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BYOB Was a Perfect Networking Event for Creative Entrepreneurs, Featuring Karen Civil and More

This past Memorial Day weekend, over 2,000 creatives and entrepreneurs gathered to for the second annual Build Your Own Brand (BYOB) Retreat in Atlanta, Georgia. BYOB Society’s Founder, Andrew Nguyen, wanted to bring individuals together to build professional growth and creativity.

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Opening Day

First, attendees were directed to early registrations and a meet and greet social. VIP guests enjoyed a private lounge area, preferred seating in all the sessions, and a private dinner.  Bumble Bizz, a professional networking app,  offered free complimentary makeup and a professional head-shot session. A great way to end the night was with the live painting session followed by an afterparty.


BYOB also had an interactive app for the event.  It featured interactive games and prizes–one prize being six months worth of student loans paid by Scholly. In addition, the app also included the schedule line-up with all of the speakers. You could also create your own profile, add information about your brand, connect, and network.

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The Experience

Over 30 seminars and panels were conducted. There were topics covered anywhere from social media branding to real estate investing. Attendees were also able to participate in Q&As by asking questions on the BYOB app. To sum up the retreat, media maven, Karen Civil was the keynote speaker. Civil spoke on her upbringing and her dedication to pursue her dream. In one of her most forceful statements to the crowd, Civil advised, “Never step over a dollar to pick up a nickel.”

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Breakout Sessions

Between the panels, there were many informative breakout sessions. One of the sessions called, “How To Pitch Yourself” gave tips on how to build your brand. It touched on understanding your goals and making sure you have proper headshots. The “How to Price Yourself “session provided different tips on how to price yourself for your business. You also learned how to check the market price value for your business and compare prices.

Another unforgettable session was “The Habits to Think like a Millionaire”. Necole Parker Green (CEO and Founder of the Elocen Group) talked about the kind of people you need to have in your corner as an entrepreneur. She listed“the sponsor, the mentor, and the advisor” as most important. Green also gave motivational advice to the audience with a quote, “Be the type of energy that no matter where you go, you always add value to the spaces and lives around you.

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After each panel, attendees left feeling inspired and ready to apply new methods and concepts.  If you’re looking for inspiration, networking, and an atmosphere of like-minded creatives, the BYOB Retreat is just for you. Follow BYOBLIVE on Instagram for future updates on the 2020 conference.  

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