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Survival Secrets of Game Changers

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(L-R) Daisy Lewellyn, Marcia Cole, Rachel Johnson

Last Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of attending the kick off of AMBERmag.com‘s Speaker Series, Survival Secrets of Game Changers hosted at Uniworld Group’s Brooklyn headquarters. Featuring Style Strategist Rachel Johnson and Style Expert Daisy Lewellyn, the event drew over 100 New York City movers and shakers in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries.

The night was filled with inspiring insights, valuable lessons and offered the guests a chance to connect with two of the fashion industry’s Game Changers. “I started this series because I’m married to the notion of sharing honest stories of success,” explains Marcia Cole (pictured above, center), founder of AMBERmag.com. “The series provides an intimate look at the path African-American women and Latinas blaze and how that enabled them to really make an impact in their respective fields. They are candid discussions that allow the audience to learn from their experiences and assist the next generation of women who want to live out similar dreams and change the game too.”

The series will be held every other month and will feature game changers in beauty, style, media and non-profit sectors. Tyrha Lindsay, Director of Public Relations for UniWorld empowered the attendees by sharing the history of the company as a Black-owned and operated multicultural advertising agency and how its owner, Byron Lewis, Sr.,  changed the game by creating UniWorld 43 years ago. “Uncommon is where genius comes from,” she shared, quoting Mr. Lewis from an article that ran in “The New York Times,” and encouraging attendees to express their genius to the fullest.

Johnson, a former education major at FAMU, who is renowned for transforming today’s top athletes—Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony—into top style makers. She was interviewed by Daisy Lewellyn, an alum of Howard, who is a former accessories editor for “Glamour” and “Essence” magazine, author of “Never Pay Retail Again,” and is a sought-after style expert for television shows like Nate Berkus.

Co-sponsors of the series include UniWorld Group, NV Magazine, Dr. Miracles, Abba-Cole Catering, The Fab Network, Michelle O Brunch and The Beautiful Experience. Attendees included wig and hairstylist to the stars, Hadiyaa Barbel, celebrity publicist, Syreta Oglesby, and bloggers Nichelle Stephens of Cupcake Takes the Cake, Karla Borders Pope of Brown Girl Gumbo, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes and Ashley Small of AshleySmallOnline.com.

Photo Credit: Cali York Photography



As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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