TOAST: The Empowered Black Women’s Collaborative

Save the Date

Our Next TOAST Soiree is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at Newport Vineyards

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If you’ve been wanting to level up in your career or your professional development—now is the time to do so. Come dine with the Queens of TOAST, rub elbows with other professionals, and walk away with the connections and strategies that you need to survive, thrive and ask for what you are worth. 

Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement.

Why is negotiation so important? Research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

This course will be taught by Kelly Nevins, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, a registered AAUW Work Smart trainer. 

A Bonus session will also be taught by Inas Alawam of Ameriprise Financial.

This event is open to the public.  Reservations are required and limited to 50 guests for this intimate interactive workshop.


Our Sponsors

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Past Events


The Secret Garden Party

Venue: The Radeke Garden, RISD Museum

Description: Guests were invited to a“secret garden party” at the Radeke Garden at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Museum) to savor Afro-Caribbean inspired bites by Distinguish Catering and sip tropical, garden-to-glass beverages by BAS Providence’s newest popup libation experience. This experience was designed, complete with a private textile exhibit tour by RISD, lively music, a shea-butter making tutorial and makeover consults by Mary Kay.

Proceeds from ticket sales went towards supporting after-school, vacation, and summer health + wellness initiatives such as Girls’ Clubs for young girls ages five through fifteen at the City of Providence’s Recreation Department in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks.

TOAST Women's Empowerment Rhode Island


Venue: Hotel Providence, Rhode Island


The Psychology of Wealth

Marcy Reyes, Professor, CEO of Financial Literacy Youth Initiative

Fabi Brunache, Real Estate Broker, CEO- Fabnancial

Kelly Nevins - The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island

Solange Lopes, Founder of the Corporate Sister, CPA

Tara Latimer, Owner of Essential Signing Services

Nicole M. Bluefort, Law Offices of Nicole M. Bluefort

Megan Pimentel, New York Life


april 2018: Managing your mindset to make your next big move

Venue: Hotel Providence


  • Sterling Clinton Spellman- CEO of Polished, Author and Motivational Coach

  • Lisa Ranglin: President of Rhode Island Black Business Association

  • Lanisha Collier: CEO of Libra Lioness Entertainment


June 2018:Self Care as strategic practice

Venue: Marriott Downtown Providence


  • Dr. Shanna B. Tiayon, Author, Speaker, Coach

  • Cleonie Mainvelle: CEO of Inspired Outcome

  • Kamilah A’Vant: President of NAMIC

  • Yemi Sekoni: President of Donahue Models and Talent


november 2018: Embracing change

Venue: Renaissance Downtown Providence


  • Dr. Hume Johnson- CEO of Hume Johnson consulting, Professor of Roger Williams University

  • Dawn Adeyemi: Licensed Therapist, Be Free LLC

  • Latonia Franicois: Trailblazing Owner, Let’s Write Life


TOAST The Empowered Black Women’s Collaborative


It all started when…

Pearl Farquharson, Owner and Creative Director of Designed by Delsie, always had a passion for connecting people and fostering meaningful relationships. After years of creating bespoke events for discerning clientele in the New England Region, Pearl decided to pay-it-forward by combining her passion for helping others and event design to create an impact in her community by creating seasonal upscale brunches that promote thought provoking conversation and personal and business development.

Pearl identified that there was a need for women who desired more out of their personal and professional lives. After great success from the first brunch in April 2018, Pearl soon realized that this was not just another social networking soiree, but an opportunity to help women cultivate the life they desired while establishing meaningful connections and to build a legacy in their communities. 

TOAST: The Empowered Black Women's Collaborative strives to introduce members to available resources in their community to achieve their individual goals. The purpose of TOAST (To Obtain Anything, Start Thinking) is to provide an outlet where women can empower each other and establish relationships (and friendships) that can carry on throughout their personal, career and entrepreneurial endeavors. Our mission is to provide the opportunity for ladies to be enriched and successful in whichever direction they may choose.

Pearl is on a mission to connect with African American women in her community who want more and who seek to empower others while leaving an imprint in their social circles, careers, and family. TOAST fosters a community of women to support one another through connection, networking and personal development workshops.

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
— Diane Mariechild

Sponsorship Opportunities

TOAST: The Empowered Black Women’s Collaborative is sponsored in part by the generous efforts of our community. There are several ways to partner with us:


Financial Sponsors

why sponsor toast:the empowered black women’s collaborative?

  • Over 550 members throughout the Northeast

  • Online impression of over 8,000 targeted attendees per event

  • Align your brand with an exclusive personal and professional development experience

  • Complimentary boosted marketing on social media channels

  • Company logo present on all marketing collateral

  • Complimentary vendor display in our vendor shop

  • Opportunity to speak about your business on the day of the event

What are the sponsorship tiers?

We have 5 primary sponsorship tiers, ranging from $1,000.00-$5,000.00, however, we ill gladly accept any gift of any amount.

Media and Promotional Partner Sponsors

Promotional Benefits of a Media Partner

  • Opportunity to expose your media organization to an influential Africa-focused audience.

  • Listing as Media Partner on marketing collateral related to TOAST

  • Featured on website with dedicated link to your media outlet’s website

  • Invitation to attend the TOAST brunch for 1 guest

  • Complimentary insertion in gifts bags

Role of The Partner

  • Promote TOAST extensively in the related digital media outlets

  • Commitment of media coverage of the TOAST event before, during and after the event Listing of our TOAST event pre- and post-event on all the social media networks where you have a presence (provide event recap via photo story)

  • Placing the TOAST event on the company website and other related websites

  • Increasing the media exposure of TOAST in all media channels and outlets associated with your organization to promote decision makers' attendance

  • Interview event organizers and speakers (interview selection is at media partner’s discretion; interviews may be subject to approval by speaker’s PR team.)


In-Kind Sponsors

Promotional Benefits of an In-Kind Sponsor

  • Company logo with link on the Eventbrite, Website, Social Media and all marketing materials

  • Complimentary professional photos of your product or service

  • Continuous marketing of the brand within the event campaign

  • Company logo on all TOAST signage

  • Two complimentary tickets for two guests for the TOAST event

  • Invitation to speak about your services on the day of the event

in-kind sponsorship OPPORTUNITIES

  • Catering

  • Speakers

  • DJ and Entertainment Services

  • Photographer

  • Videographer

  • Decor

  • Florist

  • Stationer

  • Venue