Posted on: November 4, 2022 Posted by: Asiah Williams Comments: 0

Hosted by Reginae Carter, ESSENCE Girls United Summit will be held in-person on November 5th at the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta, GA, and can be attended virtually.

The summit is a digital dwelling place for young black women, and with its summit’s third iteration underway, themed “Forever the Blueprint,” it seeks to implore black girls and gender-expansive youth to lead the charge for progression, tenacity, and resilience.


Photo Courtesy of ESSENCE Girls United

Attendees can immerse themselves in intersectional discussions around culture, social intelligence, activism, identity, mental health, and more as they engage with a star-studded group of panelists including Aoki Lee Simmons, Jayda Cheaves, Coco Jones, Kaleah Slay, Paige Audrey-Marie Hurd, Jessie Woo, Jamesa Bailey and many others. Here’s a list of some of the panels; you’re not going to want to miss these:

  • Slay Your Life: Tips and Tricks
  • The Reel You: Embracing Authentic Content Creation
  • I Am The Bar: Cultural Identity, Confidence & Hollywood
  • DND: Protecting Your Peace Through Black Girl Friendships

ESSENCE GU wants to offer a safe space for participants to fellowship about the issues that affect their blocs the most, from reproductive rights to education. Goers will have opportunities to convene with like-minded peers, building impactful relationships that aid in helping involved parties pursue their dreams. 

Indulge in workshops like The Quickie: Speed Mentoring Sessions with corporate executives, curated musical performances, an unconventional gaming station, a mocktail bar, a variety of food trucks and much more. 

Following the summit, ESSENCE Girls United will close the night out with an invite-only dinner sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company® and supporting sponsor Ford. An evening hosted by Coco Jones, the dinner will celebrate trailblazing women who continue to be the blueprint, honoring Trinitee Stokes (Education), Chelsea Miller (Activism), Olamide Olowe (Entrepreneurship) and Jayda Cheaves (Content Creation).

Co Creator of ESSENCE Girls United, Rechelle Dennis, believes incoming generations of Black creatives and forward thinkers possess culture-defining power and she moves to help youth harness it. 

Dennis says, “The GU Summit allows us to connect and guide young Black women towards their goals with confidence, while creating a safe space for community building, empowerment and growth.”

It’s not too late, register here to attend: or join the conversation via social media on @ESSENCEGU and #GUSummit.

Photo Courtesy of ESSENCE Girls United

The Girls United Summit is powered by major sponsor The Coca-Cola Company®, along with supporting sponsors, SheaMoisture, Ford and American Airlines.