BWA Brunch pt3

14Mar16

20151107_103313.jpgLast summer, I got this crazy idea that I could gather a room full of black women architects to network and just meet each other. The idea was cemented in my mind after a conversation with a local colleague.

I started out with a list of 25 women. I asked them to send me names and emails to add the list. By the day of the actual event, I had sent emails to over 65 women. I had forty attendees including a couple of New Yorkers who came down to attend. I was amazed, and a felt a little like I was watching a giant snow ball roll down a hill building momentum.

The day of the event was nerve-wracking, exciting, but also exhilarating.

Location
Because we were having alcohol at the event, two weeks before the date, I had to change venues. Initially a university was going to host but at the late hour a mentor volunteered the conference room at her office, STUDIOS Architecture,a large firm with offices nationwide. The space was cozy and allowed people to engage across the room.

Food
A little over an hour before guests were to show up, I arrived to set up. My friend and sommelier, Terricinia St Clair of A Tipsy Sommelier arrived with her caterer, Franklin Crump of GFC Catering. We had an array of delectable food – vegetables, steak, and crabcakes, to list a few.

BWABrunch1-WineListTerricinia brought the main entertainment – the wine tasting! She brought five wines for us to taste and pair with the foods. This was a great way to get everyone munching and enjoying the drinks. The afternoon was topped off with a dessert I dubbed “Çoma by Chocolate” that we were to pour a bit of the port over to enhance the flavor. Just like the rest of the food, it was delicious.

Conversation
During the event, women gave a brief introduction to the group, chatted with each other. They received a tour of STUDIOS. Women who attended the same colleges connected with fellow alumni. Overall, everyone had a great time enjoying the camaraderie. It is so rare for us to be in a full of women who look like us, doing similar work. I received several requests to do another event. If you are in the DC area, let me know you want to attend the next Brunch scheduled for April.

Read the previous posts: Part 1 | Part 2



2 Responses to “BWA Brunch pt3”

  1. 1 Dahmahlee Lawrence

    Will you do a brunch in New York?