Charm THEM: Networking in the City

Arlington Underground Gallery
Arlington Underground Gallery

On Thurday, February 27th the Street Intell team attended Networking in the City at the Underground Arts Gallery in Arlington, Virginia.

Upon arrival to the event guests were greeted by CharmTHEM chief event coordinator and CEO, Dionda Fugitt. The first 12 guest to arrive received a complimentary rose courvoisier gift bag in honor of Charm THEM’s 2 year anniversary. During the event guests had the opportunity to take part in an assortment of refreshments; beer, coconut water, and soda as well as an on site wine vendor. In addition, guest were treated to lite catering provided by Kitchen Cray, Jaleo Spanish Restaurant and Chipotle.

The atmosphere of the event was very welcoming and the space allowed for everyone to appreciate the beautiful creations of local artists displayed all around the room. We mingled and networked with a variety of area vendors form varying industries pertaining to skincare, jewelry, real estate and self improvement. We ran into artist and writer, Ally Lee who shared in brief conversation that she was in the process of publishing her first book, “The Girls Guide to War”. We also had the opportunity to converse with 24 year Navy veteran, Stacy Lauren who shared her inspirational story on starting her handmade jewelry line.  Mingling with guests and vendors we eventually found ourselves in a corner chatting it up with business owner, Marci H. Marci shared insight on her former career as a retail buyer for department stores and how through that experience she was able to make the decision to start her own business.  Marci also expressed how being a business owner allowed her to have control of her schedule and provided her more time to spend with her daughter.

Through out the evening everyone had a great time engaging and learning about each others brands. There were also phenomenal speakers that shared how to become a social entrepreneur and  gave awesome tidbits on how to properly network. If you missed out on this event you missed out on an amazing opportunity to learn and build. We caught up with the CEO of Charm THEM and got her thoughts on the entire event.

As a result of all the participating vendors and guest, Charm THEM  was able to donate $500 to the Arlington Arts Alliance. Look out for more to come from CharmTHEM events.

Photography by: Third I Images

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