Personal Growth

Tory Burch Foundation Embrace Ambition Summit, New York City

April 23, 2019

New York City is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has world renowned museums, stunning skyscrappers, and delicious food. I visited in early March 2019 to attend the Tory Burch Foundation Embrace Ambition Summit; at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York. Although the weather was still cold, it was a welcome change from the warm South Florida weather. The Summit was on a Friday, but I decided to stay a couple of days and enjoy the city.


St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC



With three major airports near by, most airlines have competitive flights. I flew out early on Friday morning, and by 10:30 am, had arrived in La Guardia, 15 minutes later I was on a Taxi to the city.



There are so many hotels to choose from, it is all about location, price and personal preference. New York City is made up of five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. If you are planning on visiting, my suggestion is to sit down and decide on what you want to do before you go. What do you want to do and see? You don’t want to plan activities in one location and stay so far away that it becomes cumbersome to get to.


I like to stay near Central Park, as I walk to the park and enjoys it’s unique beauty. You will see the most interesting people and hear countless languages spoken in under an hour. Although the Enbrace Ambition Summit was scheduled in Brooklyn, I decided to stay near Central Park, as I was planning on spending most of my time near the area. Since I arrived before check in time, I left my suitcase at the hotel and headed out to explore the city.



First Stop, one of my favorite stores in New York, Bergdorf Gooman. Heading straight to the shoe salon, where I tried on several pairs of heels and sneakers. After BG, I headed out and stopped by several boutiques, taking my time and enjoying every minute. It was a perfect day for walking and window shopping.



New York is known for amazing food and has wonderful restaurants all over the city. There are healthy or vegan options on most menus, making dining out a pleasant experience. From casual cafes to formal dining, there is something for everyone.



What comes to mind when you hear the word, ambition, is it positive or negative? Women are not encouraged to be ambitious, in fact, many may be offended if they were to be described as such. It is time to change the negative images and it starts with us; we must embrace our ambition and encourage young girls and women to do the same.


Summit invite


The Tory Burch Embrace Ambition Summit

I first heard about the Embrace Ambition Summit in January, and immediatley submitted my application to attend. The Summit was being held in different cities all over the United States, I selected New York as it was the closest to me. Even though I doubted I would be selected to attend, I ignored my fear of rejection. When the invitation to attend arrived, I was besides myself with joy!


Tory Burch, founder of The Tory Burch Foundation


The Tory Burch Foundation was created by Tory Burch, in order to “…support the empowerment of women entrepreneurs.” (TB website) Although I don’t have my own business, I am working toward opening Esperanza Community Center, a non-profit organization. The foundation provides women with guidance related to business networking, training and empowerment to embrace ambition, no matter what it is!


The Summit – What to Expect

The Summit was held at the Brooklyn Museum, in Brooklyn. Women of all ages mingled and chatted before the program started. Imagine a room full of confident, positive and outgoing women, the energy was truly amazing. Tory Burch moderated the conversation with equal pay activist Lilly Ledbetter.


Many people may say that equal pay is a “femenist issue” however, unequal pay hurts everyone. Furthermore, it hurts our families by depriving us of the income we would have otherwise brought home, which could have been spent on health care, education, food, and savings. This is an issues that affects boys and men, because they have mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, and friends who are being robbed of income due to their gender. Not just a women’s issue, it is an issue that impacts all members of society. The loss of income affects our retirement readiness, which affects the entire family unit and society as a whole.


Tory Burch with Lilly Ledbetter, equal pay activist


If you plan on attending a summit, bring plenty of business cards and wear an outfit that makes you feel confident. Outfits ranged from classic to very fashion forward. I wore leather pants, booties, and a Tory Burch sweater.

After the program closed, all attendees were invited to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit, talk about an ambitious woman! The art show was simply amazing.


Being able to attend the Embrace Ambition Summit was an amazing experince. When women help and support each other, magical things can happen. Pursuing our ambition should not be something we are ashamed of, it should be celebrated and encouraged!



The Brooklyn Museum had a Frida Kahlo art exhibit


Broadway – Going Alone

Not long ago, I would have passed on any solo activity, however, these days I try to step out of my comfort zone and embrace activities that require me to go alone. With this in mind, I was able to snag a ticket to The Phanton of the Opera. For years I have wanted to go see it, but had not been able to convince anyone to go with me. Going to the Opera for the first time was absolutely amazing, when the music started to play I was overcome with emotion. A cascade of  joy, disbelief and gratitude to finally realize my dream. I highly recommend the Phantom of the Opera, it has thrilled millions of people during its 30 year run on Broadway.




How do you feel about the word, ambition? Share your thoughts and experience with us in the comments section below.


Thank you for reading!


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  • Will April 23, 2019 at 11:01 am

    New York is not really in my wheel house, but I must say you made it sound appealing! As for the issue of equal pay, let’s be real; it’s a matter of justice. Thank you for shining more light on this.
    Keep up the great work!

    • Maricela April 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated!