This past Saturday, Sophia Amoruso, New York Times best-selling author of #GirlBoss and founder of popular fashion retailer Nasty Gal, was the keynote speaker and special guest at the third installment of Glam Universityâ€™s â€˜Girl Power Sleepover.â€™ This event is an overnight business boot camp, focused on educating and empowering women in a more relatable way. Held at Atlantaâ€™s popular W Hotel downtown, female entrepreneurs from across the country joined together to learn valuable business advice, strategies, and tips from some of todayâ€™s powerhouse women in business.
Sabrina Peterson, Founder of Glam University, kicked off the Girl Power Sleepover with her Business A-Z and Flip classes, followed by numerous sessions including a Branding 101 class hosted by media maven Karen Civil, Rolling Out CEO Munson Steed, and Michelle Alexander of General Motors; a breakout class with New York Times best-selling author and movie producer Zane; and a class on “Taking Your Product from the Kitchen to Mainstream Stores,â€ byÂ CURLS CEOÂ Mahisha Dellinger.Â Between the educational aspects, numerous lifestyle activities were held, including the WETBAR lounge area presented by MillerCoors and the Design Essentials Suite with photo-booth and fun.
This event truly inspired attendees to network; Kandice Marie,Â owner of My Fair Sweets & Girl Power Sleepover expert states, â€œWith whom you assemble, you will soon resemble.â€ The highlight of the evening was an intimate Q&A with New York Times best-selling author of #GirlBoss and Nasty Gal Founder Sophia Amoruso. This hour-long segment, moderated by Sabrina Peterson, went into depth on Sophiaâ€™s journey from an aspiring entrepreneur to a multi-million dollar cultural icon. Sophia shared her personal marketing tips, various books and videos to read for financial and business insight, the doâ€™s and donâ€™ts of venture capitalism, and more with the audience.
Preceding her panel, Sophia was thanked and formally welcomed to the city of Atlanta by Sarah-Elizabeth Reed â€”Â wife of Mayor Kasim Reed and the city of Atlantaâ€™s First Lady. Sarah noted Amoruso and Peterson to be â€œan inspiration to all, showcasing the true definition of beauty and business.â€ The evening wrapped with a private dinner for the event experts and then pajamas and a movie with all experts and guests. â€œThe Girl Power Sleepover was an amazing and impactful event. Not only did I learn key nuggets of wisdom from the other experts, but I learned from the attendees as well,â€ Tahira Wright, expert & co-founder of The Cut Life states, â€œIâ€™m excited to see the growth of Sabrina Petersonâ€™s brainchild.â€
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