“Are you doing what you love to do?” were the words that the beautiful Michelle Williams, former member of the world renowned sensational girl group Destiny’s Child, asked an audience of entrepreneurial minded women in Detroit on Tuesday, June 22 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Williams is headlining the Ladies that Lead Tour presented by the Boss Network and sponsored by Prudential and The Limited. Detroit was the first stop on the tour in 2016 and it brought out women from various fields to hear what influential experts had to say about leadership, entrepreneurship and how to represent like a boss.
The event, which kicked off last year in New York, highlights influential women of color who can inspire other women by sharing their strategies and journey to success. The overall goal of the event is to celebrate female leadership and to encourage women to pursue their ambitions. The panelists included Martha Newton, VP, Operational Risk Management, Prudential Financial; Priscilla Williams, founder of Healthy Women Lead; Avec O’Brien, controller, U.S. & Mexico at Mastronardi Produce Ltd., and Khadija B. Wallace, president, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti Black Chamber of Commerce. These phenomenal women are not only leaders in their industry, but also leaders in their community. They set a standard for what success looks like and they own their power.
Cameka Smith, founder of the B.O.S.S. Network (Bringing Out Successful Sisters), moderated the panel discussion and the one-on-one conversation with keynote speaker Michelle Williams. The panel experts had great advice for the audience and definitely “…inspired them towards greatness and action,” as one attendee explained.
Williams shared advice and inspirational insight. One key piece of advice she shared was to “Focus on one or two things, and be great in those,” something she said she initially struggled with. And it seems as if Williams is taking her own advice well. When asked what’s next for her, Williams confidently answered, “I don’t know what’s next. I’m not saying I don’t know what’s next. But I’m not afraid to say, I’m sticking to what I’m doing right now.”
Check out some pictures from the inspirational event. We want to hear from you. What do you think it takes to be a boss woman who leads?
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