Who Gon' Stop Me Boo?

Who Gon' Stop Me Boo?

My dad played tennis in the Marines, and growing up he took me and my brothers to the park and taught us how to play. This was one of the ways we spent quality time together. Years later, The Williams sisters hit the tennis scene and I remember how excited I was to see two black girls with beads in their hair disrupting the game.

I don’t know if my dad had the same intentions as their father Richard, but one of my brothers did go on to play collegiate tennis. When my youngest brother became the break out star of the Harts kids; he started to invest in his success and planned on going pro.

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

Did you know that our CEO, Minda Harts, has a podcast? It's called Secure The Seat, and is in its second season. Secure the Seat is about women of color in the workplace — what does it take to secure a seat at the table, and once you do, how can you bring others along with you?

Going Into Fall Like What

Going Into Fall Like What

We know many of you are like, “Hold up, wait a minute. I am still trying to get my last bit of summer out, don’t rush me.”

On, the other hand, we know you are ambitious women who like to plan ahead. For you, we've got four things you might want to start incorporating into your end of summer schedule to make the transition into fall a little easier.

Office Best Friends

Office Best Friends

In early July, we hosted our monthly Slack chat and talked about office best friends. It was a good conversation where we talked about the highs and lows of having friends in the office. (If you aren't in our private Slack group, send us an email and we'll add you so you can access that conversation and participate in the next one!)

As a follow up to our conversation in Slack, we asked others about their office best friends, both past and present…

Working Moms

Working Moms

Last week, we hosted our monthly After 6: Career Conversations event online. We were joined by three amazing women and mothers - Thaisa Jones, Digital Director at Pennsylvania Insurance, Delores Brown, Cofounder, Agbara Life, Inc, and Nicole Tirado, CEO of Tearado Tech.

Check out the video!

This Is Us

This Is Us

Almost three years ago, I decided I needed something more out of life.

I wanted to lend support to other women striving to obtain their career goals, and I felt like my experiences up to that point would be able to lend a diverse voice to the career development conversation.

I have to be honest, I wasn’t 100 percent sure how I would do this, or what it would look like.

From The Archives: Grace Makes Room For Space

From The Archives: Grace Makes Room For Space

We've all met people who we are certain that we will not like or get along with - based on the clothes they are wearing, how much they remind us of someone else we had a bad experience with, etc. And as women of color, we have stereotypes thrust upon us regularly.

"Grace Makes Room For Space" was one of the most popular articles on our blog from 2016. It speaks to the need for us to not judge a book by its cover, and to allow for the space for others to surprise us.

For those of you who may have missed it, we're republishing it today.

Hope Is Real

Hope Is Real

Recently, I have read several posts that say, “Check on your strong friend.” While well intentioned, personally I don’t like language like this. It causes us to categorize people as strong vs. weak. When it comes to mental health, I don't think you can boil it down to such simplistic terms.

What To Do When You Don't See Options

What To Do When You Don't See Options

Sometimes all the positive self-talk in the world doesn’t change the fact that some situations leave us stuck. During these times, despite how much perspective we try to have, we just can’t help but feel wedged between a rock and a hard place. If you’ve ever found yourself in this position, and chances are if you’re alive and reading this right now you have, then you’ve experienced that sinking feeling of running out of options. Rather than give you a pie-in-the-sky approach to managing those feelings or improving that situation, we have another alternative – surrender to what is.

We are Resilient!

We are Resilient!

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.

My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

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.

Intersectionality: After 6

Intersectionality: After 6

All this women's history month, we've been saluting the women --present, and future -- who are changing the game for all of us. 

Last week, we spoke to a few of those women at one of our After 6: Career Conversations events, when we discussed intersectionality at work. 

Women of Color Making History

Women of Color Making History

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!
 

A Reality Check

A Reality Check

We are in the process of ending two important periods: Black History Month and the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year.  What are some things that might help make your Q2 even better? 

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers

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! 

ICYMI: After 6 - Love & Relationships with Joi-Marie McKenzie

ICYMI: After 6 - Love & Relationships with Joi-Marie McKenzie

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of speaking with entertainment, style, and relationship writer, Joi-Marie McKenzie, at our monthly After 6 event, "She's Gotta Have It: Love & Relationships."

Back To Work

Back To Work

“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.
 

Home for the Holidays

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by: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

The holiday season means different things for different people. For many, it's a magical time to get together with family and visit with old friends. There are family traditions, lots of food, fights, introductions, gifts, family reunions, and more!

One of the best things about the holidays (other than all the delicious food) is going back to my childhood home. My dad makes gumbo every year. We exchange gifts in my parents living room and laugh at a number of inside jokes. The house is filled with so many fond memories.

Over the years, the inside of the house has changed -- furniture's been moved, carpet has made way to wood floors, my childhood bedroom has turned into a guest room, and the toys, books, and posters from my youth have been put in boxes. Every year, I'm greeted with some new addition or change.

Every year, seeing the house change reminds me of the ways I've also changed and grown. New professional accomplishments, friends made, hobbies picked up or lost, etc. Every time I go back, I'm reminded of how far I've come from the year before.

No matter how you spend your holiday this year, we hope you take some time to reflect on the previous year, celebrate how you've grown and changed, and make plans for the year ahead.

On behalf of everyone at The Memo, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a wonderful year ahead!

#MemoMonday Best of 2017

#MemoMonday Best of 2017

It’s been another exciting year at The Memo! In case you missed a #memomonday, we're recapping some of our favorite blog posts and moments from this year.

Don't Waste My Time

Don't Waste My Time

Wasted time and distractions are silent killers. Let me break this down like a perm: you know the moments when Facebook pops up with memories from like eight years ago, and you’re reminded of how much time you gave that person that you will never get back? Often, I flashback to the people, places, and things I gave entirely too much of my good energy to. (And most of them, didn’t serve 60 seconds of my time.) Time spent begging folks to stay, asking folks to leave, or being mad at your boss…