Black girl magic

The Werkaholic's Behind Werk Pray Slay

Photo Credit: Huffingtonpost / The Dream Team (l to r): Alicia Fitch, event planner at Brighter Affairs; Lakia “LB” Brandenburg, author and The Wife Coach; Koereyelle, entrepreneur and creator of Werk, Pray, Slay

Photo Credit: Huffingtonpost / The Dream Team (l to r): Alicia Fitch, event planner at Brighter Affairs; Lakia “LB” Brandenburg, author and The Wife Coach; Koereyelle, entrepreneur and creator of Werk, Pray, Slay

WERK Pray Slay is an annual weekend conference created for the purposes of helping women WIN!

Hosted by Koereyelle DuBose, the founder of Werk Pray Slay, this weekend empowerment conference is a must attend event. With a series of interactive werkshops, panel presentations, networking opportunities, a big hat brunch and a champagne toast attendees are left impacted and empowered to live their best life.

A few weekends ago I attended the VIP networking mixer and met a some awesome boss babes growing and glowing in their craft. The mixer also highlighted the 2018 Werkaholic honoree’s - Mattie James, Maya Elious, Jerri Chanel of Turning Natural and India Monae. I can’t tell you how awesome of an experience it was to be in a room full of black girl magic.

Even though I wasn’t able to attend the entire weekend of events, I did get the chance to chat with the dream team behind WPS. Judging by all the instastories and IG feeds from that weekend, this team of exceptional women put together one heck of an affair.

Meet the dream team:

  • Koereyelle - Founder and creator of Werk Pray Slay, Confessions of a Werkaholic podcast, Busy at the Beach (a getaway for goal-getting women), The get money gang ( a personal coaching and consulting services that support millennial entrepreneurs with monetization strategies and her new baby Werk Mag (a media platform and quarterly publication that showcases the success stories of entrepreneurs & small businesses).

  • Lakia "LB" Brandenburg - A Certified Prepare-Enrich Instructor, aka a wife coach. LB’s mission as a wife coach is to transform married or soon to be married women into happy and successful wives. She’s also a public speaker and MC.

  • Alicia Fitch - Affectionately known as Li Li along with her husband Matthew Fitch own and operate Brighter Affairs, a full-service event and entertainment firm based in Atlanta. You can also find her in the blogosphere at

Check out my conversation with Koereyelle…

MS: When did the entrepreneur bug bite you? Was it something you always intended for yourself?

Koe: I started my first business in high school as a nail tech/cosmetologist.  Up until Single Wives club, I had 5 failed businesses.  Not that I intended to be an entrepreneur, I guess it was my calling.

MS: How did you come up with the idea for Werk Pray Slay?

Koe: Transitioning from my original empowerment event, the Single Wives Club ( a “club” for single women who wanted more than just to be a side chick or a bae) I wanted to create an atmosphere for all women to be able to gain the necessary tips and tools needed to be successful.

MS: Tell me about your proudest achievement?

Koe: I met an attendee who flew in from out of the county. She even purchased a VIP ticket for the entire weekend.  While there she gave her testimony and expressed how WPS was life changing for her and that she would be back and would bring others with her.

MS: What’s the most challenging moment in your career so far?

Koe: Realizing I can’t do it all by myself.  And trusting my discernment when it comes to who to allow into this space to help bring this vision to fruition.

MS: What’s your biggest piece of advice you have for female entrepreneurs?

Koe: Know what you want.  In order to chase your dreams/visions you have to know yourself enough to know what you want.

MS: What’s unique about WPS ?

Koe: Unlike most women empowerment conferences, WPS offers both a lifestyle and spiritual aspect.  There aren’t any conferences (to my knowledge) that aims to grow you both spiritually and naturally.  At WPS not only can you get advise on how to run a successful business or how to manager finances, WPS will also breath life back into your soul.      

Check out my interview with LB…

MS: What’s your contribution to WPS?

LB: I bring the relationship piece (being a wife coach) and I’m the official MC for the weekend. I love public speaking and being able to just be me.

MS: Tell me about your role as a Wife Coach.

LB: After being happily married for over 9 years, my objective is to show and tell women (married or single) that a happy marriage can and does exist.

MS: Where did you get the idea to write Picture Perfect?

LB: This book is really about my husband and I. Having two people who come from two different backgrounds with different views on marriage and bringing them together to with the intentions of creating a solid foundation for a health marriage. A perfect marriage is based on a lot of imperfections. I’m not perfect and he’s not perfect, but together we are Picture Perfect.

MS: Being a Wife Coach, how have you dealt with “failures”?

LB: I kind of like the word failure in terms of using it for lessons. There’s always a lesson to learn hidden in whatever we’re going through. Practicing what I preach. If I’m going to be out here telling women how to be a great wife, I have to lead by example.

MS: What’s unique about what you bring to the table from a wife coach perspective?

LB: I sell happiness. I sell the happy wife life. Being a happy wife has nothing to do with the husband, but has everything to do with you. I help women to understand what makes them happy and understanding that they shouldn’t rely a their spouse to always make them happy.

I didn’t get the opportunity to talk with Li Li, however, I’m told that she’s really a “success story” of what the Single Wives Club, now Werk Pray Slay weekend was created for. She applied the tools and tips that Koereyelle’s empowerment events offered and now sh’e living out her dream. She’s also a soon to be mom, Congratulations Lili!

Thanks for stopping by!!!