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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…

#WOCAffirmations

#WOCAffirmations

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! 
 

"They Don't Mean Any Harm"

"They Don't Mean Any Harm"

There has been a lot of discussion around sexual harassment in the workplace. Many women in the tech industry have come forward to share their stories of investors crossing the line. Unfortunately, I know that so many women have dealt with unwanted advances at some point in their lives. I happened to know one of the women who recently told her story in the New York Times. I remember looking on Twitter - there were women applauding her, women criticizing her, and women who stayed out of the conversation entirely. There is a lot of stigma around “telling your truth. 

Like many of us, I have encountered unwanted advances in the workplace, and there were so many times I tried to sweep those advances under the rug or convinced myself they "didn’t mean any harm!" 
 

ICYMI: After 6 with Amanda Seales of HBO's Insecure

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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.

Investing Even If You Feel Broke

Investing Even If You Feel Broke

I used to be one of those people who thought I could never invest because I wasn’t rich. After reading several investment books, I quickly realized that I was completely wrong. You don’t have to be rich to invest at all. The only thing you need is patience and a little self-control, and luckily, both of those don’t cost a thing! I started investing with less than $100. If you feel broke now, it’s a good bet you don’t want to feel the same way 20 years from now. 

Here are some things that helped me along the way...

2017 Women of Resilience Awards

Photo:  Sergio Santos

Photo:  Sergio Santos

by: The Memo Staff

This past Thursday, in partnership with our friends at Shutterstock and Miss Jessie's, The Memo hosted its first annual Women of Resilience Awards in the Empire State Building. It was a great night, where we honored three amazing women -- Natalie Cofield, Founder and CEO of Walker's Legacy, Tanya Selvaratnam, writer, actor, producer, and activist, and Miko Branch, the Co-Founder and CEO of Miss Jessie's.

These women encouraged, inspired, and motivated us. They are business owners, speakers, authors, producers, award winners, and activists, and we were proud to have a little of their magic sprinkled on us.

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite photos from the event:

(Photos via: Sergio Santos)

Be sure to check out highlights and some inspirational gems from the Twitter feed.

A special thank you to the following partners, speakers, and organizations: Shutterstock; Miss Jessie's; Brittney Oliver, Lemons 2 Lemonade; Angelina Darrisaw, C-Suite Coach; Gabrielle Brown, NYC Bar Diversity.

The New American Hustle

The New American Hustle

I know how hard it can be to be a single, working mother. Not because I am one, but because I was raised by one. My parents divorced when I was very young, and I grew up with my mother, a rebellious older sister and an autistic younger brother. I am not sure how she did it, but my mom managed to raise the three of us, work, and keep food on the table when things got painfully tough. She wasn’t perfect, but in the end she shaped me into who I am today. She’s shown me how strong a woman can be. She’s shown me that if it feels the odds are against you, still try your hardest, and things just may work in your favor. Most importantly, she’s shown me that I could go after what I want in life and not be afraid of having to do it all on my own.

The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

The Road to Passion, Purpose, and Entrepreneurship

In college, many of us aspire to graduate and immediately land our “dream job” -- that job that will allow us to live the type of life we always dreamed of. Once we get out into the “real world,” however, we usually end up falling into one of two categories: 1) Having found our “dream job,” we feel totally happy and fulfilled in our careers, or [this is most of us] 2) We don’t.

Those who fall into the second, “unfulfilled” category, have two choices: 1) Keep doing what you’re doing and remain unfulfilled, or 2) Change course.

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

As you prepare to take your seat at the table, are you thinking about what it means to be at the head of the table? Quality leadership is key no matter what table you are at. Unfortunately, so many fall short, and are more "managers" than true "leaders." 

This past Friday, we hosted our monthly #memocareerchat on Twitter with Kishau Rogers, technology entrepreneur, and the CEO at Websmith Studio Inc. Kishau has led a number of teams and projects to success, and we sat down with her to discuss leadership in the workplace. 

The Vocabulary Adjustment

The Vocabulary Adjustment

Have you ever noticed that your vocabulary can impact your mood? I know that the vocabulary of others can sometimes affect my mood--positively or negatively. Growing up, my parents would often quote the Scripture, “There’s power of life and death in the tongue.” As I get older, I am constantly reminding myself to speak life over every situation, because my words matter!

Start Here

Start Here

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”  - Helen Hayes

 

By: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

 

Over the holidays, I came across a beautiful ad from Poland titled “English for Beginners.” The ad is for the popular online Polish auction platform, Allegro. It begins with an elderly man ordering “English For Beginners,” from the platform. We see him through the ad teaching himself English at home, by practicing words aloud and by labeling everything in his house with a Post It note (including his dog). 

He practices everywhere you can imagine—in front of the mirror, on the bus, in the tub, or while watching English films. It’s especially humorous and heartwarming when he practices aloud in public. “I love you! You are perfect,” he says while on the bus, seated behind a young woman who turns around in surprise to find him talking to himself with headphones on.

ICYMI: The Memo NYC Launch Party

ICYMI: The Memo NYC Launch Party

This past Thursday, in partnership with our friends at Breather and Bauce, we came together to celebrate our small part in helping to advance women of color in their careers. We celebrated the past year, reconnected with clients and friends, and talked about exciting things to come. There were cupcakes, champagne, and great conversations!