In President Obama’s Inaugural address, he said that “it has been the risk-takers, doers, the makers of things… who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.” These words hit home for a group of New York City young professionals who were inspired to create, The Makers, a collective of individuals with the goal of serving as a conduit for “risk-takers, doers, and makers of things” to connect, interact and build with one another for the greater good. By hosting a series of intimate events with a highly selected group of professionals, each event includes Featured Makers who are accomplished experts in their fields for a conversation on topics including philanthropy, financial independence, entrepreneurship and more to add value and help push dreams toward successful reality.
“We often find ourselves working to make our dreams come true solely by the sweat of our own brow. There’s a tremendous amount of knowledge and talent all around us,” said Calcie Cooper, Founding Member of the Makers. “Through The Makers events, we created a collective of professionals who want to help others grow and reach the heights of their dreams while getting the resources to fulfill our own. It’s a collective effort and we are in this together. It’s time to act like it! Let’s leverage the skills of the people around us and share the incredible gifts that we have.”
The first event, held at the Pink Tea Cup featured Founder of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, Valeisha Butterfield and the Founder of the BluePrint Group, and InStyle Correspondent, Tai Beauchamp. Guests included entrepreneurs, non profit executives, PR Directors, doctors and other movers and shakers who forged bonds that went well beyond your typical networking event.
Partnerships and productive personal and business relationships were built in that room helping to propel organizations like Petals-N-Belles, founded by attendee, and Maker, Damali Elliot. The leader of the new organization found executives to serve on her Board of Directors, and professionals who were able to provide connections that made her launch event a huge success. At that first Makeres event, each guest introduced themselves and shared what they could do to help others, what skills they offered and how that can help others build.
On Sunday, April 14th from 11am – 2pm the Makers will host a brunch, “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond” with Featured Makers: Robert Reffkin, Founder of New York Needs You; The Cook Law Group Managing Member, Candice Cook; and Angela Jackson, Founder and CEO of The Global Language Project. Attendees will have an opportunity to have a conversation with the featured makers about how their successful businesses and organizations were started and grown and how lessons they learned can help pave the way for those of the attendees.
Featured makers have included, InStyle Correspondent Tai Beauchamp, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network Founder Valeisha Butterfield, Author Demetria Lucas, Tony Martinez and NBC television news anchor, DeMarco Morgan, Mark Smith – Account Vice President, UBS, and Choddie Bryant, Financial Investment Advisor, Met Life.
Founding Makers: Calcie Cooper, Shantelle Guyton, Latoya Henry, Diana Hilson, Shani Perez, and Michelle Sprott.