Mission accomplished! Just days ago I returned to Indianapolis, Indiana, for my second time where the Indiana Fashion Foundation (IFF) is passionately at work to produce the inaugural Indiana Fashion Week (INDFW) event! This was a great assignment for me as the keynote speaker for the first live installment of the Making it IN Fashion Initiative. Wow! What a moment...an engagement...an impacting experience!
You may ask, "Indiana has a fashion week?" They didn't...but yes...they do now. What I love about what the IFF + INDFW are building is that it is all about community. There is a "bigger picture" in view - beyond the runway...behind the style - there is true purpose engaged. The visionary, Denisha "Dlang" Ferguson, is to be applauded for her heart which pulsed through the room full of diversity and inclusion, variety of backgrounds and stories. I tell no tales when I say that the event was personal, passionate and powerful; if I do say so myself. From the riveting introduction by INDFW Event Director, Temara Payton, to the wrap up by INDFW Brand Manager, Mich Weston...the atmosphere was charged to enhance, uplift, equip and empower.
I enjoyed my time immensely as the interview became a conversation in which everyone took place in. I was happy to be able to share from my book, The Influence Workbook, with all the attendees who sat with notepads and pens in full use. As a speaker, it is always rewarding when you can see people interacting with and responding to your words. Fashion was the attraction but is clear that the agenda is life...better and greater!
I am honored to have had this experience and am happy to share some highlights from the event, here:
Mark your calendars for June 18-22nd, 2019, and meet me back in Indiana for the inaugural Indiana Fashion Week 2019! One thing my father taught me, "everybody wants to be around the bomb goes off...but always appreciate the people whom were there when the bomb was set!" Meet me in Indianapolis and let's be part setting that bomb of community, creativity and collaboration!
Check out the video! Thank you, Indiana Fashion Foundation + Indiana Fashion Week!
ELLIOT CARLYLE | the brand. the voice.