“Success Doesn’t have to be linear.”

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What is the BEST is hearing from Millennials who are kicking ass in their industries and willing to impart their wisdom. This week, we talk to Lauren N. Williams, Features Editor at Essence Magazine and journalism Fellow at Harvard University.

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At first, her plan was to be Editor-In-Chief of Cosmo or Marie Claire magazines. But when she began feeling unfulfilled at her mainstream magazine jobs, fate connected her to Essence magazine where she has been able to cover the Obamas (several times), appear on television, and travel to tell both fun and inspiring stories. She says she loves working for a publication that advocates and fights to tell the often ignored stories about black people.

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Lauren at Essence Fest in New Orleans with Issa Rae and Jay Ellis of HBO’s, “Insecure.”

 

Unafraid to speak her mind and go for what she wants, Lauren is a Boss. Still, like most ambitious women, she says she she’s only just begun.

Such a fun interview. Give it a listen and don’t forget to subscribe!

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Lean on Me

Harassment sucks. What sucks even more is when women don’t stand up for one another. When we gossip instead of protect. When we slut shame instead of support. In the words of one of the most unforgettable songs of our time, “it won’t be long ’till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”

Two women this week have shown me how important it is to stand up for someone when they need someone to lean on. First, my daughter. She turns two on Tuesday. Her best friend at school is Autistic, but clearly that doesn’t matter to her. She loves her BFF. When she saw that her friend needed protecting from other kids, she stood up for her.  She holds her hand. She invites her to play. Some how she knew this was someone who needed a friend. I am proud of my daughter everyday, but certainly proud of her compassion for others. I hope she never losses that. Here is a picture of my daughter and her friend. Her friend’s face is blurred out to protect her identity.

Another woman not afraid to stand up for others…Melissa Hortman (D- Minnesota). She is the minority leader in the Minnesota State Legislature.  Hortman spoke up when she saw her male colleagues (all white) were disrespecting their fellow female colleagues (all of whom were women of color). One of the men asked Hortman to apologize. She did not. And her stance against her male colleagues went viral.

Hortman is a lawyer and mother of two who’s proudest accomplishments are pushing for more booster seats for children in her state and environmental reforms. But getting in to politics was not easy. In fact, she had to run THREE TIMES before she was elected. Her advice can help anyone who has a dream that seems out of reach: “Once you figure out what your dream is, don’t give up easily. Keep fighting.”

Bitches on the Rise

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you survived the crazy traffic, family togetherness, and food comas!

This week, Boss Bitches takes a new format. A round table discussion with some very smart and funny ladies.

First, Thanksgiving. The average American ate 4500 calories during Thanksgiving dinner, according to the Calorie Control Council. That’s over twice the recommended calorie intake for an entire day, according to The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Yikes! Who will be hitting the gym to repent 🙋🏾‍♀️. Do you spend Thanksgiving with friends where you live or travel to family? Personally, I love being with my family and appreciate time with them more after many years as a local news reporter working nearly every holiday.

Another thing that happens Thanksgiving weekend? Yes, lots of spending 💸 (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday) but also, lots of engagements! Congrats to the happy couples!! Did you get engaged or know someone who did? Even if it felt like everyone got engaged this weekend, Thanksgiving is NOT the most popular day to get engaged. According to Wedding Wire, there will be even more engagement announcements in your feed next month!

But really- is getting engaged an accomplishment? There was a HuffPo article with a similar title published earlier this year. The author, Natalie Brooke, said, My frustration is this: It is 2016 and being popped the question is still more celebrated than academic and professional pursuits of women. Yes, college graduations and landing a great career and receiving wonderful promotions are all received with happiness from friends and family, but not even close to the same level of elation received when you announce that you are getting hitched. This is my experience, at least.”

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We need to do better people! Get excited for the babies and bling posts, but also the new jobs and graduations too! And ladies, we need to celebrate our own accomplishments! Let the world know you’re a BOSS BITCH! brag about how you’re crushing it at work, your side hustle, or lost a ton of weight! Those are posts worth reading!

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“My Life is Mine.”

“My Life is Mine.”


Thank you to everyone who listened to the first episode of Boss Bitches! I knew there were so many kick ass women out there with stories to tell! Listeners have sent ideas and interview suggestions so thank you thank you. Keep ’em comin’!

Before we head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, a question for you. Maybe ask your friends and family at the dinner table. (Get ready for a heated debate). Why are women are judge for the things we do? We are either judged never doing enough or doing the most. The truth is, to be a Boss Bitch, you just have to do what you feel is right for you (within the law of course).

This week on the “Bosscast” (trying to make this word a thing, what do you think?) words from inspiring and successful women encouraging others to own who they are and not care what others think, whether you are single and childless at 45 or a young mom trying to have it all.

Tracee Ellis Ross put it best in her speech this week at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit:

“Boldness is seen as threatening and scary and it’s certainly not what the patriarchy had in mind. So join me for a moment and imagine what would it be like for women to completely own our power? To have agency over our own glory, our sexuality and not in order to create a product or to sell it or to feel worthy of love or to use it as a tool for safety… At the same time with all of that volatility there is this surge of empowerment happening, #blacklivesmatter, #blackgirlmagic, The Women’s March, #metoo. I am trying to gather that with all of the energy and around me and match that with the realization that my life is mine.”

Ross’ comments are an anthem for single women, but really, ALL women can be inspired by the message of realizing, “my life is mine.”

This week we’re also talking about periods and baby making with Gina Nebesar, chief of product at fertility app, Ovia. Like Ross, Nebesar is encouraging women to own who they are! Doesn’t get any more boss bitch than that!

 

gina nebesarA married, working mom of one (almost two!), Nebesar and her colleagues say their app has helped thousands of families conceive. A graduate of Harvard Business School running a successful and growing tech company, she has always been a Boss. But when she first became a boss at work, she struggled finding the balance between being assertive and being herself. Now she says she lets herself, “off the hook a lot. I try not to be perfect or not to expect too much. Some days, you’re going to be this perfect mom or this perfect colleague and some days you’re going to be neither and that’s ok.”

This tech boss’ definition of a Boss Bitch, ” A strong female leader. Somebody who is themselves and confident and helps bring other people up as well.”

It was a fun conversation! Hope you enjoy!

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Ovia Fertility, Pregnancy, and Parenting apps helping women learn more about their bodies and raise healthy families

 

 

“Every Woman needs a little Bitch in her.”

“Every Woman needs a little Bitch in her.”

Whether you’re taking on sexual predators (boy, bye!), running for office, or starting an online career, every woman needs a little bitch in her!

In this first episode of Boss Bitches, host Nneka takes on these issues and interviews a woman who was able to quit her job and start a successful career as a full time blogger. It wasn’t easy, but Sarah Dussault says anyone can do it, just start!

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