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s women entrepreneurs, business leaders, and trailblazers, we often use the cry of Sisterhood as our mantra. Yet, I find that we are not living up to that sisterhood at times.

In my business, I work with entrepreneurs. I help them to develop their businesses. Some of my clients are keynote speakers. They hire me to get them speaking engagements, coach them within their businesses or help to manage their businesses. A good portion of my clients are women.

Lately, I have been calling on some women organizations to book my female clients for their events. What I discover is that some of the events have “Women Empowerment” and/or “Sisterhood” as the themes. Yet when I speak with the event planners, they say things like we don’t pay our speakers! What!? Watch the video to see my opinion on this matter…


Let me know your thoughts on how we can improve this and really stand behind “Women Empowerment” in the name of “Sisterhood!”


Marlene M. Bryan is a Distinguished Toastmaster, DTM. She is a certified speaker and leader by Toastmasters International. Marlene is the owner of Small Biz Evolution, LLC. She is a Speaker, an Author and a Business Coach/Manger/Agent for Professional Speakers and Entrepreneurs. She is the author of Live a Diamond Life: A Life of Purpose; and co-author of “Our Family Garden.”