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  • About Us

    We're on a mission to empower and inspire women of color to embrace their purpose, one day at a time.

    BrownGirlsLove POWER Day 

    What Is It?

    Created to empower and inspire millennial women of color, the BrownGirlsLove brand (powered by the editors of LoveBrownSugar) will kick 2017 off with a special POWER Day on Saturday, January 7th. With the goal of providing tools and inspiration to young female professionals, BrownGirlsLove POWER Day will provide an exclusive group of movers & shakers the opportunity to go above and beyond for 2017!


    The mini conference will feature a combination of workshops and panel discussions about branding, finance, entrepreneurship, self-care and more from young and powerful women who have mastered the art of building a brand.

  • Join Us at POWER Day!

    Commit to starting your 2017 off on the right foot! Click below to purchase your ticket.

  • Our Speakers

    Our panelists and workshop presenters are some of the dopest brown girls on the planet.

    Christina Brown

    Digital Influencer & Entrepreneur

    Style blogger and digital media expert Christina S. Brown is a New York native and the founder of fast-growing style & beauty destination LoveBrownSugar.com, mommy destination BabyBrownSugar.com and digital empowerment community BrownGirlsLove. Recognized everywhere from the New York Times to StyleWatch as a top lifestyle expert, Christina curates platforms for multicultural women with an emphasis on self-empowerment. She founded BrownGirlsLove after seeing a need to promote positive images of millennial women of color, and to inspire them through personal branding and entrepreneurship.

    Africa Miranda

    Spokesmodel & Beautypreneur

    Africa Miranda is an actress, spokesmodel and performer who won the hearts of many across the US and around the globe as the breakout star of Bravo TV's "The New Atlanta". Africa has been named the first ever Brand Ambassador for international haircare company Creme of Nature, and has been nominated for a Shorty Award for Periscoper of the Year. She is a regular guest and panelist for various entertainment and tech platforms marrying her knowledge of pop culture with her considerable tech savvy. She is now the proud founder of lifestyle product line Beauty by Africa Miranda which launched November 2016.

    Tonya Rapley

    Millennial Money Expert

    Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and founder of the award winning site, My Fab Finance where she helps millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is also the co-founder and CFO of a Chicago based FinTech app, FOAM, that is changing the way students experience and pay for college. Tonya was deemed the "New Face of Wealth Building" by Black Enterprise and she created the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $210,000 of debt in sixty days.

    Mel Burgos

    Digital Influencer

    Mel Burgos is the founder of RockYoRizos.com where she visually shares her lifestyle interests like hair care, health, fitness, fashion and a passion for living life to the fullest. She launched her blog Rock Yo Rizos to create a community and to encourage her fellow Latinos and people all over the world to embrace their natural hair. In 2016, Mel created the #IamlettingGO campaign to empower people going through life transitions. Mel cut her signature shoulder length curls as part of her "letting go" process and shared her journey publicly on social media. Mel has been featured in publications like Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan & LATINA.

    Tiffini Gatlin

    Digital Influencer & Entrepreneur

    Tiffini Gatlin is a former corporate professional turned entrepreneur and digital influencer. She has successfully launched several digital brands, including Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine. In 2015, she became a pioneer in the hair and beauty industry by creating a patent-pending process of pre-curled and looped synthetic hair. Within one year, she built a million-dollar e-commerce beauty brand; Curlkalon Hair Collection. Today, Tiffini has expanded her vision with lifestyle and beauty brand Latched and Hooked. Tiffini resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a wife to her college sweetheart, and mother of 4 children.

    Ty Alexander

    Digital Influencer & Author

    Ty Alexander is an award-winning New York based freelance writer penning her musings on beauty, fashion, pop culture, health, and tech. Her powerful words, undeniable beauty and lifestyle savvy led her to roles as HelloBeautiful.com's style and beauty editor and editorial director of Beautiful Texture’s TalkingTexture.com. Ty has built her personal brand, Gorgeous In Grey from a personal blog to an online lifestyle destination with over 100K pageviews per month. Her dedication to authentic living helped garner her an impressive following and now her first book,Things I Wish I Knew Before My Mom Died.

    Nicole Sanchez

    Founder, eCreditHero

    Named "One of the Most Powerful Women In NYC Tech" by Refinery29, Nicole Sanchez is on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship and revolutionize credit, through her startup eCreditHero. With a number of startups under her belt, as a serial entrepreneur she has raised over half a million dollars for her companies and she loves to share her financing knowledge and strategies with other entrepreneurs. As a Harvard College and Harvard Business School alum, Nicole has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, Fast Company, Elle, Essence, Ebony, Lucky, and Inc magazines.

    DJ Olivia Dope

    DJ & Creative Artist

    Olivia Dope is a triple threat and a star on the rise. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in a West Indian (Guyanese) household, music was always at the forefront and quickly became her first love. As a classically trained dancer turned DJ, clothing designer and motivational speaker, Olivia Dope lives up to her moniker in more ways than one. From juggling entrepreneurship and motherhood, to overcoming homelessness & hardships to being able to work with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Lil Kim, Teyana Taylor & Chris Brown to name a few. Olivia's #LivDope mantra is one she hopes to inspire others to live out their dreams daily.

    Melissa Butler

    Founder, The Lip Bar

    Melissa Butler is the founder of fast-growing beauty brand The Lip Bar. The Lip Bar is a luxury cosmetic bar that caters to consumer’s individuality through highly pigmented and responsibly made products. Her brand aims to encourage self-expression through beauty maintaining the idea that beauty doesn’t have to compromise health. Her lipsticks offer a unique blend of natural ingredients, designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting consumers apart with intoxicatingly bold colors. Melissa is a Detroit native and a graduate of Florida A&M University. She left a career in finance to pursue her dreams as an entrepreneur.

    Jessica Andrews

    Digital Influencer & Fashion Editor

    Jessica Andrews is a suburban girl who left a quiet New Jersey town to follow her dream of becoming a journalist and somehow ended up in the wonderful world of fashion. The self-proclaimed fashion addict spent three years as an assistant at a major magazine, running errands for her boss (walking dogs, going to the cleaners), returning racks of clothes, packing trunks and dressing models until she nearly drove herself crazy. But nothing would deter her from her pursuit of fabulous. Now that she’s graduated to a full-blown Fashion Editor, on any given day, you’ll find Jessica blogging like a madwoman, adding to her collection of Christian Louboutins and Jimmy Choos, interviewing her fave celebs and sneaking off to as many red carpet events as possible—all while having the time of her life, of course.

    Denequa Williams

    Founder, LIT Brooklyn

    Denequa Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She's the maker behind LIT Brooklyn - a 100% soy wax candle company. Her love for candles has always been just that - a love! She's always loved how having a candle LIT can transform the ambiance of any room. She works hard to find only the highest quality ingredients and her candles are scented with the finest of fragrance oils. Each candle is hand poured, packaged, and shipped from her home in Brooklyn. As a new entrepreneur to the beauty scene, Denequa has grown her Brooklyn-based candle company exponentially in under a year. Her products have been featured on the pages of Essence, Teen Vogue, EBONY and more. She's done collaborations with a number of popular influencers in the beauty scene and this is just the beginning. 

    Yoli Ouiya

    Digital Influencer & Wellness Expert

    Yoli Ouiya is a Global Green and Wellness expert and influencer. After several years as a digital creative and chef in New York, in 2011, Yoli transitioned from her 2009 namesake site to YolisGreenLiving.com, an eco-lifestyle portal. Yoli was dubbed the “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2012 for her function as the go-to social media presence for “green” insights. For the past 3 years, she has toured the country as a media personality, consultant, and spokesperson for Toyota’s Green Initiative. Yoli speaks on topics ranging from wellness to environmental sustainability and all the relevant technologies and sub-topics in between. This year, she is launching two brands, African Hippie and Self-Care Solstice, to offer sustainability and wellness lifestyle options to unserved demographics.

  • POWER Day Schedule

    We've got an exciting lineup of workshops, panel discussions, a networking lunch & more!


    Registration begins for BrownGirlsLove POWER Day. Pick up your exclusive BrownGirlsLove tote filled with POWER Day goodies and grab coffee or tea before we start our packed and exciting itinerary.


    Time to get POWER Day started with an opening address and warm welcome by Founder Christina S. Brown. We'll run through the day's itinerary, kickoff a fun networking icebreaker and introduce the amazing lineup of presenters and panelists for the day.


    Money is the critical foundation for funding and executing your goals, dreams and aspirations. Whether you want to start a new business, travel as a freelancer, open up an office space, or buy a new home for your family - you need FUNDS. In our opening panel discussion, an expert lineup of influencers and entrepreneurs will give you insider advice on how to raise, save and budget the money you need to fund your dreams!

    Panelists: Tonya Rapley, Melissa Butler, Nicole Sanchez


    Behind every success story is a powerful, game-changing relationship that was somehow sparked over lunch, dinner, coffee or cocktails! POWER lunch is all about breaking bread with your fellow POWER Day attendees. You never know who or where your next big break will come from, right? This is the time to eat, meet & greet, check out our vendors and snap photos in our BrownGirlsLove photobooth!


    "Influencer" is a title we see often and its meaning is changing and morphing with each day that passes. Whether you blog, vlog, snap or tweet, what matters most is that you use your influence to do something that leaves a lasting impact. This panel of influencers has managed to use their social popularity to pave their own paths to success. There are unlimited possibilities if you follow your heart and do what you love.

    Panelists: Ty Alexander, Africa Miranda, Jessica Andrews


    Take a quick snack break and grab sweets at our dessert bar. Then settle in for a fireside chat about self-care & why you shouldn't neglect taking care of mind, body and soul before business.

    Workshop Leader: Yoli Ouiya


    Sometimes you need to press RESET. Whether it's in life, love or business - the ladies on this panel have done just that and it has changed their lives for the better. During our closing panel discussion, we'll discuss life-changing success stories and practical tips for starting fresh. New year, new you!

    Panelists: Tiffini Gatlin, Mel Burgos, Denequa Williams, DJ Olivia Dope


    POWER Day will wrap with closing remarks, thank-you's, and a special announcement about what's next for BrownGirlsLove.

  • Sponsors

    BrownGirlsLove Power Day is made possible by our amazing sponsors and partners.

    Toyota USA

    Presenting Sponsor

    Toyota is in the business of making great cars and trucks. For over 50 years, they've created some of the most advanced, reliable and safe vehicles on the American road. But they also work every day to apply and share their know-how in ways that benefit people, the community, and our planet in order to build a better tomorrow.

    Motions® Hair Care

    Platinum Sponsor

    Since 1993, Motions has been synonymous with creating innovative salon-inspired products for the modern women with textured hair. With Motions, you have a full range of salon quality shampoos, conditioners, treatment, styling and relaxer products proven to deliver uncompromised moisture, manageability and shine for relaxed or natural hair. www.MotionsHair.com

    Capital One™

    Platinum Sponsor

    Established in 1995, Capital One has grown into a diversified bank with one of the most widely recognized brands in America. Capital One, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Richard D. Fairbank founded Capital One in 1988 based on his belief that the power of information, technology, testing and great people could be combined to bring highly customized financial products directly to consumers.

  • Accommodations

    Coming from out of town? We've partnered with the IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue to offer discounted accommodations for $169/night.

    How To Book

    The IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue is located at 70 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016. To book a reservation, please contact IBEROSTAR and use Group Name “BrownGirlsLove Power Day”. Online IBEROSTAR reservations do not qualify for the BrownGirlsLove group rate at this time.

    Questions? Please contact: (212) 973-2400 ext. 3471

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