Virtual Assistants Brunch Club (VAB) is bringing virtual assistants together, both in person and online. We hosted our first local meetup on March 14, 2019 in Orlando FL and followed up a year later with a SOLD OUT VA Conference & Brunch. We now have over 200 members and growing.
To connect, collaborate, educate and provide women with the tools & resources they need to build sustainable Virtual Assistant businesses so they can workless and be happy (making money). Must love brunch!
What is the VAB life?
Unplug and meet other VAs face-to-face by starting or joining a VAB chapter.
Or, if you prefer, stay connected and “tune in” online. Our virtual chapter allows for VAs from all over the globe interact with each other. We also have our podcast which provides news and updates and VAB Groups & Local chapters give you exclusive access t members in your city (download and join Groups and Chapters on the Wix app).
Going to brunch alone can be lonely. Invite a fellow VA to join locally or virtually with you.
Conversation and dialogue is at the heart of VAB Community & Podcast. Our vision is to have 50+ chapters on 5 continents, so in addition to the local meetings, here is how 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 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".
More About Me
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.
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 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.
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.
Apply now to be apart of our journey. Grab your spot now inside the VA Brunch Club.