Saturday afternoon, we went out to the Karen Civil Live Civil Brunch at Red Kiva. It was a great learning experience with a lot of great people in attendance.
The event was presented by Charismatic Solutions, headed by CEO & PR extraordinaire Robin Snowden & Zo Entertainment. The event was sponsored by Hip Hop Weekly, the Jordan Brand, Boost mobile, Saleem Music Group & Rich Boy Cartel.
The event started with mingling & networking with many of Chicago’s tastemakers. Then there was a delicious brunch served while WGCI provided music courtesy of DJ V Dub.
Following the food, the panel formed, headed by Karen Civil. The panel was hosted by Robin Snowden & Brandon Robinson & also included WGCI personality Loni Swain, marketing & brand developer Toussaint Werner, Lil Bibby manager Lorin Patrick, & Artist Manager Chicago Hurricane. Karen told the story about going from a young woman developing fan sites, recognizing the potential of the internet & developing a digital media company. She interned for Funkmaster Flex & then started the blog karencivil.com & became social media manager for Lil Wayne. She now heads a digital media company with clients like Beats by Dre & manages artists like Nipsey Hussle & YG. She gave a lot of advice about using the internet to build a brand & how to set yourself apart.
The panel answered questions about the importance of establishing & building a brand & having a vision board to help set & achieve goals. They also spoke about the difficulties of being black & being a woman trying to get respect in the industry. They all seemed to agree that it takes persistence, consistency, & ambition.
Karen Civil also spoke about her second blog & brand Live Civil, which answers a lot of the questions she finds herself often asked about. It’s a lifestyle blog extending off karencivil.com & definitely worth a view. She is currently writing a Live Civil book as well as building a school in Haiti & developing a Haitian American doll. Definitely doing big things.
Following the panel question & answers, people took pictures with Karen Civil & the panelists as well as Cory Hardrict who was also in attendance. After that there was more mingling & networking. People from different media outlets, as well as many members of SMG & Zo Ent, like Bowl King & Joe Rodeo.
It was an all around great event. Very informative & positive. Shout out to Karen Civil, Robin Snowden & Charismatic Solutions, Zo Enterprises, WGCI & all the panelists & people who made the event a success.
Check out photos from the brunch below: