When I not wearing my hat of wife, mother, entrepreneur, friend, daughter, and everything in between, I have on my I.C.O.N. hat. I.C.O.N. is the non-profit women’s organization my friend, LaShonda Pierce, and I co-founded in 2010. Our missions to educate and women and youth. Sunday, July 22, 2018 was our 9th Induction Ceremony. This is a luncheon that welcomes and inducts new members into our organization. This past year, we took a year of sabbatical for new memberships. But, we did induct 10 new P.E.A.R.L.S. They are girls 5-18. Our induction ceremony also included our scholarship recipients. It was such a high spirited and positively emotional day.
The members of our organization are the backbone and driving force of our community service efforts. I love induction because we highlight their work and service on a grand scale. We start off our Founders’ Weekend with a community service event. This year we went to Sally’s House, a transitional housing facility for victims of sex trafficking and also former prostitutes. As always, we went to empower and left encouraged. Following the service, we gathered together for some sisterly bonding. Nothing is better than gathering with kindred spirits to love and celebrate great times with each other.
Back to Sunday, we began the day with worship and then proceeded to Maggiano’s for the luncheon. When I tell you I felt great! I felt great! Thinking back over the past 8 years of service and growth and sowing and growing with the organization, I realized one finger can point the blame, but when ball those fingers up into a fist, they can strike a mighty blow. And that is exactly what I.C.O.N, intends to do. Strikes blow across Houston, Texas, the nation, and the world.