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Empower + Elevate

A platform for creatives, by creatives. Both on/off-line conference for entrepreneurs, photographers, bloggers, designers, artists and more, to empower one another and elevate their career to new levels.



next workshop coming soon: NEW YORK, NY

January 19, 2019



Empire State of Mind! Don’t miss out on this epic opportunity! Join us at our second conference ever in Brooklyn, New York where you'll get access to creatives who are killing it in the industry: Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, Saunak Shah of Pursuit of Portraits, Leo Chan of Levitate Style, and more! This is a one-day program of panels, mentor sessions, delicious cocktails, awesome food, pop-up shops, gift bags, unlimited networking & much more.

LOCATION: Seven House New York
35 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, NY

DATE & TIME: Jan. 19, 2019 @ 1PM-5PM

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Natalie Suarez | @natalieoffduty

With her passion for photography, creative direction, design, music, writing, modeling, and style, NATALIE OFF DUTY was born. Completely inspired by the "model off duty" on-the-go lifestyle. Sharing her stories, inspirations, and projects through her own photography and writing. Already noted for her winning fans in Harper's Bazaar UK, featured editorials in ELLE, and WWD for her "Good Taste." Along with campaigns and ambassadorships to top fashion and beauty brands from around the world. Some including COACH, DKNY, L'oreal Paris, Saks 5th Avenue, Sunglass Hut, Levis, and Nordstrom. Her eclectic, unique style has launched many successful design collaborations sold in top retailers around the world. Next to fashion, Natalie's other passion is music. Singing along with piano/guitar continue to pop up in her upcoming fashion campaigns.

Leo Chan | @levitatestyle

Leo is a menswear and travel influencer based in NYC. A proud immigrant from Hong Kong being raised in NYC since he was 10. Leo studied accounting and worked at Morgan Stanley and Barclays when he started his blog LevitateStyle with his girlfriend. Leo wanted to follow his passion in fashion, photography and modeling while representing the Asian male community. They both quit their full time jobs when they had the opportunity to travel the world for 5 months on a sponsored world cruise project covering 50 cities in 27 countries. Since 2014, Leo has been featured in GQ magazine, Men's Health, CN Traveler and more. Leo has worked with many brands on influencer campaigns such as Audi, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Chopard, Sunglass Hut, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales. 



Saunak Shah | @pursuitofportraits

Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based portrait photographer and graphic designer. Saunak is the Founder of Pursuit of Portraits, a meeting place and online platform to connect portrait photography enthusiasts globally. With over 10 years in the advertising industry, Saunak has fueled his professional life as an Art Director using photography as a medium for self-expression. His work focuses on the underlying narrative of people and the environments they live in and largely surround themes around scale, sense of place, minimalism and identity. He quit his full-time job as Global Associate Design Director at IBM iX to lead the Global Pursuit over 1 year to 5 continents over 21+ countries with Pursuit of Portraits. 

Folasade Adeoso | @lovefola

Born in Nigeria, raised in Toronto, and currently residing in New York, Folasade Adeoso channels her diverse background into her creative skill-set. As an artist, content creator and entrepreneur, Folasade pushes the boundaries of how society views people of color.

On her social media platforms, Folasade curates content to share her love for style, beauty, travel, design, and her Nigerian culture. Through a uniquely cosmopolitan lens, Folasade’s content and essays serve a growing, international audience of followers who share her passion for a more diverse and culturally vibrant world.



Jeff Wan | @jeffwanofficial

Jeff Wan is a fashion designer and creative director based in New York. Hailing from the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, Jeff uses his design to creatively bridge the gap between his native and adopted homes. While studying Industrial Design at Pratt Institute, Jeff began his career with work for Diesel, DKNY, Kenneth Cole and Michael Kors. After his graduation in 2014, Jeff joined Coach, where he developed watchbands for the Apple Watch, and helped transform accessory lines like Rexy the Coach Dino into must-have bag charms. We’re excited to have him on the panel and learning from his experience.


Schedule of Events


At Empower + Elevate, OUR MISSION

is to support and create a diverse and inclusive environment where talented creatives bridge the gap between budding entrepreneurs and successful professionals.

We are determined to meet other talents, entrepreneurs, and creatives to share their stories. Attendees get access to a highly empowering and elevating workshop, mentor sessions, networking and much more.









& Brands

We couldn’t be more honored to host some of the most innovative influencers and photographers to guest speak at the Houston Workshop this past September. Below are just some of the creatives that participated with us in 2018. 

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The chick with killer style. Bibi came to the U.S. 5 years ago and already turning heads. "If you can envision it, you can have it."



Total boss babe, photographer, creative, and PR chick from Austin. Geez, how does she do it all?



The babe against bullsh*t and founder of Empower & Elevate. She has worked with known brands such as Gucci, Missguided, Coach, IVY PARK, and more!

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Meet amazing fashion blogger and Senior Fashion Stylist at a fashion company from LA, Michelle Ngo. Her story is so inspiring, we had to fly her out to this event

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Successful men's blog as well as CEO & founder of The Ideation Group (TIG) with a vision to reach and motivate people around the world in all aspects of their lives.



Empower and Elevate will be an experience that I will cherish forever. I’ve got a chance to share what it’s like to approach a social media as an actual business, and I was also able to gain so much knowledge from others along the way. Not only did I get an opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone, but also connect with awesome creatives. Cannot wait to see what the future has in store for E&E!
It was great learning some new things with Empower and Elevate as well as refreshing my mind of some things I already knew, especially seeing how friends apply it themselves. Thank you so much.
— @jexsestudios