Chief Weekender - Grant
Formerly a management consultant with AT Kearney’s Food and Beverage Practice, The Weekend Soireee Co-Founder Imani Grant is also the founder of Infinite Ag – an early stage tech company and online marketplace for Surplus, Imperfect and Just Ripe Produce. As if running two companies isn’t enough, she’s also a participant in Digital Undivided's BIG incubator. Grant’s most proud of being able to leverage all of her experiences to date in order to design and run her companies on her own terms. She co-founded TWS because she values safety, individualism, emotional and physical health, and happiness.
“For me, The Weekend Soiree is about tapping into all dimensions of who we are as individuals and creating an environment where women can feel safe to be themselves to support growth, health and happiness. As someone who is at the end of the millennial spectrum, I believe in hard work and sacrifice to get what you want out of your professional life. But sometimes it comes at a cost to our communities, health, and happiness. So TWS is about connecting with people who are rock stars in whatever their lane is, giving them the opportunity to restore themselves with people like themselves doing a bunch of different activities.” – Grant
Chief Weekender - M.DOT
The Weekend Soiree co-Founder Mary Fuller is currently the Licensing Executive for the Great Lakes Regional Commercial Enterprise Sales team at Microsoft. Previously, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Regional VP of Sales. Upon completion of her MBA in 2013, MDot started at Microsoft as a Licensing Sales Specialist. In this role, she was responsible for negotiating complex software licensing agreements with many regionally-based retail, energy and financial services enterprise customers. Before going to business school, MDot spent four years managing the Sales and Support teams co-located in Brooklyn, NY and Jaipur, India for SmartSign, an e-commerce startup specializing in custom-printed promotional and industrial products. Prior to SmartSign, MDot began her career as a Corporate Sales Consultant for Seamless, a New York- based online food ordering company for corporations and their staff, where she assisted in the company’s then effort to expand outside of New York and into the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, and UK markets.
She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College and her MBA at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
MDot is currently based in downtown Detroit, and enjoys going to live concerts, producing music, collecting vinyl, independent cinema, and traveling in her spare time.
"I felt there needed to be an opportunity for like-minded people to come together to not only connect and unwind, but also to learn and explore new cities while expanding their tribes." - MDot
Director of operations - Coke
Nicole Shawan Junior (Smith College BA | Pace University MST | Temple University JD), also known as Coke, is a black, Queer and poverty-born Womxnist, event producer, writer and former trial attorney.
An event producer, Coke has produced events large and small, from weekend getaways for everyday queer womxn to media-covered celebrations of powerful women in business, politics and the arts. A director and film producer, Coke directed and produced the documentary, Boundless: A Celebration of Black Women, as well as produced the web series, This. That. & the Third. An entrepreneur, she co-founded b.Girl Movement, LLC, a media company geared toward providing authentic and diverse representations of black women. An essayist, her writing has been featured in For Harriet and The Feminist Wire.
When not working on The Weekend Soiree, she writes the sacred and savage scenes of her black girlhood in 80's and 90's Brooklyn.
"When MDot asked me to jump on Team TWS, I had no choice but to say 'yes!'" To me, The Weekend Soiree is about healing. Healing within our community and within ourselves. For us Queer womxn, healing is nothing short of revolutionary. Something I just had to give my spirit to." - Coke
Director of marketing - collins
A creative both at heart and in practice, Collins finds joy in all forms of art whether it’s performing arts, visual art, spoken word, or anything in between. She is equally, if not more, passionate about music and hopes to one day meld these passions into a business of her own. When she’s not daydreaming about future business ventures, Collins spends her days as a consultant with Deloitte specializing in customer experience strategy and design. Prior to joining Deloitte, Collins handled a wide range of digital, social and traditional marketing strategy engagements helping businesses create meaningful connections with consumers. In between that time, she earned degrees from the University of Florida (BS) and Duke University (MBA) and bleeds blue for both her alma maters, especially during football and basketball season!
“I got involved with TWS because I love the mission, and believe something like this is long overdue. Having been in some of the places and spaces that I’ve been in, I can’t agree more that TWS provides a rare and special opportunity for Queer womxn to fellowship and celebrate with and get to know some of the amazing womxn in our community who we might not otherwise cross paths.” - Collins.