2017 Women of Resilience Awards

Photo:  Sergio Santos

Photo:  Sergio Santos

by: The Memo Staff

This past Thursday, in partnership with our friends at Shutterstock and Miss Jessie's, The Memo hosted its first annual Women of Resilience Awards in the Empire State Building. It was a great night, where we honored three amazing women -- Natalie Cofield, Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy, Tanya Selvaratnam, writer, actor, producer, and activist, and Miko Branch, the Co-Founder and CEO of Miss Jessie's.

These women encouraged, inspired, and motivated us. They are business owners, speakers, authors, producers, award winners, and activists, and we were proud to have a little of their magic sprinkled on us.

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite photos from the event:

(Photos via: Sergio Santos)

Be sure to check out highlights and some inspirational gems from the Twitter feed.

As special thank you to the following partners, speakers, and organizations: Shutterstock; Miss Jessie's; Brittney Oliver, Lemons 2 Lemonade; Angelina Darrisaw, C-Suite Coach; Gabrielle Brown, NYC Bar Diversity.

The New American Hustle

The New American Hustle

I know how hard it can be to be a single, working mother. Not because I am one, but because I was raised by one. My parents divorced when I was very young, and I grew up with my mother, a rebellious older sister and an autistic younger brother. I am not sure how she did it, but my mom managed to raise the three of us, work, and keep food on the table when things got painfully tough. She wasn’t perfect, but in the end she shaped me into who I am today. She’s shown me how strong a woman can be. She’s shown me that if it feels the odds are against you, still try your hardest, and things just may work in your favor. Most importantly, she’s shown me that I could go after what I want in life and not be afraid of having to do it all on my own.

ICYMI: Work-Life Balance, with Kateri Broussard

ICYMI: Work-Life Balance, with Kateri Broussard

This past Friday, we discussed "work-life balance" as part of our monthly #memocareerchats on Twitter. This month, we were joined by Kateri Broussard, Respiratory Speciality Representative at Astrazenica. She is also the District Director of College Chapters for Kappa Alpha Theta, a wife, a mentor, and a mother of two young boys. We discussed  a number of topics, including work-life balance, self-care, coming back from maternity leave, and having the right support system. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork.

Female Pioneers in Science

Female Pioneers in Science

Women have played an integral role in the advancement of technology, engineering, medicine, and other epic scientific discoveries. In honor of the marches for science that happened this month around the world, let's celebrate #WomeninScience, with five women who made tremendous contributions in their fields.

The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

In college, many of us aspire to graduate and immediately land our “dream job” -- that job that will allow us to live the type of life we always dreamed of. Once we get out into the “real world,” however, we usually end up falling into one of two categories: 1) Having found our “dream job,” we feel totally happy and fulfilled in our careers, or [this is most of us] 2) We don’t.

Those who fall into the second, “unfulfilled” category, have two choices: 1) Keep doing what you’re doing and remain unfulfilled, or 2) Change course.

Inspirational Quotes from Women Of Color

By: The Memo Staff

As we consider our goals, both long and short term, it can be easy to get discouraged. We can all use a little encouragement and some words of wisdom time and again.

Here are five quotes about perseverance and success from women of color who inspire us:

  1. "Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." -- Alice Walker

  2. "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." -- Maya Angelou

  3. "I can't' are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world." -- Wilma Rudolph

  4. "No person has the right to rain on your dreams." -- Marian Wright Edelman

  5. "You have to practice success. Success doesn't just show up. If you aren't practicing success today, you won't wake up in 20 years and be successful, because you won't have developed the habits of success, which are small things like finishing what you start, putting a lot of effort into everything you do, being on time, treating people well." -- Michelle Obama

Here's to another great week, ladies!

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

As you prepare to take your seat at the table, are you thinking about what it means to be at the head of the table? Quality leadership is key no matter what table you are at. Unfortunately, so many fall short, and are more "managers" than true "leaders." 

This past Friday, we hosted our monthly #memocareerchat on Twitter with Kishau Rogers, technology entrepreneur, and the CEO at Websmith Studio Inc. Kishau has led a number of teams and projects to success, and we sat down with her to discuss leadership in the workplace. 

Living Your Best Life

Living Your Best Life

Recently, I was having a conversation about birthdays and life in general. As the dialogue continued, I was asked a simple, yet loaded, question, “Are you living your best life?” 

Man down! Hold the phone! Until then, I'd never really thought about "my best life." I scrolled through my mental Twitter feed, and thought of things that made me smile: trips I had taken with family and friends, closing a deal, love, my dog, and a number of things that will go down as epic moments in my memoirs. BUT does this list of things equate to living my BEST LIFE?
 

Who Is In Your Circle?

Who Is In Your Circle?

"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." - Jim Rohn

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn, relating to the law of averages, suggested that who we spend the most time with matters. This quote has been repeated by many others over the years, including speakers like Tony Robbins. 

Similarly, those of us who had a Myspace account in its heyday remember the Top 8. This meant rank ordering your friend list on Myspace. Getting into someone's Top 8, or putting someone in your Top 8 was a big deal. The list was ever evolving and sometimes changed based on our moods. 
 

Informed, Uninformed, or Unconcerned

Informed, Uninformed, or Unconcerned

In January, I had the pleasure of attending the historic Women’s March in Washington, DC. It was such an epic experience for me, and I am still amazed by all the women coming together to march for so many different causes. All of those diverse causes led to one place, though: **equality**.  

Movers and Shakers

Lizzo, Image via Spin

Lizzo, Image via Spin

Happy Monday, ladies!

Wednesday was International Women's Day.

Many of you supported female-owned businesses, wore red in solidarity, or acknowledged the phenomenal women in your lives. However you spent your day, we salute you.

All of March is Women's History Month. Let's keep the momentum going, ladies.

Here are four songs by fearless women that have us feeling like the queens we are:

Feeling Good As Hell, Lizzo
Queen, Janelle Monae
Grown Woman, Beyonce
I'm Every Woman, Whitney Houston
Respect, Aretha Franklin

Here's to a great week!

But Why?

But Why?

If you have children, or have ever been around a young child, you know that one of their favorite questions is "Why?" As their little minds are growing, they are curious about everything. They want to know why the sky is blue, why you're doing that thing you're doing, why the dog three doors down is barking, why we are going this way to the store instead of that way...and when they get one answer, they ask "why?" to your response.

As we get older, many of us begin asking fewer of these questions. Things are the way they are, and many of us don't take the time to dig further into it. 

You Know That You're Toxic

You Know That You're Toxic

In the early part of my childhood, it was just my mother and me. Then my mom met a man. At five years old, I could only imagine him being someone that would come in and mess up the good thing mommy and me had going. 

To my pleasant surprise, "He" became “Daddy,” and he filled a void in my life I didn’t know I'd had. Daddy never treated me any differently, and some of our characteristics now are so similar that you’d swear we were biologically related. 
 

The Vocabulary Adjustment

The Vocabulary Adjustment

Have you ever noticed that your vocabulary can impact your mood? I know that the vocabulary of others can sometimes affect my mood--positively or negatively. Growing up, my parents would often quote the Scripture, “There’s power of life and death in the tongue.” As I get older, I am constantly reminding myself to speak life over every situation, because my words matter!

That's A Major Key

That's A Major Key

Some people like to call me "old-skool" because of my preference for paper over technology. I have several notebooks I like to write in. I love jotting down my ideas as they come. Now you might be wondering, "Why don’t you use your phone for that?" For me there’s something about the physical aspect of writing down my thoughts, being able to go back to re-read them five years from now. Sometimes you can’t do that on your old phone. I also have an obsession with Post-it notes. I like to write down my to-do’s for the day. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can check items off my list. It feels good to know I accomplished certain important things at the end of my day. I believe this feeling is one that most of us crave.

Start Here

Start Here

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”  - Helen Hayes

 

By: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

 

Over the holidays, I came across a beautiful ad from Poland titled “English for Beginners.” The ad is for the popular online Polish auction platform, Allegro. It begins with an elderly man ordering “English For Beginners,” from the platform. We see him through the ad teaching himself English at home, by practicing words aloud and by labeling everything in his house with a Post It note (including his dog). 

He practices everywhere you can imagine—in front of the mirror, on the bus, in the tub, or while watching English films. It’s especially humorous and heartwarming when he practices aloud in public. “I love you! You are perfect,” he says while on the bus, seated behind a young woman who turns around in surprise to find him talking to himself with headphones on.

ICYMI: The Memo NYC Launch Party

ICYMI: The Memo NYC Launch Party

This past Thursday, in partnership with our friends at Breather and Bauce, we came together to celebrate our small part in helping to advance women of color in their careers. We celebrated the past year, reconnected with clients and friends, and talked about exciting things to come. There were cupcakes, champagne, and great conversations!

Organization Tips for the New Year

By: The Memo, LLC

With a new year upon us, we're all looking for ways to become more of our best selves, and to let go of the clutter in our lives. "Get More Organized" shows up on many of our lists of New Year's resolutions.

Professional organizer Miranda Mims, CEO of Symmetry of Space, reminds us that the better we are at staying organized, the more time we have for the things that really matter to us -- completing big projects at work, spending time with family and friends, having time for hobbies, or clearing time for more productivity and creativity at work.

Below are five tips to help get you better organized in the new year:

  1. Folders, Rules, Unsubscribe: For many, e-mail can be a big stressor and drain on our overall productivity. Once we get closer to the coveted "Inbox Zero," more things come streaming in. Don't let your inbox get the best of you! Most email software allow you to create rules to send things from certain people, or with certain subjects, to a particular folder to deal with when you're ready. Additionally, be sure to unsubscribe from publications or marketing emails you are no longer interested in. The time it takes to manually delete e-mails you won't ever read anyway adds up over time.

  2. Get Rid of Things You Are No Longer Using: We all have things we hold on to because we think we may magically need them some day. If it's in the back of your closet or in a drawer that you never open and you haven't used it over a year, you can likely let it go. If you decide you no longer need it, find a place to donate it where it will be put to better use.

  3. Delegate: None of us can do it all alone! If there are tasks you can automate, or delegate, do so! Your time is valuable.

  4. Invest In A Task Management System: Mims recommends finding a task management system to help free up more time and mental space. Programs like Evernote and Trello, according to Mims, are great for managing your To Do list, going more paperless, storing business cards, or collaborating with others. If these tools don't work for you, find a system that does, whether it be a notebook, bullet journal, etc.

  5. Do Small Things Every Day: Spending just a few minutes a day to tidy up your inbox, your office, and your home, can go a long way. Try to tidy up your office at the end of the day before you leave. When you get in the next morning to a clean office space, it will help you get right to work!

Getting and staying more organized helps to free up mental space to be our best in our careers and our lives. Mims reminds us that "life is to be enjoyed," and getting rid of clutter gets us closer to enjoying more of our lives and the things that matter the most. What tips do you use to stay organized?

Everyone Needs A Sister Circle

Everyone Needs A Sister Circle

“A lot of women, when they’re young, feel they have very good friends, and find later on that friendship is complicated. It’s easy to be friends when everyone’s 18. It gets harder the older you get, as you make different life choices, as people say in America. A lot of women’s friendships begin to founder. I was interested in why that was, why it’s not possible for a woman to see her friend living differently and just think, Oh, she lives differently.” - Zadie Smith

At the start of the year, I began to think about my relationships. Relationships can get complicated, and as Smith said, sometimes we don’t give each other space to change, or to “live differently.” This led me to think about my relationships with other women. I am fortunate to have so many awesome female friendships.