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Her Agenda x Alley present: Discovering Your Career "It" Factor


Apr. 20 2016, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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How to influence, maintain your confidence, and command respect as your career evolves.


6:30 pm - 7: 15 pm - pre-panel reception featuring Hooch cocktails and AssataBakes desserts. 

7:15 pm - 7:45 - Panel discussion moderated by Her Agenda founder Rhonesha

7:45 - 8:00 pm - Audience Q&A

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm - post - event networking


Mikki Taylor

Author, Speaker, Editor-at-Large, ESSENCE Magazine, President, Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC

Mikki Taylor is the quintessential authority on all matters regarding beauty.  From A-list celebrities and world-renowned cover models, to women-in-the-know, Mikki influences all types of women with her vision of beauty and style.  She has devoted a lifetime to helping women manage their inner and outer beauty and inspiring them to own their lives to the fullest.

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For over 30 years, Taylor served as ESSENCE Magazine’s groundbreaking Beauty & Cover Director, and is now Editor-at-Large for the publication.  In addition, she is the Founder and President of Mikki Taylor Enterprises, LLC, which serves as a holding company for a number of vertical businesses, including Satin Doll Productions, a full-service image building and consulting division, and MT Communications, a strategic communications and branding company.  Most recently, she was national spokesperson for AMBI Skincare, a division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.

Taylor has offered beauty and style advice through all types of media, including broadcast, digital and of course, print outlets, which culminated in her wildly successful book, Self-Seduction: Your Ultimate Path to Inner and Outer Beauty (Ballantine Books/One World).  This triumph left readers craving more, therefore the sequel, Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), hit store shelves in the Fall of 2011, becoming an instant hit among women nationwide.  Inspired firsthand by Michelle Obama’s “classic with a twist” fashion sense and confident approach to life, the book is a lifestyle resource guide for the everyday woman.

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Taylor has been featured on many television outlets, including: The Insider, Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, The View, Steve Harvey Show, TODAY, Weekend Today, NBC Nightly News, EXTRA, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment Television, CNN, TV Guide Channel, VH1, WE-TV, CBS 2 Morning News, the Style Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show, BET, and TV One. Viewers also received a weekly dose of Taylor’s positive influence on VH1’s highest rated debut series Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School, which premiered to more than five million viewers. Each week, Taylor served as the voice of reason and compassion as she imparted to the women honest, valuable information, insight and tips to help the contestants—and the women who watched the show—live a more productive, pride-filled life. She also served as the host of the TV One series Makeover Manor.


Alexandra Wilkis Wilson

Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD; Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Gilt

Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a digital entrepreneur who co-founded the influential e-commerce retailer Gilt and currently oversees the mobile app startup GLAMSQUAD, home-delivering affordable beauty services to tech savvy consumers.

A pioneering dealmaker who found success in the nexus of technology and the luxury goods sector, Wilson is also an advisor, mentor and angel investor who shares her expertise with diverse entrepreneurs.

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Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at Bulgari, overseeing 15 North American stores. Before working at Bulgari, Alexandra managed Leather Goods Sales Planning for Louis Vuitton North America. She had previously worked at Financo for the late retail guru Marvin Traub, former Chairman and CEO of Bloomingdales. Alexandra began her career working for 3 years in investment banking at Merrill Lynch.

Alexandra holds a B.A. from Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She speaks five languages and has studied, lived, and worked internationally in Latin America, Europe, and Japan.

Alexandra is on the Board of Directors of Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY). She has served on the non-profit boards of: Dress for Success Worldwide, The National Retail Federation Foundation, Women’s Forum, Inc and Fashion Group International. She is an active fundraiser for her alma maters The Brearley School, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Harvard University.

Alexandra, together with Gilt co-founder Alexis Maybank, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop (Portfolio/Penguin).


Alicia Quarles 

Award Winning TV Journalist

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It's easy to see why celebrities readily open up to Alicia Quarles. The seasoned journalist has a talent for making stars such as Angelina Jolie and George Clooney comfortable, yet is able to pull newsworthy and revealing tidbits that are more than entertainment fluff from her interviews.

Quarles’ wide­ranging talents have led her to anchoring live coverage from the red carpet of the Academy Awards, to covering the White House Correspondents Dinner, to being on the field reporting from several Super Bowls, to interviewing at the Cannes Film Festival for outlets such as: MSNBC, The Today Show, The Associated Press, People/Time Inc., Headline News and VH1. Quarles spent three years at E! News where she served as the lead correspondent based in New York. During her time with E! She reported live from major red carpets such as the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. In addition, she co­hosted specials, fill­in anchored, created programming and broke news across formats.

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Quarles joined E! from The Associated Press where she was the Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor, overseeing a staff of more than 60 people. Quarles has traveled the globe for exclusive interviews with some of pop culture's most fascinating names. She was also integral in covering President Obama's Inaugurations, the death of Michael Jackson and its aftermath, and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor.

She has had nothing short of a meteoric rise since graduating summa cum laude from the University of Southern California. After graduation, Quarles accepted a position with Associated Press Television as an entertainment reporter and producer in Los Angeles. While there, she covered newsworthy events such as the Grammys, Academy Awards, Billboard Awards, death of President Reagan, and the Golden Globes.

Quarles has garnered respect, admiration and genuine affection from her peers, top publicists, managers and other key players in the industry. She has won her reputation with her sterling work, her gregarious nature and her determination to be the best, and to put out the best work.


Rhonesha Byng, Founder Her Agenda

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Rhonesha Byng is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto serves as the inspiration for her company Her Agenda -- a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women.  Named 28 Under 28 by NBCBLK and one of 29 People To Know by BET, she's been featured by publications including Black Enterprise,, and Seventeen Magazine. Her work as a journalist has been awarded by the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists.

Her Agenda is an award-winning digital media platform working to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Named a top website for millennial women by our content attracts ambitious women and we give them the tools to become accomplished women. We curate, and create events, workshops, panels and conferences and we publish articles that feature actionable career advice. Her Agenda also publishes exclusive interviews with powerful, successful women who offer honest advice from their career journey to our readers. For more visit,

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Alley is the most supportive community on the planet for early stage businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs of all types. We have dynamic co-working spaces in Manhattan. We foster a creative and collaborative environment, so that you can produce your best work.


AssataBakes, for sponsoring the desserts.


Hooch, for providing the cocktails.

Hooch is the first ever members only cocktail App. We buy our members 1 DRINK EVERY DAY at any participating venue. For as low as $9.99 a month, less than the price of ONE cocktail, our members can redeem up to 31 drinks per month, the first round is always on us! Hooch is currently available in NY, LA, Miami, Austin and Dallas.



Thanks to GlamSquad for providing glam services to our panelists and a special discount to our guests.

Making getting ready a whole lot easier, GLAMSQUAD is a mobile beauty provider delivering professional and affordable beauty services to the home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be.


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