My @Ford Experience Part 2: The Go Further Panel & Mardi Gras World #MyFordFam

Photo Credit @KarenCivil

Photo Credit @KarenCivil

Ford Motor Company hired me to share my Ford Fusion and Essence Festival experience.

The Go Further Conversations- Panel at the ESSENCE Festival

I was so thankful to be on a panel with Kimberly from and Karen Civil moderated by Loni Love! Firstly, it was an honor to meet Loni Love. She was sooo funny! I love her on The Real so it was great to get a chance to chat with her on stage. I knew Kimberly because we have worked together before and it was my first time meeting Karen Civil who is super sweet and inspirational.

We talked all about entrepreneurship and I hope I gave some great tips. I talked about balance and to go after your passion. My biggest piece of advice was that you can still pursue your side hustles while having a full-time career if you balance and utilize time-management skills. You have to create fusion (lol, Get it?) The end goal would be being an entrepreneur full-time. I got some great tips from Kimberly and Karen as well.

Photo credit: @KarenCivil

Photo credit: @KarenCivil

Mardi Gras World

I was so excited to check out Mardi Gras World with Ford. We got a tour of the facilities where they make the floats for the huge yearly festival. Seeing the floats and designs were definitely a sight. You can see all of the detail they put into the each piece. (Side note: They also make the Chick-Fil-A cows that are on the outdoor ads you see all over the country)

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Motivational speaker Tony Gaskins joined us on the tour and gave us some quick inspiration at our dinner that evening.


I’m not going to lie, if I was in there by myself I would’ve totally been scared by all of the HUGE cartoon characters, animals, etc…lol  I had a great time and got a chance to check out all of the history. I had no idea the floats cost $70k and up.


Thank you Ford for such a special weekend.


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