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Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

Yesterday, I was invited to attend Marie Claire’s Power of Presence Lunch here in Chicago. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I knew if Marie Claire was involved it was going to be good. The lunch was held to bring together powerful women from various backgrounds together for networking and to learn how to own our presence. Hosted by Marie Claire’s  Editor-in-Chief Anne Fulenwider and VP/Publisher Nancy Cordone, this was the ultimate girl power luncheon. The lunch was held at The Boarding House Restaurant owned by fellow panelist and former host of “Check Please” Alpana Singh. Other women on the panel included Corri McFadden of eDrop-Off and Brittney Payton Co-Host of “Chicago’s Best”. I truly felt honored to be in a room full of such esteemed women.

Check out some of the pictures from the event below…

Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

What better way to start the afternoon than with wine…Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

Thanks Scarlett Johansson for the warm welcome…lolMarie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

Our menu for the day was amazing! I must say the food was delicious, I will definitely be back to visit The Boarding House.Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

After some eating and networking it was time for the panel to begin.
Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

So many powerful and esteemed women in the room.Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

We sat and learned what it meant to own our Executive Presence and how to crack the code.
Marie Claire: The Power of Presence LunchThe panel then went on to discuss how women have to break the glass ceiling and go against the norm.

Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

It truly was an enlightening afternoon surrounded by great discussion,  great people and great food!Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

How fabulous does Cori look?Marie Claire: The Power of Presence Lunch

2 of my favorite Chicago Hosts Alpana and Brittney!Marie Claire: The Power of Presence LunchBrittney was an absolute pleasure to meet.

I truly had a great time! The funny part is both Brittney and Alpana host shows that I love! You guys probably don’t know this but one of my goals was to be a host on 190 North, Check Please or something similiar. I love those types of shows and one day hope to be on one. Thanks Marie Claire for the invite, I really enjoyed myself and kudos to you for putting together such a wonderful event.

About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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