with a drive and dedication and devotion to finding work. Each woman looking to better themselves and their futures. Each woman going after her dreams. Each woman excited to get up and share their story. Each story filled with such emotion and honesty and guts. It was so incredible to see and hear about their successes from being in the Success is Calling program.
My favorite line of the day, which impacted me the most since I’m an entrepreneur and the sole breadwinner of my family, was when ShaVaughn said, “I want my daughter to look at me and see success.” That one line brought home to me the importance of Success is Calling. Success for all of us is defined differently, but at the root of success is someone seeing you work hard and go after your dreams and goals.
Success is Calling is empowering women with the tools to make good first impressions, conduct phone interviews and thrive in the workplace. I saw the true success of this program up close and personal.
During the month of April, TracFone will donate 20% of its handset sales at Walmart, up to $525,000, to Dress for Success to help empower women to enter the workplace. They offer affordable phones from manufacturers including LG and Samsung with service plans starting as low as $19.99 for 90 days.* Incredible, right?
For more information on Success is Calling, as well as career advice and interview tips visit TFSuccessisCalling.com
**Based on 90-day/60-minute/$19.99 airtime service plan. A month equals 30 days.