Three years ago, we were thinking of ways to highlight more women of color in business that might not be celebrated in the ways that some of our counterparts are celebrated. And, that idea manifested in the creation of The Women of Resilience Awards--three years ago. And each year it has been a privilege to celebrate our accomplishments together.
It wasn’t until I was older that I understood the power I had as a woman, and more specifically, the power found in being a black woman. The power I found happened through the words of those before me: Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, and Ntozake Shange all articulated a power I had yet to tap into.
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!
Thousands of women of color showed up and showed out on Twitter, with #WOCAffirmations, affirming not only themselves, but other women of color too! It was like Christmas in October to see so many women of color amplifying their voice and the voices of others. At some point in my day, I even used the hashtag!
Last week, we hosted our monthly After 6: Career Conversations event online.
This month, we partnered with Dressing Room 8 -- an organization that empowers women through fashion and coaching -- to talk about Body Image in the Workplace. It was a dynamic panel conversation, with professional women from a variety of industries -- Education, the Arts, Development, Law, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion -- and the conversation got really real.
If you missed last week's After 6, the FOMO was real.
We had the pleasure of talking with actress, comedian, and producer, Amanda Seales. Miss Seales dropped some serious gems on us, and answered all of your questions.
In case you missed it, we've got you covered. Watch below as Seales discusses: career longevity, self-worth ("If you can't get the yes from other people, get the yes from within"), the recent events in Charlottesville ("Silence is not an option"), being a better ally by doing your homework (“Don’t come to the barbeque without a dish”), negotiation, her #Sealhive, and people that inspire her. And you definitely do not want to miss her Tiffany Haddish pep talk!
Watch the entire thing below:
You can catch Amanda Seales on Sunday nights on HBO's Insecure, at her live comedy show, Smart, Funny, & Black in Los Angeles, and on her upcoming college stand-up tour.
On Thursday night, Tanya Menendez joined The Memo in New York City at a beautiful Breather space, for an intimate *After 6: Career Conversations* mixer. In attendance were women from a range of industries -- including tech, fashion, and higher education -- who came to network and hear Tanya’s story. Tanya offered insight and career advice on entrepreneurship and the work it takes to achieve your dreams.
Tanya is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Maker’s Row, a manufacturing tech-startup that specializes in American made products, working with over 100,000 companies. Maker’s Row serves as the ultimate tool for anyone who wants to produce American-made goods, and acts as the liaison between factories, clients, and brands.