Coffee Shop Tour Turns Workshop
Mujer RGV-The Workshop is something I've been dreaming about for a minute. I learned how to throw events at my previous job, but being as how I have needed so much guidance and leadership in trying to write and perform my own music, I figured, I couldn't be the only one struggling to accomplish the things that I most want to. Many people forget that to be a successful artist,(really a successful anything) one must learn the basics of what it takes to build a foundation for whatever platform you're trying to conquer. The Workshop was created slowly. It's basis,was to create a safe space to unite women artists and entrepreneurs of all ages, and of all walks of life, to learn, grown, inspire, and connect with each other.
The Ladies Who Made it Happen
Previous events were funded by Good Karma RGV, Grain to Glass, or the beautiful ladies of Kendra Scott La Plaza Mall. They were female musician centered and invited all female vendors to gather in one place and enjoy each others company. As events grew bigger and bigger I realized women from all over the Rio Grande Valley were eager to share what they love, what they know, and what they hoped for their futures. I felt as I was the one creating these events, that it was my job to help connect these ladies even further. I approached the fierce lady bosses of Michal Negrin RGV, Irene Kaplan, photographer, boutique owner, and artist all the way, and Roberta Castillo, co-owner of CC's Sweets & Tweets and most dedicated human being ever, I asked if they were interested in sponsoring this workshop. To my delight, they said YES, they were eager to bring more women together & from that moment, I dedicated every second to making sure this event was a success!
The Inspirational Ones
.The workshop was blessed by the presence of one of the most inpiring ladies. Monique Jeffrey, co owner of Shop 112, one of the most popular boutiques in the RGV, & Roberta, by sharing their experiences and advice to the lovely ladies who attended the workshop about business, social media, and what it really takes to run a successful business as a women. I think it important for all women to realize that their art, and their time, is worth something, you've just got to work really hard to make sure people know about it. These ladies shared such inspiring stories. Our workshop would not have been the same without them.
The Ladies who Learned
Over 40 babe bosses sat, smiled, laughed, and cried (ok, maybe that was just me), as we heard exactly what we needed to hear to begin or continue our own path. The most important thing I wanted to convey during the entire event is that we are all on very different paths and no matter what that path is, coming together to support each other is how we can truly get things done!
CC's Sweets & Tweets brought us little bites of heaven that Ismael Morales, also known as Life Through Lens on social media, beautifully captured.
Irene Kaplan knows how important head shots are for women lookiing to be taken seriously in a professional setting and was kind enough to gift each Mujer a free headshot!
Why it's Important.
I believe there is a negative stereotype about powerful women; That we can't work together, that we can't get along, that jealousy is rampant, and to be honest, it's ridiculous. Friction in communities is normal, especially in the fickle world of business. Not everyone will ever see eye to eye, but it's important to know that its not because we are women, it's because that is what happens when different people(of all genders and ethnicities) want different things and that is 100% OK . We want to work with more women who understand that to be successful in anything, you must learn to bring each other up and cultivate positivism, to receive positivism.
What is the Future for Mujer RGV
The future holds so much! When we began we had no idea what would happen, and I can honestly say we don't know exactly what will flourish in the next few months, but we will continue to host events monthly, as long as the demand is there. Our next free event takes place at Grind Coffee Co. in Edinburg, Texas on September 29th, and will go back to the basics. We will once again focus on female singers and musicians, and encourage all female supporters to come by, relax, enjoy some delicious coffee and original music by women of the Rio Grande Valley who are brave enough to stand in front of a microphone, bare it all, and entertain everyone with some magical tunes. Singer/Songwriting workshop is also in the works for the beginning of next year.
Thank you so much for reading! - Seems Fuentes
is project I began to build a few years ago solely focused on building a community of female artists, entrepreneurs, & musicians in the Rio Grande Valley who wanted to support one another & help each other grow. Slowly but surely it's turned into my biggest venture yet, leading events, workshops, online discussions, & all kinds of projects. With the help of my community, Mujer Rgv helps ensure the females of our area have a successful future, however that may look for them.