“It’s empowering to be in a space solely created by women because it shows just how powerful and what a force of nature we can be. It is even more exciting because it is a creative experience and such a wonderful expression of women” -Anezka Kurian, Guest (@anezkalicek).
On Saturday March 30th, 2019, a group of women were given a chance to showcase their art, talent, and success stories at ‘Phenomenal Women 3’, the third part of the series celebrating phenomenal women in the community. It was taken place at Circle of Hope, a thrift store in South Philadelphia. The event featured four female panelists, 20+ female artists and vendors, and a female DJ.
The night begun with people filling into the space with all the artists’ work spread across the walls. Everyone was slowly walking around admiring the pieces, with the artists nearby to talk about their inspiration. The atmosphere truly felt radiant, rich, and stimulating to everyone’s emotions and mind. One of the artists, Sarah Alahmadi (@___sharika.art), shared her feelings about being at the event, stating “It feels really empowering, even though I am just a small part of the making of the event, but seeing all the women here makes me feel empowered to see how creative they are. I feel very inspired.”
As people were walking around, there was an eye-catching and beautifully made art installation called “The Illusion of Scarcity”, created by the talented Sam Colon of OEM. It was an all pink backdrop with pink chairs stacked up on top of each other and one chair sitting right in the middle for people to sit. The installation represented the idea of having more than one seat at the table for women, despite society telling us otherwise. People constantly came up to take a picture with it, as it was such an aesthetically pleasing piece of art. “I’m not a woman so I will never truly understand the struggle they endure daily, but I have a mother and grandmother and while building this I attempted to put myself in their shoes to try and understand.” -Sam Colon, Artist (@thankyousam)
I personally felt really moved by the four panelists during the panel discussion that happened towards the end of the night. The panelists were DJ Diamond Kuts, Tina Wells, Melissa Alam, and Ashley Primis. Each one provided insight in their respective fields, and made me feel like I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. I felt that everyone was relatable in a sense of how they got to where they are, their mindset, and their drive. The segment was full of inspirational moments:
“In the very beginning I definitely wanted to be more than just a female DJ, I wanted to be an all around great DJ.. I put in so much work that now I AM that DJ. I’m not just put into a female DJ category, I can stand with the guys” - DJ Diamond Kuts, Entrepreneur/Producer/Radio DJ (@djdiamondkuts)
“Jump into anything that you can do because you’re going to learn the skill set that’s going to translate, even if you change fields” -Ashley Primis, Deputy Editor for Philadelphia Magazine (@AshleyPrimis)
“If people tell you that it’s not possible it’s because it’s not possible for them, not because it’s not possible for you” - Tina Wells, Founder/CEO of Buzz Marketing Group (@tinacwells)
“I had such a great time at the event and was so happy to be invited. I loved what Tina said about “embracing our chaos” because that’s exactly what I feel like I’ve been doing!” -Melissa Alam, Entrepreneur & Brand Strategist (@ringthealam)
Overall, the night was uplifting for all women. Only Elite Matters curated an experience that allowed everyone to feel encouraged to be their best selves and to have no limitations to their goals, dreams, and aspirations. This was the perfect ending to International Women’s Month and I am happy to be have been a part of a space that exuded inclusivity, creativity, and just PURE togetherness.
“To all my phenomenal women – Often times society makes women believe that there is only room for one woman to be at the top, causing women to compete against each other. But, there is room for more than one woman at the table” -Victoria Chhor, (@therealslickvick).
-Leilani Encarnacion, (@leilaninicolex)