Network ‘n’ Chill: Season 2 Kick-Off – A Triumph of Community and Collaboration

Intro: A Gathering of Visionaries

In the heart of Montgomery, Alabama, under the expansive southern sky, something extraordinary unfolded—a testament to the power of community, collaboration, and the unwavering commitment to positive change. The Network ‘n’ Chill: Season 2 kick-off was not just an event; it was an experience that celebrated the spirit of unity and the boundless potential that arises when like-minded individuals converge to ignite progress.

Christopher D. Thomas, Publisher of inCity Magazine and Co-Creator of Network ‘n’ Chill, eloquently summarized the essence of this gathering:

“Network ‘n’ Chill was born from a vision of creating something that transcends traditional networking. It’s about more than just exchanging business cards—it’s about forging meaningful connections, sparking ideas, and sharing knowledge. We envisioned an event that would unite professionals, entrepreneurs, and visionaries, enabling them to collaborate and uplift one another.”

This grand vision found a remarkable partner in Jamal Thomas, Publisher of GumpTown Magazine, who shared his thoughts on the collaborative journey:

“Network ‘n’ Chill is about breaking barriers, erasing lines, and working together for the common good. It’s a platform where we bridge communities, industries, and backgrounds. Our collaboration is a testament to the belief that we can create something extraordinary when we come together.”

The Heart of the Event

The Network ‘n’ Chill: Season 2 kick-off took place on a balmy evening, with the sun setting over the historic Alabama State University (ASU) campus. The venue, The Nest at ASU Stadium, resonated with the echoes of dreams and aspirations, serving as a perfect backdrop for an event focused on progress.

Attendees were greeted with an atmosphere of camaraderie, with over 150 like-minded professionals, business owners, and community leaders converging to connect, engage, and learn. The event’s mission—fostering collaboration, growth, and positive change—hung palpably in the air, as strangers became friends, and ideas ignited.

Eric Chappell, Associate Partner of New York Life, expressed his sentiments on the evening:

“The energy here is incredible. You can feel the enthusiasm and the hunger for knowledge. New York Life is proud to be a part of an event that not only values professional growth but also emphasizes the importance of community and support.”

Leslie Giscombe, CEO of African American Entrepreneurs Association (AAEA), shared his perspective on the profound impact of events like Network ‘n’ Chill:

“As entrepreneurs, we often work in isolation. Network ‘n’ Chill provides a platform for us to connect, share our journeys, and draw strength from one another. It’s not just about business; it’s about empowerment.”

The Essence of Collaboration

Collaboration is the heartbeat of Network ‘n’ Chill, and this season brought forth an exciting partnership with the ASU Coach’s Show. Aligning visions to create something even more impactful, the collaboration brought a unique element to the event. This fusion of two distinct brands created a harmonious blend of sports and business, revealing the true essence of networking in action.

Electia Love, Founder/Broker of Bealoaks Properties, highlighted the significance of such partnerships:

“In every partnership, we uncover new opportunities. The ASU Coach’s Show adds a dynamic layer to Network ‘n’ Chill, offering insights from the world of sports. It’s a reminder that collaboration expands horizons.”

Nurturing Minds and Hearts

While networking and collaboration are at the core, the event went beyond business transactions. It served as a reminder that success encompasses not only professional growth but also community support and awareness.

The Season 2 kick-off also marked the collaboration with the Successful Living Center, a daycare for adults with Alzheimer’s—a powerful message that transcends business objectives. This partnership symbolized the event’s dedication to supporting the community and raising awareness about pressing issues.

Electia Love added her thoughts on the collaboration’s humanitarian aspect:

“The partnership with the Successful Living Center is a testament to the fact that business success should be accompanied by a commitment to give back. It’s about acknowledging our responsibility to the broader community.”

What Lies Ahead

As the sun set over The Nest at ASU Stadium, Network ‘n’ Chill: Season 2’s kick-off came to a close. But it’s merely the beginning of an incredible journey. Episode 2 of this remarkable series is already on the horizon, scheduled for Monday, October 16th, 2023, at the same venue, The Nest at ASU Stadium.

This journey of unity, collaboration, and empowerment continues. It’s a reminder that when we come together, when we share knowledge, and when we uplift each other, we create a tapestry of progress that enriches us all.

In the words of Christopher D. Thomas:

“Our mission is clear, and our path is illuminated. Network ‘n’ Chill is more than an event; it’s a movement—a movement of positive change. Together, we’ll make our communities stronger, our businesses more resilient, and our futures brighter.”

And so, with renewed enthusiasm and anticipation, we look forward to the next chapter of Network ‘n’ Chill: Season 2—a journey where collaboration knows no bounds and the spirit of unity reigns supreme.

Photos by: D. Whitfield Illuminations