Thursday, January 17, 2013

LBDC Welcomes Shantell Malachi!

The LBDC has recently relaunched their chapter in Richmond, Virginia. Having had a great member base for quite awhile, all the chapter needed was an exciting and enthusiastic new leader. Shantell Malachi has stepped up to the plate.

Shantell grew up in Richmond and, although she’s lived in other big cities, she says she is always drawn back to Richmond. “It has rich history, beautiful landscape, and lots of hidden treasures” she says. Wanting to get out more and wishing she could meet some new and like minded women in her area, Shantell was super excited when a friend referred her to the Richmond Meetup Page.

Hearing on Facebook that this chapter was already formed but waiting for a new director, Shantell jumped at the chance. “I love the concept and felt compelled to take the lead in making sure that women in this area continue to have an awesome resource for socializing” says Shantell.

First on her agenda is to get the ball rolling with events. After quickly reaching out, making introductions and announcing her role as the new Richmond Director, Shantell has been incredibly swift at getting events on the calendar for the next few weeks. With a 2013 goal of 2 events per month, Shantell’s first event will be what she considers a “soft launch” of her chapter, partnering with a local women’s entrepreneurship for “Little Black Dress Night: Ladies Night Out with a Networking Twist.” Shantell is excited that this event will be a great opportunity for her members to come by and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere while learning more about LBDC and what she has in store for her chapter.

Shantell believes in the mission of the Little Black Dress Club because she believes that keeping strong, positive connections with other women is important to our emotional, physical and even spiritual health.
She wants to ensure that as we grow older, we don’t lose sight of the importance of having girlfriends, and she thinks the LBDC is a great way to start.

In her spare time, Shantell also runs a local nonprofit, coaches entrepreneurs, and writes. Her idea of a good time is a trip to the spa, wandering through her local mall, or heading out to a local winery or museum. She tries to live her life by the quote “be the change you want to see in the world.” Her philosophy on life comes from her personal favorite style icon the late, great Coco Chanel and that is “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”  If you live by those words you can’t go wrong!

We happen to agree with you there, Shantell. Welcome to the team and good luck with the Richmond chapter!

Shay Ashcraft
Social Media Director, LBDC

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