Entrepreneurship has become a way of life for many creatives in the digital space. Millennials, in particular, are foregoing job interviews — and rejections — to utilize and market their talents and skills via startups, e-commerce sites or freelancing. A walk into any Starbucks on any given day will confirm this — that this generation is serious about taking control of their lives and finances in ways previous generations haven’t. Today’s young entrepreneurs are unafraid and constantly grinding independently.
Until the grind becomes stale and lonesome.
While “getting it how you live” does offer freedom and excitement most jobs don’t, one thing it doesn’t provide is live interaction and a tangible sense of community. Some great ways to cultivate that comradery all girl bosses need are to collaborate, get help, and co-work as often as possible. Business partners and co-curators Ashlee Laughlin and Tearra High are striving to make this happen with their inaugural event The Office Party D.C.
The Office Party, DC is the brain child of Ashlee and Tearra of @studio_deux. With a passion to bring #freelancers, #influencers and #smallbusiness owners together in one room to unwind, the duo has dedicated 2016 to planning an event that will allow their networks to come together while mixing and building with various go-getters in the DMV. Head over to the @studio_deux page to read more about them. Hit the link in the bio to meet them at the big event! #theofficepartydc
Scheduled for January 8, 2017, The Office Party is the premiere holiday event created with the millennial entrepreneur in mind. With an emerging community of creatives and thriving millennial professionals in the D.C. metro area specifically, the goal is launch an annual “holiday style” party catered to a demographic that is often overlooked during the “office party” season.
As most millennial freelancers and entrepreneurs work within the confines of their homes, having an event to call their own would only be the start of new relationships, comradery, and of course a moment in time to look forward to for years to come.
The duo has tirelessly worked on ensuring The Office Party D.C. is a success by creating social media buzz, securing amazing sponsors, and planning must-see party activities. Some of the sponsors include Get Plated DC, world traveling wedding photographer Ashleigh Bing, Vista Print, Slay Culture and more. Tickets are on sale but are in limited supply as the event gets closer.
Take a break from the grind and meet your future Boss BFFs and collaborators! The Office Party will be the go-to space for creative millennials to authentically connect and grow together in D.C. Get your tickets NOW!
The Office Party will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at The Loft at 600 F in Washington DC. Follow along on social media @theofficepartydc and at hashtag #TheOfficePartyDC. Contact organizers Ashlee Laughlin and Tearra High of Studio II for more information here.
Ariel C. Williams is the Editor-in-Chief of Slay Culture and author of The Girl Talk Chronicles (Amazon). Sound parenting, storytelling without bounds, and providing a space where Black women and Black boys (like she and her son) are celebrated for their greatness are things that keep her going. Tweet her @ArielSaysNow.