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[EVENT]: Join ME Changemakers @ ‘Perfecting Your Pitch’

 

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Are you an innovator, creative, or a 20-30 something dynamic entrepreneur? Then next week’s “Perfecting Your Pitch” event sponsored by

Millennial Entrepreneur Changemakers is just for you!

Founded by entrepreneurs and “Millennials on a Mission” Dominique Broadway and Jessica Echols, ME Changemakers is a group with a purpose of uplifting and bringing together young professionals that are forward thinking, innovative and creative.

At next Wednesday’s event, you will have the opportunity to:

• Learn how to effectively communicate what you do and what takes to create the perfect pitch

• Break into groups to create, practice and present a mini-pitch

• Hear about opportunities and resources to pitch and grow your business

• Network with other Changemakers and Entrepreneurs

If you are motivated to shake up a industry, start a social enterprise that will change the world or have a dynamic start-up that will bring forth something new for our generation, you are welcome! Guest speaker Thomas Mitchell, founder and CEO of SnkTrd (sneak + trade) will be on hand to share his experience in pitching his business, and how he became a finalist in Miller Lite’s Tap the Future contest.

Our events will bring in successful Millennial Entrepreneurs that will share their stories, networking opportunities to help you grow and a chance to meet others with a passion for change!

You can also register through the event page: meoctober14.eventbrite.com. Ticket price includes event entry, discounted cocktails, appetizers, and other goodies!

Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @MEChangemakers for more updates.

See you next Wednesday evening!

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#TechTuesday: Meet 2020Shift

Happy #TechTuesday, friends!

We’re well aware of the many strides that the technology industry is taking in order to diversify itself. After many years, companies like Google, Apple, and Yahoo! have finally realized that it’s necessary to adhere to the changing workforce landscape in order for them to be most successful.

I sat down with millennial entrepreneur and talent acquisition strategist Ariel Lopez, who is the founder of 2020Shiftan online education platform designed to get minority college students and recent grads into AdTech. Her motto is turning passion into profit and helping others to do the same.

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CC: What are your thoughts on these technology giant joining forces and investing in the professional development and advancement of young women in technology? How do you think other major tech giants can and should follow suit?

AL: The WEST initiative sounds amazing. It’s always great to see initiatives that encourage the professional development of women in technology. I believe other companies are following suit in a similar matter, however it’s important to recognize this is not the only answer to the diversity issue. There are a number of underrepresented groups in the industry (women included) and there are a variety of approaches that can be taken to make things more inclusive.

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Millennial on a Mission: Taylor Henriquez

Happy Monday, Millennials!

Do you love food? No, I mean REALLY love its different combinations, textures and tastes, but never have time to cook a quality meal? Well, today’s “Millennial on a Mission” would like to help you change that, and welcome you to her table. While she once had dreams of becoming a PR executive in the cable television industry, she soon realized that her job no longer served a purpose for the goals she wanted to achieve in her career. So she changed her circumstances, took a risk, quit her job and began working at a neighborhood bakery and catering company to learn more about the restaurant industry and to become a better cook in her own right.  I’ve known this savvy chef since our intern days in the T. Howard Foundation, and it has truly been amazing to watch her pursue her passion, and encourage others to live healthy lives as well.

 
Meet Taylor Henriquez.

 

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Born in New York, Taylor spent most of her adolescence in Central Illinois and Atlanta.  After graduating from the University of Georgia, where she studied journalism with a concentration in public relations, she made her way back up to New York City and began working as a public relations coordinator at a television network. Since childhood, Taylor has never been a pick eater, and remembers fondly helping her mother bake pies and cookies from scratch. She also credits her paternal grandmother for teaching me how to cook and appreciate foods that she ate while growing up in Panama. Taking all that she’s learned, she has now launched her own cooking website and YouTube series that showcase quick, healthy and affordable meals anyone can make.

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Shift Your Focus.

Focus.

It’s something that we all try desperately to achieve daily. With so many tabs, windows, notifications and messages, it can sometimes be a little tough to concentrate on our tasks at hand.

But I’m not here to talk about the many distractions of the Internet, but rather those of life that can veer us off course if we aren’t careful. I’ve always been the girl that’s been super involved in EVERYTHING for as long as I can remember, but lately there have been times when I have had to advocate for myself and simply say “no.” In a world where we’re supposed to always say “yes,” I’ve found that agreeing to too many things can ultimately drown out your ability to hone in on those skills that will really fuel your passion.

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#TechTuesday: Meet WEST (Women Entering and Staying In Tech)

Happy Tuesday!

Okay, so last week Facebook, Pinterest (my FAVE) and Box announced a collaborative initiative called WEST that will specifically mentor young women in the tech industry. How awesome is that?

Launching in 2015, “Women Entering and Staying In Tech” will be a mentoring program comprised of online and offline interaction for young women in engineering, design, operations, product and web development. With the recent numbers coming out of Silicon Valley showing the lack of gender and racial diversity at technology giants like Google, Yahoo! and Apple, these three social networks have teamed up to invest in tomorrow’s leaders in technology.

According to their website, “women in technical roles from Facebook, Box, and Pinterest will serve as 1:1 mentors to a class of women in the early to middle-stages of their careers.” Young women living in the Bay Area (they hope to expand to other geographical locations) must apply in order to participate in the program. I don’t know about you, but I would absolutely love it to learn first hand from women at any of these major technology companies. And while there are tons of organizations nationwide focused on enhancing and enriching the lives of young women in the tech space, it definitely says a lot that these three giants recognize the importance of women leading in this field.

Women make tech better,” reads the WEST website. “It is our hope that this program will help more women enter and flourish in these increasingly important and necessary technical roles.”

Ladies, if you live in the Bay Area and want to be take part in this awesome opportunity, sign up here!

(h/t Tampa Bay Business Journal

Millennial On A Mission: Stella Mutale Sata

Since the inception of “Millennials on a Mission” almost two years ago, I’ve been humbled by the stories of dozens of my peers that are making monumental moves domestically. Today’s Millennial on a Mission spotlight, however, is a 20-year-old changemaker that hails from The Republic of Zambia – a beautiful landlocked country located in Southern Africa.

I first learned of this MOAM’s work via email few months ago. Just from her website, not only could I tell that she was poised, intelligent and graceful, but that she really was dedicated to making a difference in her community and country. As the first international “Millennial on a Mission” that I’ve featured, I’ve got to say that this is a pretty special moment for me, and I look forward to shedding light on more of my peers from across the pond.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Stella Mutale Sata.

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Born in Lusaka, Zambia, Stella is the daughter of the Fifth President of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata with the Late Dr. Matildah Macarius Mutale, and is currently a doctoral candidate in business administration at Walden University. She has her Master’s from the University of South Wale, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Oxford Brookes University, and a Diploma in Business Administration from Nilai University in Malaysia. (You GO GIRL!) “As such, my college and university experience is quite diverse having the opportunity to have lived and studied in four continents,” Stella says. “At the moment, in addition to running my own business,  The Stella Project and studying, I am working as a Consultant for Investment Services at the Zambian International Trade and Investment Centre.” There, her job requires her to promote investment in Zambia and to facilitate investment opportunities and projects.

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#MillennialMonday News Round Up

Happy Monday, my millennial friends!

I hope that this month is just going splendid for you. Autumn is here whether you like it or not, so pull out those North Face jackets, high-knee boots (ladies) and scarves because it’s quite the chill out there!

Peep some of the latest in millennial news below, and be sure to share this link with a friend or two! If you’ve got the day off like myself, high five! If you don’t, high give too because you’ll be in the swing of things much more than those of us that have the day off. ;-) Make it a great week!