Act As If: Highlights From 2015 HBW Mastermind Retreat in New Orleans!

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This week I’ve been in New Orleans, Louisiana hosting my Platinum and Diamond clients for our 2015 Happy Black Woman Mastermind Retreat!

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Our powerful theme for the weekend was “Act As If,” which comes from one of my favorite books, You 2: A High Velocity Formula for Multiplying Your Personal Effectiveness in Quantum Leaps by Price Pritchett:

Act as if your success is certain. Instead of holding back because you don’t have hard proof that you can make a quantum leap, see if you end up with evidence proving you can’t. Just make the jump – act as if your success is guaranteed – and then see which set of ideas you should believe in.”

We enjoyed the Big Easy, plus did some powerful work on our businesses at the same time!

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Event Recap: 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE in Atlanta

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I’m still in a daze from our 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp! We had an amazing 3 days in Atlanta and it was so powerful to see our Happy Black Woman community come together in person for a weekend of training, networking and support for their business.

There were almost 100 women who joined us from all over the country to learn practical strategies for getting their businesses off the ground!

As usual…we laughed, we cried, we danced, we learned, we connected and of course, we feasted on delicious food and drinks along the way. I loved our signature tropical cocktail, the “Happy-tai!”

When I made the decision to shut down my nonprofit consulting business in 2013, I had no idea Happy Black Woman would grow so fast.

Just two years later, it’s amazing to see my vision turning into a reality. All I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a little girl was teach and now I get to do that on MY terms.

At the event, we enrolled a fantastic new cohort for our yearlong Happy Black Woman Mastermind Program, we pre-launched my second book and coming full circle to my nonprofit days, we were able to raise over $5,000 to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta!

I’m grateful to have an awesome team helping me build Happy Black Woman so I can serve this beautiful tribe at a higher level, plus give myself permission to take more time off this year!

Right now is one of those moments when I can’t believe this is my life.

I keep being reminded, over and over, that this work is so much bigger than me.

And that whenever I let go of my fears and just follow my purpose, miracles happen.

Here are just a few of my favorite photos from the event! 

Note: If you want to experience this powerful event for yourself, grab your copy of the Launch Your Business LIVE 2015 Deluxe Audio Program, available now for a limited time.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend the 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp


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I’m excited to announce that registration is now OPEN to the public for our upcoming Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp happening May 1-3 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia!

We already have over 60 amazing women from our Happy Black Woman community coming to join us from all over the country.

Will you be one of them?

Click here to learn more about this transformational event and reserve your seat

Here are 7 reasons why you should attend the 2015 Launch Your Business LIVE 3-Day Boot Camp:

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Event Recap: Launch Yourself LIVE in DC

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Group photo with all the attendees! There was so much beauty and energy in the room.
On Saturday, I was fortunate to be able to teach my second in-person HBW workshop! Launch Yourself LIVE was held in downtown Washington, DC and focused on helping women move forward on their business goals.
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The half-day training was based on my signature 4-week Launch Yourself course, which is taught completely online. I walked participants through a simple framework outlining four steps to get your business off the ground:

  1. Get Focused
  2. Get Online
  3. Get Paid
  4. Get Out There


There were 22 amazing ladies who joined us from the surrounding area including DC, VA, NJ and PA. We even had a mother-daughter duo come together with different business ideas!

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Some of the women already had existing products and services in many different niches, but many were just beginning to brainstorm business ideas, including:

  • Greeting cards
  • T-shirts
  • Copywriting
  • Web design
  • Nonprofit consulting
  • Tutoring
  • Personal training
  • Fitness class instructor
  • Recruiting firm
  • Slumber Parties consultant and sex educator
  • Clothing line
  • Realtor
  • Photographer
  • Author
  • Management and HR training
  • Career coaching
  • Educational consulting

Hearing everyone’s business ideas was sooo inspiring! Throughout the workshop, we talked about managing your time when you’re working on your business, simple processes for setting up a website, and some easy ways to use email and social media to spread the word about your products and services. We also talked about the FEAR that comes with putting yourself out there and asking clients and customers for money (or more money).

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THANK YOU to all the ladies who brought their beautiful energy to Launch Yourself LIVE this weekend! It was an honor to be able to share what I know and connect like-minded women on the path to business success.

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I loved seeing this Instagram photo collage by Carleta of Street Intell featuring me and Aleea of A Happy Slappy Greeting. It captures how much fun we all had in the spirit of sharing information and motivating each other in our entrepreneurial endeavors.

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And special thanks to Terri Lomax, who served as our lovely and capable event manager for the day. She made sure everything went smoothly with the catering, venue, and logistics. Terri went from being my awesome virtual assistant to being a great one in real life!

You can check out more photos from the event over on the HBW Facebook Community. We got such great feedback on Saturday that I’m planning to teach at least one more live workshop this year, TBA. If you’re interested in taking my full, 4-week online Launch Yourself course, stay tuned for more information about how you can register to join the next group starting on May 8!

Event Recap: HBW Fall 2012 Happy Hour in Atlanta

Group photo of many of the attendees at our Atlanta Happy Hour! Beautiful ladies :)

Last Sunday, I was lucky to get to meet so many amazing ladies who came out to our HBW Happy Hour in Atlanta! We had about 50 women join us throughout the evening – including a few of the ladies who had taken my How to Reset Your Life Workshop earlier that day.

Me & my fab co-host Zakiya Kyles!

The HBW Happy Hour in Atlanta was the 3rd and final stop on my Fall 2012 Happy Hour Tour and we had a great time taking over the bar at Twelve Hotel Centennial Park downtown. The atmosphere was sophisticated, the food was tasty (I couldn’t get enough of their delicious tempura sushi) and the drinks were on point! This time around, I had a fabulous co-host, Zakiya Kyles (pictured with me above)! Zakiya is a beautiful spirit and a champion for women and girls living their “royal” life. She is the founder of Queenly and Confident, a personal development organization for women and girls.

We also had some awesome sponsors for the evening, who provided us with some cute goodie bags and door prizes: Jet MagazineCheyCache DesignsCheryl Gordon – Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry and Queenly and Confident.


Thanks again to all of our sponsors! If YOUR woman-focused business or company is interested in sponsoring a future HBW event, please email me at

Third from left is the one of our sponsors, the lovely Cherie Santiago from CheyCache Designs, who made and donated the very cool branded candy bars seen below :)

I enjoy supporting women who are in the process of launching their own businesses and it was a pleasure to work with Cherie and her new company, CheyCache Designs. She made and donated the branded chocolate bars for the happy hour, which I loved! If you’d like to create a party favor like this for your next event, Cherie offers some great options and pricing.

The Happy Black Woman candy bar! It’s really a Hershey’s chocolate bar with a branded wrapper. Neat, huh?!

Oh, and this was our fun, cutie bartender Christian. He gave us awesome service at the Twelve Hotel bar and did my bourbon and coke up right!

Who showed up in Atlanta? We had a fantastic, warm and inviting group of interesting women including business owners – consultants, coaches, professional speakers,  even a woman who bakes vegan desserts! There were also lots of fellow bloggers in attendance, authors and of course, lovely natural sisters rocking their locs and afros. I also got to meet several ladies who were newcomers to the city.

My MOM was in the house again this time, feeling very happy after her 5th-place WIN at the 2012 NPC Bodybuilding Championships that were held that weekend in Atlanta.  And yes, she’s rocking a Happy Black Woman t-shirt! You can get yours here >>>

Me and my mama :)

I enjoyed meeting women like Robin Crawford, who is working on a book highlighting the stories of women who made the transition from relaxed to natural hair. I also had the pleasure of connecting with Kim Carswell, owner of Personal Affairs branding firm in Atlanta. Andrea Amir from Smart Money Chicks also made an appearance!

Ladies in blue :) That’s @Tiffany_BlairG on the left! With my mom grubbing in the background LOL

OK, so I know I keep saying this, but it’s the truth…something incredible happens when you bring a group of black women together under a positive theme. We end up having rich, affirming conversations that highlight our interests and values. We focus on how we can support each other instead of trying to compete with each other. That is what I loved about how we came together in Atlanta, even as a few ladies there were telling me about how rare it is to see such a large group of “happy black woman” anywhere in the city.

On the left is author & speaker @DareeAllen and on the right is @QueenlyandConf, matching with their purple ensembles LOL

It was lovely meeting Miss @Lucy_Pearl, who also won the Traci Lynn Jewelry door prize! (pictured below)

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THANK YOU to all the ladies who attended our gathering in Atlanta. I hope our paths cross again soon. You can see more photos from the event over on our Happy Black Woman Facebook Community.

P.S. Here are a few of my favorite tweets from the evening.




Event Recap: HBW Fall 2012 Happy Hour in Charlotte, NC

We were the last stragglers to leave the lobby bar after 10pm…talking about men LOL. (@KristenEJ is pictured far left)

This post is not just a recap, but a huge THANK YOU to all the lovely ladies who came out to our HBW Happy Hour in Charlotte, NC! We had about 20 women join us throughout the evening – various ages, many different backgrounds, yet all connected through our shared desire to live life on our own terms. 

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Event Recap: HBW Fall 2012 Happy Hour in NYC

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On Thursday night, I hosted my first Happy Black Woman Happy Hour in New York City! It was also the first stop on my Fall 2012 Happy Hour Tour and it far exceeded my hopes for how I wanted the event to go. I decided to have the happy hour at the bar in the hotel I was staying at because, honestly, I was afraid that no one would show up! I figured if no one came, I could just slink back down to my room LOL. I was worried about whether anyone would turn out because I don’t really know anybody in New York like I do in DC, where the previous happy hours have been held.

But, you know what they say…

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.” – Unknown

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Event Recap: Happy Black Woman Winter Happy Hour in DC

For our third informal happy hour, over 20 ladies showed up to network and mingle at La Tasca in Washington, DC. Their downstairs bar was the perfect location for us – it was fashioned like someone’s well-decorated living room. This happy hour was extra special as my mom was able to join us and my grandmother was in town!

They also had some really great food and drink specials, like the La Tasca red wine sangria I enjoyed with a few tapas. Everything was under $4 before 7pm!

What made this happy hour a little different than some of the others was that I noticed even MORE natural-haired women joining us as well as entrepreneurs who are just getting their side hustle started or those who have been at it for a little while.

I had a lovely time meeting so many positive, happy black women who are doing big things. It’s amazing what can happen when we come together. A few ladies even made connections for potential business partnerships!

Most of all, we were just able to share good energy and good information with each other through lively conversations and sharing resources for what’s working for us in our lives and businesses right now.

Lots of ladies suggested that we make our happy hours a quarterly affair, so I’m hoping to put together a spring happy hour soon. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Monday for our third informal happy hour!

If you are interested in hosting a HBW happy hour in your city, I would love to support you, so please feel free to email me at rosetta (at) rosettathurman (dot) com. I have some tentative plans for HBW events/happy hours in a couple of other cities besides DC this year, so I will keep you updated as those unfold.