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April 2, 2016

MBAF’s Influential Women of Today Event – Empowering Local Women

Influential Women of Today event

In February I attended a wonderful event hosted by the accounting firm MBAF called the Influential Women of Today, an event aimed at celebrating, learning from, and networking with some of South Florida’s empowering women.

Note: Original photos provided by MBAF’s Facebook page, re-edited

There were several key speakers at the event. It started with Marta Alfonso, a member of the MBAF team that held a really helpful presentation on being financially independent. Then there was a panel moderated by Ann Keil, an award-winning journalist for WSVN Channel 7. This was an informal Q&A style panel, where some questions were pre-selected and then the other attendees had a chance to ask questions towards the end.

Panelists at the event included:

MBAF's local women's empowerment event

Event organized by the MBAF marketing team: Wolfgang Pinther, Jennifer Valdez, and Valeria Sanchez

The financial independence presentation from Marta Alfonso was very helpful to me in particular, especially the tips about how all women should learn about current financial news (for example, reading three financial articles a day or even per week) and understand some of the basic financial information that impacts our life (like how social security works). Many of the tips were reminiscent of the information I read in one of my favorite self-help books, Rich Bitch by Nicole Lapin.

The Q&A panel was also enjoyable, just learning how some of these really influential women got their start was a motivating piece in and of itself.

Dessert table at a local Miami empowerment event

After the panel, we all got to network with other event attendees and panelists while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and drinks. The weather was really chilly on this particular day so the atmosphere was particularly nice, especially since it’s rarely cold in Miami.

Overall, this event was a really great way to meet new people, learn about finances, and ways I can empower myself both professionally and personally. I hope to be able to attend more events like this in the future, thanks MBAF for the invite!

How do you like to empower yourself? 

My favorite way to empower myself is to seek out free resource guides on topics that interest me (like blogging, budgeting, and social media marketing), while also taking time for self-care like nightly stretching and reading.

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  • Terri

    Empower myself? I keep “in the know” and read, read, read. I always do my research before starting anything new. I listen to my friends and family when they say I need to slow down and I pray!

    April 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm Reply
  • Cynthia L

    I am big on taking time for myself to recite affirmations or just take time to do something just for me. How great that you had a chance to go to a function like this.

    April 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    I love hearing how other women got started. I would have loved to have listened to the speakers.

    April 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm Reply
  • Roxanne

    That is a great question! I feel like I spend so much time empowering my children, I often forget to refill my own empowerment tank. I’ll have to start thinking about that! p.s. This looks like a great event!!

    April 16, 2016 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Ana De- Jesus

    It is wonderful that these women and the event itself made you feel so empowered. I am empowered when I help others.

    April 16, 2016 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • brianna george

    for me empowerment comes from community with other women and the Lord. I always find myself so impressed with the influential woman of the world. We are all influencers of someone — may we take the honor seriously.

    April 17, 2016 at 10:57 pm Reply
  • Stacey

    I think working with a mentor is a very empowering aspect of success. With the right mentor we can learn and grow and move in the right direction. This sounds like it was a wonderful learning and motivating experience. Wish I lived closer.

    April 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      Thanks Stacey, having someone like these women to look up to would be really valuable to me.

      April 19, 2016 at 7:39 am Reply

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