11Jul

Peace, Feminist Policy and Creating Change

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Last week I was invited to a very important event about so many topics I care about rolled into one: feminism, prostitution, pop culture, exploitation and a feminist foreign policy (sounds dreamy, yes?). Yes, all of this being talked about with some of the top feminist experts in these fields. I was thrilled and honored to be invited by We are Women Online and Donor Direct Action, a non-profit n strengthens women’s rights organizations around the world by increasing access to funds, advocacy, and visibility. I won't go into detail why,  but the event Read More

15Jun

Camp Broadway: On Raising a Theater Goer

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When I was growing up in Atlanta, I must have acquired a love for theater very young. I'm not sure how it happened, living in a culturally void waste land (for the most part), but I found community theater and embraced it. I went to a summer camp where we put on a play one summer (Fiddler on the Roof), I starred in a production I Never Saw Another Butterfly), I went to a performing arts high school much like the one in the movie/TV show Fame (except no one danced on the table) and my mom took me to countless national touring productions from The Sound of Read More

25Apr

More on #SuccessIsCalling

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Disclosure: I partnered with TracFone and Dress for Success to promote their Success is Calling program and was compensated to write several posts about it, but as always, all opinions are my own. This is truly a program that I am proud to be associated with and one that I hope empowers you as much as it did to me upon reading this post. Two weeks ago I told you about my "Afternoon of Empowerment," an amazing day I spent getting inspired by real women telling real stories of empowerment. Each one had used a program called Success is Calling™. Created Read More

07Apr

An Afternoon of Empowerment w/ TracFone & Dress For Success

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  Disclosure: I partnered with TracFone and Dress for Success to promote their Success is Calling program and was compensated to write several posts about it, but as always, all opinions are my own. This is truly a program that I am proud to be associated with and one that I hope empowers you as much as it did to me upon reading this post. When I was recently asked to attend an event hosted by TracFone and Dress for Success, I was thrilled. The theme of the day would be empowerment, something I think about daily. The two companies recently Read More

08Mar

What International Women’s Day 2016 Means to Me #IWD2016

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  Happy International Women's Day! Today we are celebrating all women and girls around the world who have either helped create where we are today, or will be a part in our future efforts to get us where we want and need to be. As the mother of a young tween girl, I see all my hopes and aspirations and the many opportunities, and pitfalls, she has in her future. It's exciting but it's also frightening. We are so much further than we were 10-20 years ago but we still have so much progress to make. As a feminist, I see the battle continuing in violence Read More

12Feb

#HeNamedMeMalala To Premiere on National Georgaphic

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Last year I wrote about Malala Yousafzai, an amazing young woman. Her story is so inspirational. Named for an Afghan folk heroine, the activist Pakistani teenager was shot in the face and left for dead by the Taliban in 2012 — but recovered and went on to speak out about the gross injustices in girls’ education in her country and around the world, winning the Nobel Peace Prize along the way. The Malala Fund, which she co-founded with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, is building schools in Jordan, Pakistan and Lebanon. I was so inspired by the film made Read More

09Jan

My Bat Mitzvah Card Snafu

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My tween aged daughter and I have been busy planning all the details for her Bat Mitzvah for the past six months. I've sunk my heart and soul into the planning phase of this life-altering event. We've been choosing a venue, picking out a DJ, photographer and photo booth vendor, making lists of invitees, picking out dresses and of course, she's been hard at work learning her Torah portion and how to lead the congregation in a service. From the get go, I made it clear to her that this Bat Mitzvah is hers, not ours, as much as my husband would beg to Read More

20Oct

Peace, Justice and the Global Goals

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Last month I attended the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which was one of the most exciting events I've ever attended. The United Nations want to help rid the world of extreme poverty, provide an equal education for girls and boys, and protect our environment for generations to come, and it was there that they announced a new platform to attain these goals - a total of 17 global goals for global sustainable development. These goals will set the world’s agenda for the next 15 years and the event elaborated on the goals our dire need in the world for Read More

29Sep

Social Media is the New First Responder

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Social media is changing the delivery of humanitarian aid. The  2015 Social Good Summit spearheaded a session about this subject, led skillfully by reporter Lara Logan. The panel consisted of Naomi Gleit from Facebook, Dr. Pranav Shetty, Health Coordinator, International Medical Corps and Matt Petronzio, Social Good Editor at Mashable. They stressed that when social media is used to reach people, it makes people aware and sheds light on situations they might not otherwise understand or take as serious. With the surge of social media over the past few Read More

24Sep

Teaching my Kids the Power of Clean Water #PowerofClean

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Cleaning the house. These are three words that irritate me on a daily basis. I get ferklempt cleaning up after others, day in and day out. However as a mom, I feel a level of responsibility towards my family to keep them and our home clean. Do I like washing clothes and dishes day in, day out? Not really but as much as a feminist I am, it simply has little to do keeping my family clean. Whether it’s regular hand washing, making sure that our kitchen surfaces are free from germs or simply washing clothes, I make an effort to keep our lives clean so we can Read More