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Viber of the Month : Krissy B.

Viber of the Month :  Krissy B.

Krissy B., was born and raised in Hempstead , Long Island. She attended St. John's University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Legal Studies & Sports Management in 2009. While attending St. John's Kristen was active in such things as; Men's Basketball Manager, Fashion Club Coordinator, and Concert Committee. This gave Krissy the opportunity to…

Side Hustler Corner with Amber

Very excited to sit down with you! I know you have a busy schedule juggling many hats so we always like to start off with the basics three W’s for those that may not know you. 
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Who are you? Where are you from (born)? And what do you do?  

My name is Amber Mayfield and I am an Event Planner. My events company is called One Nineteen Events and I am the Founder of a pop-up dinner series called TO BE HOSTED. I am originally from Rockland County, New York and currently based in Brooklyn.

What does your business represent? 

When I started TO BE HOSTED in 2017, I wanted to create an experience for young professionals and creatives to connect and fellowship in a comfortable space. I make these spaces comfortable by bringing in delicious food, wines, live music, and art. Then, I seat everyone based on their shared interests or life goals (to help break the ice of dining with strangers). In bringing these like-minded people together so intentionally, TO BE HOSTED also became a platform for multicultural chefs, artists and musicians. So for me, TO BE HOSTED represents how magical it is when you get the right people in the right places. I use this same highly personal, diligently curated approach to events in planning for One Nineteen Events clients, as well.

How do you determine or find specific information about your TO BE HOSTED Dinner Series attendees before each event?

We have a TO BE HOSTED diner profile on our website. We use that information to learn about our guests and figure out who they might enjoy sitting next to at dinner.

Although these experiences are magical, we know not everything is magical when it comes to building a business. What are the struggles that come with building One Nineteen Events and the TO BE HOSTED Dinner Series? 

For me the biggest struggle is scale and marketing. My dinner experiences are very intimate, I only host about 20-30 people at a time a few times a year. So I am constantly torn between wanting to do the mass market flashy Instagram stuff and wanting to focus on just producing really great events. Like they say "if there is no photo it didn't happen," but if my guests want to be on their phone all night that is also not a win for me because I want them to be engaged with the people and the experience that's IRL.

Besides marketing, scaling the business in general is a struggle. Right now I am the CEO, the event producer, the new business account specialist, the entire finance department and administrative assistant (lol). So having everything organized and streamlined enough to keep up with myself and all my events is a challenge I am continuing to chip away at!

What are the joys that come with building your business? 

So many joys! Of course there is the joy of happy customers and clients after my events that make everything worth it. Then, on the day to day you have those small victories: learning a new software, pitching an idea your client loves or just organizing your desktop. Because it's for your business, every little thing becomes this joyous reminder like "hey, you can do this!"

Yes you can and you are! What do you do to celebrate those wins, big or small? 

Oh no over the top celebrating for me. I just do a little happy dance in my apartment (or wherever my makeshift office is that day), give the glory to God and keep it pushing. And then sometimes I have chocolate cake because why not?

That is so precious! Now let’s switch gears a bit. What does being Black mean to you? 

Everything. We are a people so rich in history and culture, it is sometimes hard to fathom all the complexities. And to be so uniquely positioned for triumph and resilience, it makes me sad, mad, happy and motivated all in the same breath.

Dope! Now, what does being a Woman mean to you? 

Well there's a loaded question. It depends on the day, but on most days, and especially as a black woman, it means I can do anything.

Interesting that you stated it depends on the day; Can we dive deeper into that statement and  discuss what that could mean on other days? And to take it one step further, what does being a black woman mean to you?

Well on "other" days I think being a woman is a little annoying to be honest. I wouldn't trade teams or anything, but sometimes I think our society is so unforgiving of women. We just deal with a lot of unnecessary pressures to be the ideal woman and subscribe to different gender expectations. Those expectations seem to double when it comes to black women. For me, there is immense responsibility in being a black woman because all eyes are really on us, and those eyes are very critical. They want to know how do we speak, what do we wear, how do we do our hair, what are we up to, so I try to just give them something to marvel about.

We had an overwhelming amount of love, it feels like, this past International Women's Day  especially from Black Men. Would you agree that you noticed a shift this year? If so, what do you think attributed to the shift? If not, why?  

I think there is a rumbling, not yet a roar, but at least a rumbling of more men being conscious of the black woman's narrative. I'm particularly fortunate in that the men who surround me seem to get it when it comes to different women's rights and social issues. I think we are moving toward a place where we will have more of our black males in a position to listen, and that's when things will really get interesting.

That is super important as well as making sure we are having the conversation with our allies to ensure they do understand the “black woman’s narrative” - I think it essentially helps in these liberal metro cities. Which brings me to my next question;  What does being in New York/Brooklyn mean to you?

I am from the suburbs so growing up, New York City had this glow. When I would think about my adult life and my career, I would always say, "I'm going to live in the city, be a powerful publicist and have a super cute, industrial-looking duplex loft in DUMBO." Now obviously this statement had to evolve a bit once I got older and learned about the rent here, but New York City was always the setting for me. I'm past the honeymoon phase with this city, especially in becoming a freelancer and a business owner here, so I know for certain I am in the right place.

Do you think you are going to stay in New York or are you looking for another challenge in another city? 

HA! I'm New York or Nowhere. I'm open to traveling for client events and pop-up dinners in other cities for sure, but I'll always have a home in New York.

As we are starting to close out, what are some tips or tricks you are starting to learn about organizing yourself that you could share with someone starting out, especially if they are still balancing a 9-5 job? 

Folders and Files and Guidelines. Even if you are a one person show right now, the goal is to not be that way forever. So everything you do should begin with a  process you have written down or a template of some sort that if you were to hire someone tomorrow, they could follow along and get the job done. If you treat yourself like a full business from the beginning, you won't feel like you are playing catch up once the customers and clients really start flowing in.

You are just dropping so many insightful gems - Thank You! Now, let’s have a little fun with word play. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear these words? 

Culture -- Is everything

Influencer -- Overused

Ambassador -- A glorified influencer

Michelle Obama -- QUEEN

New York -- Home

Entrepreneur -- Me

Side Hustler -- God bless 'em

Dinner -- My kind of self care

Self Made -- The goal

Creatives -- Pay them!

Events -- My love

Black -- My people

Minority -- The clique

unconventional -- Seek it

Underdog -- Me

Millennial -- We are what we are

Business -- Support your local businesses!


You can follow Amber @ambb_may on Instagram or visit www.tobehosted.com to learn more

Viber of the Month : Durval Morgan

Viber of the Month :  Durval Morgan

Brooklyn, NY born & raised sports medicine professional by trade. Have worked and assisted with the healthcare of high level collegiate athletes that went on to compete on their respective professional levels…

Viber of the Month : Brittany S.S Hardin

Viber of the Month :  Brittany S.S Hardin

Founder and creator of Currency$hift, Brittany S.S Hardin is a disrupter creating her own lane. She strives to find others like herself who use are or have been able to use their social currency to have an impact and become influential within their company or community….

Viber of the Month : Jason Francis

Viber of the Month : Jason Francis

Jason Francis is a writer, speaker and social media manager. He specializes in connecting the rapidly growing world of digital media and entrepreneurship via social media. He also operates within the travel industry as one of the minds behind the international community Nomadness, a collective with over 20,000 members worldwide.…

Viber of the Month (Team Edition): Established in 88

Viber of the Month (Team Edition): Established in 88

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

THIS MONTH WE’RE BRINGING TO YOU A SPECIAL HOLIDAY TREAT AS WE INTRODUCE: 
VIBER OF THE MONTH: TEAM EDITION. 

Established in 88 - consisting of fresh college graduates following their dreams, 88 was started by a dynamic group of broke college kids with a passion for production

Viber of the Month : Claude Moise

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My Real Name is:

Claude Moise
 

But The World Knows Me As:

Fab Law

 

What decade do you think your personality would thrive in?

Everyone looks at the 70’s and 80’s for the style and music. I’m like but what about crack, violence, and OD racism. My personality probably would have gotten me in trouble in those eras. I’ve gotten in trouble in this decade lol. I’m good with making it in the now. No time like the present.

Where was your favorite place you have traveled to?

Currently, New Orleans

Top travel destination on your list?

Maldives

What is one important thing an Ex taught you?

How to meditate which I’m still working on

What was your Childhood fear?

Vampires until I watched Buffy then I had a crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar and we’d hunt vampires in my dreams.

The first app I open every day is:

Text Messages

What is your favorite social media app and why?

Twitter because you can just talk if you want to. Tweet for yourself or others and sharing ideas and multitude of other things, pics, videos, links, events, etc.

What is something silly you got in trouble for as a child?

My cousin and I was pretending to shave with my dad’s razor. I didn’t cut my self but she did. I got out of dodge but yet we both got beat.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Rom-Coms. I will watch a good romantic comedy even if it’s cheesy and I know how it ends. I’m still a thug though.

What is your favorite current and past show?

Currently Manifest is my new favorite show for the season. Past (still love it though) - Blackish


Now lets get to know the Viber professionally!


Job Title and Company Name (or Brand):

Customs Broker to pay the bills cause I’m a starving artist
 
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I've been in this position for this many years:

Almost 2 years

I've been in this industry for this many years:

5 years

Do you consider yourself an influencer? If yes, why?

Maybe

The most surprising thing I've learned about being a professional in this field is:

How cheap everything is overseas and how much the US taxes EVERYTHING.

How did you even get started in this industry or line of work?

I needed money lol. I was laid off from my old job and sending my resume everywhere. I got an interview and actually had to take a test. I passed and the rest was history. I had an idea about Imports but never thought of the logistics and how it actually works so this job opened my eyes to a niche industry

My colleagues and counterparts would be surprised or perhaps flabbergasted if they knew that I

Probably get fired if they saw my twitter so let’s leave it at that.

10 Years ago I was

19 years old and a sophomore in college

 

I legit swore at the age of 10 that I was going to grow up to be

A Lawyer

What inspires you?

Dope genuine people. People doing what they love and thriving despite any barriers and challenges.

What inspires you?

Always being willing to help people out and give advice. I hope when it’s all said and done people hear my story and hear about all the ups and down and it gives them hope to continue on their path

To calm me down when I'm pissed off I listen to

R&B playlist or Smile by Lil Duval



Phone Call or Text?

Text

Android or iPhone?

iPhone
 

You can connect with me by following me on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Website:

@Fab_law on all my socials except FB (I’m anti-FB)


Viber of the Month : Shaina Chin

Viber of the Month : Shaina Chin

Ms Chin , the 28 year old, Brooklyn native artist. While originally from Flatbush (with all the other Jamaicans haha), I’ve been very comfy in Bedstuy for the past many years on my own! I quit my 9-5 to fulfill my passion for the arts & painting full time and I must say it’s the happiest I’ve ever been…

Viber of the Month : Eddin Martinez

Viber of the Month : Eddin Martinez

Jack of all Trades...literally. This guy right here has an answer for everything technology. Anytime we need a DJ, he's there. When we need a photographer, he's there. A Podcast sound engineer, a videographer, a graphic designer, and the list goes on…

Viber of the Month : Myrna

Viber of the Month : Myrna

Myrna L. Datilus is the Partnerships Director for Bold. Ms. Datilus has a Masters in Public Relations along with a diverse background of music, theatre, and sales. Her focus is to utilize her personal, academic and professional background in a broader scale. The primary goal is to work with Organizations and Brands that are relative to how the world is shifting technologically…

Viber of the Month : Andrew

Viber of the Month : Andrew

"Art was always my first love long before I ever wanted to “Be like Mike” or be stylish and wear my jacket inside out with my hat backward like my favorite actor. Unfortunately, this love slowly took a backseat over the years as things such as basketball, healthcare and tech slowly began consuming much of my life as I matriculated from Junior high school through the beginning of my professional career...."

Viber of the Month : Macy

Viber of the Month : Macy

A boss in her own right, Creative Communications Pro, Macy Harrell is not to be slept on. As one of the driving forces behind The Posh Connect, Macy has spearheaded successful marketing and PR campaigns for businesses in the beauty, lifestyle and consumer category. You can catch her this spring at the How to Date a Boss panel discussion presented by CVG at this year’s Daze Summit. 

BGL Power Day 18

BGL Power Day 18

Brown girls Love, Power Day 2018  was everything I wanted and more. As I prepared for the day,  I reflected on my previous experience during Power Day 2017. Attending made it clearer to me than ever, that representation DOES matter. I was sitting in a room full of ambitious women like myself, and women who run amazing businesses that look like ME! I left there literally feeling like...

Viber of the Month : Warren

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With over 6 years experience in fast paced roles at brands such as Paper Magazine, Gilt, and Saks Fifth Avenue, Warren is a rising star in the fashion industry. He will be bringing his expertise as the first contributor to our blog, so be sure to stay tuned!

Check him out! 

LINKEDIN: @WarrenAdriana 

INSTAGRAM: @WarrenAdriana

TWITTER: @WarrenAdriana 


 

My Real Name is:

Warren Adriana

But The World Knows Me As:

Warren
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If I were a mutant my super power would be:

Shapeshifting
 

Because I am good at:

Adapting to any situation
 

When I am home waiting for my food to cook I like to do this while I wait:

I rarely cook, but I scan my twitter feed for the latest tea and news.

 

When I do not want to cook I like to Order this:

A sandwich from the bodega. Turkey, swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.
 

This is the App I use when I want to place an order:

I just call lol
 

The first thing I do when I wake up is:

Drink 16oz of water.
 

The first app I open every day is:

Instagram
 

My guilty food pleasure is:

Cupcakes...especially from Magnolia's Bakery
 

My favorite album of all time is:

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
 

My favorite artist of all time is:

Aaliyah

Now lets get to know the Viber professionally!


 

Job Title and Company Name (or Brand):

Item Setup Associate, Saks Fifth Avenue
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I've been in this position for this many years:

5 months
 

I've been in this industry for this many years:

6 years
 

Do you consider yourself an influencer? If yes, why?

Maybe
 

The most surprising thing I've learned about being a professional in this field is:

Urgent doesn't always really mean urgent.

How did you even get started in this industry or line of work?

I interned at Paper Magazine in 2012 and moved up to freelance on several amazing PR projects #BestExperienceOfMyLife. From that time I realized I wanted to stay in the fashion industry no matter what. I've since moved to the retail side of the industry, navigating the eComm landscape. I'm always looking forward to exploring new opportunities.
 

My colleagues and counterparts would be surprised or perhaps flabbergasted if they knew that I...

I can't give all my secrets away. But, people always get a kick out of learning I tried my hand at voguing in the ballroom scene (before it became a thing to do!). I even won a trophy once.

 

10 Years ago I was:

A 20yr old lost lamb in NY, figuring life out and too wrapped up in my social life.

 

I legit swore at the age of 10 that I was going to grow up to be:

An actor or a doctor.

 

To calm me down when I'm pissed off I listen to

Anything by Whitney Houston.
 

Phone Call or Text?

Android or iPhone?

Text
Android
 

You can connect with me by following me on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat,Website:

All social media: @WarrenAdriana

Viber of the Month : Naiylah

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For her counseling and mental health awareness, Naiylah has recently been nominated for Brooklyn Magazine's 30 under 30. The native Brooklynite will also be a relationship & sex coach at CVGs "Get Yo Life" event in March of 2018. 

 

Check her out!

BLOG: www.asknaiblog.tumblr.com

BIO: www.naionlife.wordpress.com/about


 

My Real Name is:

Naiylah

But The World Knows Me As:

Nai or Naionlife
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If I were a mutant my super power would be:

Reading minds or being a healer
 

Because I am good at:

Figuring out people's feelings and making them feel better!
 

When I am home waiting for my food to cook I like to do this while I wait:

Scrolling through Instagram or calling my bff

 

When I do not want to cook I like to Order this:

I walk to my local deli and grab chicken over rice!
 

This is the App I use when I want to place an order:

I just call lol
 

The first thing I do when I wake up is:

Thank God for waking me up or... cut off my alarm
 

The first app I open every day is:

Text Messages
 

My guilty food pleasure is:

Haggen Daz Vanilla Swiss Almond Ice cream!!
 

My favorite album of all time is:

A cross between Christina Aguilera "Stripped," The Blueprint 2 The Gift and the Curse, and Maroon 5 "Songs About Jane."
 

My favorite artist of all time is:

Sade, Jay-Z, Maroon 5, - I can not choose

Now lets get to know the Viber professionally!


 

Job Title and Company Name (or Brand):

Marriage and Family Therapist/Substance Abuse Counselor
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I've been in this position for this many years:

approximately 3 years
 

I've been in this industry for this many years:

Psychology
 

Do you consider yourself an influencer? If yes, why?

Maybe
 

The most surprising thing I've learned about being a professional in this field is:

I have learned that we all really do process experiences very differently. We are unique yet we are one.

How did you even get started in this industry or line of work?

I realized that counseling was my thing when I was in Fashion high school, I was never actually sewing. I was talking to everyone about their relationship issues and found it to be so much fun just listening/advising people on the things they wanted to do. When it was time to apply to college, I knew Fashion was not an option, so I said, "Well what do you like to do Nai?" and my response was simple, "Talk to people." I decided then that maybe I should explore counseling and I never looked back.
 

My colleagues and counterparts would be surprised or perhaps flabbergasted if they knew that I...

I am actually really really silly and outgoing when I am with my friends/ and that I am one of like 7 siblings.

 

10 Years ago I was:

I was actually in college, not doing well in psychology lol

 

I legit swore at the age of 10 that I was going to grow up to be:

An obstetrician ! I thought I would be holding babies all day !

 

To calm me down when I'm pissed off I listen to

"Shake it Out" by Florence and the Machine anything with a high tempo !
 

Phone Call or Text?

Android or iPhone?

Phone Call
Android
 

You can connect with me by following me on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat,Website:

Instagram!

The Problem with Time Management

This blog post was written by Catherine Buccello who is also a contributor to the BYOB Society Blog

Many greats throughout the years have talked about balance and time management. However the reality is everyone’s schedule is different and as much as passion can fuel you and keep you restless at night, sometimes it seems there’s just not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you set your mind to.....CONTINUE READING AT THE BYOB SOCIETY BLOG

Why Collaboration is Key to Moving your Business to the Next Level

This blog post was written by Catherine Buccello who is also a contributor to the BYOB Society Blog

Doing business with friends or family is not always easy, but I’ve done enough research and have had many conversations with colleagues on the benefits. Of course, from time to time, there’s mention of financial, emotional or legal horror stories. But if two people come together to develop one common goal, you could easily turn any bad situation around. There is power in collaboration. It can be one of the best steps for your company and here’s why....CONTINUE READING AT THE BYOB SOCIETY BLOG