Sincerely Chosen: Melissa Alam & Alexander Kacala x #30Under30PHL

Breaking / Carousel / SCLIS / November 17, 2014


It’s amazing what can happen when your put your heart, mind and resources together to bring an idea to life.

SCLIS_NovFlyerEarlier this year Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series was an idea that I just “couldn’t seem to shake”. In a matter of months, it has now become a monthly production and expanding branded platform. This month marks our sixth show and I have to be honest, it’s blowing my mind a little to see how much it has evolved. This is all thanks, of course, to faith, the executive team, production crew, restaurants, interviewees, artists, sponsors, and–most importantly–the phenomenal AUDIENCE.

So, what’s happening this month?

In addition to the usual sounds provided by DJ G33k, the featured (and absolutely delicious!) Relish 3-course Thursday dinner special, networking and our taped live interview, audience members will also enjoy our first ever, open-mic style performance set. If you’ve been keeping up with the SS social media accounts (and if that isn’t the case we should probably fix that, btw–like definitely, haha!), then you may have spotted an invitation for vocal artists to submit their work for potential selection. The e-mails came rolling in and I must say, we’re excited to welcome some great talent to the stage!

To top off the live talk show experience, 25% of final ticket sales will be donated to The Hive, Philadelphia’s first co-working space dedicated to ambitious women, which officially launched on November 7th, 2014. Created by Melissa Alam, one of the evening’s featured interviewees, the 900-square-foot space in Old City aims to “inspire collaboration, personal and professional development, mentorship, and empowerment here in the city of sisterly love.” The space is set to also serve as a venue for “monthly networking events and workshops held by members and local professionals.”

Take a peek at the launch party:

** This month’s Sincerely Chosen show promises to be one to remember and your presence is hereby requested.  😉 **

Click here to get more details and reserve your seat!

Meet the Featured Interviewees…

On September 19th, 2014, Melissa Alam  and Alexander Kacala partnered to create a digital campaign, #30Under30PHL, in anticipation of the Forbes Under 30 Summit happening in Philly. Through Alam’s online magazine and brand,, 30 “phenomenal” and “inspiring” women were featured in 30 days via nominations from the public. The campaign culminated in the “#30Under30PHL Party“, a celebration to honor and toast to the success of the 30 women profiled.


While I had the opportunity to meet Melissa during the planning of the 2nd Annual Women in Media Conference (presented by WIM Philly), it was through #30Under30PHL that I really came to learn more about her and to meet Alex (Can I just say that he’s a great “connector”? Watch him work a room and connect people; there’s this art to his style.). These two trailblazing spirits inspired the entrepreneur, the journalist, the woman, the free and bold spirit in me and others too. My hope is that just maybe, they’ll do the same for you. Who knows? 😉

Say hello to Melissa and Alex…

Melissa Alam

SCLIS_MelissaAMelissa Alam is the Founder and CEO of the online magazine for ambitious women, Femme & Fortune, as well as Philadelphia’s first co-working space for women, The Hive.

Alam believes that through education, empowerment and unity, Femme & Fortune can represent a new movement for modern, ambitious women to live by. With focuses on career, culture, self, style and technology, Femme & Fortune is now paving the way for all women on the pursuit of happiness and success. Simultaneously, The Hive provides women of all ages and backgrounds a space to work and a community full of like-minded women. Alam invites all women to, “Come enjoy the presence of fellow “Queen Bees” while you build, grow and maintain your empire!”

In addition to the aforementioned, she also works with clients big and small to help them achieve their digital and photographic goals as a freelance Strategic Brand Developer. You can find her on the interwebs chatting about entrepreneurship, Philadelphia and her kitten at @RingTheAlam.

Alexander Kacala

Alexander Kacala has been an active and engaged community member of Philadelphia since 2007.  After studying abroad at Temple University Rome, he returned toSCLIS_AlexK pursue a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education at Temple’s Main Campus. Kacala has worked with many Philadelphia organizations and businesses since that time including the Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, First Person Arts, Gloss Public Relations, Tabu Sports Bar and Lounge, CITYSPACE, G Philly, and Skai Blue Media.

At the end of 2013, Kacal joined the team at Skai Blue Media, a boutique public relations firm. There, he assisted with client management, event coordination, social media strategy, and new client acquisition.

Currently, Alex is a contributing journalist at where he specializes in LGBT and men’s lifestyle content. He also works with area businesses in brand development and experiential marketing initiatives, primarily for the LGBT market. Some of these businesses include Ps & Qs, Flywheel Sports, and West Elm.

To find out more about Alexander Kacala, follow him @faymeproblems on Twitter and Instagram.

Get your tickets…and then prepare your stomach:

Every Thursday, Relish features it’s 3-Course Thursday Dinner Special. Sincerely Chosen guests have had their mind, spirits and tummy nourished every third Thursday of the month. Come see what you’re missing or come for what you know: mouth watering, soul-stirring, modern southern cuisine. 

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See you there, love!


– Sincerely Syreeta

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