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Founder's Highlight on Exceptional Black Women Networking Brunch

This issue is dedicated to spotlighting Sacramento’s Exceptional Black Women and our Networking Brunch Conference.  Words cannot express what a JOY it is to showcase these dynamic women in this format. and THE HUB Magazine had the pleasure of acknowledging the ladies at Sacramento’s Exceptional Black Women Networking Brunch held on Saturday, September 20.  What an illuminous day, celebrating an “Inspiration of Women WINNING in Life” which was filled with ENERGY, ENERGY, and more ENERGY. 

The day began at 7:45 am with early registration and every minute of the day through 1 pm and spilling over to 2 pm was filled with influence and the power of Black women on the move everywhere. Opening the show was Sac’s very own famous spoken word artist, Terry Moore with an astounding poem--“Exceptional Black Woman”. Keynote speaker Dr. La Donna White (Family Medicine physician and motivational speaker of Angel Doc Speaking Ministry) delivered a powerful and encouraging message of  “YOU are an exceptional woman!” Our MCs, Lady Charmaine (Air Personality and former host of Rejoice 1240 AM) and Neketia Brown (Celebrity Host of Inside Black Sacramento), did an outstanding job of moving the conference from one stage to the next with presenting awards, interviews, and raffle prizes.  The highlight of the morning was the presentation of the “DIVAs Talk Show” panel of guest speakers who spoke directly to our audience in response to several questions that addressed the community, political, personal, and business issues.  The conference room was at this point quiet, attentive with eye-to-eye contact, and applauding the responses from all women on our panel. These women responded with their own personal experiences to each question relating directly to the attendees of the conference.  To experience the power felt in the room is for YOU to have been there in person! The climax of the day took place when each honoree was presented with a crystal award (sponsored by Dr. Ronald Blanchette, D.D.S.) that included the statement of “YOU are an Exceptional Woman!”. From the morning through the afternoon there was an exciting hustle and scurry of 400-500 women moving through conference rooms and the atrium/solarium of the Hilton Hotel to get to several workshops and to shop at the exclusive exhibitors expo.  Did I mention how everyone kept mentioning to me, our staff, and via e-mail how finger lickin’ good the “GRITS” on our menu of the fabulous brunch that was provided by Hilton Hotel.  The networking brunch was on fire with an explosion of great information, resources, good news, energy, and an entire event full of beautiful women and men with an overflow of inspiration for success and taking our dreams to higher heights!  There were men and women in the building everywhere at the Hilton Hotel-Sacramento Arden West.  We also had some very special men at our event who served as wonderful escorts, Will Holly, Kline Moore, Michael Blair, and Brian Steel – for our honorees.

We would like to sincerely thank all of our corporate and community sponsors, contributions to our gift bags, donors of raffle prizes, our vendors, all guest speakers, all of our honorees and all participants for supporting our signature event.  Our workshop presenters included:

  • Kristene Smith (Author/CEO, Kristene Smith Advertising)—“How to Write & Publish Your Book” and “Young Entrepreneurs: How We Become Successful Young Business Women”
  • Jim O'Neal (District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration)—“Basic 101: Starting a New Business”
  • Shelley Seale (Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch)—“Taking Control of Your Finances: What Every Woman Should Know”
  • Janneh C. Frost (Financial Advisor, Norton Mansu, Financial, Tax & Estate Planning)
  • Sofia Sojourner-Nelson (Health Educator, Bay Area Region-California Health Collaborative Cancer Detection Programs)
  • Kali “Toochie” Cuffee (Professional Hairstylist Another Look Beauty Salon and Barbershop)

The DIVAs Talk Show of “Getting to Know Women On The Move” included: Alecia Chasten (Certified Cash Flow Consultant Money Tree Capital Group), Betty Williams (President of Sacramento NAACP), First Lady Brenda Goudeaux (Calvary Christian Center), Dr. Linda Hodo (Principal & Author of Dreams Publications), First Lady Charlene Carthen (BOSS--Bayside of South Sacrament), Adrienne Record, Author and Founder of Celebration of Womanhood, Kristene Smith (Author/CEO, Kristene Smith Advertising), and Kali “Toochie” Cuffee, (Professional Hairstylist Another Look Beauty Salon and Barbershop).  CLICK HERE to see the list of vendors who participated in the brunch conference.

I would like to personally thank Mr. & Mrs. Ed Thompkins of Gene’s Flowers for the lovely corsage carnations presented to our Honorees at the event.  We received wonderful and incredible support from these sponsors:  Allstate, University of Phoenix, Broadway Soul Food, California Black Chamber of Commerce, Girls Gone Diva, Goree & Thompson Real Estate, Greater Sacramento Urban League, California Capital, KCRA 3, Mind Focus, PG&E, Rejoice 1240 AM, Tree of Hope Funding, UC Davis Campus Community Relations, UC Davis Health Systems, and IADT Sacramento.  This issue could not be made possible without the support and commitment of sponsored advertisements submitted by: UC Davis Campus Community Relations, American Heart Association/Mercy Hospital, Nelson’s Books & News, Dr. Phillip Warner, Dr. Nate Allen, University of Phoenix, SMUD, and Allstate.

A special thanks of appreciation to the event staff of and THE HUB Magazine who played a major and significant role in the coordination, marketing, promotions, and production of the networking brunch event.  Our talented and diligent staff who I want to give special recognition to and acknowledgement include:  Patricia Dawkins of 51 Events, Twlia Laster of Twlia Makes It Happen!, Lesley Leatherwood of Leatherwood Marketing, Tolifer Denise T.E.A.-The Exceptional Assistant Consulting, Event Planning Services, and Eddie Robinson of  The founder also gives a gracious thank you to our hard working volunteers that included:  Keadrian Belcher-Harris, Adriane Bethely, Michael Blair, Lynette Broussard, Carla Fleming, Cheryl Franklin, Tiffany Randolph, Rachel Hill, Leigh Jordan, Reanne Jordan, Kimmi Mooney, Ms. Mooney, Vicki Williams, Gustavo Torres and Kevin Bowie.  

The planning for next year’s networking brunch conference (September 2009) is already in the works with new elements of activities.  See all of the beautiful photos of women and men who attended the conference in Sac Hub's Photo Gallery.  E-mail us at to let us know what you would like to see or do at the 2009 Sacramento’s Exceptional Black Women Networking Brunch.

As, we recognized over 45 women this year at the networking brunch, there are a few women that we did not get the chance to interview and the profiles and photos on these women will be included in next year’s special edition issue in October 2009:  Carolyn Galloway, Freda Robinson, La Donna Olden, and Kesha Ward.

Subscribe now to receive the next issue of The Hub Magazine at your home mailbox.  Log on to the website to receive the “Urban Weekly” e-magazine to receiving breaking news about what’s happening in Sacramento and beyond!


True Blessings!

Pleshette Robertson



Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 November 2008 10:52 )


Get Fit and Help Others

The August/September 2008 issue of THE HUB Magazine has got the best FALL PREVIEW of what's coming to Sacramento and it gives you the best of photos for where we've been this past summer.  We've been everywhere getting beautiful pictures of men, women and children at the Juneteenth Festival, the 2008 BET Awards in Lost Angeles, the Super Summer Soul Jam at Raley Field in West Sac, Meadowview Jazz Festival in South Sac and at the Berkeley Jazz Festival.

I hope you've got your calendar marked for the Tina Turner concert, the Capital City Football Calssic, Sacramento's Exceptional Black Women Brunch and the 2008 Hub Choice Awards.  If you are new to Sacramento and just picking up The Hub Magazine, you should sign up now to receive our bi-monthly publication so that it comes directly to your mailbox. 

I'm so excited about how Sacramento is exploding with things to do, people to meet and places to go.  Right now I'm deciding if I should begin training for an upcoming Marathon in 2009.  As my celebrity/MC host of "Inside Black Sacramento" is wearing a size 6 dress, I'm aiming to lose at least a dress size by my birthday (October 10) and also lose 30 pounds for the 2008 Hub Choice Awards.  I enjoy jogging at least 1 day a week, but to prepare for this upcoming marathon I'm told that I will need to begin training 2 days a week for 3 hours starting in September (so I'm thinking about it).  The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association presents the "Train to End Stroke"--a amarothon training and fundraising program that helps support vital research, education programs and services to fight stroke, reduce disability and save lives.  Train to End Stroke is a challenge-but you can do it!  You can achieve your full (26 miles) or half (13 miles) marathon goal.  You can join too as the training begins in September.  Contact the Sacramento Chapter located at 2007 0 Strret in Sacramento.  Call (916) 446-6505 or 888-242-5867.  E-mail or visit  Get Fit. Eat Healthier. Help Others. Join Train to End Stroke. 

If you haven't signed up to receive THE HUB's "Urban Weekly" e-magazine, CLICK HERE now so that you receive breaking news about what's happening exciting in the urban community of Sacramento and beyond.

True Blessings,

Pleshette Robertson

Summer News

Hello Hub Fans and Newcomers who just found out about  You should subscribe to THE HUB Magazine publication if you haven't already.  It's the only and newest Black America magazine catering to the specific catering entertainment needs of the African American residents living in Sacramento.  The latest publication, May/June 2008 issue is loaded with interesting articles and thrilling events coming to Sacramento for the entire family-definitely worth placing in your library archives.  THE HUB Magazine is your documented landscape of things to do and places to go for your adult friends and your children in the greater Sacramento Valley region.

Have you ever took the time to really browse the website as we publish the best of photos from events that you missed and you can get to know so many of the beautiful people with photos of them posted in Sac Hub's photo gallery.  Last summer I (Pleshette) went on a caravan trip with my family to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and we posted these photos so everyone could see the best times we had.

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our graduates of kindergarten, middle school, high school, college, and specialized vocational training schools.  We salute you and wish you the best in your career endeavors as knowledge is power and attaining valuable job skills are the keys to success.

Happy Father's Day to all of the men who are parents!

Last but not least, let's remember to ROCK THE VOTE this year.  It's a presidential election year in case you didn't know and it's all about power in numbers--so get out there and exercise your power to vote!  June 3 is the Statewide Primary Election in California and November 4 is the National Presidential Election.  Bookmark and for each to read info about this year's election.

STAY UPDATED with receiving THE HUB's "Urban Weekly" e-magazine so that you receive breaking news of special events, concerts, parties, movie premieres, conferences, comedy shows and more taking place in Sacramento and beyond.

To request the May/June 2008 issue of THE HUB Magazine, e-mail or call 1-866-572-2482.  You can also pick up the current issue at various locations in Sacramento.

True Blessings!

Pleshette Robertson, Chief Editor


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 July 2008 11:41 )

Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings & THANK YOU to the Hub Fans, Hub Partners, and allCEO & Founder - Pleshette Robertson - of the wonderful people who attended and supported's 1st inaugural event -- 2007 Hub Choice Awards:

The Founder of, Pleshette Robertson, would like to sincerely APOLOGIZE for the oversight of not publicly recognizing, with a formal stage presentation, each and every hair salon and barbershop that was listed as a nominee and also announcing the winner at the Hub Choice Awards on Sat-12/1 at Sacramento High School Auditorium.

The WINNER for Best Barbershop was "Brother's Place" located in South Sacramento.

The WINNER for Best Hair Salon was "Another Look Hair Salon" with two locations in Midtown Sacramento and South Sacramento.

From year one, when the website launched in March 2002, the salon and barbershop industry have been a huge supporter of  For myself and so many others I know the salon and barbershop has served as the "Black Country Club" of laughter, excitement, drop-in counseling center, and entertainment.  See listings of all nominees in all categories.

I, Pleshette, was so overwhelmed with excitement and joy during my closing speech at the end of the show that I forgot to mention these additional THANK YOUS and SPECIAL APPRECIATIONS to the following folks for adding to the success of the awards show:

  • Our incredibly funny GUEST MC and one of my favorite comedians from BET's Comic View -- Cory Crenshaw
  • The BEST of Celebrity Host MCs --Tommie Goss of 103.5 The Bomb's Gospel Express Show Radio Host and Adrienne Bankert of KCRA 3 Traffic Anchor and/or Reporter
  • DJ Gino - our Sound Manager
  • The wonderful jazz band - The Garrett Perkins Jazz Project
  • Our celebrity star guest performers - Grammy Award Nominee R&B Artist, Carl Thomas and Amar Khalil of Toni Tony Tone
  • All of the Presenters and all of our Model Escorts
  • Photographers Ray Johnson and Khiry Malik, and our videographer, Charles White
  • Premiere Promotions for presenting and hosting the official Awards Show Mixer/Party
  • Graphic Designer - Reese Roundtree
  • All of our presale ticket locations: Another Look Hair Salon, The Vault, Underground Books, Diversity Salon & Spa, and Sandra Dee's Seafood & BBQ
  • Rick Warren for his inspiration, insight and ongoing advice/consultation on the overall management of the Awards Show
  • All of our advertisers in the December 2007 issue of the Urban Entertainment Magazine
  • Tree of Hope Funding for their continued financial support and business consultation

We hope that everyone enjoyed the 2007 Hub Choice Award Show and the After Party Mixer.  Please take the time to complete the Post Awards Show Survey to let us know your opinions about the Awards Show.  The photos from the Awards Show will be posted in The Hub's Photo Gallery very soon.  See my entire Thank You e-blast announcement about the Hub Choice Awards.

True Blessings,

Pleshette Robertson, CEO & Founder of

Repositioning Yourself

Best-selling author T.D. Jakes in one of his latest books, "Reposition Yourself: Living LifeCEO & Founder of - Pleshette Robertson Without Limits" is a must read.  I've been reading bits and pieces of the book after hearing from my sister about some of the most powerful and profound statements made in this book.  I'm so excited about the simple words of wisdom that T.D. Jakes offers to us in every aspect of life.

We are in the process of respositioning the status of  It's all about "Shifting Gears and Changing Lanes--Repositioning Yourself for What's Around the Next Corner" (Chapter 6).

Be sure to watch for new and upcoming projects sponsored by  The new name of our publication is now's Urban Entertainment Magazine. Pick up the August 2007 issue.  We've got a new attitude, and we are determined to keep you informed about the urban lifestyle of African-Americans living in the Sacramento Valley Region.  If you just moved to Sacramento and you want to learn about who's who, what's what and where the excitement is for Black folks in the capitol city, bookmark and check our site at least once a week.   See what you've been missing and see photos of local residents and beautiful people at past events in The Hub's Photo Gallery.

True Blessings!

Pleshette Robertson, CEO & Founder

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