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Brunch for the Soul empowers BR women

It has been said that most great ideas have humble beginnings; Brunch for the Soul is no different. This women’s empowerment and networking event began simply with a collection of names on a whiteboard, homemade cooking, and Cynthea Corfah’s cleared-out living room to accommodate 15 guests: some friends, some strangers.

Cynthea Corfah, a recent LSU graduate in print journalism, wears many hats. She spends her time working as a Social Media Manager for The Healthcare Gallery and a Sales Manager at Time Warp Boutique in Mid-City. She is a freelance writer, avid blogger, and intends to continue to work to combine all of her abilities into one. Corfah admits that she came up with the idea of Brunch for the Soul from watching cooking shows. She simply thought, I can do that, and took the necessary steps to see that her vision became a reality.

Brunch for the Soul has grown since last October to a special bi-monthly event that collaborates with local businesses and young entrepreneurs. The most recent Brunch for the Soul took place April 29 at Baton Rouge Succulent Company, featuring fresh mimosas, treats from local vendors, and take-home potted succulents.

Brunch for the Soul is aimed to resonate with women in their 20s and 30s who are getting ready to graduate, starting their own businesses, or simply seeking to spend time with a tribe of like-minded women. Attending Brunch for the Soul allows young women from all walks of life to take part in close bonding and networking opportunities that may not be available to them otherwise.

Aside from dressing up, feasting, and sipping cold mimosas, women are also invited to take part in several activities that vary from event to event. A popular activity at the latest brunch was Talking Sticks, where the women retrieved sticks placed creatively in a pot to resemble a plant. Each stick presented a prompt for the women to speak on. The concept is to start from the surface, but then dig deeper to establish closer ties.

“This ice-breaker expands discussions like a tree, and spreads out to awesome, long conversations,” said Corfah.

A guest speaker is also a staple of every event.

“I want my guest speaker to put a fire under your butt,” said Corfah. “The most common theme of each event is empowerment.” Women should also leave the event with a sense of community.

“I want them to feel that the world is a little bit smaller and feel that we are all alike in some way or another,” Corfah said. “The goal is for women to be vulnerable, open, form lasting relationships and do some business collaboration.”

As for the future of Brunch for the Soul, Corfah is open to all possibilities, including expanding to surrounding cities or “wherever women need it most.” Her next event, likely in June, may be art-based, such as a painting or pottery class brunch, but she is considering many different options while the planning is in the works. One thing, however, will remain the same:  women coming together for brunch. Corfah grew up cooking breakfast with her mother, and to her it is safe and comforting.

Can’t wait to attend the next Brunch for the Soul?  You can reach out to Cynthea Corfah via Instagram at Brunch for the Soul, or her personal Instagram account @lacedincyn.

Photos by Sean Gasser


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