Virtual Assistants Brunch Club is a social club and VA network that serves the official brunch community of virtual assistants in the VA industry.
Our mission is to empower virtual assistants with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the VA industry.
We have 300+ members and allies in our network and our online VAB community has 340+ members with nearly a quarter engaging on a weekly basis. The majority of our members work from home or remotely, have 1 to 3 years of experience, identify as Gen-Xers or millennials and joined Virtual Assistants Brunch Club through word of mouth or social media. We work with both VA companies and bossbabe networks and women in business groups to build virtual-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, recruiting, mentorship and networking in order to comprehensively affect change in the VA industry.
What is the VAB life?
We are all about unplugging, winding down, brunching and meeting other Virtual Assistants face-to-face in our local area.
Going to brunch alone can be lonely. The idea of finding and connecting with other VAs we could invite to join us locally or virtually at brunch was born at a time when the brunch movement was in full force.
Every community had built thier own table for brunch except for Virtual Assistants. We didn't have a dedicated table for us. So, we we built it, in Orlando, Florida!
Conversation and dialogue is at the heart of the VAB Community. Here's how you can join the discussion and to get involved in the VAB community:
1) Partner with us - Sponsor an event
2) Join our leadership team & Event planning committee
4) Support the podcast or read the blog daily. Listen, review and share episodes and blog posts with your fellow VA friends. Get the monthly podcast playlist in your inbox
5) Support our growth, programs and initiatives. Become a Member
6) Support our events - join us at brunch. View our calendar of events and attend locally or virtually
7) Join our VABulous Women Monthly newsletter to receive news, updates and the latest promotions and member perks but also feature VAB babes who are doing big things and living life on their terms.
We are bringing virtual assistants together, both in person and online. We hosted our very first local meetup on March 14, 2019 in Orlando FL and followed up a year later in 2020 with a SOLD OUT in person VA Conference & Brunch (during a pandemic).
We are able to complete our mission by providing VA's with ample opportunities to seek connection, collaboration and education at our events. Our members have access to:
Personal & Business Development
Leadership & Mentoring
Community Service projects
In person and virtual Networking Events
VA Matchmaking (find your next VA or build your VA tribe)
Our concept, its implication, and its success are all attributable to the innovation and dedication of our members.
OUR VABULOUS TEAM
Get to Know Us
Event Host & Organizer
Founder of The VA Toolbox & Curator of the Virtual Assistants Brunch Experience
Nirlande attended Stetson University School of Law and was a board certified professional legal secretary. For 6 years, she helped women turn their ideas into profitable services and products, by mastering their messaging, maximizing their connections, launching their website and blog with ease and implementing the right systems to grow. She built her business from the ground up, worked with her dream clients doing work she loved and was fully booked out -- and she did it during her toddler's nap time. Now she is on a mission to help women create consistent income from an online business, invite them to the room, place them at the table and introduce them to the people who will help them excel in their business -- and do it while we brunch! She is an island girl born in The Bahamas and decendant of Haiti, and raised in Miami. She now resides in Orlando, Florida.
Kimberly Ann Howard
Branding & Marketing Director
Founder of Studio by KAD
Kimberly Ann Howard is an accomplished graphic designer, teacher, cosmetic owner and inspirational speaker. Her focus is on of personal and professional development, executive coaching, and business development strategies and training. Kimberly Ann has more than 12 years of extensive expertise in marketing, brand development, and graphic art. Kimberly Ann has lived in Phoenix, AZ and now is residing in Dallas, TX with her loving and energetic family. Her favorite saying is “Keep pushing, keeping praying, and keep pressing.” Learn more on her site.
Event Designer (in-person events)
Founder of Decors & Evenst By Rosie Orlando Event Planner
Rose is the Founder of Decors By Rosie. She is our event planner and working hard behind the scenes to make our vision come to life. For years, Rose has served as a helpful role to those seeking inspiration, help, or advice. In 2000, she finally decided to own her role as an Event Planner and be intentional about it. She founded Decors By Rosie with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on her mind, and it has been a wild success ever since. Learn more on her site.
Romaine B. Palmer
Event Logistics and Planning (virtual events)
Founder of The Executive Admin
Romaine helps virtual assistants and service professionals build sustainable businesses that they love - and loves them back. She works with amazing, and amazing in progress, service professionals to help them master the art of owning and operating a virtual business. As the founder of The Executive Administrative Group, the distinct pleasure of helping business owners launch, manage, and grow their businesses. She plays a key in developing our event logistics and proft planning and assist with team training. If you are a virtual assistant or service pro looking for support in event management, click the button below to learn more about how to work with Romaine one-on-one.
Event Administrative Assistant for Logistics & Planning
When she is not working, she enjoys going out to eat, traveling, and just spending quality time with friends and family!
She is our Event Administrative Assistant for Sponsorship & Funding
In her spare time, she enjoys singing (Ariana Grande is her favorite,) taking a dance class (she loves jazz,) or baking.
She is our Social Media Content Creator & Event Photo Assistant
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, relaxing or doing something adventurous, listening to podcasts and read books on self development.
She is our Social Media Manager & Event Checkin Assistant
When she is not working, she enjoys streaming her favorites shows, listening to podcasts and music, organizing/re-organizing spaces in her home, and Online "Window Shopping".
From the Desk of our Founder
I'm so excited that you're here!
Before hosting a podcast and producing in person/virtual events, I started out with my own virtual assistant business --The VA Toolbox -- that I still love and manage (however, I don't offer VA services anymore). I have learned that running a service-based business that depends on working hard on client work is exhausting.
It’s something that eventually started to wear me out and had me dreaming of fresh, new opportunities. Opportunities that would help bring in new leads and build a network of people I could collaborate with, if I was strategic.
OPPORTUNITIES LIKE RUNNING A PODCAST, HOSTING A BRUNCH OR OUR FIRST VIRTUAL SUMMIT.
Hosting a Virtual Assistants brunch was always something I was afraid to do. It had crossed my mind a few times, but the thought process went something like:
'FUN' Me: Oh, a brunch would be nice!
'IMPOSTER' Me: Who do you think you are to host a brunch? That’s only for virtual assistants and there’s no way you could pull it off. VA Coaches would literally laugh when you pitch them to speak at my event.
'SCARED' Me: Oh yeah, you’re right. Nevermind!
I had that conversation with myself on repeat for about two years. Then one night, after driving home from a networking event, the 'BOLD' Me realized that I COULD do it. And with the encouragement of a coach and some business besties, I did.
AND LET ME TELL YOU, IT WAS A TOTAL GAMECHANGER
My initial goal with the brunch was to connect with other VAs, get my name out there, and build a thriving community in my hometown. I thought if I made enough connections, do a little list-building, get my name out there, I could bring in some new Virtual Assistants to the industry and build my mentoring program.
A year later, I had a dreamy speaker lineup, a SOLD OUT conference of 50+ excited attendees, a bunch of virtual assistants reaching out for help to launch their VA business, and nearly $4k+ in sales. From my first local event with a tiny list.
Virtual Assistants Brunch totally exceeded my expectations in all possible ways. And it was fun!
Since then, my business has brought in over $6k through networking and virtual events.
What does it mean to #Vabulous?
If something is so great you can hardly believe it, it is fabulous. You can have a fabulous first date or you can make a fabulous dinner. Fabulous things are mainly wonderful things. Fabulous also has another meaning realted to fable -- which means some things can be unbelievable! It's all in how you interpret your fabulous!
The word "Vabulous" is a combination of two words blending to create one word. We took VAB (which stands virtual assistants brunch) and Fabulous (which we've already told you the meaning) and dropped the F from Fabulous, added a V to creat a new word for our tribe "Vabulous babes & Vabulous woman!"
A Vabulous babe in our definition is a fabulous Virtual Assistant who loves to brunch. She is fun, introverted with a little bit of EXTRAvert trapped in her. She is hiding her greatness. She cares deeply for her friends and community. She wants to make a difference in her life as well as the llives of others, and just needs the guidance and framework to figure out how. She knows she is fabulous and with a little bit of help, encouragement and support she will blossom into the Vabulous Woman is meant to be.
A Vabulous woman iin our definition is a fabulous Virtual Assistant who is extraordinary and bold enough to go beyond what is expected of them. Their desire to see themselves and others succeed allows them to share their journey in hopes they will upbuild and empower their community. Vabulous woman usually go on to become leaders in the VA industry. Most Virtual Assistants start off as Vabulous babes and grow to become Vabulous women!
To provide virtual assistants with the resources (people) and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the VA industry.
VAB IS HERE TO LEAD YOU THROUGH THE STEPS TO LAUNCH A PROFITABLE ONLINE BUSINESS WITH EASE THROUGH EDUCATION BY THE BEST INDUSTRY LEADERS, EXPERTS AND VA COACHES.
During our first year of inception, VAB officers laid the foundation for an active, vibrant community that could make a meaningful difference in the lives of its members and women in the local business community.
VAB has established a Mentoring program in which members are connected with established business women in the community.
Our ultimate goal is to establish a Scholarship program dedicated to recognizing and rewarding members for their entrepreneurship and leadership.
In addition, VAB has highly encouraged the professional development of its members that includes opportunities to hear from dozens of speakers from the virtual assistant industry at business launch workshops, professional bruncheons, conferences, virtual summits, and future trips and retreats.
This club works to serve the needs of the broader community by being involved in philanthropy work with the American Heart Association and other charitable foundations.
To become the most powerful and vibrant professional network of virtual assistants in the VA industry across the world.
Our ultimate vision is to have a Virtual Assistants Brunch chapter in every major city in the United States and eventually become a global brand & community.
Community & Self Care First
Raising the Standards
If you stand with us, apply now to be apart of our journey. Join us now as an OFFICIAL member of The VA Toolbox and VA Brunch Club.