CoInvent Pulse is a business & technology trade show and conference that’s scheduled to take place at Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, on Nov 9th, 2015. This event features a show floor, 10 business workshops, a Pre-Party hosted by Red Bull, a VIP after party, a 24-hour Tesla test drive giveaway, a VIP lounge, and more! It’s estimated to be one of the largest technology gatherings with thousands of attendees. It’s an excellent place where innovative corporations and startups meet each other, build business relationships, and promote their businesses . This event is free for expo and workshop attendees. Read the whole program at http://pulse.coinvent.co/
On October 13th, Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlaine McCray and Office to Combat Domestic Violence Commissioner Rosemonde Pierre-Louis hosted the City’s 2nd annual UpStander Awards at Harlem Hospital. Chamber President, Quenia Abreu and Chamber Management Fellow, Jacquelyn Martell, attended the event which honored individuals and organizations for their work in combating domestic violence and intimate partner violence. The event was a great way to honor everyday-New Yorkers and individuals working on both a national and international level to spread awareness about domestic violence. The Chamber looks forward to working with the administration in its efforts to combat and bring awareness to domestic violence.
The youngest of seven children born to working-class parents in Queens, New York, Vera Moore vowed with her first job out of high school as a stenographer that she would make a difference for her family.
“The next floor you scrub,” she told her mom, who washed floors on her hands and knees as a domestic worker, “will be your own.”
Five years later, she bought her parents a house – and swept them along in her own success as an actress who had a 10-year run as Nurse Linda on the soap opera Another World.
“We didn’t have the money, but we had the moral support,” Moore, 70, tells PEOPLE, recalling the childhood inspiration of hearing her mother read herThe Little Engine That Could. “Even though I was the youngest, I always was the one who wanted to do it, wanted to go for it. I always had that drive in me.”
Fame carried her to another career. As a singer and theater actress who moved into television, she was unhappy with the makeup then available to a performer of color.
“So I concocted my own,” she says. “But then, the lightbulb: You’re not the only one suffering from this. This is not just your personal dilemma, there is a dilemma. There is a need.”
In 1979 that realization launched Vera Moore Cosmetics, initially funded when she and her husband, Billy Helms, mortgaged their home and later opened a mall shop. Now, her line is marketed in 56 Duane Reade stores and Walgreens specialty-makeup “LOOK boutiques” across the country, plus Puerto Rico and China.
Emphasizing both makeup and skin care, the business grew from its initial target of black women – “because that’s where the void was” – to women of all cultures.
She also persevered while focusing on family illnesses and then the loss of her parents, her sister and four of her five brothers.
“It’s been rough,” she says, “but I think my priorities were where they were supposed to be.”
“I’ve had so many challenges,” she says. “How did I survive them, and come up smiling? I have to always go to a higher power, a higher being. I thank God every day.”
• Reporting by JACKIE FIELDS