To Be Awakened Is To Inspire Others, Empower Exchange Event Does Just That

Awakened June 17, 2018 (423)
Article & photos by Joe Conteras, Latin Life Denver Media
 “This event is about raising awareness and empowering women, to let them know about the resources that are available to help them reach their full potential not only as women but  as entrepreneurs as well”  said Xitlali Dancer/Designer, organizer of the first annual ‘Empower Exchange’ held at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance facility on June 17th.
Performers from Xitlali Dance Group get ready backstage for their part of Awakened event

Performers from Xitlali Dance Group get ready backstage for their part of Awakened event.

“We intentionally had this women’s event on Father’s Day to in honor of those single parent women who also serve as mothers and fathers to their children.” adding “but we also welcome fathers to join our cause to empower themselves and to support the women. Xitlali said the event was dedicated to her grandmother who was left widowed at a young age with her seven children and had to migrate north from Mexico to give them a better life.
Xiltlali Dancer (center) is also a fashion designer. Shown here with two models showing her work.

Xitlali Dancer (center) is also a fashion designer. Shown here with two models showing her work.

The Empower Exchange event was produced in conjunction with parallel Artistic Productions and ZeroPoint Om Productions  as a networking initiative to allow women entrepreneurs of all nationalities a forum in which to exchange goods and services as well as build community to inspire and support one another and thus allowing them break down barriers and to take their businesses to the next level.

Just of few of the many attendees to came out to support the Awakened, Empower Exchange event.

Just of few of the many attendees to came out to support the Awakened, Empower Exchange event.

The event featured  a benefit show the included artists, airiel performers, spoken word poetry  , dance performers,  music and poetry   “This is a celebration of womanhood to uplift and guide women in their personal journey” said Xitlali.

 Maricruz from Herbal Life offering various health products as well as exercise programs.

Maricruz from Herbal Life offering various health products as well as exercise programs.

Among the women entrepreneurs taking part were Maricruz from Herbal Life offering various health products as well as exercise programs.  Sherry Delaney was there to promote her business “Celebrating Women’s Health”

Crucial resources included Sherry Delaney Celebrating Womens Health Founder and Director  on the African American Breast cancer Council for Susan G. Komen on the Inner City Health Center Board of directors, Chaplin for National Council of Negro Women.

Also Sandra Robinson from organizations like The Robinson Abused Women and Children Shelter Inc.

Performers and speakers included spoken-word artist and visionary Doe Renee, Amara Martin – Executive Director of Dress for Success Denver, Jana Smith – Creator of Denver Unique Week of Fashion and live Musician Zay Alejandro Camara Rios as well as Mila Popovich and Ifiok Fetuk.

Event host, international performer and fashion designer, Xitlali also showcased her students performance. Women leaders from different genres attended the event offering their support. The evening ended with a raffle for a variety of services to the attendees.

Xitlali is a natural born dancer from Mexico who realized her Passion for dance at an early age. She is now a strong Latin Influence specializing in Middle Eastern and Latin dance. Innovating her own signature dance style. Inspired by the different cultures of the world. Dance is a language in itself that can transcend world boundaries and cultural barriers. The quest is to unite through dance and ultimately heal through it if you can dance with this pure intention in your heart. Inspiring through a Heart of Pure intention to Dance for the empowerment of Wellness Unity and Love above All

Xitlali Dancer/Designer is a natural born dancer from Mexico who realized her Passion for dance at an early age. She is now a strong Latin Influence specializing in Middle Eastern and Latin dance. Innovating her own signature dance style. Inspired by the different cultures of the world. Dance is a language in itself that can transcend world boundaries and cultural barriers. The quest is to unite through dance and ultimately heal through it if you can dance with this pure intention in your heart.
Inspiring through a Heart of Pure intention to Dance for the empowerment of Wellness Unity and Love above All.

 Jana Smith - Creator of Denver Unique Week of Fashion and host for the Empower is a movement for all women that reminds women of their full potential. "Its about networking, supporting each other and living out our dreams reminding all of us that we can do whatever we set out to do as long as we have strong people supporting us and we just hustle and going forward." she said.

Jana Smith – Creator of Denver Unique Week of Fashion and host for the Empower is a movement for all women that reminds women of their full potential. “Its about networking, supporting each other and living out our dreams reminding all of us that we can do whatever we set out to do as long as we have strong people supporting us and we just hustle and going forward.” she said.

from Dress for Success told the audience of the more than 13,000 women her organization has helped toward obtaining careers that can sustain them and their families. " We help them by providing professional attire, career tools and a network of support through six programs.

 Amara Martin – Executive Director of Dress for Success Denver from Dress for Success told the audience of the more than 13,000 women her organization has helped toward obtaining careers that can sustain them and their families. ” We help them by providing professional attire, career tools and a network of support through six programs”.

MILA POPOVICH is the founder of EVOLving Leadership – program, consultancy and community for transformational leadership on the scale of personal excellence, organization development to planetary path-finding. As an independent academic, she is a humanities expert, systems thinker and future education consultant. An international lecturer and speaker, she specializes in ecological literacy and sustainability, cultural diplomacy, new paradigm of human development and creative sides to future making. She is the Chair of the Membership Communications Committee at the World Academy of Art and Science. She is a Fellow of Vital Voices – Global Women’s Leadership and an Associate Expert on ethics and gender issues at the European Commission. She is an Expert on the Gender Equality Impact Panel of the Katerva Award – the so-called “Nobel Prize in Sustainability.” Mila has developed a distinctive spectrum of practices – a confluence of academic engagements and artistic creations – for the art and science of transformation, which she lectures on and teaches locally and internationally. Coming from Montenegro, an ancient part of the world where the East and the West meet, she draws on that cultural heritage for her artistic expression as a performing artist in multiple dance forms, bilingual poet and experimental theater art director. She is an educational and social innovator and creative entrepreneur – a social artist sourcing her diverse engagements as an academic, artist and activist to engender social transformation and systemic change for individual and collective thriving.

MILA POPOVICH is the founder of EVOLving Leadership – program, consultancy and community for transformational leadership on the scale of personal excellence, organization development to planetary path-finding. As an independent academic, she is a humanities expert, systems thinker and future education consultant. An international lecturer and speaker, she specializes in ecological literacy and sustainability, cultural diplomacy, new paradigm of human development and creative sides to future making. She is the Chair of the Membership Communications Committee at the World Academy of Art and Science. She is a Fellow of Vital Voices – Global Women’s Leadership and an Associate Expert on ethics and gender issues at the European Commission. She is an Expert on the Gender Equality Impact Panel of the Katerva Award – the so-called “Nobel Prize in Sustainability.” Mila has developed a distinctive spectrum of practices – a confluence of academic engagements and artistic creations – for the art and science of transformation, which she lectures on and teaches locally and internationally. Coming from Montenegro, an ancient part of the world where the East and the West meet, she draws on that cultural heritage for her artistic expression as a performing artist in multiple dance forms, bilingual poet and experimental theater art director. She is an educational and social innovator and creative entrepreneur – a social artist sourcing her diverse engagements as an academic, artist and activist to engender social transformation and systemic change for individual and collective thriving.

 

 

Ifiok Etuk is a motivational speaker with a Bachelor’s in English Writing and Speech Communication. He is a native of Nigeria, and has been in the U.S. since the age of 13. Like you, Ifiok has been faced with many adversities which he has overcame and continues to overcome by choosing to no longer be labeled or blamed by society and because of his desire to be an upstanding being for himself, his family, and others around him. His desire to serve others, is a true reflection of his character. He has served as a tutor and mentor to at risk youth, as well as volunteered at various schools as a guest speaker. From observations and interactions with people throughout his life, Ifiok has realized that with all the chances we give in life, the one we neglect to give is ourselves a chance. Thus, as a speaker, his goal is to motivate and empower those around him to break through the barriers they are faced with and to help them find inner peace from a different perspective.

Ifiok Etuk is a motivational speaker with a Bachelor’s in English Writing and Speech Communication. He is a native of Nigeria, and has been in the U.S. since the age of 13. Like you, Ifiok has been faced with many adversities which he has overcame and continues to overcome by choosing to no longer be labeled or blamed by society and because of his desire to be an upstanding being for himself, his family, and others around him.
His desire to serve others, is a true reflection of his character. He has served as a tutor and mentor to at risk youth, as well as volunteered at various schools as a guest speaker. From observations and interactions with people throughout his life, Ifiok has realized that with all the chances we give in life, the one we neglect to give is ourselves a chance. Thus, as a speaker, his goal is to motivate and empower those around him to break through the barriers they are faced with and to help them find inner peace from a different perspective.  

Zay Alejandro Camara Rios live Musician Zay has been a performing musical artist since age 4. He started his musical journey with his parents and siblings in their family church singing devotionals and playing piano or percussion in front of large audiences of 5,000 and more. With the firmest support from family, Zay attended music intensive middle school and the renowned PCCA center for the arts in St, Petersburg, FL. for High School before earning a full scholarship to Miami’s New World School of the Arts at 16. He was invited to hold residency as a Modern, Jazz, World Diaspora and American Ballet accompanist for several years performing and touring with a diverse group of dance companies and choreographers including Reginald Yates of Alvin Ailey, Geri Houlihan, Jose Limon Co, Dundu Dole African Ballet, Kuumba Afri

Zay Alejandro Camara Rios has been a performing musical artist since age 4. He started his musical journey with his parents and siblings in their family church singing devotionals and playing piano or percussion in front of large audiences of 5,000 and more. With the firmest support from family, Zay attended music intensive middle school and the renowned PCCA center for the arts in St, Petersburg, FL. for High School before earning a full scholarship to Miami’s New World School of the Arts at 16. He was invited to hold residency as a Modern, Jazz, World Diaspora and American Ballet accompanist for several years performing and touring with a diverse group of dance companies and choreographers including Reginald Yates of Alvin Ailey, Geri Houlihan, Jose Limon Co, Dundu Dole African Ballet, Kuumba Afri

Photos by Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media