Monday, November 20, 2017

You Are Enough...Edith Eger

"To be passive is to let others decide for you. To be aggressive is to decide for others. To be assertive is to decide for yourself. And to trust that there is enough, that you are enough."

--Edith Eva Eger, Author, "The Choice: Embrace the Possible"

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Life Is A Gift...Florence Night

Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God's law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.

--Florence Nightingale

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What Are You Talking About Right Now?...@BrianTracy

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Will You Defy The Odds?

Think about this,
  • 83% of students graduate from high school
  • 59% of first time, full-time college students graduate from college with a degree
  • Less than 30% of people get their dream job
  • 50% of marriages fail
  • Currently 36% of families do not own their home
  • 33% of individuals are not prepared for retirement
  • Only 1 in 200 startup companies succeed
  • Only 1 in 4 venture capital backed companies succeed
  • 1 in 2 small businesses will survive past more than 4 years

Friday, November 10, 2017

Why Can't It Be You?...Panama Jackson

"Everybody ain’t gonna get to the top—this is fact. But why can’t that person who does make it be you? Never forget that. Seriously.*"

--Panama Jackson,

*Excerpt taken from the article, "Hey Y’all, I Met Oprah. Here’s What Happened", where Panama talks about receiving a call and a subsequent invitation from media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You Are Worth More...

"If you really put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price."

-- Author Unknown

In Algebra, we learned the theory of "Absolute Value" which states that the absolute value of any number, positive or negative, or any equation is never negative. So we apply this same theory to our life. My value is not negative, and I will not accept negativity or abuse. I am worth more. Say it out loud: "I am worth more." Prepare for more, ask for more and work for more.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: My Greatest Mentor...Ursula Burns

"My mother raised us to think that if we worked hard, and if we put our end of the bargain in, it would work out OK for us."

--Ursula Burns, former CEO and Chairwoman

On Tuesdays, WOMENATLIBERTY presents Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. In 2009 Ursula Burns was named CEO of Xerox and in 2010 she became the Chairwoman of the company succeeding Anne Mulcahy. Ms. Mulcahy, a history maker in her own right, was the first female CEO of Xerox. She hand picked and mentored Ursula to become her successor. Burns characterized their relationship as a "true partnership".  A career that started with her working as an intern culiminated with Burns making history as the first African American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. In May 2017, she retired from the company after more than 30 years of service.

Anne Mulcahy as well as many others including her husband, Lloyd Bean, have mentored her; but when she talks about her mother, you hear the emotion in her voice and you understand the deep respect this native New Yorker holds for the woman she calls her greatest mentor. Olga Burns was a hardworking single mother who believed that education would be Ursula and her two siblings' passport out of the housing projects into a bright future. She says her mother was right and she is eternally grateful for her mother's sacrifices.

Olga Burns

In today's #LeadershipTuesdays feature, Ms. Burns goes back to the place where she grew up and went to school to share with CNN Money's Cristina Alesci how her humble beginnings shaped her, helped her make decisions about her life and prepared her to become the well respected leader that she is today. 
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*You can also view the interview by clicking here.

Monday, November 6, 2017

You Are Gifted For Greatness...Marie Curie

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained."

--Marie Curie

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Freedom To Think and Take Thoughtful Action...Thurgood Marshall

"Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's [women's] minds."
--Thurgood Marshall, Lawyer, Advocate, and first Black Supreme Court Justice

See Marshall Movie directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown with Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Jussie Smollett and Keesha Sharp.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Respected and Acknowledged...Zoe Saldana

To be seen and respected for my work and acknowledged as a true American Latina...means a lot to me.

--Zoe Saldana, Actress and Dancer (Star Trek, Avatar)

On Tuesdays, presents Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. To day in honor of Hispanic Heritage month, we are acknowledging Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017". These women were selected by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and they include senior Executives from Fortune 500 companies and some very impressive entrepreneurs. Topping the list is PG&E CEO and President Geisha Williams who made history as the first Hispanic woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Also on this prestigious and influential list are: Grace Puma, Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Officer at PepsiCo; Yasmine Winkler, Regional CEO of UnitedHealth, a healthcare company providing health care services and products, including Medicaid services, to more than 100 million customers; and recently retired Gloria Santona, a former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of McDonald's.

Role models are so important in helping women to dream beyond their current circumstances and achieve what has never been done before. As a community, we acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of these extraordinary women and thank them for being an inspiration to not just Hispanic women, but to all of us.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: Pursue Your Dreams...Angela White

"I just want people to take away that, no matter what happens in life, you can always pursue your dreams. And do not let anyone or anything deter you away from that. I did not attend film school and, today, I am creating movies that impact people’s lives."

--Angela White, Film Producer, "A Question Of Faith" and Founder, Silver Lining Entertainment 

On Tuesdays, WOMENATLIBERTY presents Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Angela White is the producer of the newly released film, "A Question Of Faith", a Silver Lining Entertainment film distributed by PureFlix. She is the first African American woman to be at the helm of a faith-based major motion picture. She and her team, director Kevin Otto, writer Ty Manns, Lisa Diane Washington (Producer), and Dr. Cameron Lewis (Executive Producer) also have the distinct honor of having their film be the first faith-based movie to be screened at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The cast was hosted by U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Tx). 

Ms. White is not new to the entertainment industry. This New York Law School-trained lawyer and entrepreneur has produced several films through her media production company including "4Play" (starring Jaleel White, Jonathan Wesley and the late Tommy Ford), "The Night Before aka Bachelors" (Lionsgate Entertainment), and "Dense" (Showtime). 

Her latest movie, featuring a cast of familiar stars including Kim Fields (Facts Of Life, Living Single), Richard T. Jones (Tyler's Perry's Why Did I Get Married, The Wood), C. Thomas Howell (Gettysburg), Renee O'Connor (Xena: Warrior Princess), Greg Alan Williams (Greenleaf) and award-winning singer Jaci Velasquez, is definitely a great  movie with superb acting. Everyone, whether you have struggled with finding a balance between work and family (or even having a personal life outside of work), or questioned why God let's bad things happen to good people, will find a character or some theme in the film you can relate to. Check out the trailer below and go see this film!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Being About IT!

Aligning your life and actions with your desired values is hard work, but that's what adulting is all about. As a child, our foundation is nurtured. As an adult, we stand on that foundation. We fall down, then we right ourselves on our desired values and we get back up again.

Being about "IT", your "IT", whatever that is, is work...hard work.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Leading Yourself...Israelmore Ayivor

"Go out and lead the world; but never forget to begin by leading yourself first at home. You can’t lead the environment if you can’t lead yourself in it."
--Israelmore Ayivor

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: Embracing & Cultivating The Leader In You

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." 

John Quincy Adams

Whoopi Goldberg as Laurel Ayres in "The Associate" (1996 Comedy)

On Tuesdays, WOMENATLIBERTY presents Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. The featured article today is, "10 Signs You Are Really A Leader (and Might Not Know It)" by Lolly Daskal ( Embracing your leadership skills is easy for some and difficult for others. Some people don't want to be a leader. They just want to get the job done and keep it moving. Others don't want the hassle of managing others. It can be a lot of work. But there are times when embracing your leadership skills becomes a necessity to thriving and realizing your potential as Whoopi Goldberg did as the character Laurel Ayres in the movie "The Associate". When her current organization did not value her skills, she left the company and embarked on one of the greatest adventures in business of her life.

One of the things that makes a difference in an organization and has the greatest impact on its culture is its leadership. Good leaders are difference-makers. They add value to people and customers. They also set the tone for how the organization will interact with each other and relate to its customers. 

You owe it to yourself to embrace and cultivate your leadership skills. Learn how to add value to people. If your current organization doesn't value you, another company will. As "Laurel Ayres" learned your skills will be valuable to you and help you be successful if not as an employee, maybe as an entrepreneur or vendor/contractor. 

To view today's article, see "10 Signs You Are Really A Leader (and Might Not Know It)".  For more information on Leadership Tuesdays or WOMEN AT LIBERTY, click here. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Speak, Pray, Believe...@vnona

Speak it, pray it until your mind, body and the universe line up with and manifest what you are speaking. 

(“The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle." Matthew 17:20)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beauty, Distinctive and Uncommon...Yvonne Pierre

"The enemy uses those things [you are] insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are - flaws and all."

--Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

Beauty starts in the soul, deep in the soul. Cultivate its seeds there and it will blossom from its dark place into distintive and uncommon magnificence. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Believe...Isa Zapata

"The more you believe in yourself, the more the world believes in you!"

--Isa Zapata

So, find a mirror or turn on the camera in your phone, look into it and repeat these words: "I believe in you."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Trust But Verify...

"One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything."

--Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Leading By Example...Himanshu Bhatia

"As a leader, it's a major responsibility on your shoulders to practice the behavior you want others to follow." 

-- Himanshu Bhatia, Founder and CEO, Rose International

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTYpresents Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Today's article highlights one company's, namely Apple, latest effort to improve diversity at the tech giant where there has been slow progress in increasing the representation of minorities and women. See 
"Apple's New Diversity Officer Will Report Directly to CEO".

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!

For some it's just another day off or a day to enjoy a cookout or day at the beach. But for those who have loved ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice, this day can bring sadness.

Let's honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country by living a life that uphold the ideals for which they died: freedom, justice, equality, and peace.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017

Lord, t
hank you for the women who you allowed to nurture us, be an incredible example of love and sacrifice, and teach us wrong from right. Bless them today and everyday to know that there labor is not in vain. Amen.

Happy Mother's Day from Women Making History &

Monday, May 8, 2017

I Believe...

"I believe that there is Greatness within me.
I believe that I am an Overcomer!

I believe that my source only increases my ability to become the Dynamic person I want to become.

I believe therefore I am."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: Drawing Boundaries for Millennials

"I’ve learned that you get more out of people when they are happy in their jobs and excited about what they do. So I try to line up people and their vision with our vision."

--Deryl McKissack, CEO, McKissack & McKissack 

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. Today's article comes from The New York Times' @nytcorneroffice column written by Adam Bryant and features Deryl McKissack, CEO of McKissack & McKissack.

Deryl McKissack is an engineer and a fifth generation builder. She has led McKissack & McKissack, a prominent architectural, engineering and construction firm based in Washington, DC whose portfolio of work includes the Smithsonian's new Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, for over 25 years.

In the article she gives insight into how she learned to be successful in the male-dominated construction industry. She also has advice for millennials and anyone who aspires to impress your organization's leaders and be successful.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What Are Your Words And Actions Modeling For Others?

     If you hate, you give hate the space to breed.
     If you discriminate against others because of who they are, your actions demonstrate that discrimination is okay if you have good reasons.
     If you exploit others, you model that it's okay to exploit people under certain conditions, etc.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

@womenatliberty #LeadershipTuesdays: You Are Worthy.

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders.

Defeating Self-Doubt: That little voice in our head... Wouldn't it be amazing if we could program it to speak affirmations to us especially when we need them the most. Instead sometimes its our harshest critic. We have to use our conscience mind to silence that negative voice with positivity and optimism.

Today's #Leadership Tuesdays' feature is a @Forbes article by @MelodyWilding that gives great tips on how to defeat self-doubt. Check out "Three Ways Highly Successful People Handle Self Doubt",

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Confidence over Insecurity

Don't project your insecurities onto someone else. Maybe it's not that they think they are too this or that, it's that you're uncomfortable with who they are and what they represent.

I saw a television show this weekend where a group of women attacked and disliked another woman because her aproach to life and values were different than theirs. "She thinks she's too good for us. She's too quiet. She doesn't hang out with us all the time. She's a goody two-shoes." They felt this way because she did not like the same things they liked. She expressed opinions that were different from the group's opinions. So, naturally she became a target.

As adults and women, we have to be careful that we don't go through life constantly playing middle school games. Let people be who they are. That's a sign of maturity. If you are uncomfortable with who they are, check yourself first. Have the courage to do this as an individual away from the group. It maybe that her example will help you find the confidence to be more of who you really want to be rather than always fitting into the questionable expectations of the group.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: Implementing A Plan For Immediate Change...Cheryl Boone Isaacs

"We don't feel that we have looked far and wide enough for the best of the best. It's not about political correctness, it's about building the best team, the best institution, the best artists. Because unless you have the best artists as members, unless you have the best artists voting on the Academy Awards, you don't have a real reflection of the best of our film culture."

--Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders. 

The 2015 #OscarsSoWhite Campaign by activist, attorney and Managing Editor of, April Reign, brought front and center Hollywood’s diversity issues. As I’m sure you remember, that year all the Oscar nominees in the “best” acting categories were white. Selma, a highly acclaimed film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights protests in Selma, Alabama directed by Ava Duvernay, 
received nominations for Best Original Song and Best Picture, but was overlooked for the individual performances of its nearly all black cast and director. Though, the movie did win the Oscar for Best 
Song “Glory” written by John Legend and Common.

Why did Ms. Isaacs move so quickly to address the Oscar’s diversity issue? According to Pew Research, “Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse than in the past, and the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades.” (i) The #OscarSoWhite campaign resonated with a lot of people and caught fire in the media fueled the highly visible voices of “BlackTwitter”.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who had made history in 2013 as the first black woman and only the third woman to hold the position of president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the non-profit organization that produces the Oscars), knew that she would have to move quickly on responding to this issue. One day after the Oscar nominations were announced and the #OscarSoWhite hashtag was born, she did an interview with the Associated Press to address the issue and stressed the Academy’s commitment to “to seeking out diversity of voice and opinion”.

Minority movie goers in the U.S. represented more than one third of the total movie goers in 2014. If a mass boycott caught on, the Academy could suffer a major decrease in its Oscars’ television audience which is estimated to be worth $75M. The industry was already dealing with a downward trend in total box office tickets sold. The dollars at stake for the U.S. film industry were $10.3B and three times that amount globally. Cheryl Isaacs and the leadership of the Academy knew that they would have to quickly 
and very publicly implement change or risk alienating a sizable group of minority movie goers. The Asian Pacific Media Coalition released a statement the day after the 2015 Oscar nominations that succinctly summed up the Academy’s problem: “It behooves Hollywood – as an economic imperative, if not a moral 
one – to begin more closely reflecting the changing face of America.” (ii)

You have to applaud Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Academy for how they responded to the issues once they were public. They did not blame the protestors for speaking out. They did not stick their heads in the sand and continue business as usual. They took action. That year to increase its membership diversity, the Academy invited a record number of 322 new members to join its ranks of voting 

But in 2016, lightning struck twice and no black directors and actors were nominated in the acting and directing categories. This time actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee announced that they would boycott the 2016 Oscars. These very public and highly visible protests reignited the #OscarSoWhite hashtag and media firestorm.

In a press release, Ms. Isaacs made a public commitment on behalf of the Academy that the 
membership going forward would be more inclusive of women and minorities by “[doubling] the number of women and diverse members by 2020”. Then the Academy took more aggressive steps to 
shake up its membership pool. After the changes were approved in an emergency meeting, it sent out 683 invitations for membership, more than twice the number of the previous year’s 322 invitees. The new invitees included 46% more women and 41% more minorities.

In 2017, the Oscar announced its most diverse lists of actor nominees including six black actors and 7 nonwhite actors overall. The Academy’s actions netted a record total of 18 Blacks artists who were nominated for Oscars in 2017. Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won the Best Actor and Best Actress in A 
Supporting Role awards. Director Barry Jenkins and cast of Moonlight, and film editor, Joi McMillon won Best Picture and Best Film Editing awards, respectively.

The Academy’s efforts will not solve all the problems regarding the type of films presented for the public to see and the diversity of actors that get work and are nominated, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Kudos to them for that, but more work has to be done in investing in minority films and productions. This, however, is a subject for another day. Today, we recognized the leadership of Ms. 
Isaacs and the Academy and we hope their efforts to implement change increases and this trend to be more inclusive and diverse continues.



i)  D’Vera Cohn and Andrea Caumont, “10 Demographics Trends That Are Shaping The U.S. and the World”, 3/31/16,

ii) Oscars 2015: Film Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Speaks Out About Lack of Diversity In Nominations, 


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Just Shine

"Don't try to dim her light with negavity and lies. Just turn up your shine with preparation and truth! Trim your own fire and shine."

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Empower Her With Love

"Love is...

patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal."

Thursday, March 2, 2017

On The Path To Destiny...Anais Nin

What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. 

One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us.

--Anais Nin, Author

Monday, February 27, 2017

Living Up...Pearl Bailey

"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that."

--Pearl Bailey, Singer and Actress

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

#LeadershipTuesdays: Struggling With "What If"...Valorie Burton

"Is there a leap of faith that it's time for you to take, and yet you find that your doubt and your fear, maybe your insecurity, keeps you from taking the leap. It's completely normal. But, our job is to find our way through it."

--Valorie Burton, Certified Life Coach, Author and Speaker

Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides Leadership Tuesdays, a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage and strengthen women leaders.

Well, we're almost halfway through the first quarter of 2017... Can you believe it? How is the new year going for you? Are you achieving your goals or has anxiety set in and paralyzed you? Check out this great video from Life Coach and Motivational Speaker, Valorie Burton, as she gives practical advice on what to do next when fear and anxiety tries to derail your goals and plans. GO here:

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Problem or Solution?...Elridge Cleaver

"You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."

(Leroy) Eldridge Cleaver, Political Activist and Writer

Monday, February 13, 2017

Live Your Life...Jessye Norman

"If you send up a weather vane or put your thumb up in the air every time you want to do something different, to find out what people are going to think about it, you're going to limit yourself. That's a very strange way to live."

Jessye Norman, Opera Singer