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Paying It Forward: Mentorship Quotes

Paying It Forward: Mentorship Quotes

This past week, we had a lot of conversations with different women that seemed to revolve around the same topic: mentorship.

We spoke to a number of women doing amazing things in their careers. The higher they climbed, however, the fewer mentors they were able to find for themselves, they said. We all need good mentors and advocates no matter how far we've gotten in our careers.

The (S)Heroes of 2018

The (S)Heroes of 2018

By: The Memo Staff

'Tis the season for a list, and we're using the last day of the year to honor those women of color that made us proud in 2018.

We are in awe of all the contributions that women of color made this year and every year. This week, we salute five “sheroes” who inspired us. Their contributions are vast, and we know we could not do all of their accomplishments justice, so we are sharing just a few facts about each!

Thank you, ladies, for continuing to push us forward!

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.

Influential Women of Color

With so many influential people – good and bad -- in the world today, we mustn’t forget about those special women who have fought long and hard to advance so many others. We can get distracted with so much that is going on in the world, and we might feel there is not much we can do to enact change. 

Here's a list of influential women of color who have changed the game (and who continue to change the game) for all of us. Here’s hoping their stories guide your brain waves to the awesomeness these brilliant women are radiating. 
 

Inspirational Quotes from Women Of Color

By: The Memo Staff

As we consider our goals, both long and short term, it can be easy to get discouraged. We can all use a little encouragement and some words of wisdom time and again.

Here are five quotes about perseverance and success from women of color who inspire us:

  1. "Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." -- Alice Walker

  2. "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." -- Maya Angelou

  3. "I can't' are two words that have never been in my vocabulary. I believe in me more than anything in this world." -- Wilma Rudolph

  4. "No person has the right to rain on your dreams." -- Marian Wright Edelman

  5. "You have to practice success. Success doesn't just show up. If you aren't practicing success today, you won't wake up in 20 years and be successful, because you won't have developed the habits of success, which are small things like finishing what you start, putting a lot of effort into everything you do, being on time, treating people well." -- Michelle Obama

Here's to another great week, ladies!

Finding Your WHO!

Finding Your WHO!

The older I get, the easier it becomes to distinguish the true supporters of my endeavors (a.k.a. my "Who") from the others. Not long ago, I had the opportunity to go back to my hometown for four talks, including a storytime with my godson's second grade class. (May I add, they thought I was in high school - smile). It made me feel good that so many people - friends from high school, local friends and neighbors, and my family, of course - showed up to support, and that people left feeling inspired. This was my first time doing something like this in my hometown, and I could not have done it without the support of those who came (including those praying or cheering me on from afar). It was clear to me that having a good support system was crucial.