As the CEO and founder of WhitneyTalks, Whitney Allen is on a mission to provide her audience with the inside scoop when it comes to all things music, fashion, and art. Her entertainment-based website allows her to interview designers, artists, and entrepreneurs all over the world! With a mission to build a platform where she can introduce people to those up and coming in the industry, we’re left at awe at her quick success. Join us as Whitney Allen allows us the chance to get to know her.
Tell us about yourself. What made you want to become an entrepreneur, talk show host, and event curator?
Well, I originally went to school for broadcast journalism at LSU. I knew I had a passion for journalism and broadcasting because I had been in magazine editing since high school, which was what amped it up for me. When I got to college, I wanted to branch out and do my own thing. With that being said, I reached out to local entrepreneurs and people of businesses in the Houston area to interview them and gain that experience. I met a lot of cool people from artists to designers to local photographers and was able to get behind the scenes experience. As I talked to others about their passions, it just made me want to go further with mine.
What inspired the creating of your event series, Young Entrepreneurs with Talks?
I was actually interning in New York prior to the first annual. Being in New York just inspired me! I was working for a marketing company, working at events and putting things together allowed me to see the outcome of how things would eventually fall in together. Before getting back to Houston, I kind of knew what I was going to do but any extra time I had after my internship, I would jot down my ideas and began planning out the setting, who I wanted to be involved, sponsorships, and people behind the scenes. With that being said, when my internship ended, I came back to Texas and June 23rd was the first annual Young Entrepreneurs with Talks event in Houston, Texas. I had vendors and sponsors and it was an amazing turnout. We had such great energy and so many people out there that were passionate about their brand or business and they really gained that network experience that I hoped for.
Tell us about the launch of Whitney Talks Foundation.
The story behind the Whitney Talks Foundation is from my father’s passing from cancer in 2008. Being so young then, I couldn’t really do much in terms of volunteering offerings at the cancer center, do much with my mom, or be hands-on with anything. When I was of age, I wanted to collab and be a part of something because that whole process was very delicate to my heart. When my father was diagnosed, he was back and forth but they took such great care of him. I knew I had to give back and do something for these people that took such good care of him during his treatment there. After I came back from New York, when we had the first Young Entrepreneurs with Talks season, I knew I needed to create something that would be beneficial as well. The Whitney Talks Foundation was a third party foundation with the cancer center. I reached out to them, told them my story, and they got back with me. From there, we collaborated and from there its all history!
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
As of now, I’m really just working to learn and gain as much experience as I can with my own brand and platform that I have established. I love assisting others through their brand or business. Hopefully, I will be able to touch base with others and help them brand their business, create more events for Young Entrepreneurs with Talks and gaining more helping hands with the Whitney Talks Foundation as well. I just hope to brand my company and expand into a media platform production.
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