"The Crowned Series" Brings Glam & Positivity To Women In Houston

Cecilia Smith | 3/12/2014, 10:19 a.m.
A recap of the debut of "The Crowned Series" brunch at R+G Bar Annie last Sunday including guest speaker Karen ...
The ladies of the Crowned Series brunch including Karen Civil, Gabrielle Deculus & radio personality Jillian "JJ" Simmons" holding a check donation of $1,000 to Simmons "I Am Me" Foundation. (Karen Civil/Instagram)

What does a woman on a quest success do once she has seemingly conquered the world? She teaches and inspires others to do the same; recounting her own experiences and guiding those looking to step onto their own path.

This past Sunday, the "Crowned Series", an interactive brunch series for women, debuted in Houston as a salute to those doing just that. Created out of a desire to bring women from various industries together to exchange advice and network, the inaugural edition featured media and Internet mogul Karen Civil, who illustrated her own initial struggles to carve out her own career as she overcame each obstacle thrown at her.

"I come from a family of hard workers. My career was probably ahead of its time,” Civil said. “I just knew that I wanted to make a living on the Internet. I knew what my passion was and I went for it."

In an age before the explosion of blogs and social media, Civil found a way to harness the power of the Internet and create clever online marketing strategies; a tactic that would later become her own personal calling card as she began to build an online empire. Some of her clients now include Revolt TV, Beats By Dre, Lil Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Nipsey Hussle, and Pusha T just to name a few.

Featured during the event was 97.9 The Box radio personality JJ in recognition of her "I Am Me" Foundation which has gone above and beyond to provide essential information and mentorship for young girls.

"I wanted to pick ladies who had great character; because when you step into the shoes of a role model, you must have character," JJ explained as how she chose who she wanted involved with the foundation.

With a mixture of guests that included media and the traditional workingwoman alike, the cheerful yet refined atmosphere assisted in making it a great launch. It showed that instead of trying to step over one another to achieve a singular goal, standing together earns much more.

"Someone else's success doesn't mean your failure. It's ok to be happy for someone else," Civil said.