First Annual Women's Bruncheon & GRLKND Launch Event

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This September, Roomrs hosted our First Annual Women’s Bruncheon in collaboration with Milly Bannister and the launch of her new brand, GRLKND.

With food and drinks provided by Brooklyn Crepe and Juice, and a panel of diverse, engaging women ranging in expertise, the event was intended to be a safe space for women of all experiences and backgrounds.

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Social media influencer, Milly Bannister, began the conversation by outlining her newest project, GRLKND. She explained that she hopes to use the platform to empower young girls by reminding them to live their best, most confident lives, while simultaneously providing useful steps to achieve genuine success. 

Along with Milly, our panel was compromised of an eclectic group of female entrepreneurs, all sharing a common desire to increase the conversation surrounding taboo topics. Together, panelists created discussions with attendees about a variety of concepts, from women in the workplace and girl bosses, to women’s standing in relationships, female-specific health and wellness, and the stigma’s attached to each of these overall ideas.  

As each speaker shared and engaged with the audience, it quickly became clear that we all shared a common aspiration - to inspire confidence in how each individual looks and feels every day. 

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Some highlights included a group meditation led by Roomrs' resident and certified yogi and mindfulness coach, Baylee Stokes. Through her exercises, she reminded us about how important it is to take a moment for yourself, each and everyday, to breathe, be present, and quiet your mind from all the noise of daily tasks and anxieties. 

Similarly, many of the other panelists, including founder of FlossBar, Eva, shared their stories and struggles surrounding a male-dominated work culture. Several of our attendees opened up and shared their own stories as well, breaking the barrier and reminding us that, ultimately, we are all connected.

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We were even lucky enough to have the mother of one our the residents join us for the event. Over the course of the afternoon, she spoke to us about her relationship with her daughter, and the ways in which she had always aimed to empower in her parenting, while simultaneously allowing her daughter to learn her own lessons and make her own mistakes.

Among these highlights, we also heard from Leah, founder of the intimate clothing brand Love, Leah Leona. While with us, she touched on a variety of healthy eating habits and useful tips to increase body confidence. Izzy of Peach & Lily also attended and discussed the importance of skincare while handing out some amazing, exclusive products.

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Finally, we heard from Sustain, a company striving to increase awareness with regards to female hygiene and sexual health. The discussion helped us to admit that we all have similar questions and insecurities, and that it is okay, in fact it’s comforting, to speak about them and understand that you are not alone.

We are still so humbled and honored to have had so many beautiful and powerful women attend this event - both on and off the panel. It is safe to say that each of us walked away with a sense of empowerment, courage, and community that we have rarely, if ever, felt before.

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This event was just the beginning of Roomrs new, ongoing Speaker Series. With different topics each time, we aim to raise awareness, create a sense of intimacy, and ultimately share ideas between a wide array of individuals.

Is there a topic you’d be particularly interested in for our next Roomrs Speaker Series event? Send us a DM and let us know! 

A huge thank you to those of you who joined in on this special event, and stay tuned for more to come!


For the full album of pictures from the event, click here!

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