Micaela Shambee, Editor-Mickeystyle.com
Millennials and Gen Xer’s Mix-n-Mingle
Just before going on vacation for my 33 on 3 (July 3rd #cancerseason), I was invited to MiX’D, a networking event for Chicago’s up-and-coming to network, mix, and mingle. Hosted by Comedian/Actress Erica Watson and PR Tastemaker Ciari Jibri at The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago, Millennials and Gen Xer’s met to connect while taking their careers to the next level. But no one thought we’d have this much fun doing it!
Partying with The Posh
While drinking tasty margarita’s on the Godfrey Hotel’s beautiful rooftop lounge, most noteworthy was the guest list. From Chicago’s young up-and-coming to seasoned professionals, certainly Mix’d was a networker’s dream.
Entertainment elite, actors, fashion and beauty bloggers, editors, magazine creators, models, Instagram baddies, and fashion designers (even those who’ve shown at Full Figured Fashion week recently) were in attendance.
“Look out guys, some fresh ideas will be coming out of Chicago soon, with Millennials and Gen X’ers leading the way together.”
Meeting the Hosts
If you missed the first one, you better be ready when they announce the second. Both hosts, Ciara Jibri, who is a rising Millenial star in the PR world, and Erica Watson, a seasoned Gen X comedian and rising actress, are making major moves in Chicago.
Ciara Jibri, a tastemaker in her own right, has her own Haus of Mimosa Sunday sip and shop event every Sunday. Erica Watson, already and acclaimed comedian/actress, starrs in new film, Black Korea, which is showing at the Windy City Film Festival currently. (BTW, the Festival just announced her as Best Actress in a lead role, Congrats Erica!).
Enamored with Erica’s hosting capabilities, everyone instantly connected. Guests mixed and mingled while some interesting partnerships formed between cocktails. Look out guys, some fresh ideas will be coming out of Chicago soon, with Millennials and Gen X’ers leading the way together.
An Inspirational Team
When asked what inspired these two to team up, Erica boldly responded that bridging the gap between Millennials and Gen X’er’s was the goal. Gen Xer’s have the connections and the experience, but they need to listen and learn from the millennials as they are in the “know” about technology.
She’s right. The connections made tonight will definitely be the stories we talk about tomorrow. Special thanks to hosts Erica Watson and Ciara Jibri! Can’t wait for the next one ladies!
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Here is a snippet from Day 1: Growth
I started this journey knowing that the process wouldn’t be pretty (as much as I wish it was). However, growth isn’t pretty. It’s ugly. For years, I have retreated to what was safe for me. I’ve focused on others, and their problems and situations to avoid my own, not realizing that I never had enough time for me or gave as much to myself as I did others.
And you know what they say on a plane, “Make sure you have your face mask on first, before helping someone else.” Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to put on other’s masks while free-falling straight to my own demise.
Realizing that I didn’t appreciate myself enough to make sure I was okay was ugly. I cried. I slept to long. I snatched off my golden blonde wig. And I realized that acknowledging the pain puts me in a unique position to realize my power, my voice, and my strength…
This is my story…
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Day 4: Failure
If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost…