A simple journey of like-minded business professionals started in the fall of 2018. A group of women convened in Charleston, South Carolina at a Paris themed
business conference named Paris For A Day. Some were long time friends. Most had never met. This mix of familiarity and newness would soon prove to be the recipe for great collaboration. The conference was in a intricately decorated space that reminded the attendees of Paris, France. The four speakers were Stefani Morrow, Founder of Transformation Living Systems, Colletta Orr, Founder of Colletta Orr & Associates, Cheryl Pullins, Founder of The Iconic Persona Agency, and Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe, CEO of Upshift Global, Inc., a business development and growth consultant firm.These speakers stood before 55 attendees and presented information, resources and valuable expertise on how to start or expand a business and how to market, brand and increase revenue in their business. Sherrell Valdezloqui and Nanette Buchanan both won all expense paid trips to Paris, France.
Six months later, a second Paris themed event that mirrored the first event was held again in Charleston. Businesswoman Margaret Hill, who already purchased a trip ticket to join our group in Paris, was our winner of the day and won the Paris trip giveaway at this event! Her happiness was unbridled as her winning ticket numbers were belted out! She stood in a moment of grace and gratitude and told us how excited she was. The room celebrated her!
We went to Paris, France May 8-13 of this year-we traveled with 31 fabulous people. We shared the city of Paris through excursions, meals, dance floors, museums, landmarks and conversations here and there as we moved about one of the most iconic cities in the world. We merged our business and personal lives for a few days and created new chapters in our lives.
The three trip winners were highlighted during our meet and greet in Paris. We traveled with South Carolina based International Photographer Ed “Snapshot” Brown who captured our memories. Sherrell talked to us about her career growth as an Author, Publisher, Media Guru and being the Founder of Promoting Purpose Media, an umbrella company to her magazines. Nanette talked to us about her impressive and expansive literary career that includes iPen Magazine, a Magazine that is published quarterly, and a suite of ten books. Nanette published her first book in 2007. Margaret talked about retiring from her full career as a military service member, her plans to purchase a Franchise and to grow a business that leaves a profitable legacy for her heirs. The energy from these three women in business is reflected in their work, goals and presence in the marketplace.
This trip was about camaraderie, it was about growing networks and adapting to business life on foreign soil.
I am returning to Paris, France June 24-28, 2020. Together with a team of subject matter experts I am producing a Networking Event and Business Conference focused on globalization. Learn more about the upcoming 2020 Paris, Trip and see the Photo Gallery from our 2019 Paris Trip at www.CorrettaDoctor.com.
Corretta L. Doctor
Pictures Courtesy of Ed Brown