written by Sheena Postell

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With an open mind and the willingness to embrace people around you, you must position yourself. Positioning yourself can set you up for a major blessing without knowledge. Attending Essence of a Boss Conference was more than just an opportunity it was a place for me to have a seat at the table and embrace. 


This three-day conference was held in White Plains, New York in early May 2019. 

Looking at other women that looked like me felt empowering, it felt welcoming and relaxing. To be in attendance for this 2nd Annual Conference generated hope and energy of a boss level that I never knew that I could reach. From beginning to end, I encountered amazing customer service with warm smiles that immediately changed my mood from mellow to joy. The event was sponsored by a host of companies, including Blue Nun, Sparkling Ice, Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, Black Enterprise, Skin & Body Klinic, Izzy & Liv and among others.

With over 250 attendees some amazing people that impacted the powerful panels was Vivica A. FoxRolonda Watts (hosted the awards dinner), Teresa Weatherspoon (Hall of Famer - WNBA, New York Liberty), Charreah K. Jackson (Author, Boss Bride), Tracey Baker-Simmons (Television Producer), Lucinda Cross (Author, The BIG Ask), Sherkera Green (Chase Bank), Selena Hill (Black Enterprise), J. Bolin (Celebrity Stylist), Karri Turner (Author, She’s Lit! and Girl Bible), Dr. Arabia Mollette (ER Physician) and actress Vanessa Simmons


Learning from each Essence of a Boss Panelist in Entertainment, Beauty, Technology, Health, and Wellness was brilliant. Girl Power was truly in the air but also shown throughout the whole conference. With amazing career advice from Vivica A. Fox, encouraging life moment with Teresa Weatherspoon and strong career moves with Jada Anderson. Every moment of this conference you were learning, receiving knowledge, networking, laughing and living your best life. 

The essence of a Boss Conference is not a phase for the moment but we can see this amazing platform making history for many years to come. It gets no better than this and the founder Jodyann Prendergast will make sure that each year will top the previous. Oh and congratulations are in order for the Boss herself, Jody Prendergast, as she also received a proclamation from NCW/US making May 4th officially Essence Of A Boss Day in the State of New York.