BOSTON - "Just keep your happy asses here, Boston is gooooood" says Nicole Byer, one of the Hello Sunshine x Together Live's 2018 tour headliners. The Netflix star is one of just many empowering women who took the Boch Center stage Saturday, November 3 for an evening of discussion on topics ranging from politics to the lessons they've learned.
Joining her are Yara Shahidi, Cherly Strayed, MILCK, and Cleo Wade. New Heights was lucky enough to have been brought to the event hosted by Hello Sunshine, a media company founded by Reese Witherspoon that works on empowering females. It was a night that made me laugh, cry, and think about my own impact in everything that I do.
Yara Shahidi, star of ABC's Black-ish and Freeform's Grown-ish, and now Harvard freshman, took the stage early on to discuss her role in leading the young generation. I was fortunate enough to greet her afterwards and express my gratitude for her wise words and graceful representation of our current generation. She was every ounce of humble she appears to be, thanking us for our own work and emphasizing unity is key.
The night concluded with closing remarks from all speakers, admitting their own faults but preaching how we learn from those mistakes. Their overall message: Together is where we're most empowered. This was displayed the whole evening, too. All the women were on stage the entire two-hour show. MILCK concluded the evening with her 2017 anthem, "Quiet," with echoes from the crowd.
It was an evening I hope everyone can eventually experience. Hearing a similar message among many speakers of different ages, backgrounds, and histories was hopeful. It showed unity in a time of diversity. It showed grace and power in words, actions, and encouragement to harness the untapped potential that we all possess.
The Hello Sunshine x Together Live tour continues through November 19 across the U.S. and Canada. For dates, visit TogetherLive.com.