Everybody has an idea about something, but not everyone can articulate their idea in a way that will get others to buy into it. That’s where Pitches for Breakfast comes in. “Learning how to pitch is a critical element in your professional profile, and it takes a great deal of practice to master. Opportunities like Pitches for Breakfast make sure that you’ll practice smarter with valuable feedback,” says Maisha Walker next month’s keynote speaker and president of Message Medium.
The concept of Pitches for Breakfast is the brainchild of Rochelle Hill, president of Precision Plus Communications. Pitches for Breakfast is an open mic for business and professional women of Pan-African descent (African, African American, Caribbean, and Latino). Participants of Pitches for Breakfast have 60 seconds to pitch their ideas, services, products, companies or themselves and receive honest feedback from a panel of senior executives from corporate, financial, marketing, human resources, career counseling and other industries. The panel of judges is intentionally comprised of decision-making professionals who are not black women to reflect a “real world” experience for the women who are pitching.
After receiving “American Idol-style” feedback from the panel, the audience participated in voting for “Pitch of the Month,” which was awarded to Sallomé Hralima, social architect for PlanIt Brooklyn in October. Salome used her 60 seconds to pitch licensing attorneys about her specialty pop-up shop, PlanIt Brooklyn. “Winning October’s “Pitch of the Month” was confirmation that the hard work I have done to get my idea off of the ground has been well worth it. By providing a space for me to get immediate feedback from industry professionals, Pitches for Breakfast has proven its commitment to growing women-run businesses and organizations, stated Hralima.”
The next Pitches for Breakfast will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dwyer Cultural Center located at 258 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. To purchase tickets visit december4pitchesforbreakfast.eventbrite.com.
Five percent of all ticket sales benefit the Harlem CARES Mentor-Recruitment Circle, a local affiliate of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, founded by Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of ESSENCE magazine.