About

Greetings, I’m Carmen Veal!  A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Creative Jill of Many Trades,  Event Executive and Founder of Brown Skin Women.  A journey through intimate self love, cultural awareness and special needs mommy-hood led to a desire to design a life I imagined.

My Blog Journey

In 2013, I started a virtual diary to document my journey of embracing my ethnic hair in its natural state. What I hadn’t realized is the blog would capture the attention of women near and far and grow an organic audience of over 7,000 women. By 2014 the blog had become a space for Black culture so I changed the name to Brown Skin Women (BSW) and extending its reach to natural hair, beauty, wellness and entrepreneurship. Today I use my professional experience as an Event Planner to execute life-enhancing special events:

 

Brown Skin Women Natural Who Network was originally established Fall of 2013. These events grew organically through the dynamic connections experienced. This inspired me to re-brand to incorporate holistic life-enhancement related to hair, beauty, wellness and entrepreneurship.  Attendees are a healthy mix of every day Goal Digging Women, Educators, Specialists, Product and Service providers. These events are ongoing and are expanding across the U.S.


Brown Skin Women’s first major event was established in November 2014. This expo caters to hundreds of attendees and offer networking, shopping, workshops and dynamic energy. These events are annual and are offered only in Connecticut.


Brown Skin Women Natural Hair Retreat was established in July 2016. These destination events are for the every day woman who is deserving of embracing our culture from afar, while being exposed to amazing life enhancing journeys in other parts of the world. I partner with amazing brands (usually Black women) in other parts of the world to expand the focus, mission and vision of Brown Skin Women. These events are annual and take place across the world.


I launched the Member’s Club in January of 2015 as a space for Goal Digging Women looking for more intimate, life-enhancing, money-saving ways to take advantage of all Brown Skin Women and it’s affiliated network has to offer.


My Entrepreneurial Journey + Aha Moment

While navigating the busy world that is the fashion industry for 6 years (with sprinkles of testing my hand in other industries like corporate finance, nonprofit, social work, interior decorating and furniture buying), I fell in love with creating opportunities for individuals to connect.  This journey eventually led to my love for event production.  Events are a great way to create authentic experiences between a brand/group and individuals.

How It All Came Together

In 2014, a unique opportunity allowed me to get a taste of my own event production with a budget and pay.  I took it as a sign from the Universe that it was time.  I spent the rest of the year phasing out just about everything else (except for my Brown Skin Women blog) to focus fully on immersing myself and my skill within the events industry.  Today I am an events specialist booking events across the US, with a regional focus in Hartford, Stamford and New Haven, Connecticut, Providence Rhode Island, Manchester New Hampshire and Boston Massachusetts.

My Work Life Alignment

My personal life which is my most intimate and top priority is being mom to my severely disabled 14-year-old Princess Sania (read more about that HERE).  To keep sane through a busy world I align my energy and space with travel with my love, yoga, meditation, eco-therapy, and sharing beautiful vibes and positive energy with family and friends.

I look forward to connecting with you be it near or from afar, soon!  XO, Carmen