THURSDAY, September 15th
6:30 - 9:00PM
Writer, digital strategist, speaker and now author Luvvie Ajayi has created a career that lives at the intersection of comedy, activism and technology. Each realm of her career comes together through her platform, AwesomelyLuvvie.com and various projects and brand extensions including AwesomelyTechie.com and The Red Pump Project. She’s created the life she wants on her own terms using the power of the Internet. Her brand and work are fueled by her authenticity, wit that's amplified through the massive community she's built around her work.
In a world where we have so many opportunities, and most of us have side hustle upon side hustle, it can be hard to figure out how to bring all of our dimensions together in a way that makes sense. We will speak with Luvvie about how she did it, how she monetized it, and how she built a team to help her sustain it all while staying true to her voice and her self.
LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning writer, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she’s the voice behind the respected and hilarious AwesomelyLuvvie.com, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit.
Her first book I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do Better Manual will be published in September 2016 by Henry Holt & Co.
With a passion for social justice and a love of shoes, Luvvie co- founded The Red Pump Project in 2009 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. She serves as Executive Director and the organization’s work has been recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois State Governor, the Black AIDS Institute and more.
Luvvie has been called the Olivia Pope of Social Media for fixing eLives and inspiring students at her popular, frequently sold-out classes. She is a noted speaker on topics related to blogging, branding, digital marketing, nonprofit communications and activism. She’s spoken at numerous colleges and conferences including: SXSW, BlogHer, Social Media Week (Chicago, Lagos and Johannesburg), SAG/AFTRA Broadcast Conference, Chicago Social Media Summit, New Media Expo, FOCUS100, Blogalicious. She launched AwesomelyTechie.com in April 2014 as a resource for writers, small business owners and everyday people looking to use technology to make their lives easier.
Her Agenda is an award-winning media platform working to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Named a top website for millennial women by Forbes.com our content attracts ambitious women and we give them the tools to become accomplished women. Wecurate, and create events, workshops, panels and conferences and we publish articles that feature actionable career advice. Her Agenda also publishesexclusive interviews with powerful, successful women who offer honest advice from their career journeys to our readers. For more visit, www.HerAgenda.com.
Rhonesha Byng is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto serves as the inspiration for her company Her Agenda -- a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Named 28 Under 28 by NBCBLK and one of 29 People To Know by BET, she's been featured by publications including Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan.com, and Seventeen Magazine. Her work as a journalist has been awarded by the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists.