Brooklyn’s Power Lunch

Dear Readers,

It is my pleasure to introduce to some, and re-introduce to others, Latisha Daring, a dynamic Brooklynite who has given new meaning to the words Power Lunch.

Ms. Daring is a beautiful sister who owned and operated Pieces Boutique, on Vanderbilt Avenue in Brooklyn for 10 years.  Pieces was the “go-to” shop for women who wanted a one-of-a-kind dress, or accessory, that was guaranteed to be a conversation starter.  After the boutique closed, Latisha decided to use her business triumphs to inspire women to pursue their dreams of starting, and managing, a thriving business.  This vision led her to create Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring.

For the second year in a row, on Sunday, April 27th I put my role as special event planner aside, and happily took on the role of a guest when I attended a Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring held at event Milk River Brooklyn.  The theme for this year’s luncheon was Faith, Focus, Forward.

Each year, Ms. Daring invites several dynamic women, who are also successful business owners and community leaders, to share their stories with us and provide motivation and inspiration.  This year’s panelists were:

Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, an award-winning political strategist, women’s activist and lifestyle expert, Nancy Hass, a renowned author who focuses on fashion, culture and business, Aisha Hinds, a celebrated performing artist who appears in leading films, television shows and the stage, Darlene Gillard Jones, the former Essence magazine fashion editor, who is the founder of the Gillard Jones Agency, Renee Neufville, award-winning songwriter, musician and co-founder of the platinum selling duo Zhane, and April Walker, fashion pioneer, business woman and founder of Walker Wear in the early 90s.

In addition to the heart-felt encouragement we received from the esteemed panel, we were able to ask questions of our host and panelists, and network with our table guests.  Established business owners were also given an opportunity to present their brand to this gathering of nearly 200 women.  I purchased some wonderful items from two impressive Brooklyn companies: She’s Got Papers, a unique online stationery boutique and Flourish Accessories, a unique home furnishing boutique.

I was reminded that my agenda needs to be front and center and that I need to continue to sharpen my vision for Brooklyn Legends.  I left feeling pleased that I attended and impressed with how the day unfolded.

Ms. Daring has taken this concept to Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Chicago, IL.  Each event is sold-out for one reason – women, like me, are waiting to be inspired, challenged and nurtured.  If you are an aspiring business owner, or if you are looking for that extra bit of motivation and a chance to grow your network of friends and supporters, I encourage you to attend a luncheon.  With her career in fashion to guide her, and an ability to draw positive and dynamic people into her circle, I know Latisha’s vision for Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring will soar.

Brooklyn Legends is proud to salute The Ladies Who Lunch with Latisha Daring, and we applaud Ms. Daring for her unique vision.   So that you can follow her progress, we have added this site to the Brooklyn Legends blog roll.

Remember, the possibilities are endless so dream big!




Information on Latisha Daring –
Madam Noire – A Lifestyle Guide for Black Women –
Photos of 2014 Panelists taken from
She’s Got Papers from –
Flourish Accessories logo from



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