Over the years I've come to realize that regardless of your profession, doctor, janitor, Kardashian, or somewhere in between, you're only as strong as your personal brand.
Think: passion x individuality + expertise
Your brand is that overly confident Kanye-like thing that tells people who you are, what you do and what you're passionate about. The good news is, we all have one.
The bad news is, many of us spend more time harping on not knowing exactly what our personal brand is or ignoring that really purposeful dream that keeps us awake at night. Sound familiar?
If so, Let ME help you
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When it comes to entrepreneurship, "Doux" owner and mom of five, Maya Smith, knows how to set up shop almost anywhere. She opened her first salon abroad, during an extended stay in Germany, where her beauty parlor became the premier spot for women's natural haircare needs and one of the first fab meet-up spaces for curly girls to catch up.
While maintaining a growing business, Smith also managed to hold down a marriage, and be a pretty cool mom to her five sons. Fast forward seven years and she's now stateside, with a new business, new brand and an even savvier state of mind. See what Maya had to say when I caught up with her at Black Enterprise
Fellow Brooklynite and entrepreneur, Tenyse Williams, co-founder of Dapper Dads Magazine is living proof that success begins where fear ends! A few years ago Tenyse was living what was thought to be "the good life", working within promising companies like the Brooklyn Borough President's office and CBS' Inside Edition. Randomly a friend came to her one day with an idea to begin a male magazine that highlights and uplifts african american fathers. Delighted by the idea for her own personal reasons, Tenyse jumped onboard and a year later left her secure employment position to pursue Dapper Dads full time.
"What really made me believe in this publication is growing up in a single parent household. I thought about if my own father would have seen some positive images of black fatherhood and a source of male empowerment, he would have made a different choice in regards to his children", said Tenyse
Now, 24 years old, Tenyse spends the majority of her time running the magazine with an amazing team of young visionaries and reaching out to fathers all over the country who deserve to be celebrated. She admits its hard work, much harder than her old nine to five, but its worth it because she is doing something she wholeheartedly believes in.
And it turns out that others too believe in the Dapper Dads cause. The magazines first issue featured grammy nominated artist Anthony Hamilton and his six sons. The singer was delighted to grace the Dapper Dad cover and to spread the word about the mag. Since then they have featured actor Brian White and his daughter, and most recently Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins.
"In five years I see Dapper Dads being a young successfully black owned media entity that will change our society on how we view black men and black fathers.", said Tenyse
As for herself, Tenyse sees no reason why she too can't be a part of a societal change over the next five years as well. With career full throttle she wants it all, both career, and a dapper dad to help her begin a family of her own. "Hopefully I'll be able to start my own tribe by then (but I'm not rushing lol), I'll definitely be seeing the world and enjoying its natural land."
With such an amazing platform, growing like wildflower, and the tremendous amount of courage that Tenyse has shown in her career moves, I'm sure that she will undoubtedly, one day have it all!
Check out Dapper Dads Magazine and Follow Tenyse on Instagram to keep up with her latest moves.
When it comes to navigating a male dominated industry being a women and specifically a woman of color, can make for a lonely work environment. It take a secure and confident woman to remain assertive, build performance and maintain relationships that usually turn out to be testosterone driven. The whole process of fitting in can be intimidating, but necessary especially if you wish to work in a male dominated industry like entertainment. Gaining likability and acceptance are a large part of the battle.
Industry leaders like Yomi Desalu, a 15 year veteran of MTV’s Music Talent Department, believes that the female presence in the music industry is changing for the better.
Yomi believes some of our favorite artists like Jhene Aiko, Tink, and SZA are creating their own lanes in the entertainment industry, thus opening the doors for a new creative shift and despite the industry’s strong male presence women are flourishing.
“Those are the inspiring artists and individuals who are going to start to open up the door so that this new wave can come in”, said Desalu.
So, if you’re sitting in your cubicle thinking of new ways to knock down the door of your male dominated industry, its safe to say fitting in and keeping quiet are ways of the past. According to Yomi, you’ve got to regain your confidence, build relationships and listen to a whole lotta Jhene Aiko! Just kidding but it cant hurt lol. Point is, you can’t be afraid to create your own lane and more importantly, to stand in your lane alone.
Tip 1: You are the real MVP
Yes ladies, always think of yourself as a very important person. This does not me walking in to your job and thinking theres nothing to learn but, it does mean, feeling confident and knowing your value. What do you bring to the table?
Tip 2: Write down your master plan
In other words write out your goals! Yomi Desalu, says, “to always have a checklist of goals you want to reach.” The checklist is a reminder of the things you need to get done by a certain time in life. And it may help you to stay motivated and to remember you have a purpose to fulfill.
Tip 3: Don’t use color or culture ( or lack thereof) as an excuse to give up!
We know as people of color, especially being a beautiful black women, you are prone to being stereotyped. But, do not let this hold you back. The Little Black Book of Success reminds us, “Even the best managers can succumb to unconscious stereotypes or implicit prejudice, but you must understand the perceptions of the dominant culture.” Do not let the threats of stereotypes lower your confidence or put a limit on your potential.
Tip 4: Networking is a must!
Some women may not like the idea of networking because maybe you feel it’s pretentious and too much sucking up. Well honestly, it’s just something you have to do and has some useful benefits. According to Desalu, “Your net worth is determined by your network.” In most industries, believe it or not, networking is one of the main factors of success. Some of us may have the skills, but knowing the right people can get you to the right places.
Tip 5: Do your Homework
Learn about your industry. Being knowledgeable of your industry helps you to be more creative. It can help with things to discuss in meetings or around the cafeteria. study related industries, always remember to never limit yourself to your own backyard.
By: Shaquilla Griszell
As "Black History Month" comes to a close, the “Natural Hair Movement” continues to flourish far beyond the 28th of February. With the embrace of natural hair consistently budding entrepreneurship and cultivating meaningful conversation; it’s only right that we take a step back and question the catalyst. I mean after all, this is not the first time that natural hair has motivated and empowered communities of color to collectivity embrace their natural appearance. But what’s happened lately to encourage so many millennials to literally take it back to there roots?
Many would argue that the eruption of #TeamNatural selfies on “the gram” is simply a part of an ever- growing millennial trend, set forth by new age tastemakers, eager to maintain a cult following. But personally, I believe the prevalence of natural hair in the black community has much more to do with historical reoccurrence, access to online communities/visibility and the need for outward expression to mirror inward emotion.
The visibility of natural hair didn't exist widely prior to the 1960's. Black women with natural hair were not depicted in the media as beautiful therefore, they had to look far and wide to find other black women embracing their natural hair and referring to it as beauty.
During a 1968 interview with Kathleen Cleaver, now law professor and formerly the first Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, was asked about her natural hair and the “Black is Beautiful Movement”, of the 60’s.
“This brother here, myself and all of us were born with our hair like this, and we just wear it like this because it's natural. The reason for it, you might say, is like a new awareness among Black people that their own natural physical appearance is beautiful and is pleasing to them”, said Cleaver.
Key word being, “Beautiful.” For decades people of color have longed to be included in the “Beauty” conversation. With white culture traditionally defining american culture, black people were nudged into assimilation, rarely seeing anyone bold enough to rock their natural hair with pride and subsequently never recognizing the power they possessed to become trendsetters.
The Black is Beautiful movement created visibility and highlighted self-love in black communities, allowing both women and men to gain a sense of belonging and pride. The “new awareness” that Cleaver mentions in reference to the movement signifies a shift in consciousness. The same shift in consciousness that we are witnessing today. The only difference is, as millennials, we possess a digital advantage, thus allowing us to seek out others that define beauty and culture as we do, thus sharing our pride with each other by using “at” symbols and hashtags.
With the help of the internet we’re now able to power our own trends, connecting, and translating our culture on and offline as we see fit. Social media allows us to digitally watch natural hair trends as they grow and to monitor the rate of appropriation that naturally follows suit. Given such leverage, not only can we create massive followings but now we can cash in on views, likes and sharability.
Beyond the millennial’s gumption and digital savvyiness to monetize their social situation, The “Black is Beautiful” movement is the same now as it was in 1968. And like Kathleen Cleaver, I believe the “natural hair reoccurrence" is grounded in a sense of self-acceptance and self-expression. Natural hair, now, has much more to do with cultural identity, newly discovered beauty, and pride, than it'll ever have to do with “subbies”, selfies and/or likes.
Happy New Year everyone! In light of new beginnings and staying focused in the new year, I've put together a list of 7 rules that are helping to keep me on track and productive this year. Now thats not to say that their won't be a few hiccups along the way but these principals provide a solid foundation for creating new positive habits and consistency. I've broken the rules down into 2 separate videos. The first, walks you through rules one through four, and the second talks about rules five through seven. Good luck and please share below your some of your plans to stay productive this year! If you like what you see, share it with others via twitter or Facebook. Thanks!
Im so excited! I took the time today to begin creating my 2015 vision board! I decided to go high-tech and use Pinterest so I can keep an ongoing board throughout the year and so I can share my board with others. Now, some believe that your vision board is a private matter that shouldn't be shared for fear that others may influence your dreams and distract your focus. Personally, I don't feel that way. I am completely ok with people seeing my vision board and I am also ok if they don't fully understand or agree with some of the items I've added to the board.
Though, my board is personal, I'm sharing it as an example, in hopes to inspire some of you to create your own. Somethings that I have posted have a vague or even lack a description because those things are in a sense "private". If your are more of the private type, then feel free to click "private" when creating your board to keep your dreams close.
If you're not totally familiar, a vision board is a visual representation of your goals and aspirations. The board is designed to keep you focused on the dream using affirmations and images as reminders. Pinterest works great because you can pin anything you want from anywhere online or your own images of family, pets or all things personal. Pinterest is also great because it allows you to create a sense of community by sharing your boards and following others for increased inspiration (should you chose). I do recommend having a physical board somewhere in your home or office, so that even when you are offline, your dreams are still present, constantly manifesting before you.
5 Steps to Creating Your Board
1. Make a list of long term goals and short term goals that you would like to accomplish during the upcoming year. Think about weaknesses that you would like to strengthen, things that you may want to learn, or people that you may want to help. Maybe the things you want are not so specific or tangible, thats ok. Find images or words that are representative of these things.
2. Create a Pinterest account and hit create board. Title it whatever you like! Decide if you want your board to be public or private.
3. Every element matters. Think about the colors that you choose and what those colors mean to you. My board is in no particular order but you may organize yours as you like.
4. Keep an open mind. Allow your heart to speak to your board. Don't limit yourself or the items that you pin. Stay focused on the goals that you listed. Include affirmations that support your goals.
5. Continue to add to your board throughout the year. Screenshot pieces of your board and make it your desktop photo, background on your phone, or print it, and frame it for your workspace.
When creating my board I focused on long term goals, short term goals, and positive affirmations. My goals included working out, eating clean, comfy, conducive work spaces, people I admire, images that give me life and anything else that may peeked my empowerment interest. Keep your boards true to you and your goals.
Within my board there are pieces of inspirational clothing, home goods, decretive items and brands that I adore and plan to purchase. Check them out! I also give a brief description of what each item means to me and why I chose to pin it. Some descriptions are purposely vague, to leave room for your interpretation. I have some big plans for next year and all the hints are pinned on the board. Take a guess! Let me know what you think I have planned for next year! They're may be a giveaway involved : )
Check out my board, and follow us on pinterest and we'll follow back! We want to see and share your dreams! Good luck in creating! If you like please share!
So many times in life we find ourselves asking " What do I really want?", and more often than not we answer with someone else's expectations in mind. For once, it would be nice to focus solely on ourselves and what makes us happy. Well, fellow blogger Beatrice Clay of InspiredbyBeatrice.com, has created a space for us to do just that with her event tilted "Beautiful Fun"! On December 6th from 10:30 to 12:00pm in NYC you can gather with her and other inspired woman to draft your dream. The hands on events teaches the fundamentals of water color as you draft your dreams onto canvas, engaging in creative discussion lead by a licensed therapist.
If your in the NYC area be sure to stop by the event get your dose of daily inspiration. Post photos of your creations on Instagram including the #livedndy and share your dreams!
Brunching with a purpose was in full effect Saturday [September 28, 2014] with the Surviving the Career Games Power Brunch, hosted by the Fyre Network at the House of Art Gallery.
Gaining and maintaining employment can be a difficult at times, especially if you're new to the game. Luckily a few Howard University alums recognized the struggle and came together to create a solution through brunch, booze and a very insightful panel discussion. The panel covered everything from resume building to how to quit your job.
Being that the panelist were more than happy to lend us their tips, tricks and words of advice I thought I'd pass them along in hopes to take your career game to the next level. Good luck!
1. Keep in mind that your resume is "your story". Be concise yet informative. When applying for a job follow all directions and don't forget to proofread before submission.
2. Get in, become irreplaceable, and build lasting relationships.
3. Don't be afraid to negotiate compensation upfront. "Closed mouths, don't get fed." This is your livelihood, negotiate the things that are important to you: Salary, vacation time, health benefits, work environment.
4. Create a five year plan. Have an idea of where you are going and how you can help your company, help you, get to the next level.
5. Remember, companies are more likely to invest in you and into your professional development if you're willing to invest in them. Stay awhile. Try not to job hop at the first sign of another opportunity.
6. Work on generating passive and residual income, such as real-estate, stock investments, or authoring a book. Its necessary to have money that works for you even while you're sleeping.
7. Save, Save, Save! This way you don't have to be afraid to walk away from a situation that isn't a good fit for you. Set a minimum amount for your savings such as, $10,000, and work to maintain that amount.
8. Be rigid with your goals and dreams but flexible in the route you travel to meet those accomplishments. Stay open minded and allow yourself to flourish in ways that you may not have planned.
So much insight in such a short post! I hope this helps guys. Good luck on your career journeys and if you're in the New York area and still in search of some advice, keep an eye out out for the upcoming events in the career series on www.fyrenetworking.com.
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