New Invite-Only Event Series Reinvents Chicago's Elite Networking Scene

Invite-only event is held at an exclusive venue tailored to highlight specific industries in Chicago.
By: Free Your Mnd (FYM)
April 25, 2012 - PRLog -- Chicago, IL-The supply chain in which industry professionals network amongst peers and other liked-mind individuals has been redefined by Free Your Mind Buzz Series creators; Ashlee Simone, Ericka Sanders and Quiana Hughes. These women have developed an innovative  platform in which industry enthusiasts not only gather under one roof to converse about their professions but also with FYM’s creative spin, become acquainted with one another in ways that take them out of their comfort zone to ignite inspiration from fellow cohorts. Facilitating entertaining icebreakers and sparking industry relevant conversations regarding their event’s highlighted industry ‘Fashion.’  To add an additional element to the unconventional networking mixer, the group invited a featured designer to provide industry advice, insights and information regarding his success in the business. Maintaining their creativity, FYM secured various sponsors that provided guests with great trinkets to take home and enhance their fashion repertoire.

The official launch of the FYM event series was fashion-inspired and kicked off in Chicago’s River-West neighborhood at the exclusive House of Trend lifestyle boutique located at 688 N. Milwaukee Ave on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.  Chef Travis Moon served up mouth-watering sweet and chili shrimp hor’dourves as guests arrived.  Guests included various fashion designers, stylists, bloggers, and fashion lovers.  House of Trend lifestyle boutique served as the featured boutique as well as host venue of the FYM Buzz Session launch.  Attendees had the opportunity to experience first hand what it is like to own and operate an independent boutique directly from owner Larry James who also shared his insights on the fashion industry after more than 16 years of experience.

Featured designer, Marcus Noel is the Founder and CEO of Heart of Man (HOM), a rising clothing company, powered by the philanthropic efforts of its customers.  The combination of timeless pieces of clothing and socially conscious consumers puts HOM a step ahead of the rest.  Marcus was inspired to start a social venture that would use his creative ability, keen eye for fashion and his passion for helping undeserved youth. . He sees clothing not only as articles used to express ones self, but a universal mechanism to comfort bodies, stimulate economies, and creatively assist with the eradication of youth poverty.

Guests walked away with outstanding swag bags courtesy of our official product sponsors Affinitas Intimates-Berry Perry for their generous contribution of the Berry Ball, Sheen Magazine for sharing their latest (May) issue, Vintrendi Wines for the delicious and unique Carmel-Apple white wine, Luscious Vines for the Semi-Sweet Cabernet Sauvignon and Violent Lips for the temporary lip tattoos as seen on stars such as Kim Kardashian, Kelly Rowland and Selita Ebanks.

This is only the beginning of the FYM Buzz Session series and industry professionals are buzzing.  Tranesha Ballard stated, “As the manager of B. Boutique (Located in LaGrange, Il.) I enjoyed conversations about the consumer shopping experience. It was interesting to hear different perspectives on what make consumers gravitate towards designers and what patrons expect when they shop at boutiques.”  

Marcus A. Noel (CEO/Founder of Heart of Man Project) stated, “I love the's what the city needs!” Aaja Corrine (Fashion Stylist/CEO) stated, “I was honored to be a part of their first networking event, and a great one it was!”  For event photos click here and follow FYM on twitter @FYMBuzz.

Free Your Mind (FYM) buzz session series is a fresh and creative lifestyle forum that targets an elite group of industry-specific professionals. The mission of the FYM buzz session is to provide an outlet for the young,, like-minded entrepreneurs and “influencers” of Chicago who strive to leave a lasting impact on his/her respective industry.  FYM strives to provide a unique environment that enables individuals the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, learn from peers, share stories of triumph and draw inspiration from others that will aid in the growth of their portfolio, brand and business.  

This invite-only event is held at an exclusive venue tailored to highlight specific industries.  For more information and press inquiries, please contact Quiana Hughes at or Ericka Sanders at   

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