Entrepreneurs Sasha Pinder and Yamease Swain have come together to host the first ‘Brunch on the Bay,’ an empowering Women’s Conference set for Saturday, January 12 in the Canal House, Pelican Bay Resort.
With doors opening at 9:00 a.m. the conference is geared toward females ages of 18 and over.
“I am very passionate about girl power and there are too many women out there struggling with their efforts in business,” said Pinder, during an interview with this daily on Thursday, January 3.
“Brunch on the Bay is a three-part event series that is primarily about promoting, enlightening and connecting young entrepreneurs and business owners in The Bahamas.
“The forum will feature a breakfast buffet, mix and mingle segments with look and learn beauty stations. Persons will also be able to shop with 10 Bahamian vendors ranging from skin-care products to beauty essentials, health screenings and four dynamic female speakers who will educate the guests on fitness, brand management, excellence in customer service and women’s health,” said Pinder.
Speakers for the event include – Clarisse Pelanne (Bombshell Fitness), who will speak on women’s health; Sheanda H. Cooper-Rolle (Assistant Registrar General for Grand Bahama, Counsel and Attorney-at-law), who will speak on Brand Management and Trademarks; Yvette Russell-Swain (Certified BahamaHost Trainer and Proprietor of Kingdom Builders Ministries Int’l Ltd.), who will speak on Customer Service and Tyra McKenzie from Dermalogica Freeport.
“The ways of achieving these proactive encounters can only happen through social gatherings, enrichment conversations and the sharing of expert wisdom.
“We will also be having a mini-fashion show with the purpose of showing ladies how to dress in certain situations and they will learn the appropriate dress codes for corporate, smart and casual dressing.
“Our vision is to provide a comfortable atmosphere where women can build their networks, get professional tips and sound advice on various business-related topics.
“We’ve learned that it is easy to go alone, but it is more worthwhile and impactful if we can go and grow together,” Pinder added.
Noting that collaboration is key, Pinder said she and Swain realized no person is an island and it was time to brainstorm on sparks their community needs
“The event will provide an opportunity for women to benefit from each other’s business experience, learned mistakes and prospects on the future through interactive segments.
“Through impactful speakers and motivational engagements, every attendee will be exposed to new and experienced entrepreneurs.”
Pinder, who is also the owner of GameFace and founder of ‘Be My Guest’ Special Events said, she did not receive financial sponsors for any event she has organized.
“So far the support that I have been receiving is very encouraging because it is not easy at all. Nonetheless, every event that I have done so far, I have paid out of my pocket and there was zero financial sponsorship. I have received sponsored items, but as far as cash, I paid everything out of my pocket.
“Since this is something that I am passionate about, the amount of money I spend cannot be valued because I know these events will grow. I am being recognized and yes sometimes you do get overlooked. But I just keep pushing and representing my own brand.
“My vision for this is, if we walk in a room and in that room are doctors, lawyers and customer service reps, if I am a person that wants to learn how to do business –these are the people that I need to see,” said Pinder. “Once you have a positive attitude and a positive mindset, you are there.”
While ‘Brunch on the Bay’ is the first empowerment series, the young ladies will be hosting additional events, including ‘Guy Talk,’ a men’s outreach and uplift forum and ‘Let’s Talk,’ a collaborating and cooperating forum.
‘Brunch on the Bay’ is sponsored by ACE Graphics and Printing, I Love Hair Studio and Pats’ Uniform.
Some of the featured vendors will include Dermalogica Freeport, Tropical Tresses and Essential Oils, Lustarush skin and body naturals, Poca and Chay, The Crafting Corner, and Pop Cosmetix.
The women only event is for women and will feature general and VIP seating at affordable prices, with VIP guests enjoying bottomless mimosas throughout the entire event.
Upon arrival, all guests will receive a goodie bag courtesy of Renu Day Spa. There will also be giveaways and raffles. Tickets are available at Pat’s Uniform Store, Millennium Mall, and seating is limited for this event.