Summer '16: Enlightening Events for Young Professionals

Summer ’16: Enlightening Events for Young Professionals


The summer season brings out some of the best events across the country. Yet while many of us are gearing up for concerts, barbecues, beach parties, family vacations and more, let’s not forget about a few enlightening events happening near you. Check out the awesome summer ‘16  list below.

New York. June 10-12. The Great Girlfriends–What Women Want Conference. Based on the power of friendship, The What Women Want 2016 conference, gathers ‘Great Girlfriends’ from around the world to discuss everything from launching a business and developing life strategies, to taking your existing relationships to the next level.

New York. June 11, 2016. The Other Festival.The Other Festival celebrates creativity in music, art, fashion, tech, food, and design, and promotes entrepreneurship among millennial women. According to the website, the Other Festival will equip you with the skills and relationships to help turn your talents, ideas or businesses, into thriving money making enterprises.

Philadelphia, PA. June 12, 2016. Makeup & Mingle on the Ben Franklin Yacht. Need to step-up your make-up game? Join YouTube and Celebrity Makeup Artist, Beat Face Honey, for a Makeup and Mingle on the Ben Franklin Yacht, a harbor tour in Philadelphia.

Chicago, IL. June 20. TechUP Chicago Inclusion Summit: Tech Demos, Career Growth & Cocktails. TechUp has a ‘sweet spot’ for connecting diverse tech talent inclusive of women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, and people who live with a disability. According to TechUP, the inclusion summit intentionally recruits badass, underrepresented and strikingly talented tech professionals with a variety of skills.

 Miami Beach, FL. June 15- 19. American Black Film Festival. Beyond enjoying five days of content made by and about people of African descent, the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) presents over 30 exciting events and networking activities designed to educate, nurture career development, and inspire festival attendees. Plus, independent film screenings, master classes, panels, celebrity conversations, entertainment and talent discovery programs co-programmed with leading media companies (HBO, Comcast/NBCUniversal, and BET).

Baltimore, MD. July 3- 4. Black Enterprise The African American Festival. For the fourth of July weekend, a celebration of life, music, and culture lands in Baltimore, MD. Festivities includes stellar performances, empowerment seminars, and non-stop fun for the entire family. This year’s performance line-up includes:

– Common
– Goapele
– Angie Stone
– Joe
– Anthony Brown
– Estelle

Miami, Florida. July 20 – July 22. ColorComm Conference. If you’re a woman of color in public relations, corporate communications, journalism, advertising, social media and/or consulting, you should join some of the top power players in communications in Miami, Florida, for the ColorComm Conference. ‘Leading the Way’ is this year’s theme for the ultimate business conference for women of color in communications. Here’s a snapshot of the lineup: Ariana Huffington, president of the Huffington Post; Michelle Ebanks, president Essence Communications; Philip Thomas, CEO Cannes Festival; and Monica Talan, EVP Univision Communications.

Washington, D.C. August 3 – August 7. NABJ Convention & Career Fair. This year, the National Association of Black Journalists has partnered with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to offer attendees a diverse lineup of events, workshops, and luncheons. The takes place in Washington, D.C., at Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C., 20008.

Baltimore, MD. August 3-6. National Urban League Young Professionals
From empowering workshops and a career fair to the women of power awards honoring trailblazing women for their achievements, in the arts, politics, entertainment and journalism, the National Urban League Conference is bringing four power-packed days of political, business, and community leaders to Baltimore, Maryland.