She's Royal & She's A Queen — We Inspire Women 2018

Tuesday Social

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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The weekend-long We Inspire Women 2018 was, in a word, exhilarating! We Inspire Women 2018 comprised two events — a workshop held at Jamaica Conference Centre on Saturday, August 25 and a brunch at Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Sunday, August 26.

Saturday's workshop had six speakers whose presentations ranged from finding a purpose to the importance of women lawyering up. The almost 100 women in attendance dressed in various shades of purple to match the theme — 'She's Royal in Sapphire Purple'. At the workshop attendees took copious notes during the sessions; it was a delight to see the sincere support that the women gave each other. What was also endearing was the fact that a number of mothers saw this event as the perfect mother-daughter bonding opportunity.

The entertainment at the workshop was top-notch. Deh Jah Dance Theatre and Academy opened the event with an African-inspired dance number, which was followed by Jamaican artiste Wayne Marshall who delivered a rendition of his hit, Glory to God. And, after lunch, Alecia Flemmings got the attendees back into the spirit of things with She's A Queen.

Sunday's brunch was a stylish affair. The dress code — 'She's a Queen in Sapphire Green', had each of the close to 150 guests, standing out. Four speakers delighted and inspired the guests over the course of the afternoon. Presentation titles such as, 'Disrupting Your Mental State of Affairs for Transformation' and 'Be Brave Queen: This Too Shall Pass' conveyed that, despite being a Sunday brunch, these women were in for a life-changing afternoon.

Singer Feluki got the audience in tears with a soul-stirring rendition of Donnie McClurkin's We Fall Down. This was brunch and church! He spoke about his battle with cancer which touched many in the audience, including two-time cancer survivor Florence Henry. It was both emotional and cathartic, as guests were challenged to stop carrying “knapsacks of pain and resentment”.

We Inspire Women founder Cortia Bingham-McKenzie really knows how to galvanise support; she also understands the importance of sending the elevator down to bring others up. Women who have been attending since the event's inception three years ago have had massive changes in their lives and have really begun to walk in purpose.

The successful weekend was centred around faith, empowerment, love of self and sisterhood.

— Vaughn Gray

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