Preparing to Pitch: How Nike Lost Steph Curry To Under Armour 

   I’m obsessed with studying business trends. I’m always looking for little nuggets to try to improve! I came across this article regarding how Nike missed out on Steph Curry & it’s interesting. Read the rest of the article here. When pitching, it’s important to: 1. Personalize the pitch. Whoever you are appealing to should…

What To Do When You’re Told “No”

Caption: My beautiful soror & owner of Phatbulous Fashionista & I at our (PRO)ject US Nerd Prom Event (Donda’s House collaborative Fashion Program). Last week I received two pieces of devastating news. In both cases, it was connected to Donda’s House. When you apply for a grant, it’s almost like applying for a job… you…

3 Reasons Why You Should Join Me at COSEBOC in Memphis

 Caption: me presenting at “Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s Inc’s Golden Alert Town Hall Meeting w/ MC Lyte.” Photo by Juan Anthony Images. In two weeks, I will be joining two of my Echoing Green – Black Male Achievement Fellows, to present at COSEBOC’s  (Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color) Annual Conference: A Gathering of Leaders…

How I Keep It All Together… (aka Tips To Manage Your Time)

Happy New Year!!! Personally, I’m a wife, step mom (including a 16 year old who lives with my husband & I), dog mommy (to a 1 & 1/2 year old Black Labrador) & avid scrapbooker. Professionally, I’m an Executive Director (of Donda’s House Inc.), 2014 Echoing Green – BMA Fellow, writer and assistant to my…

2014 in Review

Thank you for reading my blog! I hope to continue to inspire and grow with you in 2015! Toasting to 2015 and hoping to double the 77,000 views next year! Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 77,000 times in 2014. If it were an…

Something Everyone Wants…

There are certain things that all humans need… we need water and we need food, but when it comes down to wants, it seems that it is all a matter of preference. After watching the film Birdman today, I realized that there is actually something that we all want, and that’s validation. To validate (according…

Survive Your First 90 Days As An Entrepreneur…

On the outside looking in, it’s sexy! I come across people all the time who say, “I WANT TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR!” They say… “You get to “wake up” whenever you want to!” “You get to work from home?!” “You’re the BOSS!!!” It’s officially been 90 days, and I hate to burst your bubble but…

The ABCS of Business Failure

Now that I’m transitioning into the new role as Executive Director of a non-profit, I’ve been thinking a lot about business negotiations, networking and management. I started working (illegally – shhhh – they thought I was 14) at the age of 12 at McDonald’s and have worked nonstop in retail, law, higher ed and education. From…