Once a year, women pay to attend a conference where they are taught practical skills on how to lead a life as a sugar baby.
The second annual Sugar Baby Summit, hosted by the non-traditional online-dating site Seeking Arrangements, took place in Los Angeles this year where it welcomed a diverse group of women and some men into its courses. General admission to the event was priced at $100 while pre-sale prices were discounted at $50.
SeekingArrangement describes itself as the leading sugar daddy dating site for people seeking mutually beneficial relationships. The controversial website was founded in 2006 by MIT graduate Brandon Wade who serves as the company’s CEO. Today, the site claims to boast a community of 5 million members spread among 139 different countries.
The 2016 summit was aimed at teaching men and women the skills necessary to become a successful sugar baby. Sugar Baby experts were invited as guest speakers to coach young sugar babies on a number of topics such as how to set up their online profiles, how to manage their finances and how to protect themselves on first dates.
The day long event began at around noon with guest check-in and sugar sister networking. Sugar baby extraordinaire, who wished to be identified as Candice, then took the stage to discuss first dates and online safety. The speaker who had two of her sugar daddies pay her law school tuition went over appropriate first date behavior and attire.
Later on, Sugar Baby financial coach Jordan Hasty spoke to the men and women about expectations in the world of sugaring. Hasty reminded the potential sugar babies on the importance of flexibility when it comes to their sugar daddy’s schedules. She also went over strategies to negotiate allowances and the advantages of dating someone who is more financially established.
“I found the site two years ago. What had happened was I had started my own company, but I didn’t have a college degree or backers or a network of people I can turn to for investments. So I started looking at ways for young woman to find investors and I knew as a woman, as a beautiful woman, you can pretty much run the world … you just need to know the right connections. That’s how I found out about sugaring.”