EVENT RECAP: Beauty, Business, & Blogger Networking Luncheon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Last Saturday, I attended the Latinas Who Launch Beauty, Business, & Blogger Networking Luncheon at the Downtown Club. The event was sponsored by IMAN Cosmetics. Additional sponsors for the event were Paychex and INCA Kola.  The venue was nice! This was actually my first time in the Downtown Club! I didn't even know it existed! I've been in Houston for almost 6 years and I'm still discovering new locations almost every day! Anyway, I was invited to attend the event by Dee Rivera at Dee & Co Group.  I'm not Latina, but I love supporting all culture groups in the city and as a blogger, I definitely wanted to attend!  The premise of the event was to bring Latina business and media influencers in the city together to hear from an expert panel, network, and experience a fun beauty bar.  The featured panelists for the event were Paychex spokesperson, Natalie Velasquez, INCA Kola USA representative Eddie Rodriguez, and Miss Houston Latina, Alma Alvarez. 

Prior to the panel, guests of the event were treated to a hot lunch from the club that featured yummy crab cakes, a photo booth and makeup and hair touch-ups. About an hour and 15 minutes into the event we were asked to gather for the panel. Dee opened up the panel session by introducing each panel member.  Each panelist took a turn speaking to the audience.  Miss Houston Latina, Alma Alvarez inspired us to use our dreams as a platform for success. Natalie Velasquez of Paychex reiterated the importance of paying it forward, and Eddie Rodriguez finished up with the importance of investing in the Latina community.  The current CEO of INCA, Elizabeth Chalas Berman, was unable to attend, but she sent her speech to Dee to read to the crowd. It was full of drive and conviction, and made me want to run out and start a business ASAP! After each speech, the panel was opened up for Q&As. 

If you missed the luncheon, you can view the live stream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/latinaswholaunch

After the panel, guests resumed networking, getting their makeup done at the Eye bar by Iman Cosmetics, Hair styles at the Dry Bar booth by stylist Mary Catherine Jimenez and participating in raffles and giveaways. Each guest left with a gift bag that had information on INCA Kola, Paychex, and makeup from IMAN Cosmetics.Check out photos from the event on Instagram and Twitter under the hashtag #IMANLatina 

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