I was recently included in Legacy Magazine’s 25 Prominent and Influential Black Women in Business and Industry for 2017. I am grateful to the magazine’s very cool and creative editor, Russell Motley, and its brilliant CEO, Dexter Bridgeman, for recognizing my work as the publisher of The Sisterhood; work that pours from my heart and soul.
One of my favorite things about awards is the platform they provide for raising awareness about important issues and doing good for others. In my case, young girls of color (more on that later.)
As I contemplated what it means to be included in the Legacy 25, I prayed for the 24 sisters with whom I get to share this sacred space. I also sat quietly with the words ‘prominent’ and ‘influential’ to embrace the larger message this honor represents. I sat with those two words to make sure the words I speak, the thoughts I think and the actions I take are reflective of their true meaning.
Webster defines prominent as ‘readily noticeable: conspicuous. b: widely and popularly known: leading.’ It defines influential as ‘the power to change or affect someone or something: the power to cause changes without directly forcing them to happen. :a person or thing that affects someone or something in an important way.’
The two go hand in hand. Being considered “prominent” affords a person the opportunity to be “influential.” Sometimes, unfortunately, prominent people use their influence in ways that are hurtful, not helpful. Being included in the Legacy 25 means my sisters and I are being recognized for being helpful; for using our prominence to positively influence!
Embracing my influence is essential to the intention of The Sisterhood. The whole idea of the magazine centers on inspiring/influencing women to live their best lives; to face the fear and do it anyway; to pursue and embrace their unique life purpose.
The Sisterhood is a part of my life purpose. We celebrated its one-year anniversary last August; and as we approach 2018, we’re restructuring the magazine and working on an explosive new development that will take the publication to incredible new heights. No matter the changes to its tangible qualities and how we get it to you; we remain committed to its primary intangible focus – celebrating sisterhood in all its multi-faceted splendor; especially the S.O.S. (SISTERHOOD OF SELF), the relationship a woman has with herself.
Living from my S.O.S. and embracing its seven principles form the foundation for my life; (from The Sisterhood Exchange.) Activating my S.O.S. guided me to my life purpose, which includes helping women embrace their inner strength, courage and wisdom to live the life they were born to live.
My life purpose also involves sharing what I’ve discovered about worthiness, how it becomes wounded and how it can be revived. I’ve discovered that painful, traumatic life experiences are actually training ground for understanding worthiness; and forgiveness is a critical aspect of reviving it when it is wounded.
A personal experience with my wounded worthiness led me to write my new book, ‘Worthy,’ to be released in February, 2018. Releasing this powerful book is exciting because it’s the book I was born to write. What’s even more exciting, however, is the opportunity to serve this book provides.
If you’ve ever thought or said, “if I knew then, what I know now,” you will understand the significance of The Worthy Project, a free six-week worthiness-building program for girls of color between the ages of 10 and 16 that I created as a result of writing the book.
As women, it’s easy for us to look back at our adolescence and see how we could have done something differently to make our lives better. The Worthy Project aims to help girls do those things we wish we had done! It boosts their sense of worthiness and equips them with knowledge and powerful tools to help avoid some of the worthiness wounds so many women are faced with healing.
I pulled from my experience as a sociologist and former social worker and created The Worthy Project to facilitate in schools, churches and community programs throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Your pre-order of ‘Worthy,’ helps fund this new program. Thank you!
$12.95 + $3.75 (S & H)
If you have a group of girls interested in participating in The Worthy Project, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.