If you missed our 2nd Annual Women of Resilience Awards, you missed a beautiful night of "soul food" - our stomachs, our minds, and our souls were nourished. We were inspired by our honorees and by all of the women who shared their Thursday evening with us at Grand Central Tech in New York City.
Recognizing the well-documented reasons why women often fail to negotiate – after having been guilty of a few myself – I continue to seek resources to mitigate my fear of negotiating. The best resource I have found to date: female mentors. Due in no small part to my mentors, I have been able to embrace my role in correcting these negotiation-failure trends early in my career. I’d like to share the following story with you as an example of how you, too, can empower and support your fellow female professionals.
Each minute of the day seems to bring on another (heart)breaking news story, and I start to wonder, does self-care come at a cost? In the media, we constantly read about attacks on black women like Sandra Bland and Chikesia Clemons. Women, and especially women of color, have had to start multiple hashtag movements to rally and get some respect around here for ourselves and for each other.
Part of self-care is doing temperature checks on ourselves, as well as checking in with and supporting the other women our lives. Just because we see our friends posting “lit” pictures of themselves, doesn’t always equate to what’s going on behind the scenes in their minds and their real lives.
This Friday at 1pm EST, we'll be on [Slack] hosting a resume peer review.
If you've worked at the same place for a while, it's easy to get caught up in the day to day of things. Before you know it, years pass and you're mentally ready to leave your company, until you remember that you have to wipe the cobwebs off your dusty old resume.
Many years ago, I found myself here.
Every month at our *After 6: Career Conversations*, we get all the way real about issues faced in the course of our careers. This month, we talked to Sherry Sims, Founder and CEO of Black Career Women's Network. Sims shared about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, including some of the do's and don'ts of starting a new business.
If you couldn't join us in person, we've got you covered with some highlights!
Two months after graduation, I landed my first corporate job with visions of a meritocracy that offered equal opportunities to ascend towards the C-Suite. Instead, I was greeted with something different. I experienced discrimination and isolation that my university did not equip me to overcome; that I learned by trial and error.
In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg inspired all women to *Lean In*, yet, failed to address what leaning in is like for black and brown women. There is an extra socio-economic and systemic layer of glass that women of color must chip away at before they reach the ceiling in Sheryl’s book.
The J-O-B is a reality for millions of women. At some point in time they entered into a contract with an employer to be good corporate citizens. For some those arrangements began early in life — maybe with a part-time or after school job in teenage years; while others entered the workforce a little later.
As our accountant friends know all too well, tax season is upon us! Many of us dread this time of year, but for others they know that refund check is headed their way.
When I was right out of college, I remember getting my refund check and not knowing what to do with myself. Twenty something me was so excited for all this "free money" (I didn't know better), but I had no plan or strategy in place for what to do with it. So I’d do my happy money dance and throw the money into a savings account, thinking I was being so practical.
This Women's History Month, we salute the amazing women who have paved the way for us -- those who have graced our history books as well a the hidden figures who helped to create a better world for us all. This month, we celebrate the amazing women of our past as well as our present and future.
Here are eight women of color currently making history!
They say everything is bigger in Texas. While, I don’t know if that’s true, here's what I *do* know: I had the pleasure of being a speaker this weekend at one of the biggest conferences of the year in Austin, Texas: SXSW
A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a colleague and we both remarked on how hard the past month had seemed. Many of my other friends felt the same. I saw a similar sentiment shared online. So many people seemed weary near the end of January (most of the complaints were that January was “too long." Now we're all watching February fly by!).
WAKANDA. WAKANDA. WAKANDA.
Let’s get into IT!
Before some of you start to panic, today’s MEMO does not include any spoilers, so you can rest easy if you haven’t seen the movie *Black Panther*.
I have so many questions about Wakanda. Most importantly, is the Wifi better there? Because if so, I’m packing up my French Bulldog Boston, and we are on the first plane out of JFK! But in all seriousness, I truly enjoyed the representation of beautiful black men and women in the film.
Hi friends! February is Black History Month. We’re celebrating the past, present, and future contributions of black women and men. The words and ideas of black people have changed culture and history. We are magic! #blackgirlmagic
If women of color are doing it, we are here for it! And if one of your goals is to read more, this week we’ve included some books written by black women to add to your reading list!
One of our core pillars at The Memo is generosity.
We live in a world where most people think, “I gotta get mine” and “It’s all about me.” And yes, the old proverb, “You came in this world alone, you will leave alone” is true.
However, there is a counter-argument for that mentality, and it's what I think we don’t focus enough on: “No [wo]man can be an island.”
Do you remember the song Bag Lady? I was listening to it after making a 90’s playlist (don’t judge me), and I think it was the first time I listened to the words of this song through adult lenses. Badu was preaching that career gospel and I don't think she intended to! After listening to Bag Lady on repeat, the lyrics resonated and put me in a career mindset.
“Are you ready to get your life back and head to work?”
“Aren’t you excited to get back to your routine?”
“Won’t it be a relief to not worry about the baby all day?”
Life. Routine. Worry.
As I stood there crying tears of joy holding the positive pregnancy test, everything changed. There was a shift in my universe. The GPS had to recalculate. The destination didn’t change, but we had to implement a detour. My life would never go back to what it once was, I wouldn’t want it to. The routine I had fallen into would change, it had to. And worry, well that is an innocent side effect of motherhood.