Hi Professionals,

Morgan here. As a co-founder of NolaBlackProfessionals.com, now TheBlackProfessional.com I have spent the last five and half years working to promote our black entrepreneurs, professionals and businesses in the city of New Orleans and now across the country. One thing that has also been incredibly important to me as well as the rest of our organization is serving the community. For those of you who know me personally or just follow me on social media, you know I have an ask every few months and I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people who see the need in supporting my requests. You’ve helped me collect money and items for families in need this past Christmas, after Hurricane Harvey, for the homeless during Thanksgiving over the years and in 2017 a few of you helped an organization fill lunchbags for the homeless as well.

This year my ask is one that will leave a longing impression. I have recently joined our other co-founder, Tiffany Willis, in an amazing women’s mentoring organization, The Orchid Society, a professional young women’s network that mentors young adolescent minority girls from under-served communities

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 7pm, The Orchid Society (TOS) will host its third Annual Orchid Honors gala at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

During the event we will be honoring Mrs. Dottie Reese and Dr. Margaret Montgomery-Richard of DMM & Associates,  Rev. Watson who serves as the Executive Pastor of Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Mrs. Crystal McDonald the Founder and CEO of Acrew and Mrs. Alanah Odoms-Hebert who serves as the Director of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Office of the Louisiana Supreme Court. This event serves to not only highlight and honor these phenomenal women, it also will raise funds to take our 12 Orchid Buds on their first international exposure trip. Past trips have included the White House, taken a college tour at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and worship at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

I realized the weight of the mentors and this organization one evening while volunteering at The Orchid sleepover. The mentors and young girls were asked to go around the circle and tell the group about one thing they wish they had done better in 2017 and one thing they were grateful for. As we whittled down to the final speeches, one young lady said that she was grateful for The Orchid Society. She’d never really been around other women like her mentors. Black women who spoke so positively and were supportive of her. In that moment I realized I took for granted so many opportunities I was afforded as a young girl and now, thinking all women were similar to who I was surrounded by, fierce and unwavering. I knew then that this wasn’t just a commitment to these young ladies to be available, but a commitment to myself to stay positive, be grateful, be impactful and move with a purpose because they are watching.

So today I ask you to consider one of three things:

  1. Purchase a ticket to the 3rd Annual Orchid Honors Gala
  2. Be a sponsor for the 3rd Annual Orchid Honors Gala
  3. Donate to The Orchid Society

As always, I appreciate each and every one of you for your kind contributions! Feel free to email me with any questions at mvalerie@theblackprofessional.com