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PRESS RELEASE: A Powerful “Conversation & Cocktail” Empowerment Event, “My Life. My Truth. My St


For Immediate Release

NEW ORLEANS, LA. – April 6, 2019 – Luxury cocktails will be poured over inspiring conversations at an empowerment event held at the coveted Loews Hotel during Essence Festival Weekend on Sunday July 7, 2019.

“My Life. My Truth. My Story.” is an event designed for women to come together, in a no-judgement environment, with inspirational & empowering speakers, performers and authors through an “Inspiration Session” with celebrity guests, a “Conversation & Cocktail Power Hour” with unlimited luxury cocktails for an hour and a half and a “Tea Talk” that sets the tone for an intimate one-on-one conversation with guest speakers.

The magnitude of this event has reached a level that embodies so much of our community that the 4-hour event has been broken up into 4 ticket options to help guest navigate the parts of the events they want to attend to maximize both their personal empowerment experience and their time at the ongoing Essence Festival that weekend.

This year’s guest speakers include:

Andrea “Drea” Kelly

Ex-wife from the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, actress, choreographer & dancer

Angela Marshall

CEO, Author, Motivational Speaker & former NFL Wife of Arthur Marshall

Alissa R. Jones

Founder of "Survivors with Voices Foundation"

Comedian Janell Banks, Host

Also highlighting author LeAndrea Mack and her novels, as seen in the Essence Festival Bookstore.

As explained above, this massive “My Life. My Truth. My Story.” Empowerment Event is a 4-hour experience that has been broken up into several options to maximize guests’ personal empowerment experience and their time at other events going on Essence Festival weekend.

Ticket Types

“Inspiration Session” Ticket

This purpose-driven empowering session allows guest to listen and interview empowerment speakers, take photos, shop with vendors & network with other guest. Please Note: The Conversation and Cocktail Power Hour and Tea Talk session is NOT included with this ticket.

“Conversation and Cocktail Power Hour” Ticket

This ticket focuses on connecting and networking with other guests and women of color over luxury cocktails and motivating conversations. With this ticket, guest get an hour and a half of unlimited cocktails, time to mix/mingle with guests, take photos and shop with vendors. There will be no interviewing or personal conversations with the speakers during the cocktail power hour. Please Note: The Inspiration and Tea Talk sessions are NOT included with this ticket

“Empower & Influence” VIP Ticket

This prestigious all-access ticket entitles guests to the full experience with no restrictions. Guest are allowed entry into every phase of the event including The Conversation and Cocktail Power Hour, Inspiration Session and the intimate Tea Talk. Guest will be allowed to take photos & interview with guest speakers, partake in unlimited cocktails during the Conversation and Cocktail Power Hour, shop with vendors and stay after the event is over for an intimate one on one Tea Talk session with speakers. VIP guest will also receive reserved seating at the event.

“Tea Talk” Ticket

Guest that are lucky enough to get their hands on these exceptional tickets will be granted access to sip decadent tea while having intimate one-on-one conversations with the speakers in a strict no-judgement atmosphere after the event. Guest can still shop with vendors, mix/mingle with guests, take photos & interview with the speakers. Please Note: The Inspiration Session and Conversation and Cocktail Power Hour is NOT included with this ticket, however, access to this session is also included with the Empower and Influence VIP ticket.

During the Essence Festival, women of color are the primary focus and the My Life. My Truth. My Story.” Empowerment Event supports the idea of women of color coming together to uplift, inspire and motivate each other in a safe and respectful atmosphere.

Visit: for more information or to purchase tickets.

The My Life. My Truth. My Story.” Empowerment Event is also accepting vendor applications for exhibitors and businesses with empowering and innovative products and services for women of color.


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