In a world #BUILTBYGIRLS, the future looks bright. ✨We’ve partnered with @BUILTBYGIRLS to pass the mic to the next generation of girls to address issues like the wage gap with trailblazing women who have all broken into industries not build for them. Watch now at @BUILTBYGIRLS to catch all the career gems. #iwd2019
@BUILTBYGIRLS brought female trailblazers and the next generation of girls together to have honest chats about the lack of diversity in tech, the wage gap, trans issues, and how to slay imposter syndrome. Supporting this campaign, and watching it come alive over the last few weeks has been pure #magic and such an honor for us to be of service to such a powerful movement. Let’s all continue building towards a more united, equitable, women-powered future. 👏 This is a world #BUILTBYGIRLS.
Dear Women - You are MAGNIFICENT. - Let no one ever make you feel worthless, you were born for a purpose. - Break free despite the walls that have been built to ensure that you stay in a cage. - You are resilient. You’re a conqueror. You are WORTHY! No form of abuse is too small, let us unite to fight against the spread of Gender Based Violence. - To Babes Wodumo and everyone who has experienced abuse: We see you. We hear you. We believe you. - #WeBelieveYou #EnoughisEnough #BetheVoicesAgainstViolence
ATTN: CALLING EVERYONE IN OUR DURBAN, SA TRIBE. _ One of our incredible partners, @mightyelh is in #Durban, #SA this weekend leading a transformational workshop (Sunday Feb 24) on integrating mindfulness into your workout and everyday movement. _ She’s helping you understand what mindfulness actually is(and what it isn’t) and practical tools that will accelerate the impact you have in every area of your life. _ Erin is an amazing facilitator, and we’d know as she’s also a stellar partner of ours, doing transformational work in trauma informed leadership development and mindfulness in motion training. - Through her organization, @themindbodycrew Erin has led groups in the #U.S., #Africa, and #China, and is on a mission to help people everywhere live more mindful, cohesive, and effective lives. _ It’s a rare treat she’s back in South Africa, so if you can, get to see her THIS Weekend (Feb 24) RUN, don’t walk to check her out! _ Registration and event details can be found by clicking the link in our bio!
Most of us design our lives, so intricately, around avoiding being rejected or hurt. - We spend so much of our creative energy doing so, when we could be channeling it into: _ Putting words and a plan toward the thing you’ve always dreamed of accomplishing, but too afraid to admit you even want it. _ Leaving the nest or our inherited tribes to embark on the journey of who really are, and not who we’re told we are or need to be. _ Or simply allowing ourselves to be seen in a way that exhibits vulnerability and the potential to be rejected. _ To anyone embarking on any journey that pushes the boundaries of what is, to what could be, I recommend reading The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo. This book has changed my life since reading it a decade ago, and is the perfect blueprint for understanding what it takes to turn base metal into pure gold. _ Happy Saturday, ya’ll! - #PlanA #bookclub
Who said it has to be Wednesday for us to celebrate women who are breaking boundaries and leading in their fields? - Today our #PlanA #WCE is the great Amanda Spann, she’s a sought-after app entrepreneur and an avid marketer. Amanda produces start-up resources and programming through her consultancy Spann & Company. - Prior to her current venture Amanda co-founded @tiphubafrica, an impact driven innovation community for entrepreneurs in Africa and the African Diaspora. She also served as the CMO of Blerdology, a tech social enterprise to support and engage the black tech community and the first organization to host hackathons targeting African Americans. The company helped to spark black interest in technology, assisted aspiring minority entrepreneurs get their apps or projects off the ground for little to no cost and bridged policy and innovation to combat social issues. - The Florida State and Georgetown grad has been honoured as one of @businessinsider 30 Most Important Women In Tech Under 30, Walker's Legacy 2016 Power 50, @rollingout 25 Women you should know, as one of @bet Blacks on the Brink of Greatness, as well as one of the 5 future leaders in technology by @blackenterprise Magazine. - Amanda Spann, we celebrate all of your greatness!
Technology alone is not enough. - The advancements of technology should not scare us, we should always focus on ensuring that technology works for us and makes our lives more efficient. - It’s up to us to seek ways that technology can serve in practically and tangibly empowering humanity. - Our talents, skills, passion and vision together with our need to create a better society will help us develop sustainable solutions for the global problems we seek to solve.
“Technology has the potential to enable individuals to become masters of their own fate.” – Dr. Quincy K. Brown - It’s Wednesday and today we would like to celebrate Dr. Quincy K Brown as our #PlanA #WCW, she is thriving in her field and using her education to ensure that technology is facilitated in classrooms and that children are given a chance to creators and innovators at a young age. - She completed her PhD as part of the Vision and Cognition (VisCog) Lab of the Computer Science Department at Drexel University. While completing her doctoral studies she was a National Science Foundation GK-12 where she taught and developed STEM curricula for middle school students. In 2009 she became the recipient of the National Science Foundation/Computing Community Consortium CI Fellows Postdoctoral Research Fellowship award. - Apart from all those accomplishments she is currently the Program Director for STEM Education Research at the AAAS- The American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Prior to that position, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Brown is also a co-founder of NationOfMakers.org, a non-profit organization focused on fostering an inclusive and diverse community of Makers. - We stan for queens who are breaking barriers and ensuring that everyone around them advances as they do!
You are the stars and the world is watching you. - People and members of your team; just like children; will not listen to what you say but will look at what you do as you lead. - One of the most important actions, things a leader can do, is to lead by example. If you want everyone else to be passionate, committed, dedicated, and motivated, you go first! - Your actions are the messages that you are sending out to do the world and the example that you are setting for everyone who is following in your footsteps.
There is room for all of us - “I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone, it’s teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.” – Wangari Maathai - Too often women are placed against each and viewed as not being supportive towards each other’s visions. We have grown so accustomed to the ‘Pull-Her-Down syndrome’ where another women’s success story is seen as a threat to our own. - Now, more than ever, there is a loud call for women to unite and build a community of powerful, supportive and empowered women all around the world. The top can never get lonely when you have a tribe of women sharing every experience with you and advocating for your greatness. - Women’s energies around the world are syncing up, let’s keep that same energy as we leave clear pathways for our fellow sisters who are following our footsteps, instead of shutting the door the minute we enter. - We are #PlanA
Black Women Talk Tech - Our #PlanA #WCW goes out to three women who are blazing the trail in advancing women within the Tech Industry. Regina Gwynn (founder of @tressenoire), Esosa Ighodaro (founder of @cosign) and Lauren Washington (founder of Keep Up) are our #WCW this week. - After always bumping into each other in industry events and noticing that they were amongst the few black women present in these events, they decided to go on a girls’ retreat to get to know each other more and discuss their businesses. After only two years, the Black Women Talk Tech idea was brought to life. @blackwomentalktech is an annual event that is dedicated to filling in the knowledge and resource gap that will help black women build sustainable tech companies. It also provides women with an environment to meet and connect with like-minded founders who want to support each other on their way to the top. - The event has grown exceptionally since it’s inception in 2017, it now houses over 1 000 guests and founders over a period of three days, whereas, it only accommodated 30 people for one day in its first year. The 2019 Black Women Talk Tech conference is set take place on the 27 February - 01 March 2019 in New York - We are incredibly proud and honoured to call these wonder women our #PlanA #WCW.
Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for other women. - In an article by @shellykapoorcollins she mentions that “the reality is that for every 100 women who enter college, just 12 will emerge with a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM). Of those 12 women, five will continue working in a STEM field after two years; after ten years, that number drops to just three. That compares with 8 percent of men who major in and continue working in a STEM field after ten years.” - With these kinds of statistics, advocating for each other as women should be second nature. Once a woman reaches a point where their foot is in the door, it opens new opportunities for other women who never believed that it could be possible for them. - Let us go forth and drive valuable impact in our communities and let’s build a tribe of women supporting women. - It takes all of us, working together, to kick the door to opportunity wide open. - You are #PlanA
Your breakthrough may be just around the corner. - One of the most unfortunate facts of life is that not everything we go through is our own doing. We inherit trauma, pain and suffering from past generations if it went on unhealed. - Breaking the cycle and healing from generational trauma is not an easy task but it’s a necessary one. We owe it to ourselves and the next generation to show up and speak out about curses that have consumed us for ages. - The more we stick to living life “the way it has always been done”, we not only set ourselves back, but we unconsciously make the decision to burden future generations with a trauma they have nothing to do with. - Ending years of suffering, pain, injustice and trauma is not simple but it is worth working hard for. - Real change is difficult at the beginning. Without the familiar to rely upon, you may not in as much command as you had once been. When things are not going your way, you will start doubting yourself. Stay positive, keep the faith, and keep moving forward” – Roy T - You are #PlanA
“New Week, Who dis?” To #Ateamers around the globe: You Got This! - Sometimes life can get a bit scary and overwhelming that we can forget the true power that lives in us. Don’t get lost or stuck in the negative self talk, remind yourself everyday that you’re worthy, creative, and unstoppable! - So, go out there and start that business, negotiate that raise, write that book, forgive that offender, say yes to that scary, new door that’s opening right before you. - #YouGotThis, You are #PlanA
Humanity is one big, billion piece jigsaw puzzle, with each one of us holding within a unique and individualized part of the puzzle, that when fully awakened, brings the image into wholeness. - Each piece is equally crucial to complete the whole. You’re purpose is non-negotiable. - Whether you chose to awaken fully to it is. - The world is waiting for you, the real you, the fully alive you to show up. - Whether you’re in Manhattan or Maputo, how you show up in your life holds a ripple effect to the entire world around you. - Awaken for yourself. Awaken for all of us. - You Are #PlanA
Our #PlanA #WCW is Memory Banda, a young activist from Malawi who stood up against tradition and the law to ensure that that young girls are not forced into child marriages. - “Child marriage has been a crisis for African countries for many years. Girls are being raised as brides and have been marrying while still children for a long time. This state has been normalised; our communities did not question this culture and tradition. As young girls, we saw marriage as the only hope for a secure future just because we have been raised as brides. We never really questioned our culture, our values, our norms and how our behaviour affect girls’ lives”, not until recently. - In February 2015, Malawi made the historic amendment to its constitution to remove any contradictory definitions of a child. A child is any person below the age of 18. This automatically raised the legal marriage age from 15 to 18. Changing the constitution is a huge thing for us. This change was made possible by instrumental activists such as Memory, who constantly committed themselves to driving change and ensuring that women in their community are given the privilege of choice and the freedom of enjoying their childhood without being married off at a young age. - Memory went against traditional norms just to ensure that young girls are given a chance to marry when they are ready and when they choose to. This is one of many reasons that Memory is our #PlanA #WCW this week.
Slow progress is still progress - We just put this up here for whoever needs to hear it. As long as you are putting in the hard work, you will yield great results. Don’t be discouraged. - Keep doing your best and sooner than you know it, a change will come. - You are #PlanA