California resident Daunyae Harris had a dream and was not willing to allow her circumstances to get in the way of it. "I went through a divorce and lost almost everything. My transportation, my clients, my home, and my peace to be honest, but I refused to allow myself to stay there for too long. I had to bounce back not only for myself, but for my kids." Harris is a mother of 5 children ages 1, 5, 7, 9 and 10.
She is the owner of the Professional Women's Networking Association LLC, which is a small business that she created to bring business women together through networking and other resources. She creates and hosts networking events primarily in California, but this would be her first time planning an event of this magnitude.
"I said what I wanted and I moved like I was the richest girl in the world to make it happen even though my bank account was negative when I began. Things have just been falling into place every since. I believe what the bible says, that faith without works is dead, so I am just moving and going after what I want despite of what my bank account, wallet, or circumstances may show. I have yet to secure any big sponsors that I've reached out to, so I've really had to hustle to get to this point, but I know the big sponsors are on their way."
With over 20,000 people expected to attend, this event is set out to be one of the largest expos highlighting African American women in business located in California. "The show floor will consists of all types of businesses, so we are not excluding anyone. However, the topics that will be discussed will be geared towards issues that we face as African American women in business. We have general topics as well, but there are some things that the black community needs to talk about and get educated on."
There will be speakers and attendees flying in from out of state, and the event will also include workshops, speed networking, an intimate Q&A, fashion show, a pavilion for kids, a pavilion for men, and so much more. "I can't lie, it's definitely overwhelming, but at the end of the day, I'm doing something that is much needed in our community. It's hard to find African American owned businesses, unless you really do some research, but there are so many around us that we don't support because we just don't know they are there."
Women in Charge Black Business Expo will take place on August 24th at Magic Box- The Reef in Los Angeles. This event will consume the 60,000 square foot exhibit space on the 2nd floor. "We will be hosting a breakfast prior to the event to connect vendors and attendees in a less structured environment, and we will also be honoring new PWNA members. I still have room for vendors so if you would like to represent your business on our show floor, get signed up before it's too late."
Attendance is free but requires online registration. If you would like to get involved or if you would like more information about the event, please visit www.professionalwna.com.