Television Personality, Best Selling Author and Founder of Passion to Paycheck, Erika De La Cruz, inspired Hollywood with vulnerability, plus special guests at 3rd Annual Television Conference: Passion to Paycheck, in partnership with Bumble Bizz ,Saturday, April 27th at Andaz West Hollywood.
In addition to De La Cruz sharing her own story of loss during the economy crash and her personal “bounce back” from losing everything overnight, audiences were also moved by award recipient, Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Shaun Robinson. Robinson was honored with the 2019 Industry Impact Award and shared her personal Me Too moment with an audience of largely female, “#Passionistas,” leaving some in tears with her bravery.
Honorees Chelsea Briggs & Rocsi Diaz chatted about mental wellness, Briggs answering a powerful question from an attendee “could you give me the advice you’d give, if you had only moments left to live.” And Diaz spoke powerfully; not afraid to touch topics like motherhood and societal expectation.
Erika’s Amazon #1 Best Seller Passionistas (based on young, successful female entrepreneurs sharing authentic personal stories that otherwise can’t be “Googled”) largely inspired the conference. In its third year, media darlings Bryianna Dyrdek (CEO & wife of Rob Dyrdek) and The Bachelor’s Eric Bigger, came out to share deep, personal stories: Bryiana, about growing up as a “Make-a-Wish Kid,” being told she had a small chance of surviving and Eric vulnerably opening up about sharing his heart on National Television and the mixed reviews of fans & cyber bullying.
Passionistas and Passionist(o’s) in attendance, all in main-stream media and running personal brands of their own, were gifted from aligned brands inside business-building and female empowerment like: Bumble Biz, Forward Female, Freshbooks, The Center Method, and Autumn Chicklis’s Best Seller #Smothered, which fellow personality: Maria Menounus called a “Must Read.” just to name a few!
Hollywood’s top speakers, attendees and brands alike all came out for an afternoon of vulnerable connection & conversation, to forward their well-being, their trajectories and give back to one another.