To everyone who was supporting me for this @thewomensempowermentexpo I am sad to say I was removed from the vendors list.
I hadn't received any information about what to do as a vendor and sent several messages to the person running the account to get more information. I was very direct in my business correspondence, assuming I was communicating w/ a large organization and needed the information necessary to plan. It is far from unreasonable for one professional to reach out to a team of assumed professionals regarding such information. In fact, its strange to have to do so 6 days away from an event.
Their response to me is that this event is being spearheaded by one woman who has a single helper who offloaded in a small tirade about how frustrated they were and admitted finally that they did not have answers and that no one had gotten details. Rather than indicating that or just stating as much when asked, she proceeded to inform me that due to her personal frustration regarding my persistence to manage my own business participation, they were rescinding the agreement we made 3 months in advance and removed me from their line up and marketing materials. When I asked why, “for reasons of self-care” was the unprofessional response I received.
I am disheartened that a Black businesswoman and owner of her own entity, claiming to promote women’s empowerment, would pull another young Black business woman from such an event for asking for professionally appropriate and necessary logistical information. As a professional, I would never have expected this from an entity promoting Women's Empowerment.
For my following and clientele please be informed of the culture behind this entity. It's not okay to pretend to be empowering women on a grand scale and then treat them unprofessionally behind closed doors and lack the professionalism to not make emotional decisions that contradict the entire position of the event. To invite another professional a seat at the table then pull their seat behind the scenes out of spite isn’t okay. Something this powerful and meaningful to women should be at the core of your values and interactions w/ women, otherwise, what's the point?