Among the women who came out to our Young, Fabulous and Female evening of moderated discussion and networking over cocktails were (from left) model and fashion designer Lois Samuels; author and columnist Harriette Cole; The DL Hughley Morning Show co-host Jacque Reid; The Root publisher Donna Byrd; and deputy editor of The Root Sheryl Huggins Salomon.
Moderator Jacque Reid stressed how important it is for successful black women those who are just starting out — and how important it is for young women to watch and learn.
Actress Edwina Findley, from the HBO series Treme and The Wire, shared how faith has helped her throughout her career.
Model and fashion designer Lois Samuels shared her personal experiences as a black woman in the fashion industry, including the pressure she faced — and resisted — to further negative stereotypes of black women while modeling.
Newsweek's Raina Kelley stressed the importance of staying true to yourself and not letting anyone else define you.
Tracey Ferguson, editor-in-chief of Jones Magazine and star of Centric TV's Reality Show Keeping up with the Joneses, shared how she has dealt with career obstacles and succeeded despite the lack of a black female mentor.
From left: Panelists Edwina Findley, Harriette Cole, Raina Kelley, Jacque Reid and Tracey Ferguson delved deeper into the discusssion about the challenges and opportunities that black women.
Attendees stayed for a cocktail reception following the panel, where they got the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the panelists. From left: Edtricia Brown, Andrea Robinson, Lendonna Thomas, Tula Richards, Leah Clarke, and Faye Brown.
Jennifer Williams of VH1's reality show Basketball Wives and her stylist Nia Crook made an appearance.
These fabulous young ladies came out that night to share insights and have fun. From left: Jovian Irvin, Talisha White, Shelby Stone-Steel, Grace Manning, Naiomi Manning, Amber Morce, and KaDarra Lowe.
Ashley Hogan and Georgia Dawkins left inspirational messages on a Pepsi We Inspire scribble board.
The event united successful and ambitious women from all walks of life. From left: Bettina Lee, Charles Murrell, Nneka Fritz, Tanya Hughes and Monique Myles.
The evening's theme in action: Domonique Colds and The Root's editorial intern Brandee Sanders.
Lauren Craig received some useful advice from panelist Tracey Ferguson.
From left: Panelist Lois Samuels, catching up with The Root's Michael Clark and Laurielle Clark.