Category Archives: Women Influencers

Outside the Walls of the Palais- Actually experiencing Cannes

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Beyond the walls of the conference there is much solace to find. If you are seeking to be less stressed, get away from the lecture and seminar style of teaching- seeking outside opportunities will help you do just that- because this is what it did for me this past Friday.

Some of the most unconventional and unexpected relationships were formed out of having memorable conversations with people in the advertising, media, and entrepreneurship industry in a laid back setting. And these aren’t just any kind of people. I’m talking CEO, SVP, VP, Chairman and Directors.

 

993039_419284524852395_346880805_nIpsos girl’s lounge granted me the opportunity to network with women in the advertising industry who have niches focusing on beauty and wellness as well as entertainment and television. The Ipsos girl’s lounge was hosted on the rooftop of the Martinez hotel and the only word to describe it was, Phenomenal! Upon entering the penthouse space, I was greeted by servers with desserts and sandwiches and was able to get my face made up by some make-up artists. Within the midst of all of this luxury it was awesome to gain connections and insights from women who have been in the industry for twenty plus years.

I was offered information how important it is to stick together as women and create a space to really reinforce how important relaxing and taking care of your physical well-being is. It was refreshing to be in an environment that usually would be high strung because of the various demands these women have on an everyday basis- but this space provided a safe environment to share stories, inspirations, and solid advice. photo(1) copy 3

 

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Films, Celebrities, and Interactive Workshops in Cannes

 imageWhen Mr. Toilet first walked across the Cannes Lions Grand Audi Auditorium, I thought to myself, “What kind of funny play-on words is he going to use in order to intrigue all of us?” Not comprehending for one second, the awesome mission, passion, and work he has set forth to change disparities and injustices for human living in addition to changing how sanitation is portrayed in the media.

World Toilet Day  is officially every November 19th- this day has an intentional purpose: it aims to provoke conversation around sanitation and break the unspoken disparities that still surrounds this issue. In addition, it supports advocacy and  highlights the impact of the sanitation crisis, and seeks to bring to the forefront the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation.

I appreciated Jack for his passion and genuine care to better the lives of individuals who are living in unsanitary conditions. More importantly, how he strives to translate this message through film and media. Director, Jessica Yu from GE Focus Forward Films, produced ‘Meet Mr. Toilet’ which depicts Jack just for who he is and what his intentions are as a philanthropist, media mogul, and as Cannes Lions would describe- a true ‘Game Changer’.

photo-48Martha Stewart, Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), and Nick Cannon participated in a celebrity panel discussing their individual uses on social media. The resounding theme was simply, “Be Authentic.”

All three renown figures reinforced the importance of being you, being honest, and never apologizing for being who you are. Although my personal thoughts are a bit contrary just because celebrities and ‘regular-everyday folk’ see life through different lenses. Consequently social media networks are filled with facades and sometimes illusions of the ideal life. Martha Stewart however, reeled the conversation back to reality with this statement. “Young professionals should really be cautious of posting questionable things to social media- employers check everything before meeting you.” I was glad she stated this because it created a balance in the room- and gave us the reality check that although we may admire them, we are NOT celebs! The consequences we may face do not measure up to the slack a celebrity will receive solely because of his or her status.

As people who are always in the public eye, being engaged on social media allows us to take our power back from the paparazzi- Nick Cannon

This quote was quite interesting and made me think how far the digital world has brought us. Just five years ago, the paparazzi would be knocking down the doors of celebrities for their pictures, quotes, and video footage. Now, the majority of this information is readily available to the public with blogs, vlogs, twitter, instagram, and YouTube. The public no longer has to go to websites, magazines, or news sources to affirm what the Nick Cannon’s and Mariah Carey’s of the world are doing- it is all voluntary shared images and information that can be attained directly from them. The paparazzi no longer has the power!

ANIMATION WORKSHOP CASE STUDY (stay tuned to for in depth case study during the week)

Why did I choose the Animation Workshop?

Did I receive what I expected?

Perspective Change?

What Now?

I intend to address the following questions in a detailed manner concerning my personal and professional take-aways as well as how I believe my team members perceived me in this storyboard making process.

Here is a Vine  video I tweeted, containing a snapshot of all the elements that went into  the 15 second animation narrative. (Click on twitter picture and it will redirect you to the vine)

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What’s Now?-  Stay tuned throughout the week to see if our group’s animation narrative actually get’s picked to be created!

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Alicia Keys’ Animated Storytelling App for Children

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When I think on the Social U tag line “Telling Stories as Powerful as You Are” in addition to making the story and message digital and social- Alicia Keys nails the essence of this through her storytelling app; The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee . I believe each story should have a purpose and target audience. Alicia Keys executed this project so well by immersing life lessons, journaling, and her music within this interactive app. It is important to keep our children up to date socially, mentally, and spiritually, and I believe Keys does a beautiful job of encapsulating a little bit of her life story to support children today who face relative experiences.

“I love the fact that we can introduce different cultures, different stories and different music to a child’s world through this app” -Alicia Keys

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Bearing Good Fruit

Over the past week, I’ve found myself  doing an abundance of self reflection. Throughout the process of observing myself and observing others, it has become clearer to me that spiritual wholeness is the number one  element that will distinguish right from wrong and truth from deceit. We live in a world where the majority of people live their lives reactively instead of proactively- and I too have been guilty of this. The great thing I love about the Bible is that it is a resource to find guidance and help we need through any situation we may encounter. Today I want to share the Galations 5:22 scripture; it outlines the Fruits of the Spirit. This scripture has helped me live my life more proactively and it is a constant reminder to uphold God’s spiritual standard versus  the worlds standard. LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF CONTROL photo-38 Bearing Good Fruit Today’s Daily Devotional Scripture is below and I wanted to share this because as a woman, I believe the first steps to fearing God is receiving his love and striving to take on his characteristics. This scripture is a reminder that beauty fades and charm can be deceitful,  but the real substance about one’s character is in the fruit in which they bear. So many women in pop-culture and in the media are praised for their beauty and outward accomplishments but it is the spirit in which we carry, portray, and operate in that will bear a fruitful life. This scripture challenges me to ask myself daily: What fruit are you bearing? photo-37 The Fruits of the Spirit derive from God’s Love, inherently making LOVE the most important of all of the nine attributes because it is the acknowledgement, receipt and act  of LOVE that drives us to be motivated to take on the rest of the fruits of the spirit. I love Joyce Meyer’s quote about God’s Love- I use it as motivational starting point to bear good fruit

How do you love your neighbor? First, you must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. – Joyce Meyer

Below is a Fruit of the Spirit Scripture Chart which explains what each of the nine attributes mean and biblical scripture references photo-30

LETS BEAR GOOD FRUIT TOGETHER!

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Speaking out Righteously

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to honor my mother all week, and highlight her as the main messenger for this week’s inspirational post. Below is a video of Deborah Briggs speaking to a group of women about finding their voices in God, and letting God’s message and approach be the motivation for speaking righteously into any situation that may be encountered. I hope the video inspires you as it spoke into my life as it was captured, edited, and produced. The workshop is called “Open Your Mouth”

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photo(3)From the time that I was younger, my mother always taught me to speak in love. This is one truth I have held close to my heart. Words are powerful, and when you speak, it is important to build up instead of tearing down. I am thankful for a God-fearing mother who has taught me to Speak life.

So much wisdom, courage and strength. I am proud to say our relationship has grown beyond just a maternal one but blossomed into a a woman-to-woman relationship. My spiritual advisor, encourager, comic relief, realness and overall extraordinary spirit. If I’m half the woman she is, I will be truly blessed and content. ❤❤❤ my Mommy! #thatsMyMama #Mother #Inspiration #Fly #ShesIt

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Go Social with Scandal

scandal-screenshotThursday is here! If you are a Scandal fanatic like I am, I know the great anticipating feeling once the countdown to 10:00pm starts! Thankfully we can stay connected and engaged with the show on social media. Below are some ways you can.

Each week, one cast member joins us live from the Scandal set. I thought this is a cool feature to drive viewership and social engagement around the show. Audiences always want to get to know the “REAL YOU” and fortunately Scandal is giving us the chance to live chat with the cast members through video.

This week, Scott Foley (Jake) is answering questions live. You can join the conversation and and ask questions via twitter using the hashtag #Ask Scandal

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HAVE FUN GETTING SOCIAL WITH SCANDAL!

Below are the Influencers that have made the Scandal vision come alive:

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My Blurb About Shonda Rhimes:

Much respect to Shonda Rhimes for creating, SCANDAL, a phenomenally produced series on primetime television! A show that is widely embraced by all color lines and appreciated for its rare innovative authenticity. In my opinion Rhimes has raised the standard of television shows for the future. Not to mention, creating a platform for both current and aspiring Black actors, that they too can anticipate starring as the lead role on a primetime network. It feels great to physically see a reflection of myself on the screen. A Black female character of power, intelligence, transparency , success and pure sexiness. Thank you Shonda for this gift we all eagerly await to watch each and every Thursday! Now that’s the definition of #BOSS ❤#Scandal #Writer #Producer #Director #DreamChaser #PlatformMaker #BlackWoman #Power #ABC #PrimetimeTelevision #Success #Respect

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Lose to Win

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Upon much reflection, prayer and review- it is clear to me that God takes us all through our experiences for the greater good. Throughout this post, I will list some recent circumstances I went through that has  equipped me and taught me how to be more appreciative during this current season of my life. These experiences have inspired this post. When it seems like your losing and nothing is going in your favor, just know that it is this process that is leading you on the path to Winning.

During the end of 2011, I moved to Syracuse, NY for job. After just two weeks of being on the job, I was let go. I was devastated and in a very low place. I felt like I had uprooted my whole life for nothing. As I write and share this- this is even freeing for me- because most who are  close to me- didn’t know this occurred. I was ashamed, and THOUGHT I had lost everything I worked to build. For about 2 months I was out of work, without money, behind on all my bills- this was just a dry season in life for me. In Addition to being out of work, I was going through a tough break-up and my Grandmother passed in the beginning of 2012. This season of life was beyond difficult, but it was through this season, I turned to God like never before. I reflected on the book of Philippians- specifically chapter 3. I must admit, when I first received the job offer, I was a tad bit haughty and relying on my own strength- God quickly observed this and stripped all of what I held on pedestal, away from me. It was through this time, that I knew, that everything I gained or received from that day on was ONLY because of him, not me. Once I grasped this truth, I then saw God changing and shifting everything for the better

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It is ironic how God show’s his sense of humor and love for us. On February 14, 2102,  (Valentines Day) I started my new job within the Public Relations and News office at Syracuse University. I also was accepted into the Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellowship where I began developing my business, SOCIAL U, and moved into my own apartment. I thank God everyday for friends and family who supported me spiritually, financially, and emotionally- I definitely couldn’t have done it without them. Below is one of my reflections I shared on Instagram on December 2, 2012.

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I want to encourage you today to stay strong, faithful, and prayerful- even if you are in your dry season. Know that God has a plan. When you are stripped from all your earthly possessions or whatever the specific circumstance may be, you are not losing…but in the process of Winning. Embrace your ‘losing’ season so that you can be ready for your WIN!

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“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot

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In this song Fantasia is specifically singing about a relationship where her partner is no longer willing to make the relationship work. Although I know many of us can relate to this, I thought it was important to share as a message of life. Sometimes we can miss what God has for our lives because we are so caught up in the present, making the present work, and holding on- when in reality these situations are only hurting and hindering our process. During the process of letting go it may feel like your losing everything, but the truth is, there is only more to gain once you let go of circumstances, past experiences, and people you are allowing to block you from WINNING.

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#SOMEVisualStory Presents: The Power of Visual Storytelling for Brands on Social Media

Meet  #SOMEVisualStory Industry Leaders & Contributors

Ekaterina Walter

Image Ekaterina Walter is a social media innovator at Intel and author of the WSJ bestselling book “Think Like Zuck”. A recognized business and marketing thought leader, she is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to leading-edge print and online publications. She sits on a Board of Directors of Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and is an active member of the Thunderbird Global Council at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
www.ekaterinawalter.com

Tweet Ekaterina: @Ekaterina

 

SWonderlin_TwitterStephanie Wonderlin

Stephanie currently works as the Senior Manager of Client Services at Momentum Factor in Austin, Texas.  Momentum Factor is a full-service social media and online marketing mangagement firm specializing in the direct selling industry. Helping with social strategy as well as community development.As the host of Tweetheart TV on YouTube, Stephanie gives tips, social media marketing information, book reviews and is frequently asked to contribute video content on behalf of large companies.
www.stephaniewonderlin.com

Tweet Stephanie: @Swonderlin

Karen Leland

Karen LelandKaren Leland is the President of Sterling Marketing Group, where she helps authors, experts, small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies build stronger brands and businesses using The Modern Marketing Pyramid™ method,— a strategic and comprehensive approach that integrates business development, branding, content/Internet marketing, public relations and social media.
Karen Leland is the best-selling author of seven books, which have sold over 350,000 copies and been translated into ten other languages including German, Spanish and Korean. www.KarenLeland.com

Tweet Karen: @KarenLeland

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I am WISE: Highlights of #WISE2013 Symposium

The WISE Symposium:

What others dream about, WISE women do! On April 16, 2013, the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium will host its 11th annual event. Over the past decade, WISE has been synonymous with entrepreneurial excellence and has grown to become the premier event not only for up-and-coming entrepreneurs, but for anyone active in the business community — from corporate to aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, start-ups and growth business owners, and anyone interested in networking with smart, savvy women in business.

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Business Pitch for #WISE2013 went exceptionally well. This experience was hands down one of the best days of my career. I was one of two volunteers who presented my business; SOCIAL U to Keynote Speaker, Nell Merlino and more than 1,000 women.  I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Nell for 45 minutes. She gave me great advice on understanding my numbers and how to  make millions with SOCIAL U.

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(From Left: Janelle Fields, Eileen Price, Chris Belna, Susan King, Adele Cole-Brown, and Lisa Miller)

The Power of Us break-out session was beyond victorious. I had the pleasure of working with these incredible six ladies- producing four short video stories that highlighted businesses they’ve helped in their individual fields. A few women who attended this break-out workshop said it was the highlight of their time at WISE! That’s a true example of The Power of Us! A special thank you to all of you for a successful presentation and for helping me promote my business at WISE!

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My business counselor, Cindy Masingill- She was one of the first people who believed in SOCIAL U and encouraged me to move forward. She always said “Your video and social media  services have great value- you are no longer an upcoming entrepreneur- YOU ARE IN BUSINESS!”

Cindy was proud to see two of her clients pitching at the event.

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(Top: Gwen Webber-McLeod. Bottom: Karin Franklin-King)

Gwen is a great mentor in business and life- I was overjoyed to see her in my view upon completing my business pitch at WISE. She rushed over to me with a big embrace stating how proud she was and asked with a big smile on her face, “Do you see your growth?” . Gwen has the ultimate gift of inspiring, building and encouraging women to be leaders. Gwen, Inc. business motto is: Because Leadership Is Not A Job To Be Done Alone.

Karin is my former professor from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. In addition to her teaching she is a power-house in the Central New York community, through her public affairs broadcasts, artistry and motivational speeches. It was great seeing her at WISE and such an honor for her to say “Lindsey, I am hearing great buzz words about you. I am your fan .”

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(Top: Joanne Lenweaver. Bottom: Lindsay Wickham)

A very special thanks to both these ladies for putting on yet another wonderful WISE Symposium!

I met Joanne;  the director of the WISE Women’s Business Center in 2010, and since our relationship has grown into a  mentoring and friendship relationship. Her leadership with WISE, is what has helped propel  me forward in entrepreneurship.

Lindsay is the event planner for the WISE Symposium and a coordinator at the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. Besides us sharing the same name, she is an awesome, young  resource who also interviewed me for the WISE Woman feature in October 2012.

Click photo below to visit my storify on the WISE Symposium event.

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Reality Shows serve as platform to Reality Success

Women Bosses take what they’ve lived and turn it into an Empire!

Producer Mona Scott-Young discusses her goals, plans, and process with Love & Hip Hop on the Breakfast Club. As I listened, I understood her intentional business goal to not only create a platform for herself but for the cast members as well.

When I watched this episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, it really encouraged me in my entrepreneurship endeavors. Kandi has developed the Kandi Factory into a lifestyle. She has women all over the country who are proud consultants, participants, and consumers. It was humbling to watch and listen to her speech.