By Raquel Parks

On Saturday afternoon, Andiamo’s of Dearborn was filled with women in their best dressed attire as they chatted, laughed, networked and Instagrammed every moment of the Powerful Women III luncheon. The event attracted women from various professions that included politics, photography, fashion, culinary and even teenagers.

Mayor and congresswoman, Brenda Lawrence and international photo journalist, Monica Morgan were among those in attendance. Upon entry, each place setting was decorated with rose place mats, a small assortment of colorful roses at the center of each table and place cards that reminded guests to share their experiences of the luncheon via social media.

Many women wore cocktail and simple summer dresses. The colors black and white also seem to be trending for the event. When it came to the tresses, a majority of the ladies opted for high buns and other simple up dos which coincided with the elegance of the luncheon.

After several minutes of meeting and greeting, the luncheon began at 12:30 pm with an introduction by the Powerful Women Luncheon founder, Meagan Lyles. Lyles stood proud and overwhelmed with emotion in a floor length floral print dress and small floral hat as she expressed happiness to have everyone in attendance.

Lyles proceeded to also provide a brief history of how the Powerful Women luncheon began as a mini get-together of 20 to 30 women she met in passing for a lunch to simply network.

Since then the luncheon has grown to include 100 plus women from different backgrounds and careers. “We don’t do this not for profit. We do for this out of passion”, explained Lyles.

Lyles went on to introduce her partners in putting together the luncheons: Brittni Brown, executive publicist and Morgan Foreman, social concierge. Brown wore a custom-made white jumpsuit with a white bow adorned on the side of the waistline with open toe, print shoes. Foreman wore a black baby doll cocktail dress with a sweetheart neckline with a white bow at the waist.

Both ladies expressed how simple networking led them to become involved in the luncheon and the details behind putting it together a third time. “[The Powerful Women Luncheon] It’s not a trend; it’s a movement” said Brown.

After the introductions, lunch was served with a choice between entrées. Honorary guest speakers began to speak as everyone enjoyed their lunches and listened intently.

Heather Anne Leavitt from Sweet Heather Anne Bakery, Monica Morgan, and Brenda Lawrence spoke openly and eloquently about experiences that have made them stronger and what it means to be a powerful woman.

Photojournalist, Monica Morgan reminded the ladies of their strength. “There’s power in what you tell yourself.” While Lawrence emphasized the beauty of what makes creates a woman’s strength. “That emotional passion is what makes us powerful.”

The speeches were uplifting and an inspiring way to motivate the women in the room. The luncheon wrapped up with a poem titled Q.U.E.E.N.S ptII, round table discussions giveaways, cake by Sweet Heather Anne Bakery, desserts from Let Them Eat Cake and a group photo outside of Andiamo’s that brought everyone together.

Overall, The Powerful Women luncheon was the perfect setting for women of various backgrounds to gather and inspire one another in a positive atmosphere.

Raquel is a Michigan native with a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Michigan. She loves fashion and writing about life’s everyday stories. She has written for various local publications that include Dearborn Press & Guide and Detroit Fashion Pages. Raquel also writes for her own local events blog, Metro Diva Pages. You can visit Raquel’s blog at and follow her on Twitter @MetroDivaPages.


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