Thursday, December 9, 2010

Become A BOSS BLACKCARD Member Today!


New Year New You: The BOSS Network Moves To Membership Only

Greetings BOSS Ladies,

It’s a New Year and time for a New You in 2011. We have come a long way from having a facebook group, tweeting to encourage women all over, to The BOSS Network becoming one of the fastest growing women empowerment network in the country!

We have women from a variety of professions represented among us and actively participating in forums, blogs and over 50 groups ranging in topics from entrepreneurship to being married and happy. Within the past year, The BOSS Network was recognized by as One of the Top 100 Websites for Women. Within a few days, we found out that The BOSS Network was also considered as One of the top 10 Best Career Sites for Women. With these great accomplishments within a year, I can only imagine what lies ahead for each of us now that world is taking notice that something special is happening at

As we move forward, The BOSS Network will be Paid Membership Only as of January 1, 2011. We have come to see BOSS as more than just a website for professional women but a sisterhood of women with the common goal to empower, inspire and uplift. We are engaging and attracting like-minded women that share this spirit. For the month of January only, we have created a special offer for current members of 50% off the current membership fees.

BLACKCARD Membership
we will be offered at the adjusted price of $60 instead of $120 annually and the PINKCARD Membership will be offered at the adjusted price of $30 instead of $60 as a one time fee. This is a great deal to be able to reach a captive audience that will support you in promoting you and your business to a group of women who are not only successful individually but also achieving national recognition.

Remember, this is only for the month of January for current members. Take advantage of benefits like promoting your products, services and brands to thousands of women, receive discounts on women conferences, events and more. Please take a moment to review our membership benefits attached for additional information and purchase your membership card today by clicking on the link:

Thank you again for your active participation within our network, for inviting your business peers to join the movement and for all of the support that you have shown The BOSS Network.

Yours Truly,

Cameka Smith/Founder
The BOSS Network

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BOSS Spotlight Member: Victoria Marie Reese

In today's world, everything is instant, technology-driven, and consumer-relationships are vital to any business. To succeed, it is crucial to have a team of savvy and innovative professionals to cultivate a brand. Providing fresh and inventive public relations and marketing expertise, The Millennial Effect (TME) develops and executes strategies to refine a brands equity.

Like the millennial generation, TME shares the core values of achievement, confidence, and unparalleled service.

Twenty-Three year old Victoria Marie has a natural hunger for success and a pattern of making the impossible, possible. This native Detroiter made her way to Howard University in Washington, DC and there was where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. She is a Lady of Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and inspired by the sorority's motto of "service to all mankind," Victoria continues to do so.

She is the Founder and CEO of L.Y.P.S.T.I.C.K. Inc, a non-profit organization that focuses on the awareness and prevention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She currently resides in Harlem, New York City where she has begun a career in Advertising at a premiere media agency in New York. In the near future she plans to return to school to attain a MBA and expand her non-profit organization to more cities around the country. Victoria is strong, resilient, witty and talented. As the Public Relations Specialist for The Millennial Effect, she plans to use her expertise in public relations to effectively promote and display your brand and/or company with professionalism and edge.

For more information contact:

Victoria Reese, PR Specialist,

BOSS Spotlight Member: Aliah Davis Mc-Henry

A trend-setting, creative public relations and events management firm, Aliah Public Relations is a NJ-based boutique firm specializing in small businesses, start-up businesses, nonprofit organizations, and associations. Aliah Public Relations strives to execute the most dynamic and results-driven campaigns and events using strategically designed publicity, brand management, marketing, and emerging social media.

Aliah Public Relations offers hip, forward-thinking public relations, brand management, and marketing services. Every aspect of our communications activities is grounded in our clients' business objectives. At Aliah Public Relations, we make it our aim to know each client's goals inside out and become an integral part of the client’s team, allowing us to achieve impressive results. We strive to solidify or reinvent the perception and spread the information to gain public awareness. Aliah Public Relations connects with our clients to deliver powerful messages, shape public opinions, and create lasting relationships. We offer clients a high-quality, personalized alternative to larger agencies.

Our tagline – Reaching New Heights – defines our message in three words! Our mantra is uniqueness, singularity, and distinction to ensure messages are clear, honest, and appropriate for the target audience.

Aliah Davis-McHenry
President and CEO | Aliah Public Relations
245 Nassau Street Princeton, New Jersey 08540
732.997.0774 main| web|@aliahpr twitter

BOSS Spotlight Member: Shani Faure

*Stilettos and Sounds LLC* *was founded in 2005 as a boutique entertainment Public Relations  and special event production firm with the vision of helping small businesses and individual clients leverage a variety of
outlets to communicate their news to the public in a "Stylishly Loud"manner.  In the process of doing so, Stilettos and Sounds crafted personalized publicity and marketing efforts for artists, entertainers, urban brands,liquor companies, non–profit organizations, and small businesses allowing these companies for the first time to communicate their news directly to customers, prospects, analysts and the media. 

*These are the philosophical guidelines for the Stilettos and Sounds

   - Belief in the value of public relations and the message PR can deliver
   - Focus on best practices and standards
   - Encourage and promote the highest ethical behavior
   - Encourage innovation
   - Committed to building, defining, and stomping  the market
   - Helping clients meet the needs of the market
   - Helping to expand the brand integrity of our clients
   - Promoting the common interests of our clients
   - Bridging the gap of Arts & Entertainment into the community

*Miss Shani – CEO/Chief Publicist & Event Producer*
*Stilettos & Sounds LLC*
*Stylishly Loud Events & PR*

BOSS Spotlight Member: Sherri Jones

Cordelia Donovan Inc. is an American Public Relations and Marketing firm founded by Cordelia Donovan in Manhattan. The company coined the slogan “ Make BIG Happen” to describe their PR and marketing process for their clients. Cordelia Donovan Inc. is best known for their unique branding and
integrated PR and marketing approach. The company’s Make Big Happen philosophy is especially appealing within the entreprenurial marketplace.

The company was recently founded in 2009 making major moves and
revolutionizing the PR industry. The firms focus is on the aesthetic beauty
market, corporate and media; however it represents a wide range of clients,
and has expanded it’s clientele by launching it’s urban entertainment
division headed by Ms. Sherri Jones. This division includes liquor
companies, municipalities, celebrities, executives, financial institutions,
and authors. The company’s roster of clients can be described as diverse and


Alma De Agave Ultra Premium Tequila
ReNew MedSpa & Cosmetic Laser Center
ES Couture
Brunetti Foundation
De’Andre Salter
Young Bill$


The Hedge Fund Association
New York Women In Communications
Public Relations Society of America
Cosmetic Executive Women

BOSS Spotlight Member: Reni Somoye

Reni Somoye is a freelance publicist, marketing consultant and journalist with a B.A. in Communications from Rutgers University (with concentrations in Leadership and Africana Studies). Her passion to create and drive movements fuel her drive to be hard at work producing events, crafting stories and build connections.

Over the years she has worked with fashion designer Norma Kamali, HOT97 FM, EA SPORTS and the National Basketball Association, among other partners whom she has assisted to elevate their visibility and drive profitability in the marketplace. Her experience includes radio, print, brand experiences and in-house public relations.

Currently, she is the U.S. contributor for the This Day Style, an African based publication, which chronicles style for the discerning female consumer whom is looking for global cues in her pursuit to exude her best sense of style. Furthermore, she is actively involved in the community and also serves as the youngest member of the national governing board for her sorority - Mu Sigma Upsilon, the first multicultural sorority in the nation - as the National Officer of Public Relations. 

Reni prides herself on her ability to quickly acclimate and be an integral contributor to any project she works on. It is her nature to go above and beyond expectations. The reward for each project she works on is being able to successfully complete it and gain valuable experience, contacts and accolades which all help bring her a few steps closer to the actualization of her dreams. Her future aspirations are vast and include, of course, becoming the BOSS of her own company dealing with production, public relations and digital magazines. For now, she continues to work diligently and "climb up the ladder", while carving out her own lane as she goes along. 

Reni is currently open to discussions on freelance and/or long-term opportunities, along with partnerships, in the realms of public relations, events and publishing. For inquiries please contact Reni at

BOSS Spotlight Member: Felicia York

Felicia York is a freelance make-up artist based in New York City. A true child of the city, she is heavily influenced by many facets of urban life.  From the graffiti tagger to the uptown girl, she is determined to make sure each has a place in DLB Cosmetics.

Felicia has an extensive background in administration on the corporate
level. Leaving it behind for the pursuit of her love for beauty and glamour,
she says, “I had a thought. Every woman is beautiful. I feel like it is my
calling in life to find it, make her see it, appreciate it and enhance it.”

Through her make-up artistry, that is exactly what she has done. As the
Beauty Editor for MANIK Magazine, fashion and lifestyle publication for the
plus-sized fashionista, she has built ties with the very community she calls
her own. Her other work includes but is not limited to mention in Honey
Magazine, The Envie Beauty Report , countless photo shoots, fashion shows
and celebrity clientele. A woman of many talents, Felicia is also a writer
and poet. “Before I was a make-up artist, I was a writer,” she says. “In
fact, I’m grateful for my literary roots. It forced me to imagine a world of
my own creation that was completely in my own mind and I was forced to
express to other people and have them see it too through my words. That is
the same approach I apply to all facets of my life. My art is the truest
expression of that principle.”

If the past is any indication of what is to be expected in the future, it is
imperative that all eyes remain on Ms. York. For she is a dynamic individual
and it is for certain that great things are to come.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

BOSS Member Spotlight Rachel Green-Walker

Photo by Mike Jue
So you might ask, what made me join the BOSS Network? From the moment founder Cameka Smith introduced me to the BOSS Network, I was instantly moved, inspired and eager to learn more. Her words spoke to me, I felt her cause, and knew immediately I had to be a part of this amazing organization.

Since joining the organization a year ago, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet numerous like-minded women whom I consider to be trailblazers in their area of expertise. From near and far, this wonderful group of powerful women has given so much to me. Their advice, stories, referrals, hugs, and of course words of encouragement all embody true sisterhood!

I enjoy being apart of BOSS because we work together as a team to strengthen each other’s goals and pay it forward with out expectations. I help my sister because she needs it, not because I need something from her.  One of my favorite books said it best when it read, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Deuteronomy 15:10

I thank God for those that gave generously and without grudging hearts. Many blessings!

Who is Rachel?

Rachel L. Green-Walker, founder and CEO of A Brand Called U is well known for her work with rising stars, professional sporting teams, and charitable foundations. She’s received numerous awards for academic excellence from Robert Morris University, where she earned her Bachelors in Business Management. During her academic career, she’s interned with a Chicago based public relations firm and the National Association of Black Sports Professionals. It was here she was allotted the privilege to work side-by-side with notable athletes, authors, vocalist, and dancers; which have all since become close friends. She is an avid volunteer for local charities and holds an executive position as Secretary for the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals and a Chicago Ambassador for the BOSS Network. She also works with the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks as a Sales and Marketing Representative as part of their charitable donations staff.

This mover and shaker is constantly on the go. As a single mother of two children (ages 13 & 11), entrepreneur, and soon to be author, she is surely a force to be reckoned with. Rachel stated, "My career path has truly been signed sealed and delivered by a greater being- God. I know that this privilege is not one for the faint at heart, so I work hard to show my clients my worth, and also show the world my clients worth".

To find out more on Rachel, her clients, and much more please visit

Plan On It by BOSS Member Anika Kai Jackson

Plan On It!

My name is Anika Kai Jackson and  I am the owner of AnikaKai Events a full service event planning company  based out of the Chicago-land area.  Most people assume my last name is Kai because ever since I was a little girl, EVERYONE (no matter who it was) always combined the two so it came out as one name simply “AnikaKai” J.  In 2005 my company was birthed but I am certain that it was conceived when I was around 5 years old.  This is when I remember my mother planning what I thought to be the most elaborate events.  She did everything from our families’ holiday parties to weddings and corporate events; not as a profession but just as something she loved.  Little did she know that as I watched her the seed for planning and creating was being planted in me.  It is 2010 and my mother has been gone for 16 years now and with every event I plan, I know that there is a part of her that my clients are getting the part of her that was passionate and loving.

I love all things beautiful and I am fanatical about seeing the beauty in my clients mind come through on their event pallet.  I believe that every event from 5 people to 5000 people should make you feel like you are at an actual event and that is my goal every time.  People always ask me “What’s your niche?”  My niche is relationship building.  The only way I will get what’s in my clients mind out is to know the client and that can only be done through relationship.  We were created for it and cannot survive without it, not even in the business world.  This is why The Boss Network is so important to me. 

At the end of 2009 I joined twitter as a way to meet new people and market my business.  In the beginning of 2010 I started seeing information pass about a woman (Cameka Smith) who had her own event planning business called City Global Events everyone seemed to love her, so I began following her.  When I learned of The BOSS Network I instantly knew it was going to be something special because as I’d come to learn, it’s owner definitely was.  All of my life I have had a great group of girlfriends they are more like my family then my family and that’s what The Boss Network reminded me of, my “girlfriend circle” ;but for business and networking.  I love what the network stands for.  We as women are such amazingly powerful beings but sometimes we forget that and we need a strong network to encourage us in what we do and then push us to do better!  I believe out of that very concept is what the Boss Network is created from.  This is the reason I became not only a Black Card Member, but a BOSS Ambassador.  I think that every woman, entrepreneur, corporate executive and stay out home mom, should have the opportunity to connect with other women just like them and know that we are not in it alone.  Cameka is an amazing woman with a huge heart.  God has allowed her to be the vehicle to connect us to each other and I am so grateful for her and all of the #BOSS Women!  This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship J

As we enter into the end of the year our task of goal writing,  I encourage you to make joining the Boss Network one of your priority goals for 2011.  Trust me, you will not be disappointed.  I look forward to connecting with you, See you on the BOSS Side! 


Friday, November 26, 2010

BOSS Member Spotlight: Danielle Wideman


“Success is a journey, not a destination” 

Almost a year ago, I made the decision to join The BOSS Network. While in my first year as an entrepreneur, I was still in the process of adjusting to the networking world.  I did not understand how powerful networking can be until I branched out and became of member of The BOSS Network. For me, I have always cherished sisterhood and did not believe the stereotype that “women cannot get along.” So, BOSS reinforced my belief of sisterhood and brought together women who all have one purpose of coming together to help one another. 

Let me take a step back and introduce myself, I am a 26 year old publisher from the wonderful city of Chicago. As the founder and editor-in-chief of Goddess Magazine, I was able to create an urban lifestyle teen magazine for young women. With the help from my staff of high school, college, and contributor writers, Goddess Magazine is the premier online and print magazine that allows teens to share their life stories in hopes of offering advice and encouragement to other young women. The mission of Goddess has carried over from the pages of the magazine into workshops, youth groups, and meetings with teen girls. During these sessions, I am able to talk with the young women about the issues that are real to them and give them a platform to share, network, and meet other young women who understands them. 

So, now you may ask how has The BOSS Network helped me?

The BOSS Network is the type of connection that is important for me as an entrepreneur. This road of owning a business is new for me and there isn’t a road map or precise directions I can follow to help reach my goals. Once I became a more active member and after meeting Cameka Smith, I knew this organization was for me. Cameka has been an inspiration and motivator for me. She reinforced my motto: Success is a journey, not a destination.  So, as I titled my blog, “Success is a journey, not a destination,” I realized I cannot achieve success alone; it takes supporters who believe in your dream and your passion.  The support I received from the ladies of BOSS is tremendous. So, I encourage you to take the first step and sign up for the network and start your path to sisterhood and support because it takes teamwork to make the dreamwork!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Meet The Founder of The BOSS Network: Cameka D. Smith

Cameka D. Smith is the CEO (Chief Eventeur Officer) of City Global Events, Inc and Founder of The BOSS Network.  Her vision is to inspire women to build a legacy by creating opportunities to network, develop and build their brands.  Both her companies focus on female branding and bringing opportunities for women to grow holistically.  She is not ashamed to talk about her faith and how it plays a major role in everything she does.

Her organization The BOSS “Bringing Out Successful Sisters” Network was listed in “10 Best Career Sites For Women” and “Top 100 Websites For Women”. The BOSS Network in a short period of time is becoming one of the fastest growing women organizations illuminating professionalism, sophistication and encouragement while promoting sisterhood.  Her main focus is to build a community of women that will develop, promote and support the next generation of successful sisters while having “growth through networking beyond events”.  Cameka also promotes service to her community by being involved in many charitable efforts and mentoring young women, which are both passions of hers. 

She has done philanthropy with organizations such as Susan G. Komen, Bright Pink, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and several local and national HIV/AIDS organizations.  She has been featured on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and performed in Sharon McGhee’s Pocketbook Monologues, hailed as the “Vagina Monologues with Soul”.  She received her Masters Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and has worked in education for over 10 years.

Cameka is dedicated to producing flawless events through her vivid imagination, creativity and her commitment to her community that will uplift and inspire women everywhere.

Cameka currently resides in Chicago but constantly travels with her BOSS “Influencers” tour.

For more info visit:

Happy Birthday BOSS!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BOSS Member Spotlight: Parthenia Warford Richardson


Parthenia Warford Richardson, CEO/Founder of The Warford Foundation, a non-profit registered in the State of Maryland (501(3)c applied for) formed to assist military widows and single mothers financially in successfully completing nursing programs that will help them to contribute to society in an area of need while also increasing their sense of purpose and ability to become more self-sufficient.

Helping others that are less fortunate is something that she loves to do, so this foundation will assist military widows and single mothers have the opportunity to get a degree to become a registered nurse. Her heart is with single mothers because she was one raising her two daughters while in the US Army. It is important for single mothers to understand mistakes happen but it is what you do to recover from that mistake can affect the rest of your life.  That's why she believes The Warford Foundation is a step in the right direction when unfortunate mistakes are made; Parthenia plans to give them a second chance without judging them.


To expand the opportunities of single mother and military widow families by increasing self sufficiency through scholastic growth and achievement. We intend to reach out to the military widows that lost their loved ones due to the current war; as well as other single mothers.


Our vision is to help these single mothers and widows-who are often forgotten about after the funerals and other military rituals-as well as other single mothers who also are in need of financial assistance to obtain an associate's degree to become a registered nurse. The proceeds of various events will go directly toward Project Impact Scholars fund established to assist with our efforts to help single mothers and military widows. Our founder, as a retired US Army soldier, is familiar with the plight of the military spouse. The impact of having a spouse serving their country fighting this Nation's war one day and being told the next day that you are now a widow with kids and no skills can be devastating.

Member Spotlight: All About Me by Antonina D. Geer


Antonina D. Geer, MBA – C.E.O and Founder of Simplistic Financials, LLC I initially joined the BOSS Network upon the recommendation of my life coach, Lisa Nicole Bell.  However, I had no idea that I would encounter so many amazing women, who are just like me, in pursuit of living their purposed life and committed to making a positive impact in the world and in the lives of others.  
The first day I joined, I was met with warm welcomes! I love that with the Boss Network, women are able to connect in an environment that is encouraging, supportive, and conducive to helping each other grow and succeed.  I am honored to be a part of such a diverse group of women with various talents and skills.  I believe that being a BLACKCARD member will aid in cultivating my continued growth as an entrepreneur and as
an individual.

As the C.E.O. of Simplistic Financials, I am passionate about helping
entrepreneurs improve their bottom lines and experience continued success.
I do this by teaching simple, but effective methods of how to become
financially savvy.  I utilize a customized approach to help entrepreneurs
get in the know of the numbers and understand them for the purposes of
running and growing their businesses.   It is my desire to close the gap on
the large number of small businesses that fail within the first five years
of starting, simply because they do not have a handle on the cash flow and
financial aspect of their businesses.

To Cameka D. Smith, thank you for embracing the vision that is now the BOSS
Network.  I know it will continue to grow and be a blessing to many!

Antonina D. Geer, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Simplistic Financials, LLC

BOSS Member Spotlight: Why I Joined BOSS by Dawn Danielle


I initially joined the BOSS network as another avenue to promote my services  as a manicurist. I am one of the few manicurists in the city of Chicago who specialize in the new nail trends for professional women.

Once I started reading the profiles I became excited to connect with
wonderful women who are absolute jewels. I have met personal stylists, PR strategists, magazine owners and a host of other talented women. I know the power of networking. It is beyond collecting a bunch of business cards or trying to get people interested in your goods and services.

Networking is about building relationships, adding value to someone else. If
I need a graphic designer, I'm logging on to the BOSS network first. If I
need a marketing czar, I'm skimming through my friends list before I ask
someone outside the network for help.

I became a Black card member because I provide premium services. I am a
luxury brand, providing luxury services and I cater to the manicuring needs
of powerful and influential women. I know the BOSS network will take me to
the next level as a Black card member. Being a Black card member adds value
to my brand, my services and my growth. I am proud to be a BOSS!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Egypt (Host for the BOSS NYC "Influencers" Event)

Read through her impressive resume and you’ll understand why nationally syndicated radio and TV talent, EGYPT is a major force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry!

EGYPT simultaneously holds down duties as the Midday Personality on NYC’s 107.5 WBLS, host of Fine Living Network’s “Bartender Wars”, correspondent for NBC Universal’s “The Maury Show”, and co-host of the syndicated daytime TV hit “Home Delivery” (now re- airing on the Ion Network). She is also widely recognized as the voice of Premiere Radio NetworksSynopsis” entertainment report on “Live In The Den With Big Tigger” which is broadcast in over 72 cities across 3 continents, making her one of the most recognizable voices in the syndicated radio arena.

This multi-media do-it-all has been consistently making a name for herself in the TV, radio, commercials, on stage, and most recently in the blogsphere with her entertainment website which boasts millions of hits per month.

Known for being down-to-earth and for her knack to make even the most private celebrities feel comfortable, EGYPT has interviewed countless  A-listers including Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Will Smith, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nick Lachey, Mariah Carey, Tyler Perry, P. Diddy, & Jamie Foxx just to name a few. 

This award-winning broadcast talent is also known as former host of the Power 105.1 Morning Show “Egypt & Ashy” in New York, as well as being a staple on radio stations in other major cities like 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia and 92Q in Baltimore.
In her hometown of Philadelphia, EGYPT earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Temple University while majoring in Broadcasting & Telecommunications. She was also a theater student at New York prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.    
EGYPT has been featured as music expert and pop-culture pundit on CNN’s Headline News, The Today Show, Fox Network and Black Entertainment Television. She can often be seen on the Epix Network reporting from red carpet events and conducting one-one major film junket interviews with top names in entertainment.

EGYPT has been featured in The New York Daily News, Time Out New York, BE Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Source Magazine, VIBE Magazine, KING Magazine, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Black Man, and various other publications. She has been the recipient of various career achievement awards including being named at the top of R&R Magazine’s “Power Players On The Rise” Top 10 list.  She also received the “Executive to Watch” Award from NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment).  

EGYPT counts being a soon-to-be published author, licensed Realtor® and credit specialist as a few of her many talents.

EGYPT continues to be represented by Amber Noble-Garland of I For Talent Management, Adam Nettler of N.S. Bienstock and C. Anthony Mulrain of Epstein, Becker & Green Law Firm.

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Ilyasah Shabazz


Ilyasah Al-Shabazz leads a life dedicated to empowering young people by capitalizing on the arts & entertainment to encourage the undertstanding of history, culture and self-expression. 

As Assistant Coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs - City University of New York, Ilyasah organized training programs to encourage higher education for innercity at-risk youth. She continues to mentor at various group homes, lock-up facilities and high schools through production of The WAKE-UP Tour™ X-Tra Credit Forums—her exclusive youth empowerment program.

In the area of Government – Ilyasah served for approximately twelve years on the Executive Youth Board for the Office of the Mayor in the City of Mount Vernon, New York. She also served the City of Mount Vernon as Director of Public Relations, Director of Public Affairs & Special Events, and was later promoted to Director of Cultural Affairs. Ilyasah served as an official member of the United States delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton on the historic tour of Capetown, Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa to commemorate the election of President Nelson Mandela.

Ilyasah is Executive Producer of the 2009 television pilot, SHARE the eXperience©, a compilation of in-studio and on-location interviews of leaders in Entertainment, Sports and Politics, as well as citizens making a difference in their respective communities. Ilyasah’s book, Growing Up X, has won critical acclaim including nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Literary Work and the United Press International book of the week. She is currently working on her second book scheduled to be released in the fall of 2010.

Ilyasah bint Al-Shaheed Malik Al-Shabazz retraced her father’s footsteps to the Holy City of Mecca. She has also explored religious and historical sites in Egypt and in Jordan as the guest of Her Royal Highness Princess Alia bint Al Hussein. Ilyasah has participated in Inter-faith dialogue study programs at The Garrison Institute and at American University.  She is corporation president and Board Member of The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, Inc. at The Audubon, the place of her father’s martyrdom in 1965.  Ilyasah is also honorary Co-Chair of All For Africa, a campaign which aims to plant 1 million oil palm trees on approximately 17,000 acres of land in Africa to ‘knockout poverty’. Ilyasah served as a member of the American Interfaith Leadership delegation that participated with the Malaria No More foundation, to provide 2 million bed nets which ultimately saved the lives of 95% of at-risk children, ages 0-5, in Mali, West Africa.

Ilyasah Shabazz persists as a committed author, lecturer, and activist for social jusice as she lectures to capacity audiences on university and college campuses across the United States.  She holds a Masters of Science in Education & Human Resource Development and a Bachelors of Science in Biology. 

For further information, please visit

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Celebrity DJ Beverly Bond (Tune in to BET Tonight for the BGR Awards Show)

DJ and Founder of Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond is a distinguished Businesswoman, Mentor, Executive Television Producer and Writer.

A true music connoisseur, Beverly Bond‟s passion for music and her uncanny ability to read the crowd has solidified her as one of the premier DJ‟s in the world. Over the last decade, Ms. Bond, a former Wilhelmina model, has brought her versatile talents to the most exclusive events in the world with performances at the VH1 Fashion Rocks Awards, The ESPN X-Games, The U.S. Open, The NBA All-Star Game, The American Music Awards and to a myriad of celebrity clients including Prince, Alicia Keys, Sarah Jessica Parker, Erykah Badu, Diddy, Derrick Jeter, John Legend, Venus Williams, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Z, Martha Stewart, and Michael Jordan.

As a Mentor, Activist and Philanthropist, Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., a non-profit youth empowerment mentoring organization to empower inner-city girls ages 12 to 17 through the arts. Bond also founded the annual Black Girls Rock! Awards which were created to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and who stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community. Past honorees of Black Girls Rock! include: Queen Latifah, Bethann Hardison, Erykah Badu, Iman, Susan L. Taylor, Common and many more. Now in its fifth year, Black Girls Rock! Awards will make its television debut on Black Entertainment Television in November 2010.

Beverly Bond's work as a community leader has earned her a number of prestigious recognitions. Most recently, Bond was honored by The United Way Young Leaders Council during its 2010 2nd Annual Red Carpet Soiree which spotlights young philanthropists. Bond was also acknowledged in the ESSENCE 40th Anniversary issue as one of the magazine‟s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who are Changing the World” placing her in the company of notables such as First Lady Michelle Obama, author Maya Angelou, artistic director/dancer Judith Jamison, media mogul/philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, President of the Republic of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, supermodel Iman, singer/actress Beyonce´, actress/singer Queen Latifah, author Susan L. Taylor, singer/actresss Alicia Keys, actress Cicely Tyson and others. Additional recognitions include, EBONY magazine‟s "2009 Ebony Power 150-The Most Influential Blacks In America" listing her amongst top African American leaders including President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. William H. (Bill) Cosby Jr., TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, singer/actress Beyonce´, music mogul Shawn (Jay-Z) Carter, actor Will Smith, CEO of BET Debra L. Lee and more. The Source Magazine also listed Bond amid their 2009 Power Circle group of leaders in hip-hop.

Other recent acknowledgements for Ms. Bond include: the "2009 Agent of Change Award" at the "Obama: THAT ONE!" Pre-Inaugural Awards Gala in Washington DC; "The 2009 Gold Rush Award" bestowed by Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation for her community work and for promoting youth Arts programs through BLACK GIRLS ROCK!; The Hip Hop Association‟s 2009 Womanhood Passage for making significant strides that have raised the bar of achievement for all women in Hip-Hop culture; Vibe Magazine‟s „Future Urban Icon‟; and named one of New York‟s Fifty Fabulous Females by Love Heals, a leading foundation for AIDS education in 2006 and 2008. Alicia Keys also handpicked Bond to be featured in her 2008 American Music Award Tribute to Super-women, which also included Queen Latifah and Opera Singer Kathleen Battle. Additionally, Bond is a recipient of the Justo Mixtape Award for best female DJ.

With such diverse talents combined with an unparalleled and passionate devotion to music and to community, it‟s little wonder that Ms. Bond has emerged as a force in music and a powerful and respected voice in the world. Humble and modest beyond measure, Beverly Bond has created a niche for success, determined to make a difference in the lives she touches that stretches further than ordinary boundaries—a true testament to reaching for the stars.

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS Organization: Harlem United Community AIDS Center

Founded in 1988, Harlem United Community AIDS Center,, works to improve the lives of people living with or threatened by HIV/AIDS through comprehensive prevention, housing, and healthcare services. Our mission is to provide one hundred percent access to care and to obtain zero disparity in health outcomes caused by racial, gender, and economic barriers.

With more than 300 staff and an enduring commitment to quality patient-centered, community-based care, we serve more than 12,000 New Yorkers annually. Our clients are among the most medically underserved and economically disenfranchised individuals living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to HIV/AIDS, many suffer from hepatitis C, diabetes, extreme poverty, substance use, and mental illness.

A true one-stop shop, Harlem United provides supportive housing, healthcare, and HIV prevention services to Central and East Harlem. We have more than 500 units of congregate and scatter site housing, with unique programs including family support, mental health, treatment adherence, and job readiness/placement assistance.

We offer primary medical care and adult day health center services.  Our East Harlem programs deliver services in Spanish to meet the linguistic needs of the community.  In addition, Harlem United has been designated a federally qualified health center for the homeless, and offers primary medical care and behavioral health services to homeless persons regardless of HIV status. 

To curb the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STIs, Harlem United provides integrated HIV/STI and viral hepatitis screening with immediate access to healthcare, as well as syringe exchange and harm-reduction programs. Since 2007, we provided the most comprehensive array of services for men of color who have sex with men, including group, individual and community level HIV prevention interventions, job readiness, and Internet-based education and support for safer sex practices.

Harlem United’s proven expertise in healthcare service delivery and grassroots advocacy has made us a valued partner to our peers and to local, state and federal health care agencies. We provide our clients with quality care and are committed to advancing responsive policies that facilitate greater access to testing, healthcare, and treatment for all New Yorkers.

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" organization, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Shakara Bridgers

Shakara Bridgers is a successful entrepreneur, author, mentor and blossoming chef from Harlem, New York. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. A year after graduating, Shakara returned to New York to pursue a career in entertainment- first working in finance and marketing for Red Distribution, a division of Sony Music and then in event promotions for Barbados -based Guttaperk Entertainment.

In 2007, Shakara partnered with her friends Jeniece Isley and Joan Davis to co-write and self-publish the bestselling cookbook, The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Power of Cuisine under their own publishing company; Subira Publishing. In 2008 the ladies signed a two book publishing deal with Simon & Schuster for the re-release of The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to the Power of Cuisine (2008) and The Get 'Em Girls' Guide to Planning the Perfect Get-Together (2009).

The partners went on to found Get 'Em Girl Inc. an innovative multimedia company dedicated to celebrating the unique voice of the modern chic multicultural woman. GEG brand extensions include The Get 'Em Girls' Guide book series,, Get 'Em Girls' Bite Out events, Get 'Em Girls' Catering, and GEG Television. The GEG brand has been featured in top print and online media, major market radio and major media outlets such as NBC's Today Show.

In just two years, Get 'Em Girls' Catering has grown to become one of the most sought-after boutique caterers to New York City's modern chic crowd; catering for such brands as BET, MTV, Carol's Daughter, Microsoft and LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy/Louis Vuitton S.A..  In 2011 you can add restaurateur to Shakara's resume as the Get 'Em Girl brand opens their flagship store in Harlem; the Cupcake Suite: Cupcakery & Catering.

Believing that it is her duty to guide the future leaders of the world, Shakara is an active mentor and a planning committee member of WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network).

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

We Are Inspired By This BOSS: Saideh Browne

Widely viewed as a Gen-X Thought Leader, Saideh Browne serves others as the Principal of Impact Agency NY; a successful speaker management agency. She’s also Founder/Executive Director of the National Women's Cancer Alliance; both organizations are dedicated to creating a profound and lasting change in the lives of others. Her message of possibilities and a solid quality of life for everyone is magnified throughout the culture of her agency.

It was during Saideh's personal quest to find the true path to happiness that propelled her onto the platform of empowerment. During a year of private study and reflection, she penned her first book From Hip-Hop to Heaven, released in 2004. Since then, Saideh has written, on average, one book per year. Her books successfully integrate the hits and misses in her own life with that of her growing audience. Through her speaking engagements, she seamlessly shares tips and solutions on living a life of possibilities. Every year since it's inception in 2008, Saideh has been invited to speak at the Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings' Annual Youth Leadership Conference. Notable celebrities and business leaders participate in the event to share their experiences and pour directly into the lives of young people.

Saideh is an avid blogger and hosts Sai Browne Live, a daily podcast which features inspiring guests and great conversations that parallel trending hot topics in life and culture. In 2010 her show celebrated its second birthday.

On August 22, 2009, her mother lost a courageous two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She began blogging about the warning signs, symptoms, holistic and other treatment options of this quiet killer and Saideh's blog became a hit. With the support of her online community, she founded the National Women's Cancer Alliance Inc. a public charity that provides direct assistance to caregivers and women diagnosed with a reproductive cancer; particularly breast and ovarian.

Saideh is extremely proud of all of her honors and achievements and serves on the Board of Directors of Horizons Health Center of New Jersey, is the Development Committee Chair for the Family Success Center of Hudson County (NJ)  as well an alumni committee member of Little Red/Elisabeth Irwin in New York City; her true happiness is found as a wife and mom to her two sons

Come meet these BOSS "Influencer" honorees, at The BOSS Network's "Influencers" event on November 10, 2010 in in New York, NY. You can register for the event here. Come out and be inspired!