Hustler in Heels is a local networking event for women presented by Post Innovative Event Management. The owner and event coordinator is Latesha Lipscomb! She is an entrepreneurial powerhouse. I met Latesha through my bestie Jeanessa who told me to hire I GOT FACE Cosmetic Concierge to do my wedding makeup. Latesha operates that business as well.
This was my first Hustler in Heels event. The night was absolutely enjoyable! As a transplant from Chicago, small town living has been a major adjustment. The biggest adjustment was no longer having any close friends living nearby.
I miss my friends deeply and new connections (the pursuit of friendship) can be hit or miss as you get older. I’m always looking for a chance to open up and finding a new circle of friends or just general professional connections that I can bring back as potential partnerships in my line of work. Hustler in Heels was a much needed night in my life. I had that internal Girlhood dance moment (see clip below) when saw professional black women from all over the West Michigan area, “shine bright like a diamond.”
Our opener of the evening was Veverly Austin. Her speech was a black history opener about the phrase, “off the chain.” Truly, her speech was off the chain! She imbued spirit and fiery passion with the right amount of sophistication. I was telling my mom, if she had attended she would of left with the spirit and testified that night.
Let’s talk about the featured panelists:
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JANICE ALLEN. She spoke to my heart right away. I was so mad that I wasn’t able to catch her. Right off the bat, she talked about finding someone to do her hair. LAWD. I am still traveling back to Chicago for my hair. My beautician and I just made a 20 year milestone mark in our relationship. It’s okay, you know, I will find out where Janice gets her hair done. Just in case, a blizzard in the near future keeps me from driving back to Chicago.
CARRIE KOLEHOUSE. She was my MVP of the night. Partially, because I had met her at an event before and she’s on the GR Symphony Engagement Committee. How cool is that? The other part is I kept trying to steal her dress the whole night. I found out she got her dress from Rent the Runway. According to Carrie, "It's the Netflix of dresses."
JENN SCHUAB. She has such a bright personality. She talked about how you can keep your "look" (blue hair and all) and still prosper on your job.
ALEKA THRASH. SHE’S FROM VEGAS. AHH!!!! SHE’S FROM VEGAS. We instantly bonded. I love her so much. She has such a vivacious presence and it was such fun getting to know her.
Other mentions: Senita Lenear's outfit was ADORBS! With her cardigan and tights I was like THIS IS A LIBRARIAN OUTFIT THAT I WANT! Furthermore, I loved that she spoke about her rock star marriage.
I got to meet some awesome people all throughout the night. I met Kyra Crandol, owner of the shop: Studio Thrift. I found out (of course through Facebook) that we had mutual friends and called one of those said friends, and was like “GUESS WHAT?!!!!!!!!!” We then proceeded to go through the whole site exclaiming over all the curated clothing pieces. That person was Neondra. I am putting her on blast.
Before I forget: The Heels.
The amazing heels of the nights were never ending.
The featuring heels were so inspiring, it made me want to get my heel game back in line. The heel contest was SUPER fierce because there was a diamond bracelet on the line.
Afterwards, I was berated by a friend in telling her how much fun I had for a) not inviting her b) not realizing that she has badass pairs of heels she would like to display to an event.
Moral of this story: Invite your friends when you hear about events like this.
Lastly, I just have to give all the props to Latesha Lipscomb. This event was masterful from inception to execution. I am looking forward to her next soirees. Oh! If you are looking to view albums of the event check out the following: True Light Images, Iconic Gemini, Emory & Co. Photography, Richp Prep Photography, Victoria Upton, and Regina Joy Photography.