Chat n’ Chew with Tish Featuring Nikki Lee Brown

Hey TAT Family!

In this episode of Chat n’ Chew with Tish, I’ll be featuring Nikki Lee Brown, founder of Urban Prosperity.  I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Nikki at Sixty Vines while discussing her career journey, from teenage mom to starting her own company, Urban Prosperity, and becoming a heavy hitter in financial services.

Nikki Lee Brown, Founder of Urban Prosperity

Nikki launched Urban Prosperity in 2018 with a focus on developing critical financial foundations for women of color to increase their net income and net worth.  Nikki’s vision is for the organization to help women achieve financial prosperity via content development, financial coaching, courses, and community engagement.  During our interview, Nikki’s passion shone through with the way she spoke about her desire to build a brand that can benefit women that look like her. She was very informative and stated that; “Urban Prosperity is my love story to black women.”  This one statement, which summed up her ‘why’ for starting Urban Prosperity is quite powerful and gave me ‘chills.’

Nikki is currently preparing a financial empowerment conference for women, tagged ‘Permission to Prosper Conference.’  In fact, my interview with Nikki is leading up to the conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 27that The Westin Galleria Dallas. Nikki describes the conference as a one-day experience focused on exploring the various ways, tools, and resources women can use to obtain financial wellness across multiple industries.  She is creating an environment that is beautiful and social, yet informative and inspiring.

When I looked at the conference topics, and guest panelists, I was quite impressed. Some of the top nationally known experts in beauty, fashion, real estate, finances, digital media, and marketing will be in attendance.  There are so many fabulous panelists to name, but some of my favorites are, Claire Summers of Fashion Bomb Daily, Fashion Buyer & Designer Nichole Lynel, and Supa_Cent of The Crayon Case.

Permission to Prosper Conference
Saturday, April 27th at The Westin Galleria Dallas

Nikki expressed during our interview that she’s most excited about the entry courtyard décor and the interactive activations at the conference.  This is because, besides providing a financial content packed event, she also wants to create an environment that is inviting and fit for a BOSS.  Over the years Nikki has attended a lot of women empowerment conferences, but her favorite is ‘Create & Cultivate’, which is founded by Jaclyn Johnson.  She loves the content, informative guest speakers, and most of all the interactive activations, which inspired the activations that will be at the ‘Permission To Prosper Conference.’

See below Q&A to learn more about Nikki Lee Brown (NLB):  
Tish:  Where are you from, and how long have you been living in Dallas?

NLB:  I’m a Proud New Yorker, who relocated to Dallas in 2007, so after 12 years it’s my adopted city.

Tish:  Tell me a little about your background in the financial services industry.

NLB:  I started in the financial services industry right out of high school and have held various leadership positions across Sales, Operations, and Wealth Management over the past 19 years.

Tish:  What inspired you to start Urban Prosperity?

NLB:  Since I’ve built my career in financial services, family and friends would come to me personally when they were making financial decisions. Over the years, those interactions have grown to include friend referrals, and I noticed a pattern, especially among women. Women, in particular, women of color did not know how to improve their financial situation. And, I validated my problem statement with industry data, which forecasted a dire story for women of color in particular. It was at that point that I knew I had to start a company to help women achieve financial wellness.

Tish:  Will the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ be an annual event?

NLB:  At this time we plan to keep the conference annual with smaller community events throughout the year.

Tish:  Are you planning any other upcoming events?

NLB:  Building community is one of our company’s four critical pillars, and as such, we will have an on-going event series to inform and improve the financial landscape for women.

Tish:  We ask all our Chat n’ Chew guests, what is your favorite restaurant in Dallas?

NLB:  Hmm… I’m an extreme foodie, so that’s hard. I would say my favorite restaurant for food is Ocean Prime, but my favorite for dessert is Kona Grill, as their butter cake is amazing!

About Sixty Vines
The Chat n’ Chew took place at Sixty Vines in Plano, and we had a light dinner and wine.  This is one of my favorite restaurants when I’m in the mood for trying a new wine, and I love their food.   Sixty Vines have over 40 wines on tap (yes on tap), so you have more than enough wines to pick from.  You also have the option of getting 2 oz, 5 oz, or 8 oz pours, or a bottle.  The 2 oz and 5 oz pours allow you to build your own wine flight, which is always a fun option when you want to try some different wines.

Sixty Vines Wines on Tap – 40+ Wines on Tap

Meatballs – pork & local wagyu, san marzano tomato sauce, pecorino romano

Crab Louie – gulf jumbo lump crab, tender bibb, marinated tomatoes, cucumbers, breakfast radishes, chopped free range egg, asparagus, classic louie dressing

I had a fabulous time interviewing Nikki, and I enjoyed hearing about her journey.   I left the interview inspired, and excited about attending the conference.  I leave you with some final words from Nikki about her commitment to women.

“My commitment to helping women achieve financial wellness is what drives me to do the work on a daily basis. My daughter is watching, and this foundation is her future.”

See you at the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ on Saturday, April 27th.  Get your tickets on Eventbrite.  Also, make sure you follow Urban Prosperity on Instagram for financial tips and news on upcoming events.

See you around town!

What’s Next for Tish Around Town…

Hi TAT Family!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reached out to you via the blog.  I apologize for the eerie silence, and I promise I’ll make it up to you.

Over the last year, I’ve been traveling to some of my favorite cities and simply enjoying life.  I’ve also been focused on exploring the Dallas social scene centered around food and wine.  However, in the last couple of months, I took some time off to reflect on the next steps for Tish Around Town and see precisely where I would best fit in the industry.

Tish Around Town has always been about sharing my thoughts and experiences related to food with my family, friends and followers.  But now, I’m at a place where I want to take Tish Around Town to another level by hosting events and trips, with a focus on exploring and learning more about food and wine across different cultures around the world.

The plan is to host a variety of fun events and trips that’ll take your taste buds on a cultural and culinary journey while being educated by some of the best in the industry.  I will be hosting wine & cocktail tastings, supper club style dinners, food & wine festivals, and some other unique interactive events in Dallas and other cities…as well as out of the country. Tish Around Town is now going Around The World, so pack your bags and get ready to go on some tasty trips with me.  First stop on the international journey is South Africa March 2020 (more details coming soon).

DALLAS, make sure you SAVE THE DATE for my 1st SWIG + NOSH:  Texas Style Wine Pairing & Tasting scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:30pm.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town, and don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming events and trips.

See you around town!

 

Ringing in 2016: Tish Around Town Highlights of 2015

Hey TAT Family! Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but I had to come out of blogger hibernation to share my highlights of 2015. This was a challenging year for me with many ups and downs, but I was still able to make some lifetime memories with traveling, and attending some fun and unique events. I hope you enjoy my favorite experiences of 2015, and can add a few of these experiences to your 2016 social calendar.

Jose James Concert – Yesterday I Had The Blues
I attended quite a few concerts in 2015, but the Jose James concert was my favorite. I’ve been a huge fan of Jose James for many years, and this was my second time seeing him live and once again James and his band did not disappoint. He’s considered a jazz artist, but it’s hard to put his music into one single genre/category.   He has a very unique sound, and he’s known for blending modern jazz, hip-hop, soul and R&B into his music.

Jose sung a lot of songs from his latest album, Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, which is a great tribute to the beautiful “Lady Day”. I also enjoyed the opening act Brandon Williams with performances by Deborah Bond , Matt Cusson, Anesha & Joi Tiffany. It was a night I’ll never forget, and I am so grateful for Next Level Events for putting together such a wonderful show!

Follow Next Level Events on Facebook to stay in the loop on their upcoming shows & events.

Jose James

Jose James – Photo by David Strawn

Brandon Williams

Brandon Williams – Photo by David Strawn

All Vinyl Everything (monthly event April – September)

‘Dance like nobody’s watching’ is one of my favorite quotes, and I did exactly this at “All Vinyl Everything” (AVE) Memorial Day weekend.   AVE is a monthly event from April to September where the best DJs dig into the crates and spin the hottest hits on vinyl (no laptops allowed).  Also, DJs and music lovers can buy, trade or sell vinyl at the event. AVE was established in 2012, and over the years this event has built a strong following of fun people that love good music.

Follow All Vinyl Everything on Facebook & Instagram for information on their upcoming events.

All Vinyl Everything (AVE) with DJ Applejac & my #GramFam Aisha!

Good times at All Vinyl Everything (AVE)!

Cruising the Mediterranean – Italy, Spain & France
I took a cruise through the Mediterranean, and it was simply AMAZING! There are not enough pictures or videos I can post to show the beauty of Europe. I have been to Europe a few times with friends, but this trip was near and dear to my heart because I was able to experience it this time with family celebrating a milestone birthday with my mother. My previous trips to Europe gave me an advantage to planning the perfect vacation for my family. I am a firm believer that doing a combination of land and sea through Europe is a great way to cover multiple locations and it’s easier on the pockets if planned right.

We took the Epic on Norwegian and it departed from Rome. We visited a lot of cities throughout Italy, France & Spain. The added bonus was ending our trip with a train ride from Rome to Venice. This was truly a bucket list trip, and I’m glad I could share this experience with my family.

Stay tuned to Tish Around Town for more details about my trip, pictures and tips & tricks for traveling in Europe by land & sea.

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Epic on Norwegian Cruise Line

Gondola Ride in Venice with my family

My Gondola Ride in Venice with my family!

“i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin” 
I had the opportunity to attend the opening of I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah. This exhibition featured André 3000’s custom designed black jumpsuits he wore during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014. Each jumpsuit has a Twitter length unique phrase that’s thought provoking, intriguing, and some are just out-right funny. This exhibition also featured the work of filmmaker Greg Broomall and painter Jimmy O’Neal.

This event was truly a memory for the books, and the added bonus is that I got a chance to meet him. Savannah is one of my favorite cities, and the SCAD Museum is always at the top of my list when I visit. Make sure you check out the blog I wrote, A Peaceful Weekend Retreat: Savannah/Hilton Head.

I feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin at SCAD!

ONE Musicfest
I look forward to ONE Musicfest every year, and this year didn’t disappoint with a great line up featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, A$AP Rocky, Janelle Monae & Wonderland, Wale, SZA, Ghostface & Raekwon, Raury, Big KRIT, 8Ball and MJG, Scarface, Bun B, The Internet and much more. ONE Musicfest started in 2010 at a small outdoor venue, and now it’s considered the #1 Urban Music Festival in the Southeast with over 15,000 attendees, multiple stages, vendors and food trucks.

The founder of One Musicfest, J Carter says, “It’s our modern day Woodstock”, and I agree!

For more information on the 2016 ONE Musicfest visit the website.

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Enjoying OneMusic Fest with my fellow music lovers!

Diner en Blanc 
Diner en Blanc also known as the “Dinner in White” was my most unique event in 2015. This event is often described as a flashmob picnic and the world’s largest dinner party. I have attended a lot of themed events, but Diner en Blanc by far exceeded my expectations. I couldn’t imagine I would be having a dinner, and dancing the night away in front of the Fox Theatre on Peachtree Street with 1,700 people dressed in all white formal attire.

Diner en Blanc is by invitation only, traditionally issued from organization leaders, members/past attendees and event volunteers. The invitation process can be a little confusing, and there are multiple phases to this process. My fellow blogger, Nadeen from The Sophisticated Life does a great job on giving you all of the details you need for getting an invitation and all of the rules you must follow as an attendee.

Diner en Blanc Guide for First Timers by Nadeen – The Sophisticated Life.

Diner en Blanc

Dinner is severed! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Diner en Blanc

Sparkler time at Diner en Blanc! Photo by Tiffany Powell Photography

Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe
Atlanta has turned into a breading ground for festivals. There are multiple festivals every weekend so there isn’t a shortage on things to do in Atlanta, and you have a large variety of food, music and wine and beer festivals to pick from. Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe was my favorite food & wine festival for 2015. This festival features chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants and caterers, local farms, fine wines, premium micro-brews, live music and retailers in the beautiful gardens at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The price for this festival is a little more than other festivals, but it is well worth the price for the quality of food & wine, portion sizes and the countryside atmosphere.

This event takes place in early November, but the tickets usually go on sell in August or September. Follow Les Dames d’Escoffier International on Facebook or Twitter.

Serenbe

Welcome to Serenbe!

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Enjoying the festival with my fellow foodie!

Well, that wraps up 2015. It was a great year, and 2016 is already off to a wonderful start! I recently visited New York City, so stay tuned to my New York review of my bites out of the ‘Big Apple’.

Stay turned to Tish Around Town for your road map for making lifetime memories and living life in 2016. See you around town!

Leave a comment below with some of your highlights of 2015, and tell me about any plans you have for 2016.

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