ICYMI: The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

ICYMI: The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

How do you know you're on the right path? And when you're not on the right path, how do you find the courage to change course? We're combing the archives for some of our favorite articles that you may have missed. This one, "The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship," by founder, Minda Harts, originally appeared April 2017. For those of you that aren't sure if you're on the right path, or who are considering a career pivot, let the stories told below encourage you.

Those Pesky Glass Ceilings

Those Pesky Glass Ceilings

Unfortunately, it's easy to remember those situations that caused us so much trauma in our work lives.

I wrote about a situation in my book, where I was bullied, harassed, and pretty much left on the island to fend for myself. I had been macro- and micro- aggressed in ways I didn’t even know were possible at work. And, I began to think, where do the broken hearts go of women of color when we can’t take it anymore

Just Add Courage

Just Add Courage

A few weeks before my book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table, was slated to launch, I got a call to be part of TEDxHarlem.

The rational part of me said to myself, ”Oh no, you don’t have enough time to write and prepare a talk like that in the midst of your book launch.”

Trust and Believe

Trust and Believe

It's hard to believe the summer is nearly over, and that we're approaching another fall season. Many of us (or our children, nieces, nephews, friends, etc.) are starting school, and turning the page on a brand new year. As we start this new season, we want you to consider: What you are doing this season to invest in your own success? How are you turning a new page in your own life?

ICYMI: It's A Privilege

ICYMI: It's A Privilege

Part of securing our seat at the table is making sure we bring others along with us. We're combing the archives for some of our favorite articles that you may have missed, and this one really speaks to us. The following post, "It's a Privilege," by founder, Minda Harts, reminds us that when one of us wins, we all win. We have had so many people help us along our journey -- thank you! The post originally appeared January, 2018. We hope it speaks to you as well.

Preparing For Your Next

Preparing For Your Next

So I have a few questions to ask you. They will require you to be honest with yourself.

Are you happy with your current role? Does your manager seem to be invested in your success? Are you living your best life? If your answer is yes, then go girl go---we are living vicariously through you. But, if there are some areas for improvement, then the last question I want to ask is, are you preparing for your next?

The Worth Gap

The Worth Gap

Often as women of color, we don’t always have the benefit of being advanced and retained in the workforce like some of our counterparts. When you have checked all the boxes and still don’t get that corner office — it can really take a toll on your emotional well-being. Depending on how long you have been in a certain environment, you begin to question if you’re good enough or if there’s something wrong with you.

The Final Countdown

The Final Countdown

In 2015, The Memo LLC was created, and it blows my mind that on August 20, 2019, my debut book with Hachette Book Group, The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table will be available wherever you like to buy your books. I realized there was a gap in business and career books for black and brown women and for our experiences in the workplace.

But Why? : From The Archives

But Why? : From The Archives

We're combing the archives for some of our favorite articles that you may have missed. The following post, But Why?, challenges us to remember the bigger picture of the work we do. What gets you out of bed every morning? Why is the task you’re doing important? What purpose does it serve to your larger goals? The post originally appeared March, 2017.

ICYMI: The Vocabulary Adjustment

ICYMI: The Vocabulary Adjustment

We're combing the archives for some of our favorite articles that you may have missed. The following post, The Vocabulary Adjustment, is a reminder that the words we use matter. How we describe an event impacts the way we see it and the way we respond to it. Do you "have to" face another Monday, or do you "get to"? Minda provides tips for reframing our vocabulary and mindset, and originally appeared February, 2017.

Resetting Your Year

Resetting Your Year

How is it already August? Even though we are nearly 3/4 of the way through this year, it's never too late to think about how to hit the reset button and level up at work. Here are a few quick tips to get you going!

Do It Scared

Do It Scared

When was the last time you had to do something that required you to step outside of your comfort zone? Not in a “Should I switch to Doordash instead of Seamless?” type of way.* Instead, I'm talking about a situation that made you get on a group chat and get some feedback, or the type of decision-making that kept you up all night. What excuse did you give yourself that kept you from actually taking that leap?

Disabilities 101 + Being an Ally

Disabilities 101 + Being an Ally

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to share my story as a disabled Latina in the workforce with the amazing Minda Harts and women at The Memo. I got to rep The Melanin Collective as we discussed Working with a Disability: Disabilities 101 and Self-Advocacy. After our fireside chat, I wanted to make sure I shared concrete ways we can be allies to people with disabilities in the workplace.

From The Archives: What Do You Have To Lose?

From The Archives: What Do You Have To Lose?

We're combing the archives for some of our favorite articles that you may have missed. The following post, * What Do You Have To Lose,* was written by Minda Harts and speaks to our need to push ourselves to take more risks and start dreaming like we did when we were kids. Who did you want to be then? How can channel the fearlessness of the younger you, and make a bet on yourself?

What Challenges Do We Face?

By: The Memo Staff

Last week, Minda Harts, CEO at The Memo had the opportunity to share 5 Big Challenges Women of Color Face Securing Their Seat at the Table, with the founder of "Know Your Value" and "Morning Joe" co-host, Mika Brzezinski.

Check out the article and video on their site and let us know what other challenges you think we might have missed!



This week is a short work week -- wishing everyone a restful and safe holiday!

What's in Your "Book" Bag?

What's in Your "Book" Bag?

One thing we love about summer is sharing our favorite books with friends. Or if you live in a city like NYC--you carry a few books in your bag for those long commutes. What’s in your “book” bag this summer? Here are a few books written by women that our staff is reading this summer:

The Thief of Joy

The Thief of Joy

She got a new promotion. She just got engaged. She bought a new car. All the while you are hanging on by a thread to your job. Or maybe you have thought---“Hey, I have just as much talent as so-and-so. Why not me?”. Has comparison ever tried to steal your joy?

Taming the Tech Industry

Taming the Tech Industry

It’s an age-old story that doesn’t seem to be changing fast enough: women are struggling to get a foothold in the tech industry. This is especially true for women of color who have had to contend with both gender and racial bias. Yet, the good news is that change is happening, and today many women of color are succeeding in forging top careers in the tech industry. Here are four women of color who are making a name for themselves in the male-dominated tech industry-- they are undoubtedly opening a door for more women to succeed in the future.

A Dry Season

A Dry Season

Have you ever had a “dry” season in life? When you felt like things just haven’t been right on the job or at home? Those moments when you do everything by the book, and yet life still seems to serve you a bowl full of uncertainty with a side of anxiety?

ICYMI: Women of Resilience Awards 2019

Women of Resilience Awards, 2019; from left, Minda Harts (CEO, The Memo), Yari Blanco (honoree), Eboni K. Williams (honoree), Rachana Bhide (honoree)

Women of Resilience Awards, 2019; from left, Minda Harts (CEO, The Memo), Yari Blanco (honoree), Eboni K. Williams (honoree), Rachana Bhide (honoree)

On Thursday, we hosted our 3rd Annual Women of Resilience Awards event. Every year, we honor women who are doing amazing things in business and in their communities, and we are awed by the amazing stories of the women in the room. This year was no different. In case you weren’t able to make it, we’ve got you covered!

We were inspired by our honorees and by all of the women (and a few men) who shared their Thursday evening with us at SeatGeek in New York City.

This year we honored: Yari Blanco, Founder of The Girl Mob, and Senior Manager of Culture & Diversity at The Wing; Rachana Bhide, Broadcaster, and Founder of The Corner of the Court, a program that highlights the importance of gender partnerships and male allies in women’s careers; and Eboni K. Williams, TV host, attorney, and author of the best selling book, Pretty Powerful.


Dropping Gems:

Yari Blanco -- Founder, The Girl Mob:

  • Make sure mentorship is mutually beneficial.
  • Show up, be brave, and use your voice.
  • “I’m doing this not [only] for myself...I’m doing this for so many other people.”

Rachana Bhide -- Founder, Corner of the Court + Broadcaster:

  • Family, community and support systems are crucial -- that includes male allies.
  • Being a woman of color is about rewriting the script.
  • "My most resilient moment was a physical manifestation of literally being uncomfortable in my own skin, and finding resilience through that.”

Eboni K. Williams -- TV Host, Author, & Attorney

  • “I’m still betting on myself.”
  • The interview starts before you open your mouth.
  • Don’t let the glitz and glamour cause you to forget…“it is the blood of survivors that allows me the resilience to do what I do.”

Social Media:

For a full recap of the night, check out our WOR2019 Instagram story, curated by the amazing @_inspiredbykrys


Thank You:

Thanks to our speakers: Master of Ceremonies, Brittney Oliver, Founder of Lemons 2 Lemonade, and our Fireside Chat Speakers, Krystal Scott, CEO, The Well, and Dorianne St. Fleur, Founder, Your Career Girl

Thank you to all of our event sponsors, gift bag sponsors, and vendors: SeatGeek, Sweetgreen, Grammarly, Broadly.com, Vivid Lash Bar, and Gourmet Garage.

Thanks to our amazing DJ for the night, DjQLynn

Finally, thank you to everyone who attended!


If you know a woman who should be honored in 2020, let us know!