Essence GU Disruptor Summit disrupted Atlanta this past weekend at Atlanta PC&E in a number of ways. Founded by two hard working sisters, Rechelle and Sophia Dennis, the summit strives to empower women through a series of panels about confidence, work ethic, and even topics much deeper like activism.

The summit also offered ladies the opportunity to be groomed at a beauty bars, snap a few photos at a Photo Booth, try plant based drinks, and so much more. Amazingly hosted by YouTube’s very own artist partnerships manager, Rachel Jackson, Essence GU was a success. Panels titled “Industry Talk” with Ebonie Ward, Brandra Ringo, and Baroline, “On Strike” featuring HBCU students Marley Dias, J. Simmone, and Kamarie Brown, and Backstage Pass with Aleala May, Nani Edwards, and offered attendees advice regarding the music industry, HBCU life, and fashion. President and CEO of Essence Ventures, Caroline A. Wanga, even delivered a powerful discussion about the meaning of disruption called “Disrupt or be Disrupted”. Furthermore, influencers and creatives like Jordyn and Jodie Woods, Pretty Vee, BIA, and Muni Long dropped gems as well. As the event concluded, Aliyah’s Interlude and Mariah the Scientist delivered unforgettable performances! We can’t wait to see what next years Essence GU Summit theme will be and hope to see the summit continue to empower and uplift the next disrupters of our generation!

Written By: Kierstyn Pryor