Sharing Their Insights

From left: Sheryl Huggins Salomon of The Root with panelists and special guests Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Tamara "Taj" George, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons, Beverly Bond, Tracey Ferguson, Terri J. Vaughn and Jacque Reid.

Photographs by Jason Chunn

Captions by The Root Editorial Staff

SWV Drops By

Sisters With Voices' Tamara "Taj" George (left) shared stories of sisterhood, Survivor and (professional) survival. Here she is with the other members of the hit-making R&B trio: Cheryl "Coko" Clemons (middle) and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons.

Karli Harvey and Brandi Harvey

Entertainer Steve Harvey's daughters, Karli and Brandi Harvey, stopped by.

It's About Teamwork

"You don't need to be in charge to make a difference," said journalist and on-air personality Jacque Reid (right), who was the evening's moderator. Here she is with DJ Beverly Bond (left) and actress Terri J. Vaughn.

Rising Together

"When we are all propelling each other, we all rise to the top," said Meet the Browns actress Terri J. Vaughn.

Defiance and Self-Reliance

Editor-in-Chief Tracey Ferguson of Jones magazine (left) commented that she had to forge her own career path without relying on a mentor. Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond said that she thrived on proving naysayers wrong.

Rolling Out's Most Fab

Editors Tammi (center) and McKenzie (right) of Rolling Out magazine were in attendance.

Focused and Inquisitive

This unidentified audience member was one of several seeking answers from the panelists on how to succeed in today's competitive career environment.

The Takeaway

Many of the audience members came with a female friend or relative. Aside from the shared experience, each of them left with a gift bag designed by Jane Wayne Gear, courtesy of Target.

Seeking Advice

Vixen Valet's Ahshalanda Murphy also had questions for the panel.

Taking It All In

Listening intently was Greg Cunningham (center, in blue), brand marketing group manager for event sponsor Target and one of the few men in the audience that evening.

Still More to Say

Sheryl Huggins Salomon (left), deputy editor of The Root, joined the panel onstage as the discussion wound down. With her is Taj George (center) and Tracey Ferguson.

Inquiring Mics Want to Know

The ladies of the Web radio talk show Three Girls and a Mic (left) interviewed Beverly Bond (center) and Terri J. Vaughn (right).

Girls' Night Out

From left: Keeping it fabulous were Sherita Daniel, Farrah Riley and Alexis Felder.


Jacque Reid (right) and an unidentified Delta soror.

Mix-and-Mingle Music

The Melvin Miller Band entertained guests at the reception.

Looking Good

Jacque Reid (left) was interviewed by McKenzie Harris, beauty editor of Rolling Out magazine.

Panelists and The Root

From left: Beverly Bond, Terri J. Vaughn, Jacque Reid, Tracey Ferguson, publisher of The Root Donna Byrd and Sheryl Huggins Salomon.

A Fabulous Collaboration

From left: The Root's Michael Clark with Shira Gasarch, Greg Cunningham, Lauren Schwartz, Morgan O'Murray, Katie Fetig and Sheryl Huggins Salomon.


A grenadine-laced concoction capped off the evening nicely for many a guest.