Beyonce

Unapologetically Kelly

Unapologetically Kelly

I have come to terms with the fact. that I will never be “Beyonce," and I will always be a “Kelly”.

And I am cool with that--Kelly got coins and access to any room she wants. She is successful in her own right and has secured her seat. As a child you are always told to love the skin you’re in and be yourself. As you get older--adults, your peers and life experiences start to chip away at your self-esteem.

What's the Good News?

What's the Good News?

by: The Memo Staff

Happy Monday! After last week, we could all use some good news.

At The Memo, we thought we'd provide just that! Here is some "good news" we found for women of color at work.

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.
 

Living Your Best Life

Living Your Best Life

Recently, I was having a conversation about birthdays and life in general. As the dialogue continued, I was asked a simple, yet loaded, question, “Are you living your best life?” 

Man down! Hold the phone! Until then, I'd never really thought about "my best life." I scrolled through my mental Twitter feed, and thought of things that made me smile: trips I had taken with family and friends, closing a deal, love, my dog, and a number of things that will go down as epic moments in my memoirs. BUT does this list of things equate to living my BEST LIFE?
 

Movers and Shakers

Lizzo, Image via Spin

Lizzo, Image via Spin

Happy Monday, ladies!

Wednesday was International Women's Day.

Many of you supported female-owned businesses, wore red in solidarity, or acknowledged the phenomenal women in your lives. However you spent your day, we salute you.

All of March is Women's History Month. Let's keep the momentum going, ladies.

Here are four songs by fearless women that have us feeling like the queens we are:

Feeling Good As Hell, Lizzo
Queen, Janelle Monae
Grown Woman, Beyonce
I'm Every Woman, Whitney Houston
Respect, Aretha Franklin

Here's to a great week!

Dream Killers

Dream Killers

by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo

I feel like the old Bad Boy Artist Black Rob's song, “Like Whoa!”. Are we really in 2017? 

Some of us had good, bad, and ugly 2016s. I remember growing up, going to church and there being some theme for each year. For example, Name It and Claim It 2010, or Get Your Money 2014. As inspirational as those affirmations were, resolutions can be overwhelming. 

The New Role Model

The New Role Model

 Let me tell you about some awesome women that are total bosses.  If you’re looking for a few good role models, start with Dina Habib Powell, Lydia Fenet, and Beverly Bond.  I am inspired by how they inspire women across the world.  They don’t tweet all day about being a boss.  Their values and the work they do for other women is the legacy I hope I can leave.  Dina Habib Powell serves as President of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, she also runs the 10,000 Women Initiative, which helps women entrepreneurs across the globe, and she is helping women chip away at the glass ceiling.  Lydia Fenet is the International Director of Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s Auction House and not only is she a boss; she started as an intern in the Events department and never looked back.  And Beverly Bond, the founder of Black Girls Rock, is a well-respected DJ for A-list celebrities who decided to create a youth empowerment mentoring organization.  I hope we get back to the days where we celebrate outstanding women who are making a difference in the lives of other women.  I salute these women and others that hold the mantel of being a boss and a role model we can all be proud of.  I respect these women too much to boil them down to a “boss b*tch,” “boss chick,” or a “boss babe.” They are phenomenal women--that’s it!