Cold front skips over annual Meet Me in Miami Conference

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 11/2/2011, 5:12 p.m.

It may be chilly in the Northeast, but it was sunshine and warm summer breezes at the second annual Meet Me in Miami Conference, hosted by Jones magazine. With the stylish and stunning visionary CEO Tracey Ferguson at the helm, there was never a doubt that the weekend wouldn't be all of that and then some.

Jones is one the latest fashion and lifestyle magazines designed for women of color to hit the stands, and all I can say is, move over Vogue. A seasonal magazine that sets you straight for the season and has you holding your breath until the next edition, you'll see and learn something different every time you pick it up. To get a taste, visit www.jonesmag.com.

Back to Miami, the festivities held at the Eden Roc Renaissance included fashion shows, spa treatments, beauty and style makeovers and empowerment workshops. Of course Ferguson was there, along with R&B singer Kenny Lattimore; Kim Fields representing Tyler Perry Studios; Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter; life coach Ann McNeil (we all need one of those at some point or other); and Melissa Johnson from CNN.

The weekend began with master classes in techniques for makeup, hair and "stimulating your creativity" in finding your style. It's important to remember that whoever you are and whatever you do, you have a style that's totally your own to fix, enhance or maintain however you chose. See how powerful you are!

What would a weekend be without welcoming receptions, a power luncheon, an inspirational breakfast and a fashion show? While it was all big fun, perhaps the most exciting part was an afternoon escapade exploring Miami's world-class art galleries and, of course, shopping (but of course!). Everyone walked away from the weekend with valuable advice on breaking barriers, insider tips on how to be you and a sense of well-being knowing that a portion of the weekend's events benefited the American Heart Association.

It seems as though there is more going on in Florida than the snowbirds who are about to migrate for the winter. The League of Black Women's eighth annual Global Leadership Conference was held recently at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club. Guests included Tracey Ferguson (girl gets around), Sheila Johnson, Marilyn Johnson, Valerie Amos, Antoinette Leatherberry, Tjada McKinley and Ertharin Cousin.

Also happening was the 15th annual American Black Film Festival Awards honoring Keenan Ivory Wayans. Guests included Mekhi Phifer, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso (from "Jumping the Broom"), Jeff Friday and Reagan Gomez-Preston.

Happy birthday to Neil Forman, Dr. Johnny L. Williams, Nola Whiteman, Jean Jordan, Doloris Poindexter and husband Charles Leonard Mitchell, Esq.

While I told you how much fun the Brooklyn Chapter of the Links Inc.'s 59th anniversary dinner dance was, I didn't tell you who was there. Quel dommage! Among the 600 people, most of whom were out on the dance floor dancing to the beats of the Warren Daniels Orchestra, were Sharon Simmons and Seymour James, along with his wife, the Hon. Cheryl Chambers, daughter, Cheryl Allison, and son, who amidst all of the gaiety was able to focus on some studying as he is preparing to take the GMAT (bon chance).