Young African-American women and men are thriving and doing positive things in business and the community! Dozens of New York’s top African-American executives were honored recently at The Network Journal’s 15th Annual ’40 Under 40’ Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square for their outstanding work in their respective fields. The dinner honored professionals from companies including L’Oreal (Aida Moudachirou- Rebois), Bloomingdale’s (Nicole Cokley) General Motors (Brooke Ellis), NBC Universal (Sharita Brantley) and the 135th Street Agency (Shante Bacon), and was hosted by former NY Giants/2003 Super Bowl XXXVII Champion (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Roman Oben and Karen Nethersole, ESQ., CEO of Full Circle NY.
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Friday’s Goaldigger: Arianna Huffington: Make your life about something that can make a difference in the world
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, turned a blog into a multi-million dollar media empire in a few short years.
Huffington was interviewed at Business Insider’s Startup 2012 conference in New York City in May about what she has done with her empire. She also had some intriguing advice for other entrepreneurs—especially women—who are out there trying to make it in the world.
The Huffington Post launched in 2005 and it was constantly criticized in its first few years of existence. It did a lot of news aggregation, and that wasn’t a commonly accepted practice by a lot of traditional publications. Not only that, but people criticized the quality of the work being done there and its political skew.
“Don’t be defined by the press,” Huffington said at the conference. “The Huffington Post on day one was defined as an unsurvivable failure in one of the reviews.”
Despite the scrutiny, Huffington and her crew pressed on, and the company was sold to AOL for $315 million in 2011. A year later, The Huffington Post became the first ever American online-only publication to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Change Your Perspective
According to Huffington, women have issues with success and power because they have the definition of power all wrong. She said that in the current business landscape, people think of power as the amount of control you have over other people, and then that level gets compared with others.
“Is my portfolio bigger than your portfolio? That’s a very male way of looking at things,” she said. “And we women—whether we are entrepreneurs or in any other field of life—we need to change it.”
Huffington isn’t blaming the startup culture for this, though, referring to the debate that has raged over the past few years about venture capitalists and angel investors being biased against women entrepreneurs. Instead, it’s a problem that women need to look at and confront internally.
“We women are a little more risk-averse,” Huffington said. “And we have a bigger problem with failure. Beyond whatever external factors there are, such as whether VCs really prefer men to women, I haven’t found that.”
Lose the “Obnoxious Roommate”
There is an “obnoxious roommate” living in your head, and it constantly puts you down, Huffington said. “It doesn’t want you to fail because you’re scared of becoming permanently identified with your successes or failures.”
Huffington added that it’s simple to say that people need to just try again after a big failure, but that is easier said than done. “When you fail, you feel terrible about it and you need to find some way to move on from that.”
Huffington’s suggestion for dealing with failure is to see it through a child’s eyes. “I look at the way children handle disappointment, whatever the disappointment is,” Huffington said. “They cry. They get upset. And then they get over it. And then it’s really over. They don’t remember why they were upset. So for me that’s really the dream, to be like a child.”
Huffington also shared what made her and her publication so incredibly successful. She boiled it down to one big thing: DNA.
“Make your life about something that can make a difference in the world. Put the spotlight on what is working,” said Huffington. “My Greek compatriot, the old philosopher Archimedes, said ‘Give me a place to stand, and I can move the world.’”
How do you define power?
The article was retrieved from Open Forum
Magic Johnson executes plays in the business world as well as he did on the basketball court. Only four months after Comcast announced Magic Johnson, the NBA great would be one of four owners of new minority-focused stations guaranteed distribution in 8 million homes, Johnson’s Aspire channel is up and running. Johnson worked on his plan for 18 months securing sponsors such as L’Oreal and Nationwide as advertisers, bagged carriage with Time Warner Cable, bringing it to 10 million households by year’s end, and has handed ad sales to Atlanta-based Intermedia’s GMC TV. This alone qualifies Magic Johnson as Friday’s Goal Digger
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Getting Back to Business” A CNBC Town Hall Event in Atlanta. I gathered insight on how the “big fish” really feel about the “small fish” (small business). As an entrepreneur, I walked away with a few of my questions unanswered, neither here or there experience is the best teacher. Administrator Karen Mills of the U.S. Small Business Administration thinks small business is too important to fail. Venture Capitalist Kevin O’Leary declares business is war; however, Spanx Founder Sara Blakely reveals an alternative strategy to business. Watch the clips and share your thoughts!
This is just the beginning of my posts on small business video. Check back for other video clips.
Laretta Houston was born in Angeles City, Philippines. From struggle and poverty evolved an inspirational vision of beauty and life all around her. Laretta’s story could easily have taken such a different turn if not for her determination and strength.
Born the daughter of a military father who traveled a lot, she spent most of her time with relatives modestly raised in poverty without luxury. After losing her mother at age 13 to Lupus, this is when she entered her journey through the foster care system.
Eventually making her way to the United States, she was determined to change the course of her life. Struggling to balance work, school and raising a young girl while still a young girl herself, she graduated the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Multimedia and Web Design. After several years as a successful web designer, her love of photography continued to grow. In typical Laretta style, the tenacious artist picked up her first camera, started shooting and to date has not stopped.
Her Multimedia background would prove to be an invaluable help in marketing her new passion as well as giving incredible insight to clients advertising and marketing needs. Read more here
I have watched Laretta Houston’s perfect her craft by following her on FaceBook and I must say she is truly a “goaldigger.”
If you have anyone in mind who is a “goaldigger” feel free to contact me at CourtneyLuv@CourtneyLuv.com
Ranked by Forbes as one of the top 10 influencers in social media, Scott Monty has been called “an unstoppable force of nature,” “the best corporate social media lead on the planet,”and Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford Motor Company, called him “a visionary.”At Ford, Scott heads up the social media function and holds the title Global Digital & Multimedia Communications Manager. He is a strategic adviser on all social media activitiesacross the company, from blogger relations to marketing support, customer service to internalcommunications and more, as social media is being integrated into many facets of Fordbusiness.Prior to joining Ford in 2008, Scott served as Consigliere for crayon, a strategic marketing firm,and with PJA Advertising + Marketing, a boutique BtoB agency.In addition to his professional responsibilities, Scott is an active blogger and podcaster. He writes about the intersection of advertising, marketing and PR at The Social Media Marketing Blog (www.scottmonty.com) and also writes The Baker Street Blog and I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere, two literary undertakings. Read the rest of this entry →
Be sure to watch the CNBC special “Getting Back to Business: A CNBC Town Hall Event” on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:00 p.m. EST and airing again at midnight.
It is an amazing one hour show for anyone that is an entrepreneur, wants to be their own boss, or simply wants to know about the opportunities available in the world of Small Business & Entrepreneurship!
I was at the event in the studio audience and was thrilled to be among the successful entrepreneurs that were interviewed for the show.
The show included Steve Case, Revolution Chairman & CEO and America Online Co-Founder; Sara Blakely, Spanx Founder; Kevin O’Leary, from ABC’s Shark Tank; Tristan Walker, Incoming Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreessen Horowitz; and Karen Mills, Small Business Administration. They will all be sharing their wisdom and insights on how to be successful in today’s “Internet Economy” and answering the most critical issues facing many the entrepreneurs of today… and tomorrow.
Set your DVR or VCR, but don’t miss this CNBC special because it will be an aspirational hour of information and excitement. Oh yeah use hashtag #CNBCTownHall
Thursday’s GoalDigger is Egypt Sherrod. She has won over countless listeners with her dynamic delivery and magnetic mix of sass and class. But at the same time, her strong faith and solid family values has made her one of the most grounded and approachable multi-media talents to come along in a while. It’s no wonder that the HGTV host and Atlanta radio personality, is destined for greatness. Egypt’s positive outlook on life and compassion for others has set her on a path to uplift the various communities she serves. Masterful at balancing family life and an exciting and full career, she can be heard weekdays hosting her “On Air With Egypt” on Atlanta’s top rated V103, where every day her primary goal is to entertain and inspire. Whether it’s giving advice based on her personal journey, or encouraging listeners to live life to the fullest, Egypt is thankful to have the opportunity to touch so many folks. “I feel extremely blessed to talk to millions of people a day. God put me in this position for a reason,” she says. “It’s a privilege to be a conduit for positive change.” In addition to her raving radio career, Egypt is the host of HGTV’s highly rated “Property Virgins,” makes several guest tv appearances as a pop-culture expert on CNN & HLN, and runs a successful entertainment news & lifestyle blog EgyptSaidSo.com. Viewers also recognize Egypt as the co-host of “Home Delivery” now airing in syndication on the Ion Network, and as the special correspondent for NBC Universal’s top rated “The Maury Show.” Read more about Egypt from the source
Yesterday, I recently ventured out to dine and network at SOHO, an American Bistro in the Vinings area of Atlanta. SOHO serves a weekly menu that can appease any desiring tastebud. SOHO serves fresh, seasonal, all-American food in a stylish environment.
SOHO has been a neighborhood favorite for over 14 years. Regardless of the party size or event, SOHO has years of experience and can accommodate a variety of seated social affairs such as rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, birthdays and corporate gatherings of 10 to 60. There is a private room just for you! Tell Frank A. Smith I sent you! Visit www.SOHOAtlanta.com There is no better venue to dine, dig for goals, and enjoy wine!
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