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The Art of Femininity

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Inside every woman, is a crazy girl. And we all know what I’m talking about. That part of you that is entangled with insecurities, fears, and absolute insanity! The art of femininity lies in the molding, pounding, and defeating of that crazy girl on a daily basis! Look at any woman, and you’re looking at a woman fighting a daily battle, wielding her weapons in war, every day! I have said it before and I’ll say it again: it is never easy being a woman! And if we could only pound that crazy, insecure girl out of ourselves, it would make such the difference!  C. Joybell

The art of femininity is being able to decide who you want to be and go be that. It is not enough to mold your existence based on societal standards or traditional precepts; being a woman is about defeating the voices that tell you that you are not enough, it’s fighting the battles of insecurities prescribed by looking at others, it is about fighting the war of your mind daily, and liberating yourself from self-doubt and discouragement. It’s the belief in who you were made to be.

Being a woman is beautiful, it awards you the superpower to create, to mold, to conceive, to be intuitive, to have enough strength to hold up your home and family, and enough strength to walk away from hurt, pain and things that no longer serve you but also enough meekness to nurture and care for the people in your life and circle.
You should be proud of that woman, the woman that scaled when others prophesied doom, the woman that found her happy place in the most unusual places, be proud of the woman that wakes up daily to fight for what she believes in, the woman that stays up late to watch her tribe go to sleep; be proud of her.
You have a voice, use it. You have strength, express it.

Inside every woman, is a crazy girl. But the weapons are out and YOU fighting for the win! Absolutely nothing can stand in your way now! You’ve been taught to be silent and to hide. But your silence won’t save you, it won’t make you more desirable, it won’t make you more submissive; your silence will reduce your ability to be seen and heard, it will stunt your growth, and keep you miserable. If you are unhappy, speak out. If you are being mistreated, walk away. You are not meant to sit in silence and accept a life that threatens your sanity. Love yourself enough to evolve, love yourself enough to walk away; forgive yourself, appreciate your journey and above all be kind to yourself.

A seasoned woman is spicy. She has been marinated in life experiences. Like a complex wine, she can be alternately sweet, tart, sparkling, mellow. She is both maternal and playful. Assured, alluring, and resourceful. She is less likely to have an agenda than a young woman—no biological clock tick-tocking beside her lover’s bed, no campaign to lead him to the altar, no rescue fantasies. The seasoned woman knows who she is. She could be any one of us, as long as she is committed to living fully and passionately in the second half of her life, despite failures and false starts. | Gail Sheehy
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Ladies lets Talk!

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Can I talk to the ladies? I need your attention for a second. Women, I understand we love to give of ourselves to others, family, spouses, children, friends, etc. We keep giving and giving until we are spent. The beauty of a woman is how full her heart is to take in and take on love even for strangers and her ability to give. And thats awesome but please give yourself time to be refilled and pour into yourself. It is impossible to pour from an empty cup, so you must take sometime for you.

We are often overworked, underappreciated, tired, and sometimes frustrated. The journey of womanhood must be enjoyed and not endured. You must find time for “you” and put “you” first.

Ladies, it means taking time off to relax, letting your husband’s take care of the kids so you can rest, it means asking for help when needed, it means finding activities just for you so you can unwind. It is only when you are filled that you can truly give of the abundance of your soul.
You are awesome and can do it all things but take sometime, some hours, or days… Just to breathe.

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One day all of humanity will die, but should we also die while we live? This is the question Americans have debated over the previous weeks. The Charlottesville protest has unearthed too much bile and acrimony for comfort. It may seem that on of the greatest world economies is sitting on a keg of gunpowder.

White Supremacy

The events surrounding attacks on anti-semitism and anti white supremacy protesters have been ugly. It has left not less than three person dead and a lot more injured. The concern has not been much about the unfortunate incidence but the indecisive stance of the Trump administration. It’s been reported that a number of states have also joined Charlottesville in the move to bring down confederate statues. This decision has been motivated by the Charlottesville attack but will they not spiral into more of such clashes? German Lopex reports that “White supremacists went to Charlottesville to protest. The city planned to tear down confederate monuments, particularly a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The confederate statues have allegedly represented America’s history of black slavery and white supremacy. The move to pull them down was definitely going to strike some wrong cords. The American population may have been in denial of racism before now but this changes everything. It’s as glaring as day that there is still that toxic energy driven by difference in skin coloration.

Brene Brown on Charlottesville

This events have also seen a lot of thought leaders doing their best to lend a voice to humanity. Despite the disappointing response from President Trump, we can still have some joy after listening to someone like Brene Brown. The researcher and writer, has gone to great lengths to provide a video lecture on how to build a wholesome attitude in times like this. I would love to share some of the points she laid out briefly. Brene Brown says “own your story and don’t let your story own you.” I put that in simpler terms, stop living in denial. There is a need to empathize, connect and correct the effects of this historical mess.

It is easier said than done, and denial is natural human instinct. Most of us hide away from issues we secretly know are true. In Brene’s lecture I was able to pick out three major tools that everyone in Charlottesville should employ and they are as discussed.

3 tools for the White: own your story

  1. Privilege: These events require us to start to understand that privilege exists and it is those unearned rights that we have as residents or citizens of any society. Those things that you have access to without a fight or struggle, they are privileges and could be a result of your skin.
  2. Perspective taking: Brene Brown explains the need to accept people’s world view without questioning it’s authenticity. She says that we must see that that other person’s experience is just as real as ours and we don’t need to turn around and reject whatever experiences people claim to have due to their gender, race or social class.
  3. Power: this is the most important part of all our life experiences. We must open our hearts to seeing the destructive effect of powerlessness and how this could erupt into violence, depression and hate.

Brene Brown calls them the three (3) P’s. This is a message that needs to be strongly emphasized as part of awareness, if America will heal from these events and move forward. These conversations have continued to spiral into even more dissent and hate because there is little or no resolution. I hope this message shared on this platform would be our own drop of water in the ocean that will douse this raging flames. We also sympathize with the families of the dead and injured and hope that they find comfort in these difficult times.

We need to keep talking about Charlottesville.

Posted by Brené Brown on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Oprah

When Oprah Winfrey decided to take responsibility for her life she never looked back. She moved ahead. What two new decisions could you make to move you ahead? She exhibited a tremendous change in her thoughts years ago when she decided, never again. Never again will I settle for less than I can be.

Stop right now and think of a moment of ecstasy. Something that gives you ecstasy. Make the picture bigger and brighter. Make the sounds clearer and louder. Now, make the feelings more intense. How good do you feel? This is called the mind-body connection. The mental side of it all. This is more powerful than you could have thought.

Mother Theresa

Most people think Mother Theresa started off this wonderful, compassionate person. She didn’t. She started a school teacher, one day walking down the streets of Calcutta she had an experience that little did she know it would change her life forever. She heard the cries of a sick man. She desperately tried to get him to a hospital, and at arriving at the first hospital was told they wouldn’t treat him because he was too poor. She pleaded with them that he was going to die and needed attention. Still, they refused. She took him all the way to a second hospital. There she was also told they wouldn’t treat him. She pleaded again. Finally, she went to a third, they refused also. Finally, the sick man died in her arms. She made a decision right there. As long as she is around, no one would suffer unnecessarily. These simple actions changed her life. Now she has left a trail of influence.

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Photo by Shashank Sahay on Unsplash

In Science

Doctors in ancient Egypt used feces on wounds. We now know this infuses the wound with bacteria, but back then it was accepted beyond a shadow of a doubt because that’s what everybody believed. Doctors used to prescribe a common drug called “DES” to pregnant women. Now we know it causes birth defects, and thousands of women are seeking damages for genital cancers and inability to conceive.

People believed the world was flat for hundreds of years, everyone believed it was flat, they were certain about that. How absurd does that come across to you now? Since a gentleman named Christopher Columbus sailed around the world and pointed out it was round, now everyone believes its round. Most people do what the majority does.

Liberation

On December 1st, 1955 a fiercely determined young black woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white woman. Little did she know at the time, this one action would lead to steps that would change the future for years to come.

Stop and decide right now who you are committed to being, to take yourself to the next level. Decide right now that following through on this is an absolute must for you. Then work on living that truth; better yet, START NOW and see your life in a new light and carry on accordingly. Becoming a woman of distinction is possible and certainly something to look up to.

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Designed life caught up with Kyshira S. Moffett MBA,  the founder and Chief Bombshell Officer of The KSM Group. She is a global brand strategist with expertise in digital engagement. She is also the founder of Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics and author of Bombshell of All Trades.  She is a woman living an authentically designed life filled with passion and with strategy. 

 

What habits and mindsets helped make you successful?

Learning to discipline myself early on was key. I learned to do what I had to do, not what I felt like doing. Accomplishing your goals is not an easy process, especially if they relate to advancing your life forward. Establishing firm time management processes and systems for my business were key to my growth.

How did you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

My brand is rooted in my personality. Sure there are tons of brand strategist and bloggers out there but I believe I was uniquely made from God and I allowed the traits I was given to shine through. I provide serious content but it’s dressed up in pink font, italic letters, and fun photos. I’ve never believed that business has to be boring. Those who have followed me from day one can attest that my personality shines through.What was your biggest mistake?

What was your biggest mistake?

Waiting too long to move. I sat on so many ideas out of fear and watched so many others propel themselves to success by simply trying. Too often we get paralyzed by fear not realizing that that failure is apart of the process.

How do you learn from failure or setbacks?

I look to evaluate the situation. What went wrong? What went right? What was beyond my control? Could I have prevented something from happening? This actually shifted how I set goals. I now try to anticipate challenges and constraints before they occur.

What are the most crucial things you have done to grow your business?

The single most crucial thing I’ve done is remain consistent. Truthfully I wasn’t very consistent early on. But I noticed the results once I shifted my routine. Everyone starts off strong but that doesn’t last very long. Slow and steady win the race. I’ve been consistently present for my audience for nearly 4 years now. That earns a different level of trust.

What three pieces of advice would you offer entrepreneurs starting out today?

1) Identify your unique value proposition early on

2) Save your personal money and then invest it in your business

3) Don’t let fear hold you back.

What plans do you have for expansion?

I recently launched Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics, a luxury online cosmetics business. I’ve been planning for this for over a year and I am so excited that is finally here. I want to grow this business to become a global entity. I also want to expand my professional speaking. In 2015, I had 15 national engagements and I hope to expand that. I love speaking at workshops and conferences and I want to seek more of those opportunities. Lastly, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I am excited to share that my first book Bombshell of All Trades is now available for pre-sale and will officially be available on June 12th. You can find it at thisishermovement.com/bombshellofalltrades and on Amazon.

How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

It hasn’t much actually. I am not married and I don’t have children. My parents and remainder of the family live in a different state but they are supportive.

What motivates you?

To be honest, being sick and tired of my circumstances. I want more for myself so I’m going out to get it.

What makes you happy?

Helping other people follow their passions. Nothing will ever replace the 1:1 client experience for me. The feeling of helping someone walk in their purpose is invaluable.

What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?

Time, money, relationships, sleep, you name it.

How do you define success? Success is personal for everyone. For

Success is personal for everyone. For me, it’s about impact and change. Everything that I do, I want it to have an impact. Even the cosmetics line. For many women, makeup has an emotional impact. It can brighten your day and add pep to your step. I want to continue to create products and experiences that people will remember.

How do you live an authentic life?

I stay prayed up and trust God to guide me.

What does living a Designed Life mean to you?

It means being intentional about the decisions I make, maximizing opportunities in front of me and letting my bombshell light shine.

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Kyshira S. Moffett MBA,  is the founder and Chief Bombshell Officer of The KSM Group. She is a global brand strategist with expertise in digital engagement. She is also the founder of Life of a Bombshell Cosmetics and author of Bombshell of All Trades. You can learn more about her full book of brands here. Kyshira has previous experience as an HR Professional within the financial services industry and higher education. Kyshira is a proud graduate of Hampton University. During her tenure at Hampton, Kyshira garnered six different corporate internships with companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Morgan Stanley, and PNC Financial Services Group. She was also selected from an exclusive pool for an 18-month fellowship with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) where she enhanced her business acumen and participated in seminars with corporate executives. Additionally while at Hampton, Kyshira joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where she honed her leadership skills and learned the value of sisterhood and volunteerism.

Currently Kyshira is very active within the Greater Pittsburgh community. She was elected president of the Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh in 2015. In January 2017, she was elected president of the National Black MBA Association, Pittsburgh Chapter. Kyshira is an alum of the Coro Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Program and New Leaders Council Pittsburgh. Kyshira was named a 2014 Western Pennsylvania Rising Star by Get Involved, Inc. In 2015, she was featured in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who of Black Pittsburgh as well as named  one of the top 20 career bloggers of 2015 and in 2016, was named one of Pittsburgh’s Fab40. 

You can find out more about this bombshell by visiting her online: theksmgroup.com (brand firm) thisishermovement.com (blog) lifeofabombshell.com (cosmetics biz)

 

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There are many exceptional women, who defy the odds and create a ripple effect around them. Amongst the noise, there are a few women who we watch, respect, and simply admire. These women are at the forefront of their careers, and passion; they are living a DESIGNED LIFE. They were selected by our Designed Life Team for their tenacity, grit, and amazing achievements. May we be empowered by their strengths; their zest to succeed. May we be encouraged by their journeys and stories. Here’s to strong women…

In no particular order, here’s the list of our top 20 Leading Ladies to watch out for in 2017:

20. Samra Zafar

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Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Social Entrepreneur. Samra proudly graduated with a Masters degree in Economics with the highest distinction, winning over a dozen awards and scholarships. Today, she is the youngest alumni serving as a Governor for the University of Toronto, along with pursuing a rewarding career in commercial banking. Her impressive speaking portfolio includes platforms such as Amnesty International, Women in Leadership Canada, as well as major universities, banks and corporations.

Samra will be speaking at TEDx Mississauga 2017 about domestic abuse, women’s rights to respect, and what individuals and communities can do to make a difference. Samra’s story is one of Brave Beginnings, the name of the non-profit organization she founded to support abuse survivors in their journey to build a life of respect and freedom. Her story and work have been featured in prominent media platforms, including Toronto Life, CTV, CBC, Global News, Yahoo Canada and many others. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.samrazafar.com

 

19. Morgan DeBaun

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Morgan DeBaun is the founders of multi-cultural media startup Blavity, She launched in 2014 to rave reviews and strong support. Blavity is a venture-backed technology and media company aimed at building beautiful products and experiences for black millennials. Founded in July 2014, has quickly grown to become one of the fastest growing digital media outlets on the web, reaching more than 7M millennials a month. Morgan is St. Louis born. Silicon Valley Raised. Serial Entrepreneur. Media and entertainment. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page https://www.blavity.com/

 

 

18. Tiffany Alichie

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Tiffany aka The Budgetnista, America’s favorite financial educator and often referred to as “The Black Suze Orman”, is a bestselling author, The One Week Budget (#1 Amazon) and the Live Richer Challenge (#1 Amazon), blogger, speaker and award-winning teacher of engaging financial education. She also launched a FREE, online financial resource called, the LIVE RICHER ChallengeIts’s purpose is to help women achieve specific financial goals each year.  So far it’s helped over 50,000+ women in all 50 states and over 70 countries save millions dollars + and pay off hundred’s of thousands of dollars in debt. She blogs with the Huffington Post and U.S. News and World Report, and her financial advice has been featured in the The New York Times, Reuters, US News and World Report, the TODAY show, PBS, Fox Business, MSNBC, CBS MoneyWatch, TIME, ESSENCE Magazine, and FORBES and moreFind out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.thebudgetnistablog.com

 

  

17. Myleik Teele

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California-bred innovator, Myleik Teele, has revolutionized the way women address their curly hair needs. As the founder of curlBOX, an exclusive monthly subscription box full of amazing products, the stylish entrepreneur has garnered partnerships with L’Oreal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Walmart & SheaMoisture.

Before creating curlBOX, the San Francisco State University graduate honed her talents for a decade in public relations. Teele worked with brands such as Calvin Klein Cosmetics, The Grammy Awards, and American Idol, as well as music artists Prince, Linkin Park and Travis Barker. In 2010, Teele birthed Art of Facts Public Relations in Atlanta, Georgia. The agency grew at a rapid speed and was recognized as one of the top boutique public relations firms in the industry during its short existence.

Naturally, Teele’s zeal for building brands would lead her to create the premier hair sampling box that’s developed a cult following of savvy women. The brand has amassed over 300k Instagram followers and created the popular web series, curlBOX TV, that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite hair care brands. Teele also led the charge in 2014 & 2015 for a massive St. Jude Children’s Hospital fundraiser in cities all over the nation. The 5k walk, which brought together hundreds of multi-cultural women, raised over $40k. Teele’s influence is also strong in her personal brand with over 100k Instagram followers and a thriving podcast series (My Taught You), which charts well on iTunes and remains #1 on Podomatic in the careers category. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.mytaughtyou.com

 

16. Joy Isi Bewaji

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Joy Isi Bewaji is an all-round media girl with experience and presence on TV, radio, online and print. She is the author of Eko Dialogue, a collection of short stories on the intrigues of Lagos, interpreted on stage on many occasions by The Crown Troupe of Africa.

She is a writer and columnist and has contributed in respected media platforms – ThisDay and sabinews.com inclusive. She also serves as an Editor in the media and has edited celebrated lifestyle magazines and blogs– TW, Genevieve, Exquisite. She is presently the Managing Editor of Happenings magazine (www.happenings.com.ng) and Managing Director of Happenings Online Radio (www.radio.happenings.com.ng). She is the brand representative of NASCO and runs NASCO Moments (a sponsored brand show) on CityFM and Happenings Radio.

She is a 2006 winner of LEAP Africa Awards. She was a part of the 9 writers, 4 cities tour 2009 in Nigeria.  She co-anchored aThe Breakfast Show on HiTV;  and was the main anchor of a socio-political breakfast show on TV Continental called “Your View”. Joy runs a feminist forum called #TheConversation. She has held events around cities in Nigeria (Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja). #TheConversation was also part of the 2016 Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Afterward, she was invited to Harvard to speak on African Feminism. Speaker, writer and publicist, Joy’s stage play “Wedding Blues” won the British Council Lagos Festival Theatre play contest for 2017. She also writes screenplays. “Tina’s Shoes & Love Issues” is an audio series she released in 2014. Joy rants on Facebook, sharing interesting and uncommon truths. She is presently compiling some of her best rants in a book. You can catch Joy on DSTV or Galaxy TV as she presents ‘The Chat LIVE!’ on weekdays. And on Happenings Radio. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.happenings.com.ng

 

15. Tonya Rapley

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Tonya Rapley is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and creator of the award-winning site, My Fab Finance. In 2014 she was deemed the “New Face of Wealth Building” by Black Enterprise Magazine and featured as their cover subject.  Tonya’s mission is to help millennials break the cycle of living paycheck to paycheck so that they can become financially free and do more of what they love. She is the host and executive producer of the web-series Fab Finance with Tonya for Centric and the creator of the #BanishTheBalance challenge, a debt elimination challenge that helped over 4,000 participants pay off more than $200,000 of debt in sixty days.

Selected by TV One as a modern day history maker, Tonya is a full-time entrepreneur and tours the country providing workshops for private and nonprofit clients. Her client list includes Fidelity Investments, Prudential, the National Endowment for Financial Education and FinCon ( the financial bloggers conference). Tonya has spoken at Bloomberg, Essence Fest, Millennial Week, PepsiCo, the Blogging While Brown Conference, BlogHer, Circle of Sisters and a host of colleges and universities. Tonya’s fierce financial advice has appeared on US New, NY Daily New, Buzz Feed, Essence.com, The Root, Credit.com, Go Banking Rates, Reuters, Refinery29, Centric and several other media outlets. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.myfabfinance.com/

 

14. Amada Spann

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Amanda Spann is marketer and app entrepreneur on a mission to help fellow founders build and accelerate their brands. She produces resources and programming through her consultancy Spann & Company in addition to serving as the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of Tiphub, an impact driven innovation community for entrepreneurs in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Prior to her current venture, Amanda was the CMO of Blerdology, a tech social enterprise to support and engage the black tech community and the first organization to host hackathons targeting African Americans. The company helped to spark black interest in technology, assisted aspiring minority entrepreneurs get their apps or projects off the ground for little to no cost and bridged policy and innovation to combat social issues.

The Florida State and Georgetown grad has been honored as one of Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women In Tech Under 30, Walker’s Legacy 2016 Power50, Rolling Out’s 25 Women you should know, as one of BET’s Blacks on the Brink of Greatness, as well as one of the 5 future leaders in technology by Black Enterprise Magazine. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.amandaspann.com/

 

13. Nkem DenChukwu

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Nkem DenChukwu, Author/Filmmaker, was born on July 4th in Eastern Nigeria. She delved into the arts of Filmmaking and Creative Writing in 2012. Since then, she has 10 films and 4 fiction-based books under her belt; inspirational children’s books included. Three of her creative verses have also been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Magazine “O.” She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking and a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration, but her real love is Creative Writing (and making motion pictures). She received the “Rising Star Award at the 2015 Canada International Film Festival” and she is an HuffingtonPost Blogger.

Nkem is an advocate for battered women and children. “Bullies are not born. They are made.” She said. Come fall of 2017, she will be producing a feature film on human trafficking, in an effort to save more than one life at a time, and stop the epidemic. She lives in Texas with her family. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.nkemdenchukwu.com

 

12. Desiree Lee

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Desiree Lee, a California Native, has a huge impact on every individual and with every audience; delivering a dynamic, high energy message wrapped in a package unlike any we’ve seen before. Traveling nationwide, Desiree Lee presents powerful messages to impact audiences who feel that they are facing limiting options. In recent years, Desiree Lee has been seen shared the stage with Honorable Judge Greg Mathis and has been featured as the Keynote Speaker at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Chattanooga Chapter) and Judge Penny Brown Reynolds’ Sister Talk Conference, to name a few.

Ms. Lee has also had the opportunity to share her story with Ambassador Andrew Young, featured panelist at the 2014 A3C, Festival and has made many Prevention Presentations to middle and high school students nationwide in an effort to combat youth incarceration.
She is committed to assisting you to become a self-published author and Get Your Story Heard and was recently nominated for the Powerlife Award, I AM Awards and Black Women Are Inspirational Award in recognition of her dedication to service and personal empowerment. “The goal isn’t to live forever but to create an IMPACT that does.” Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://dleeinspires.com/

 

11. Jokotade

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Vivian Jokotade Adeniyi, fondly known as “Jokotade”, is a Nigerian-American trailblazer, author, speaker and mentor to women, entrepreneurs and leaders. Through her network of talk shows, Jokotade inspires diverse audiences by sharing personal stories and insight with much passion, relevance and heart. Her audio and video programs equip listeners and viewers in over 100 countries. Her journey as a serial entrepreneur and innovator began at an early age of six. With many successful startups under her belt, Jokotade combines her business background with her leadership experience equipping other emerging entrepreneurs and leaders to start and grow influential organizations. Her heart is first for women and she is passionate about mentoring the next-generation woman to win in life, love and business. Harnessing the power of technology, Jokotade is on a mission to raise and develop visionary women in every country of the world. Her teachings and presentations are simple, practical and relevant helping women from diverse backgrounds ignite their dreams, clarify their paths and live out their potential. Now a serial-turned-social entrepreneur, her recent projects include her breakout book, Fresh Start, and the launch of Jokotade.TV, an online TV network focused on inspiring, mentoring and empowering women to live out a life of true success. When she is not in front of her computer originating ideas, or busy engaging audiences with her inspiring stories, she enjoys reading and cooking for her husband. Together, they are raising two spectacular global influencers. Get to know her when you visit her home online at Jokotade.com

 

 

10. Donteacia Seymore

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Donteacia Seymore is an American inventor and award-winning innovation strategist. As a product junkie, serial entrepreneur, and giver of lyfe, she is the founder of Mobile Grip Gear, a mobility apparel company headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. With a renaissance approach to innovation, Donteacia is working to dispel the myth that tech is sexier than the exciting new products we encounter each day.

As a writer, public speaker, and innovation enthusiast, Donteacia is inspiring a new generation of inventors to be bold and disruptive…and to do it on their own terms. She is also the brains behind Founders Brunch, a bi-annual brunch where founders from all over the country come to fellowship and collaborate on exciting new ideas. She has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and small business owners on strategy and development, and has helped them raise nearly $1M for their amazing ideas.  Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.donteaciaseymore.com/

 

 

9. Eunice Cofie

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Eunice Cofie is making great strides in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. She is the President and Chief Cosmetic Chemist of Nuekie – an innovative health and beauty company for people of color. Eunice is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry/molecular biology and completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Global Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education program. Her deep commitment to social causes worldwide has led her to make a positive impact across the globe, specifically in Ghana and the Philippines. While in college, Eunice spent her summers working in a village community in Ghana, West Africa implementing the Save a Million Lives HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program.  As the former Miss Black Florida USA, she spent a year promoting her platform Preventing Childhood Obesity and Diabetes through Education and Life Transforming Habits. She was able to contribute greatly to her community by inspiring young people to live healthy lifestyles. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.nuekie.com

 

 

8. Ade Hassan

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Ade Hassan owner of Nubian Skin, launched with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of color.  Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’. Inspired by trailblazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and supermodel Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin.  It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.nubianskin.com

 

 

7. Tope Ganiyah Fajingbesi-Balogun

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She is a Certified Public Accountant in the USA and a Chartered Accountant in Nigeria. She is the author of Love in Cancun, an Amazon.com bestseller, and “What Color Is Your Money?” Tope is the CEO of House of Ganiyah, a company built to inspire you to find, fund and fully unleash your purpose driven life. An Nigerian-American social entrepreneur, independent financial management consultant, inspirational speaker, purpose driven life teacher and the author of the amazon.com best-selling novel, Love in Cancun. She created and hosts Impact Africa, a radio program that inspires listeners to participate actively in African development through entrepreneurship and job creation particularly for Africa’s growing youth population. She also invests considerable time and energy into creating a better world for children from low-income families through the education, healthcare and social welfare initiatives of United for Kids Foundation, an organization she co-founded in 2002 and which she continues to serve as its Executive Director/Coordinating Trustee (Pro-Bono). Tope is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar Session 530 – “Value(s) for Money? Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Social and Financial Transformation.” She also attended the University of Oxford’s Women Transforming Leadership in October 2014. Tope was one of 30 African leaders invited to the U.S. White House in preparation for the 2014 U.S.-Africa leaders summit in May 2014, and President Obama’s Eid reception for Muslim Americans in July 2016. In addition to working on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as an organizer in Michigan, Tope had the honor of giving the field pitch at Mrs. Clinton’s final presidential campaign rally in Grand Rapids Michigan on November 7, 2016. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.ganiyah.com

 

6. Holli Thompson

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Holli Thompson is the author of the award-winning book, Discover Your Nutritional Style, Your Seasonal Plan for a Healthy, Happy, and Delicious Life, published by Sunrise River Press, and launched September 2014 to rave reviews.
She is a former VP for Chanel, turned creator of Nutritional Style™, a health and nutrition blog and consulting company. Her innovative method of identifying the three types of nutritional styles; Healthy Omnivore™, Flexible Vegetarian™, and Modern Vegan™, was established to allow women (and men) to finally experience an attainable, satisfying and always health-filled lifestyle. An inspirational speaker, and popular TV guest for several major networks, Thompson shares weekly on her own blog, hollithompson.com, recently voted one of the top 10 Health and Wellness Blogs by Healthline.org. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.hollithompson.com.

 

 

 

5. Lenika Scott

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Lenika Scott, a woman of strength, love, and integrity and is the epitome of the Proverbs 31 Woman. She was able to grow and build a successful 7 Figure business in Direct Sales, Internet Marketing, and Coaching. Proud Wife and Mother of 6 Precious daughters. She is also the Author of “Fasting for Breakthrough: How a 21 day fast can change your life”! Known as the “The Millionaire Mom,” Lenika Scott has mastered the task of what some would deem as impossible to most. She is a multi-level marketing guru, life coach, entrepreneur, successful business woman, mentor, managing an immaculate household of 6 daughters and being a submissive wife to a wonderful husband all while keeping herself healthy, fit, beautiful and lovely. Her talents and gifts are many. She humbly refers to herself as a stay-at-home mom. Lenika is a minister, prophetess, intercessor, worshiper and true child of God. She has a strong Christian background and gives all the credit, glory and honor for her success to God. Lenika extremely loves the Lord and has great compassion for his people. One of her Ultimate goals in life is to leave her children an Inheritance and not a bill. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.lenikascott.com/

 

 

4. Jennifer Love

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On a given day, Jennifer may be found serving as a judge for events like Startup Weekend, on stage speaking to a variety of audiences, preparing entrepreneurs to land a shark on Shark Tank, advising a client behind the scenes of Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis, meeting with community leaders and government officials, negotiating with investors, advising leaders of Fortune 200 companies and celebrities in growth strategies, or training communities of entrepreneurs on both mindset and tactical skills. Collectively, she has been involved in the raising of over $100+ million and over the past 20 years has built several successful companies from the ground up. Her current company portfolio includes the national award-winning chocolate company, NibMor, and the internationally famed waste reduction technology company, Loliware. She is beloved by those around her because she gets results. As one client once said, “With Jennifer, the only possible outcome is success.” Find out more our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.onemorewoman.com

 

3. Pauline Truong

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A Trailblazing Women & Law, White House VIP, Millennium Global Woman of Honor, Queen’s Trust and Honorable Order award recipient, Hon. Pauline Truong LLM JD/LLB (Hons) GDLP BSc, an ex-refugee from Vietnam, has had 10+ years experience and 50k+ global ‘followers’ as an international lawyer, GlobePreneur, investor, expat, advisor and writer with a track record of awards in many countries in global entrepreneurship, law, finance, and advocacy. She is featured on major mainstream media globally and will also be featured in many Cover Stories on prominent magazines in the coming months.

Pauline was awarded an Honorable Order (U.S.A.) for her global innovation, leadership, and contribution. The prestigious honor has been commissioned to such distinguished leaders as President Bill Clinton, President Ronald Reagan, President George Bush, President Johnson, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and America’s first person in space, John Glenn.

She is the first person of Australian and Vietnamese origin to be inducted as the Millennium Global Woman of Honor.  She is also featured on FORBES USA, NBC, ABC, CBS, BuzzFeed, Social Media Week, UCLA Law School Alumni News, A Celebration of Australian Leadership, Huffington Post, European Business News, Singapore News, TechGeek, Postgraduate (EU),  Nagoya News (Japan), Model on a Mission, MOGUL & other mainstream media globally.

She is also honored & featured in the Trailblazing Women and the Law, National Foundation for Australian Women’s Archives, and Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens Exhibitions and in a book on Career Makeover & How to Reinvent Your Success Abroad. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page http://www.paulinetruong.com/

 

 

2. Stephanie Lampkin

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Stephanie Lampkin is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, merit-based matching, a mobile job matching app that uses a blind recruiting strategy to circumvent unconscious bias and thus facilitate diversity. With a 13 year career in tech spanning companies like Lockheed, Deloitte, Microsoft, and TripAdvisor, she is all too familiar with the difficulties faced when one doesn’t look like the prototypical engineer. Through technology and data, her mission is to reduce bias and challenge the assumption that homogenous environments are a meritocracy. Stephanie holds a BS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from MIT Sloan. Stephanie has been honored and featured in numerous publications including Forbes, NPR, NY Times, Tech Crunch, Huffington Post, Tech.Co and Black Enterprise. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.blendoor.com 

 

 

 

1. Luvvie Ajayi

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Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism. A thirteen-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog that covers everything pop culture – from TV, movies, and technology to travel, race and life’s random adventures. It was her blog that inspired Luvvie’s debut book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual, which was released in September 2016, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller’s list. It is a collection of essays that critiques our fame-obsessed, social media-centric lives while encouraging us to do better. The book is the good, yet snarky, angel on your shoulder, in word form.

Several women stand out women pursuing excellence, women building their empire quietly. I once posted that “Grace doesn’t shout, it is evident”. These phenomenal women have proven to be exceptionally strong and driven to accomplish their goals and are striving to reach higher heights. I believe that in essence these women will change the world someday and we have the opportunity to celebrate them today. Find out more about our leading lady by visiting her page www.luvvie.org

 

 

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