The fall is always such an exciting time for Vanessa James Media. It’s a good time for me to reflect on the year and a great opportunity to look at the upcoming season. Last year, I sat on the beach and I thought about ways that I could celebrate my brand while bringing together amazing women in South Florida who are incredible at what they do. Right then and there, I crafted “The Women of Impact Dinner”. In it’s second year, it now serves as VJMedia’s signature event to celebrate, honor, and connect with women in the marketplace who are truly impactful.
For the second year in a row I had the pleasure and honor of collaborating with one of my prestige brands Cadillac, to curate this unforgettable experience. General Motors and Cadillac came to the call along with 15th and Vine (Rooftop restaurant inside Miami’s prestigious Viceroy Hotel). Partnering with these two luxury brands and bringing together female trailblazers to celebrate in their success; now that’s where the magic is! We honored women from all walks of media, entrepreneurs, influencers, motivators and pioneers.
For me when I think about what makes an event truly successful, I always say to myself, “it has to feel good”. It MUST marry all of your senses in one experience and it has to feel right. From the place settings, to the hand written place cards, curated menus and most importantly the energy, all of those elements were in play to create a memorable night. I’m proud to say, I nailed it! That’s a part of the beauty of creating; you have an idea that you plan, you craft, curate and you watch it all come to life.
We also enjoyed a very special moment celebrating one of South Florida’s premiere bloggers and our friend Jewel Figueras who has been battling cancer recently. General Motors stepped in to do something incredibly special for her that evening. Jocelyn Allen, along with the entire GM team came together to present Jewel with a check for the Ovarian National Alliance in her honor. They also created a hashtag appropriately named: #GMForJewel. What a heartwarming moment it was to see Jewel overcome with emotion and gratitude. I couldn’t think of a better way to close the evening.
I cannot close without thanking the incredible staff at 15th and vine for their impeccable service along with those unforgettable fried apple pies. Both were the talk of the town. From the ambiance, to the incredible food, to the desserts, this was truly a delectable night! Cheers to many more moments and memories like this, where vision becomes reality.
I’m on a mission to take the movement national, so lookout New York, Chicago, LA, San Francisco and the Caribbean as Vanessa James media is coming your way with similar experiences in a city near you very soon! I want to take a moment to honor everyone who made the night possible. From the General Motors and Cadillac family, the team at the Axis Agency, Rachel Pinzur PR, and the incredible staff at 15th and Vine- many thanks for all of your support! Until next year!
Written by Vanessa James. All opinions are my own. Promotional consideration: General Motors, Cadillac, 15th & Vine, Viceroy Hotel, Barre Motion, MantraBands, Claudia Calle Artistry.