The event, which featured inspirational speeches and conversations, really honed in on discussions revolving around the shift of women’s roles in society.
Panelists included actress, writer and producer Mindy Kaling, actress Kate Hudson, comedian Tiffany Haddish, actress Yara Shahidi, co-founder of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and more.
Kaling spoke about writing for various types of funny characters that go beyond the typical Hollywood profile. She also spoke to the audience about balancing work and home life, the facade of “having it all” and accepting that everything might not go as planned in life.
“When I was young I would go into any situation and make a checklist like ‘married by 24, have all my babies by 30’… but now I am a 38-year-old single mom,” Kaling said. “And recently, I realized I just had to let all that go.”
Hudson did a panel with Bumble co-founders Erin and Sara Foster. When asked about women being competitive with each other, Hudson said “we are not naturally competitive,” adding “we are programmed to be competitive with other women.”
Shahidi, who stars in “Blackish” and “Grown-ish,” spoke with “Essence’s” Cori Murray on a panel titled “Passion to Action.” She discussed how important it is for young people to get involved in their communities.
“In the age of social media you should be reaching out to people who you look up to but might not know,” Shahidi said.
The two-day festival also consisted of a jam-packed schedule of intense workouts and serious retail therapy. Vendors such as Apotheke Brooklyn were part of a large shopping bazaar. To add more fun, there were eight rainbow colored slides leading into an adult size ball pit filled with 208,000 balls.
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