Vivica A. Fox Headlines the ‘Essence of A Boss’ Annual Business Conference


Essence of a BOSS, hosted their annual weekend event in Westchester County, NY to a sold out crowd. Vivica A. Fox, Vanessa Simmons and Mahisha Dellinger were some of the poignant speakers for the motivational weekend. The 3 day event was filled with panels discussions, resources,  pampering and fun! Guests were motivated to BOSS UP strategically in business and beyond.

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The business conference was designed to improve the personal and professional status of women of color. Guests connected with women leaders across various industries, gaining information on how to navigate their career opportunities and life changes.
                  Vivica A. Fox
                  Jodi Prendergast, Founder of Essence Of A BOSS
                  Selena Hill and Vivica A. Fox
Professional Development, Financial Planning, Wellness and Beauty workshops filled each day.  Essence of a BOSS made sure guests walked away with the tools needed to survive and thrive in business.
Panelist Selena Hill of Black Enterprise shared “The Essence of a Boss conference was a complete success! I was honored to be part of such an inspirational event as a panelist. Spending a weekend surrounded by 250 boss women was refreshing and rejuvenating. It reminded me how important sisterhood is when it comes to leveling up in our professional lives.”
Essence of a Boss notable guests included Vivica A. Fox, Vanessa Simmons as keynote speakers, and Rolonda Watts as the awards dinner host.  Special guest speakers included 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 other powerful business women in beauty, health & wellness, technology, entertainment, media and public relations.

The inspirational weekend started on Friday evening with a VIP Welcome Reception and VIP Chat with speakers and influencers.  Saturday was action-packed with brunch, panels, workshops, a wellness clinic, a VIP Lounge and the Boss Tank segment which was hosted by Mahisha Dellinger (‘Mind Your Business with Mahisha Dellinger’ on OWN TV).  The night concluded with a VIP Cocktail Reception and an Awards Dinner, with a special live performance by LeA Robinson.  The conference ended on Sunday with guests attending a powerful finance workshop with Sherkera Green, a very moving Inspirational Brunch hosted by Karri Turner, and an exclusive Sip & Shop with J. Bolin.

The Essence of a Boss Awards Dinner honorees included Vivica A. Fox (Boss Woman of the Year Award), Teresa Weatherspoon (Trailblazer Award), Xiomara Small (Good Citizen Award) and Debora Balardini (Social Impact & Arts Innovator Award).  Each of the honorees received a second award from The National Council of Women of the United States(NCW/US) in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. The award, presented by Saideh A. Brown, President Emeritus and 40th Elected President, served as an official proclamation from NCW/US for their humanitarian work dedicated to the empowerment of women.  The founder of Essence of a Boss, Jody Prendergast, also received a proclamation from NCW/US making May 4th officially Essence Of A Boss Day in the State of New York.

The conference was hosted by Sharon-Frances Moore, Chairperson of Entertainment Creative Collaborative Outreach Program (Obama Administration).

                  Ebby Antigua
                  LeA Robinson
                 Teresa Weatherspoon & Vanessa Simmons
                  Selena Hill
     Jody Prendergast, Teresa Weatherspoon, Vivica A. Fox, Rolonda Watts & Vanessa Simmons.                    
Essence of a Boss was founded by Jody Prendergast. #EssenceofaBoss it is an event for female CEO’s and entrepreneurs to network, build connections The weekend summit was curated by and created for women of color. Pendergast said “If an opportunity does not knock, build your own door. You have the Potential to be GREAT!” 
Photo Credit: Anotine Debrill

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