On August 9, over 80 attendees from across the region gathered in Port Covington’s City Garage ready for a “seismic shift” in their lives. As part of their Women’s Series, The Port Covington Impact Team collaborated with the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation to host Cocktails and Conversations, an intimate fireside chat featuring Mikki Taylor, Editor-at-Large at Essence Magazine. The “woman in power”, as described by Gabrielle Union, spoke about her latest book, Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self. The book, which was just released this May, shares uplifting advice for women who want to cultivate their beauty both inside in out, written in Mikki Taylor’s signature no-nonsense style. She brought the same charming and authentic personality to the discussion with the group.  

Mikki Taylor, author of Editor in Chic & Sharon Page, Executive Director of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation

The author and lifestyle expert has been praised by countless female powerhouses, including Debra Lee and Tina Knowles-Lawson, for her “absolute fabulousness” and “sophisticated savvy.” During the event, Mikki Taylor, related personal and profound truths that can be found in her book. The discussion covered a variety of rather personal topics, ranging from career advice to relationship advice.  As a result, attendees left with a newly formed spirit of community and sisterhood.    

Mikki Taylor & Alicia Wilson

Months ago, Alicia Wilson, Senior Vice President of Impact Investments and Senior Legal Counsel for the Port Covington Impact Team, was a presenter alongside Mikki Taylor at the Steve Harvey Camp for Young Men in Atlanta, GA.  After hearing Mikki Taylor speak, Wilson asked if she would bring her message to Baltimore.

“Mikki Taylor’s message is so powerful and potent for women and young girls in our community,” said Alicia Wilson. “It was an honor to have her come to Port Covington as one of the first presenters in our speaker series geared towards women.”

In addition to her editorial role at Essence Magazine, one of Mikki Taylor’s most notable accomplishments has been affirming the beauty of women of color. She continues to successfully encourage beauty companies to address and acknowledge gaps in the market with regards to black women. Mikki imparted the importance of beginning each day with a celebration of who you are and having an appreciate your uniqueness.

Attendees expressed how meaningful Essence Magazine has been in their lives, especially during times when women of color rarely saw themselves represented in mainstream media. Many felt inspired to use Mikki’s powerful advice to make positive changes in their daily lives.

In the spirit of Mikki Taylor’s message, Sharon Page, Executive Director of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation and a Baltimore native, partnered with the Port Covington Impact Team to ensure that young girls from Baltimore can attend the Girls Who Rule the World Conference in Atlanta, GA. The conference introduces young women ages 14-17 to strategies for building a solid foundation for a healthy and productive journey as they transition into womanhood. Proceeds from the event will help fund travel expenses for young women from Baltimore to attend the 2019 conference.

To learn more about Girls Who Rule the World, visit the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s website.

The next installment of the Women’s Series will be “Dream Catchers & Goal Setters” on September 19 at Nick’s Fish House. Follow the Port Covington Impact Team on Facebook for updates on future events.