Alabaster Inc., Consulting Firm gave 11 deserving female business owners and community leaders a chance to come together with like-minded women for a Mother’s Day brunch at Brenner’s On The Bayou.
Houston’s most notable executives and entrepreneurs were invited to attend the brunch including, Dr. Raechelle Kay, Owner/ Operator of Dr. Raechelle Kay & Associates a Holistic Wellness And Laser Lipo MedSpa; Leila Sarmecanic, General Counsel, Clear Creek ISD and Dr. Bernadine Duncan, Director of the Counseling Center and Women’s Center at PVAMU and Chair, One Delta Plaza Educational Center, to name a few.
The event was hosted by Alabaster’s Chief Strategist and Owner, Joi Beasley, who is also the CEO of GOGO Business Communications, a print-on-demand company, and now GOGO OfficeWorks, which offers private/co-working spaces.
As a working mom, Beasley knows first-hand how hard it is to juggle the demands of a family and a career.
Bayou Beat News sat down with the mom and mogul to learn more about the recent event and her advice on leading leaders.
BB: Why did you decide to solely focus the event on business owners and leaders?
Beasley: I wanted to host the event for moms and other women who have to train and lead other leaders. It’s hard to lead leaders! People don’t always realize that even a CEO has to lead the leaders in other departments, and those people often feel they know everything, or that because they are in a position of power, they don’t need to be led. And I felt the conversation needed to be had.
BB: Did you purposely plan the event for Mother’s Day, and if so why?
Beasley: Mother’s Day is a big day and we think of it as a celebration of our mom or the moms around us, but as women, we prepare a lot of people for success, not just our children, and we get overlooked for those leadership skills. I wanted a forum where we could say “thank you” and “we see you.”
BB: How does the “leading leadership” conversation relate to motherhood?
Beasley: As a mom, we are trying to raise a leader who is eventually going to go out into the workplace. And you have to teach them how to lead in school, how to lead in their organizations, in sports, and in their day-to-day interactions. As a mom, teaching your child to be a leader is even harder today because there is such a social consciousness in today’s society. Teaching them to manage their friendships and learning how to lead diverse groups of people is imperative now more than ever.
BB: During the brunch, each woman had to share their “super power.” What do you consider your super power and how can other women find theirs?
Beasley: I would say that my super power is encouragement. I am able to see the greatness in others and help them put a strategy together and lead them to their full potential. I would tell other women looking to identify their super power to find what sets them apart as a leader. Where do you shine the most and where do you help others shine? When you can identify that, then you can name your super power.
BB: What events do you have coming up that our readers should know about?
Beasley: The Mother’s Day brunch was such a huge success that we are working on making it a monthly lunch and leadership event. I am also in the process of developing an eBook to share my consulting strategies and how I balance work and motherhood.