Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Power of Humility by Sheila Harris

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What does it take to be humble?

I remember being in shock along with the rest of the world after hearing about actor Chadwick Boseman’s death. The news was heartbreaking, to say the least—not only because we lost someone who possessed extraordinary talent, but also because of the revelation that he bravely fought colon cancer for years. And, all while still being able to gift us with his iconic portrayal of characters such as James Brown, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and King T’Challa, just to name a few.

Looking back at clips of Boseman on the red carpet or during press junket interviews, what stood out for me the most was the spirit of humility that he always exuded. I assumed that this stemmed solely from his Southern upbringing, mixed with a desire for privacy. Now, we all realize the incredible amount of strength to be able to carry the weight of a devastating illness and still demonstrate brilliance in his work.

I think for those of us who are navigating our own careers—whether after one year or twenty—it is easy to struggle with humility. For some, it may not be a concept that is even considered. At times, we may move up the corporate ladder, win awards, and garner accolades without a thought of where we came from or who helped us along the way. For others, we are well aware of the blessings that God has given us (and the weight that we may have to carry with it.) However, an internal struggle can take place in our minds when we believe that others aren’t acknowledging who we are in the way that we would like.

I believe the greatest lesson that Boseman left us is to be mindful of the end of our story. While he and his close-knit circle of family and friends could have spoken out and requested special treatment for him (and of course it would have been more than warranted), he instead allowed his work and dedication to speak volumes for him. It is now that we see the full measure of his spirit.

It has been said that humility can be defined as “strength under control.” I want to say that the way of humility is never easy. It may require you to rise above the loud opinions of others who are quick to judge you without knowing the full story. Like Boseman, you may even have to push through a debilitating disease in silence in order for the project or vision to be achieved. In spite of it all, he kept his eye on the endgame.

What will be said about you when you arrive at the end of your story? Let’s aim to carry ourselves in a way so that we can be remembered not only for the work that we have accomplished but also for the humility that we show when we put the cause of the greater good ahead of our own.

Sheila Harris is a speaker/coach/publicist. She is also the author of Calling Revealed: 7 Spiritual Lessons to Uncover Your Purpose. Follow her on Instagram @SistaSheilaSays.

Transforming Yourself to Prepare for the Post Pandemic World by Dr. Catrina

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We are living in a time where events have occurred that have not been seen in nearly 100 years. A force of nature has pushed us as a planet into our homes and shelters to review, reflect, study, and change. Almost all aspects of our society are altered in some form or fashion because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully, you have used this time to reflect on what you have accomplished in life so far and to start casting your vision of what your life will be in this new post-pandemic world. You might ask, “Why do we need to do that?” So many aspects of life are changing from what we know, that it will be imperative to adapt to survive. Travelling, shopping, working will all be different going forward. The good thing about this is with crisis comes opportunity. We need to start positioning ourselves to take advantage of the new opportunities that will come out of this new normal.

Accepting the Loss
Accepting the Loss means that we do not excuse the horrible things that have happened, but to learn to accept that they did happen. Those events have a purpose in shaping who we are today. If we do not do this work, those experiences can become chains anchoring us down and limiters on our lives. We have to learn to use those events as fuel or a driving force in our lives. Embrace your past and love yourself, all of yourself, including the parts of you that went through the storm. Some things are gone, some for a short while, others for good. We should spend our energy focused on where we go from here, instead of trying to get back things that are gone. Once we come to terms with the fact that change has happened, we are then open to looking at where we are now.

Assessing the Present
Assessing the Present requires taking an honest, real inventory of yourself and where you stand in all aspects of your life. It’s hard to plot a course if you don’t know where you’re starting from! You need to know your capabilities to form a plan on how to use them in the new normal. Assess all areas of your life: physical (where you live, your health), mental (your goals, your dreams, your skills), emotional (your relationships with yourself, your family, your associates, and your friends), and spiritual (what directs your moral compass, your faith and beliefs. Focus on two things: where are you now and where do you want to be? Taking an accurate inventory of your strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities will position you to make the right moves in this new post-pandemic world.

Ascertaining Your Future
Ascertaining your future today requires an analysis of how your assessment of yourself aligns with the opportunities developing from this crisis event. The analysis should show you the gaps you need to close between where you are and where the new opportunities will be. Make a plan comprised of a number of short term/short-range goals. Those goals are focused on closing the gaps you identified.

Our new normal is changing the way we function in the world. What opportunities will you take advantage of? Will you become an entrepreneur and start a new business? Or maybe you will facilitate the physical or digital delivery of goods and services? It’s a brave new world out there. Don’t get left behind! Accept, Assess, and Ascertain!

Learn about Dr. Catrina at www.pullcorp.com 
Twitter: @PullCorpMedia

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Achieving Dreams by Yvette Gavin

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Have you ever wondered why some people achieve their dreams and others don’t?  Since leaving my corporate job in 2016 and launching my corporate training, coaching, and speaking practice, I’ve been repeatedly asked this question— how did you do it?  The question is often followed up with a self-confession that sounds similar to this, “I want to pursue my dreams, but ______________.”  The blank can be filled in with a 1001 excuses but at the end of the day, they all are excuses.  What I know for sure is that there is no secret sauce in realizing a long-term dream.  Dreams require intentionality.  Here’s how I got started:


Commitment to Grow – Too often people underestimate the unimportance of nearly everything in their lives. I decided to stop and reflect on why I wasn’t where I wanted to be in life. In doing so, I realized how I had allowed negative and unfair situations and people to cripple my view of myself.   Taking full responsibility for this unproductive state of mind, I made a decision to intentionally grow.  I decided to no longer look at disappointing situations as setbacks but as education. I looked for the life lessons in my everyday life and begin to build from the learnings. 
Create the Plan – I am not a neuroscientist, but I know there is something powerful that happens when we put intentions on paper.  There’s a lot of buzz around whether to set goals or not and the overall effectiveness of goalsetting.  For me, writing goals on paper, defining measurements, and setting timelines for those goals have worked extremely well.   But, I don’t just write lofty, pie-in-the-sky goals.  I aligned short term and long term goals to my overall vision.  For example, before setting goals to become a life coach, I researched the field first and learned what was needed to move into the coaching field (education, certifications, cost, etc.) and then mapped out a two-year plan.  
Continuous Movement – The perfection gap or the fear of making a mistake had been the number one thing to cause me to stop pursuing my dream. For sure friends, family, and foes were quick to point out my mistakes, or so it appeared to me. I know for sure, that I will make mistakes and everything I do will not be perfect all the time.  Where I will always strive for excellence and put my best effort forward, I no longer look at mistakes as failures.  They are life lessons and I see them as a sign that I am moving in the right direction.  Author and professor Warren Bennis said, “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”  If you wait for perfection before moving forward, you may never move.  The key here is to keep moving forward by growing and getting better even in the face of imperfection.  
What about you, are you moving towards your dream?  For support on how to move forward with realizing your dreams, contact me at www.yvettegavin.com
Twitter: @YvetteGavin

Monday, September 7, 2020

Create that Diversity Flow by Monique A.J. Smith

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To have flow in a waterline, one must have both ends open. It is the same in the workplace diversity pipeline. To increase the diversity pipeline, both the organization and the candidates must remain open to all possibilities. 
To open both ends will require unclogged bias and changed mindsets. Change sparks fear because a person's instinct is to survive. The self-dialogue is "I don't want to lose what I have," even if it means being better, more effective, and improve profit margins. Therefore, barriers are created within the mind to protect. If not examined, "isms" appear, and fixed mindsets' systematic bias practices become the standard.
Consider the bias or preference one has between an iphone and an adriod? Often there is not any logical reason but their emotional ties to it that have nothing to do with the operation or the device's efficiency. That is the same in the hiring process; groups instinctively go for what they know instead of strategically hiring to correct their deficiencies. 
On the other end of the pipeline is the task is to create a diverse pool of candidates. Individuals must be open to environments that may not be welcoming, be willing to relocate away from family and be ready to be a first. The organization still has a responsibility to announce opportunities where diverse candidates are, show representation within the organization’s ranks, and provide opportunities for prospects to gain social capital. 
I have had success in my career, creating such programming that provided opportunities for Woman of Color in Athletics and broaden the view of decision-makers to consider and hire Women of Color in Athletic Administration from Commissioner to Referees. 
I continue this mission in my consulting. 
Spring 2014, I began as an unofficial consultant to a staff member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), after presenting a Diversity Workshop at their annual convention.  Fall 2017, we partnered to spotlight the current Women of Color (WOC) within the NAIA membership for one month on the podcast "Chat in the Garden." Our two goals were to 1) widen viable candidates' views beyond, just NCAA institutions and consider NAIA institutions. The second goal was to enlighten Athletics and Sport Organizations that the Chat in the Garden ® podcast is a social media resource to identify the "Significant" WOC for their hiring pools.  These were 2 of 10 Strategies shared with the National Office's Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 
At the podcasts' airing, there were only 2% Athletic Departments led by Women of Color in the NAIA, translated to five institutions with all of them being HBCUs.  Fast-forward to Fall of 2020, 4% of the Athletic Departments in the NAIA are led by WOC.  That equates to nine WOC in which, two are leaders at non-HBCUs institutions. Those two Women are followers of the Chat in the Garden podcast. I hear a trickle, not a flow yet, but progress. Keep the line flowing.

Past Podcasts: www.200plus.expert

Learn more about Monique at http://seedsofempowerment.info/ 
Twitter: @HostofChat

Friday, August 28, 2020

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Sindi Nkadimeng

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Nkadimeng Attorneys is proud of its African heritage and embraces changes in the socio-economic gender and age landscape. We are 100% black woman-owned and in existence for a decade now offering legal services of the highest caliber that blends the best that wisdom, experience, and a youth drive has to offer. We are proud to announce a 98% success rate on court outcomes obtained on behalf of clients. I was delighted to have been accorded on accolade alongside Angela Simmons at the AT&T Futuremaker Contest 6 months ago, for having made a contribution in my community by having employed, upscaled, and offered young professionals an opportunity to exercise their talents.

1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
The obstacles faced were the client’s instability, in the beginning, stability is necessary to 
ensure the running of any business. My company was not known at the time, so there

was a bit of distrust moreover it being women-owned was also a factor however we managed to break barriers of practicing within a male-dominated industry, and we have earned trust through merit.

2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
Rising levels of black unemployed graduates and the scarcity of females practicing 
with my profession inspired me to break in my industry.


3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
By not interrupting set time-allocated for each, that’s how I maintain a balance 
between personal and professional life except if I am briefed to appear on an urgent court interdict which will require me to work overtime.




4. What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
“Education is wealth, and not the learning of facts, its rather the training of the mind to think rationally” – Albert Einstein
5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
My family, I come from a family rooted in business we conducted business during the most challenging times of segregation/apartheid days so I am empowered that we
managed/survived through it back then, what would prevent us from pursuing business to date in democratic times protected by the world’s best constitution. The business skills and acumen that have encouraged me all along I learned it all from our family businesses.

6. What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
“Must-haves” to keep any business strong are:

 Employing skilled employees;

 Having financial back-up which may be obtainable from financial institutions;

 Get into the habit of saving profits, create and maintain Investments;

 Adequate resources (HR, finance, (stock/equipment, marketing), IT;

 Buying customers;

 A practical and sound business model

 Updating yourself with the latest legislation, latest inventions in the market, and 
what your contemporaries and competitors are up to.


7. What is your definition of a BOSS?
Boss is a person who exercises authority or control over employees in an organization 
or company, to advice the goals and vision which has been set out to be, it's all about

achieving which makes the journey incredible.


8. Provide us with two words that describe you?
“Unleashing God’s other species, the Superwoman era”

Learn more about Sindi at 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Daria Fennell

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The Daria Fennell Media Group, the brainchild of  Daria Fennell, a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, is an Entertainment Branding, Public Relations,
Publicity, Celebrity Editorial Content,  
 Writing, Editing, and Special Event Design Company with 25 years of experience.



1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
As a completely self-taught CEO, Director of PR & Brand Strategy, & Celebrity Entertainment Journalist, it was really rough at the beginning of my career as an Entrepreneur. I lacked the capital to begin my company and I also did not have any Mentors.


2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
My family and I have always loved Music and Popular Culture. My Sister Joy & I would know the names of every Producer and every Songwriter who worked on Salt-N-Pepa’s albums.  I also began writing at 10 years old. I love to write.

3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
I always make sure to really rest, have fun, and relax on my weekends. 

4. What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
“Nothing can stop me, I’m all the way up…” “All The Way Up" by Fat Joe
& Remy Ma (Featuring Infared & French Montana)

5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
I have always been inspired by Terrie Williams, Oprah Winfrey, My Mommy, Master P., My G-Mom, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman John Lewis, & Puff Daddy (a/k/a “Diddy).

6. What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
To keep The Daria Fennell Media Group running strong, I must have my android smartphone, my HP laptop, my sour gummi bears, my music, my Godiva chocolate, my Reese’s cups, my crabs (I’m D.C. born & Prince George’s County, MD raised;-), and my hair done. 

7. What is your definition of a BOSS?
My definition of a BOSS is someone who blesses others while living their personal and professional dreams. They also always treat people like they want to be treated.

8. Provide us with two words that describe you? Dream Amplifier

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Passion & Purpose: Taking Charge of Your Professional Path…It’s on You! by Sheila Harris

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Years ago, I remember having a conversation with a colleague concerning our careers. It stemmed from being frustrated with not seeing certain things happen. However, she brought up a point that stuck with me. It’s the fact that we’re the ones responsible for handling our own career trajectory—no one else.

It struck me at first, but then it made sense.
Of course, it’s helpful when you have someone who’s helping to propel your career, especially in the corporate world. But what happens when you don’t? How do you take control of your own professional path? The first step? Make sure it passes the “Passion + Purpose” test.

You want a role that aligns with your passions. That means that you would even do it free. You are aligned with the brand’s mission and it shows in everything you do. When you’re passionate, you will push past the tedious parts of the role, because you know that it leads to a bigger vision.

Next, it must be attached to your purpose. You want to make sure that you’re working with a goal in mind. You have a unique assignment that will impact others, and it’s important to keep that in mind as you go after it.

So, let’s say the role that you’re in passes these criteria. That’s the ideal. However, we may have to make shifts in our careers in order to get this place. This can be the case in any leadership or organizational setting.

You may ask why I am focusing on these two criteria so much. That is because when you don’t have passion or purpose in what you do…it shows. Are you easily annoyed, frustrated, anxious, or even too comfortable in that position? At one point, that job gave you joy. Now, it’s an effort to even think about being there. That’s not good. So…now what?

As you carefully begin to take steps toward your next shift, I want you to first envision what you want your future to look like. You need to know that this process will not be overnight. But that’s O.K., because you’re building the foundation to your dream…so take your time! In addition, you want to invest in #TeamYou. If you’re about to shift, you want the best version of you to show up. Learn a new skill or obtain another degree online—one course may take your life into a whole new direction. Look at other cities or work remotely. Offer your services as a consultant. Don’t ever limit yourself!

Again, your professional path is up to you. If you know that it’s time to make a move, then get ready now. Preparing for your next shift may not be easy…but it will be worth it in the end!

Sheila Harris is a speaker/coach/publicist. She is also the author of Calling Revealed: 7 Spiritual Lessons to Uncover Your Purpose, where she talks about the importance of identifying your passion + purpose, determining if you’re really ready for a shift in your life and more. Follow her @Sistasheilasays

You’re Up-to-Bat Leveraging Equality During the Crisis by Yvette Gavin

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The bases were loaded when Hank Aaron walked up to the plate on April 8,1974. Under the cloud of death threats and an economic recession, Aaron made his mark in history as the player to surpass Babe Ruth’s home run record and subsequently became the first black man in Major League Baseball upper-level management.  
As it was with Aaron, the bases are loaded for corporate leaders today. Under the cloud of the Covid-19 pandemic and the heightened racial tension over police brutality, leaders have to ensure safety for employees and customers, stabilize the business, and reimagine plausible futures for long term profitability.
Leaders are in a unique batting position because they not only can see how unlevel the playing field is, but they are in a position to do something about it even in the midst of a crisis. In a May 2020 McKinsey survey, 37 percent of leaders said they are putting diversity and inclusion plans on hold. The report points out that inclusion and diversity are at risk in the COVID-19 crisis—but are critical for business recovery, resilience, and reimagination.
What we know is that when it comes to equality in the workplace, women make up nearly half the labor force, but they are underrepresented in senior leadership positions and their salaries lag behind men in all sectors and levels of employment. Nevertheless, When companies invest in diversity and inclusion, they are in a better position to create more adaptive, effective teams and more likely to recognize diversity as a competitive advantage (McKinsey & Company). 
The Covid-19 crisis will intensify existing workplace-automation trends that are already expected to take a greater toll on women and minorities, according to data published by McKinsey Global Institute. In fact, there are some indicators of this playing out now in the Covid-19 crisis. McKinsey’s research found that 39 percent of all jobs held by black Americans are threatened by reductions in hours or pay temporary furloughs, or permanent layoffs.  
The challenge leaders face today is not if a curveball of change will disrupt business but having clear sight to anticipate the plausible futures of change. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are three components to creating a stronger future. 

Learn more about Yvette at www.yvettegavin.com
Twitter: @yvettegavin


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Turn Your Passion Into Profit: Win the Money Game by Dr. Catrina

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Not everybody knows this but, the game of money is rather simple. Rule Number One of the money game: It is not how much money you make, it is how much money you keep!  Rule Number Two: Keep excellent score - know how much is coming in and going out! Once you start adhering to rule number two, you will likely find that one of your biggest outflows is taxes. Many players would stop right there. There is not anything I can do about the tax man, right? Two things that are inevitable, death and taxes, right? Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, right? Well, the United States Tax Code does provide some relief, but not if you are an average, day-to-day, W-2 employee. But you dear reader are not day-to-day. You are not average! You are visionary! You are extraordinary! And you want to know, how do you fix this problem! The answer is relatively simple, like the game. You need a home-based business!


Business ownership opens the doors in the US Tax Code to over 475 deductions.  Business ownership starts you down the path of keeping more of the money you make. Business ownership plants the seeds of generational wealth, allowing you to leave a legacy for your children’s children and beyond. When you tell most people to start a business, you get excuses from them like, “I can’t afford it”, “I don’t know how to do anything people will pay for”, or “It’s too complicated”.  Let’s address some of those objections. 


“I can’t afford it!” It does not matter if you are talking about time or money, either way, you cannot afford not to do it! If you think time is your issue, the IRS says that you must spend at least 45 minutes per session for at least four sessions per week working in your business, for it to qualify as a business. That is around 3 hours per week. We waste more time than that keeping up with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok. If you think money is the issue, we have already established you only get access to the 475+ tax deductions if you have a business. The tax code is taking more and more deductions away from the wage earner costing you more and more money. I think it is clear that you can’t afford not to do this.


“I don’t know how to do anything that people will pay for!” Everyone is passionate about something. If you are passionate about a topic, you probably know a good bit about that subject. It’s probably safe to say that you could provide people valuable advice and insights on that topic, consult with them about it. Do you think that might make you a consultant? Behold, you have just discovered what you can do that people will pay for!


“It’s too complicated!” Creating a business is as simple as 1, 2, 3! One, you need your name (you do have a name, don’t you?).  Two, you need your social security number (for tax purposes). Three, you need what you are going to do (re-read the answer to the objection above). That is all you need to start!


So hopefully, you already have a home-based business, or you have just started one. Congratulations!! The next step is to start truly living your life like a business and getting your money back. That is more than I can teach you in one article. I do have available to you all of the education you could possibly use on the subject. Go to www.buildingwealthwiththepullums.com and check out either the How to Start a Home Based Business Webinar if you need more help to get started, The Entrepreneur’s Academy if you are ready to catapult your business to the next level, or to do both check out the W.E.A.L.T.H. Ambassador Program. 


Don’t just play the money game, play to win!!

Learn about Dr. Catrina at www.pullcorp.com 

Twitter: @PullCorpMedia

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Taking My Shot by Monique A. J. Smith

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Podcasting began more as a reason to assist someone in reaching their goal than having one myself. The person wanted to set the Guinness Book of World Record for having the most extended podcast ever.  So, I was asked, would I serve as a guest or a host.  I said I have control issues; I will be the host for a 3-hour show where I will select the guests.  I chose all women to talk about women’s issues. It went well, but the person did not reach his goal.  I was discovered by a publicist looking for potential shows for a  Blog Talk Radio Network called “Survival  Radio Network.”  I was brought on board and became a Nationally known host of a Podcast for Women of Color in Athletics and Sports Business with a following of 1.7 members in a companion Facebook Group called  “A Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith”.

Six years later, I am dialing in to begin my show, but there is no prompt “Your Show will start in 3 minutes." There was a message “There is no show scheduled in your queue.” I began to panic and started trying to locate my engineer. I later discovered my engineer, my friend, my CEO, my wingman for six years had become ill and would not be returning. 

In Basketball, when you pivot, you must be aware of three things, or it will cost you to lose possession of the ball. First, be aware of your time. Second, know which foot is planted and cannot be lifted. Third, know your options out of your dilemma.  I knew I had to pivot, the network that housed my podcast would dissolve in less than 30 days, and the links of my podcasts would no longer work 30 days after shutting down. My pivot foot was planted, I had made an imprint in the marketplace, had received sponsorship dollars already, and had booked guests for the next 12 months. My options were to shut down too, 2) join another network, or 3) shoot my shot and create my own account.

Also, consider these assessments before releasing the ball or launching your next.
1)Accessed your skills and choices quickly.  I asked myself if my skills were up to par to address this new challenge or if I needed to invest in additional training.

2)Accessed collaborations, because you can always scale a wall faster with collaborations. I hired a Virtual Assistant to download all the shows and going forward to serve as my engineer.

3)Access timeframe, I had less than 30 days to quickly download and upload all podcasts for the last six seasons and get training for myself and staff.

I took my shot and continued 
chatinthegarden.com podcast on my own and repurposed season 1-6 content to an educational course for Sports Management students called “200 plus Interviews with Black Women on Career Advice in Athletics Administration and Sports Business”.  Enroll today 200plus.expert, SWISH.


Learn more about Monique at 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

BOSS UP! 15 Inspirational Quotes from Women Leaders by Yvette Gavin

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Staying encouraged in seasons of rapid change can be challenging even for leaders. Here’s a list of quotes we’ve curated from women leaders who have experience in bossing up during challenging times. May these quotes inspire you as you continue to lead bravely and strong.  
“Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” - Madam C.J. Walker
“Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose until I arose, a mother in Israel.” Deborah (Judges 5:7)
“As women, we must stand up for ourselves… As women, we must stand up for each other…As women, we must stand up for justice for all.” Michelle Obama
“I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Davis

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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential—these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
"Women must become revolutionary. This cannot be evolution but revolution." - Shirley Chisholm
“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” - Mary McLeod Bethune
“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” - Rosa Parks
“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” - Ida B. Wells
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

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“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” – Maya Angelou 
“When I liberate myself, I liberate others. If you don't speak out ain't nobody going to speak out for you.” - Fannie Lou Hamer
“A career is great. But, if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.” Michelle Gadsoen-Williams 

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“Has not the LORD gone ahead of you?" Deborah (Judges 4:14
“It’s up to you to teach others how to respect you; start by respecting yourself.” Yvette Gavin 

Learn more about Yvette at www.yvettegavin.com
Twitter: @yvettegavin