The (S)Heroes

By: Minda Harts, Founder & CEO, The Memo

In business, entertainment, politics, and so many other places: women of color in 2016 made us proud.

So many ladies shone brighter than Rihanna could have ever predicted.

Those women that came before us are smiling down in delight knowing that we have not put their efforts to waste; so many women this year have proudly and humbly taken the baton, continuing to crush glass ceilings and sprinkle their magic all over the globe.

This week, we salute five “sheroes” who inspired us in 2016. We’re sharing a few short facts on each here, and we’ll be honoring a different woman on this list every day on social media.

In the words of auntie Oprah, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Thank you, ladies, for lifting us higher!


Bozoma “Boz” Saint John, Global Consumer Marketing, Apple

  • This year, she was named Executive of the Year at Billboard’s Women in Music Awards.
  • She unapologetically encourages us "Sistahs" to be fierce and follow our dreams. Watch her acceptance speech (she begins at the 5:30 mark).
  • She’s a lover of lipstick, champagne, and pop culture.
Bozoma Saint John (Image: Fast Company)

Bozoma Saint John (Image: Fast Company)

Ava Duvernay, Writer, Producer, Director

  • Duvernay is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.
  • In addition to releasing documentary this year, she also created several seats for female directors on the OWN hit television series Queen Sugar.
  • She has her own Barbie Doll.
Ava DuVernay (Image: Wiki Commons)

Ava DuVernay (Image: Wiki Commons)

Elaine Welteroth, Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue

  • In her role at Teen Vogue, Welteroth is the youngest Editor-in-Chief in Conde’ Nast history.
  • She attended college in Sacramento, California.
  • Her celebrity style crush is Solange.
Elaine Welteroth (Image: Teen Vogue)

Elaine Welteroth (Image: Teen Vogue)

Solange Singer, Songwriter

  • She scored her first number one album this year, A Seat at the Table.
  • She has a 12 year old son named, Daniel (“Julez”).
  • Her label, Saint Records, released a compilation album, Saint Heron, showcasing 11 "new and ingenious artists".
Solange, "Cranes In The Sky" (Image: Youtube)

Solange, "Cranes In The Sky" (Image: Youtube)

Kamala Harris, Senator-Elect of California

  • Harris currently serves as the Attorney General of California.
  • She will be the second African-American woman in history to serve in the U.S. Senate, and one of the first Indian-American women elected to Congress.
  • She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Kamala Harris (Image: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Time)

Kamala Harris (Image: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Time)


Congrats to these ladies, and to YOU for all the glass breaking you participated in. Who are we missing? Tweet us @myweeklymemo, and tell us who you think slayed in 2016!