Big Hats and Real Talk

Written by on November 7, 2018

Big Hats and Real Talk

Written by: Krystal Ketcham

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and founder of Werk, Pray, Slay, Koereyelle DuBose, is a heart
saver. Not a life saver, but a heart saver.

Sunday, October 4 th marked the Werk Pray Slay conference annual Big Hat Brunch. Women dressed in
their Sunday’s best gathered at the Twelve Hotel in Downtown Atlanta to not only indulge in mimosas
and pancakes, but to get to the good, bad, and ugly on dating and marriage.

In a city where women outnumber men 12 to 1, finding Mr. Right can be extremely difficult and to
some, impossible. Renowned speaker and the Wife Coach, Lakia Brandenburg, let attendees in on a little
secret, marriages aren’t always picture perfect, sometimes they are tainted and need reviving.
Growing up, most women, including myself aspired to have a marriage similar to the Huxtables. They
were happy, successful, and pretty much looked like they had it all. Claire Huxtable was and still is the
epitome of a phenomenal woman. Beautiful, classy, educated, and successful, Claire Huxtable had it all
and then some.

Each year, Koereyelle honors one woman with the Claire Huxtable award for their nurturing spirit and
their entrepreneurial endeavors. This year’s honoree was no other than fashionista, Karli Raymond. Her
straight to the point attitude, and vulnerability left women laughing hysterically and feeling hopeful.
Midway through the event, Karli joined her husband, Ben Raymond, as well as, Kenyon and Taccara
Martin on stage for the highly-anticipated Happy Couples Panel. Each couple had an open and honest
conversation about their upbringing and the ins and outs of their union. Each couples outlook on
marriage varied but dwindled down to one thing, a marriage can only work if two people want it to

One thing was made clear to every woman present, marriage isn’t a fairytale. Even Claire and Cliff had
their ups and downs. Marriage is a union that takes work, commitment, and patience. For tickets to next
year’s Werk Pray Slay Conference visit


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