Media icon Sheila Brooks, known to many as both a journalist and entrepreneur spoke to attendees during the ColorComm luncheon series, which was held at Poste Moderne Brassiere in Chinatown.
Brooks spoke to the group on how to transition their mid level career into a high level position. She also expressed how important it is to get involved in professional organizations.
"Groups like ColorComm are very important to your career and development. They provide access to people that can help push you in the right direction," Brooks said. "The people that you meet in these types of organizations are people that you'll know ten years from now."
Started in May 2011, ColorComm has evolved into what participants tout as "a first-class organization for women communicators." The organization's recent invite-only event was attended by a variety of professionals, some traveling as far away as New York for the 90 minute "networking lunch" meeting.
"I was extremely excited to attend my first ColorComm luncheon," said Lindsay Wilkinson, a New York fashion PR consultant, "the experience was better than expected. Sitting in a room with powerful women of color in communications is an empowering experience. I look forward to seeing all the great and amazing things ColorComm has in store."
Rachel Huggins, assistant online editor for USA Today, said the luncheons provide her a unique way to meet and be inspired by other professional women.
"ColorComm luncheons are one of the few opportunities where I can meet, socialize and build connections with women I consider moguls, such as Sheila Brooks," Huggins said. "Hearing her empowering testament on entrepreneurship, rising from rejection and the importance of mentors, are rare nuggets of wisdom that inspire me to carve my own niche as a media professional."
Those who attended the April 19 luncheon agreed that groups like ColorComm give a framework to building careers and offer tools on how to expand personal development.
"The ColorComm lunches always provide an opportunity to connect with old friends, and meet new colleagues," said Almina Khorakiwala, vice president at Walker Marchant Group. "This is one of the best networking groups for women of color in communications."