“Collaborate, Not Compete”: Entrepreneur Launches Women’s Empowerment Website

By Saleen Martin
The Virginian-Pilot

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “EmpoweringHER” started as a brunch gathering in 2016. Founder Keisha Reynolds and a friend noticed that successful women entrepreneurs in Hampton Roads were hosting similar events, but not together. Now, she invites 100 women to the annual event to network and listen to speakers discuss self-care, finances, balancing work and life, business and other topics.

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“Collaborate, not compete,” Keisha Reynolds said as she talked about her women’s empowerment organization. “We’re stronger when we have a tribe of people that we can celebrate with, as well as share our hardships.”

That’s what she wants to encourage among the women in Hampton Roads and around the globe.

The 28-year-old Norfolk resident launched a website — EmpoweringHER Together Worldwide — in early October.

The site has 20 members so far, including women from Hampton Roads, her hometown of Detroit and Ghana, said Reynolds, who came to Hampton Roads five years ago to get her master’s degree in media and communications at Norfolk State University.

She runs her own public relations firm, K&R Communications, where she represents local organizations like Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk and The Hampton Roads Black Regional Chamber of Commerce. She also teaches public relations at Hampton University.

EmpoweringHER started as a brunch gathering in 2016, Reynolds said. She and a friend noticed that successful women entrepreneurs in Hampton Roads were hosting similar events, but not together.

“If we had this event together, it could just be tremendous,” she thought.

Now, she invites 100 women to the annual event to network and listen to speakers discuss self-care, finances, balancing work and life, business and other topics.

Women from North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D. C., New York and other areas come to the event, she said. Some attendees have gone on to work together after meeting there.

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