IMPACT Magazine presented some amazing women with the “Women of IMPACT” brunch during NBA Allstar Weekend. The honorees were Andrea Williams the Chief Experience Officer of the Utah Jazz, Nayo Campbell the Utah Jazz Reporter, and Dr. Tragil Wade-Johnson America’s Big Sister.
Partners of the event were Doterra, Meta, Progressive Leasing, and Vivint. Strong & Hanni, The Cook Center Foundation, The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, the Cameron Russell Williams Foundation, and Buckner were present for the brunch. “It is imperative for Meta to continue to support the efforts of IMPACT Magazine,” says William Marks. Uncle Nearest and Vida Tequila partnered to provide the most delectable drinks!
Glam By Jenny came through to provide that extra special touch to the brunch! Jenny and her team provided hand massages, manicures, and nail designs for the guests. Tamaine Grier had her custom ‘She Smokes’ cigars that paired really well with the Uncle Nearest Old Fashioned prepared by Wilhelmina Events. Bri Ray set the atmosphere with her angelic voice and presence!
“There are companies who talk about making an impact, and then there are companies that make an impact. IMPACT Magazine’s event was one of the most inspiring and motivational networking events I’ve been to. Tunisha has a way of bringing people together who build each other up and are doers in the community. An absolute honor to attend and be associated with these amazing women,” says Lianna Kinard, VP of Marketing, Buckner.
The afternoon was a true celebration of black women. “Women have been behind so much for so many years,” Wade-Johnson said. “It’s time to come to the front of the room and sit at the table. We’re so great at supporting, that’s what we’re made and built to do. But I really just think it’s time. I think the more people get a chance to see it, the generations behind us will be able to have a better blueprint of what this looks like.”
“I think being a woman is just powerful. There’s, of course, going to be those obstacles, but I think a woman’s voice is needed, especially in the world of sports,” Campbell said.
There was a panel discussion on “Being Black Leadership In Tech” where Morgan Williams, the CEO of Blendyd Studios, was the moderator. Alisa Malone, CEO of Persevere, spoke on their efforts to train people as full-stack software developers. Carolyn Hayden-Garner, Executive at Tesla, spoke on the power of diversity. Jonathan Ubri, the Vice President of Digital Marketing for Vivint offered advice to black professional considering entering into or advancing in tech. Deonn Henderson, Principal and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group says, “What I’ve experienced during the “Women of IMPACT” brunch was amazing. The combined effort and execution of the black community in Utah with companies like IMPACT Magazine was nothing short of excellence in the making.”