Who is Clarisa Romero?

Clarisa Romero is a teacher and coach who creates customized programs for individuals and businesses, but that is not the only notch in her belt. Clarisa helps people with business development by raising self-awareness and emotional regulation.

Romero loves to give back to the community in many ways. She regularly speaks on topics, such as empowerment, leadership and her beliefs on mindfulness.  She’s a contributor on latinasinbusiness.us and she covers mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and work-life business.

Before founding her business: Mindful Consultants, a firm that specializes in the neuroscience-based practice of mindfulness and conscious business concepts.  Romero has provided her consulting services to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ (SHCCNJ), to revamp their public relations and marketing efforts. Clarisa Romero was a Public/Government Affairs & Strategic Communications professional for a private Public Relations & Lobbying Firm. Before working for the government, Clarisa served as the Director of Development and Community Education at Multicultural Community Services, a non-profit social service agency. She has plenty of experience with working with people and helping out her community, which is why =SPACE is excited to be hosting a fireside chat with her on July 28.

Here is a taste of what you should look forward to on Friday, June 28:


Positive Energy, 17.16 from Princeton Community Television on Vimeo.



Tips On Being Successful From Legendary Designer April Walker of Walker Wear

Our great  =SPACE Ambassador & Social Media Star, Chris Miss (Christina Bright), hosted a podcast with the founder of Walker Wear, April Walker. April Walker’s designs have been worn on infamous celebs such as Tupac and Biggie Smalls. She had some insightful words about success and we decided to take note of the words that most inspired us. We hope you enjoy our take on what she had to say, if you want to listen in on the podcast, click the link below!

Do you ever lose focus of your dream because of a failure?

Failure is something everybody will go through in life. Don’t be ashamed of your failures, own it. As long as you learn from it it’s no longer a failure. Don’t let the obstacles in life stop you from doing your best. There is no way around failures, so deal with it head on. A lot of the successful people today has gone through failures of their own to get where they are today. You can’t let your failures define you nor let people define them for you. 

Being confident is one step closer to being successful.  

In order for people to take you seriously you have to carry yourself with confidents more so if you’re a woman. Confidents can be as simple as having a strong handshake. Having a strong handshake will make people take you more seriously. Looking someone in the eyes and being able to speak even when its uncomfortable are signs of having confidents. Confidents is the key to getting what you want in life. 

To learn more about the conversation, listen in here:

Malimah’s Corner

Lynette Lashawn 

A Newark native who founded www.off-thehanger.com in February of 2010. She coordinated fashion shows and created fashion moments. Along with interviewing celebrities. Lynette’s boutique started off as an e- commerce but not long after that it developed into a Fashion and Decor studio that’s located Downtown Newark.

      More about Lynette and her website

    • The website (www.lynette-lashawn.com) gives tips on healthy eating
    • Offers hair care tips
    • Lynette earned several Degrees
    • She’s a Brand Ambassador, Philanthropist and Style Expert



     Anita Dickens

Anita was born in Newark, New Jersey and Graduated from West Side High School. Anita then went on to receive an Associate’s in Science from Essex County College, a BA in Science from New Jersey City University and a Masters in Public Affairs and Administration from Rutgers-Newark. In addition, she volunteered her services in the community to be apart of the local LGBT Organization.

About ANE Clothing

  • The brand caters to all Genders
  • Mainly Vintage and Classic Clothing
  • Also has accessories and home decor for sell.
  • Represents Equality, Diversity and Tolerance



Rebuilding cities


On Friday our founder Medina Citi had a panel about being a tech-enabled company. He had the pleasure of being on the panel with Chris Taylor  ( C.M.O of Word Press), Aisha Glover ( President of Newark CEDC) and Jeffery Robison (Professor a Rutgers business) . Tech is great to have in business but a lot of small business in Newark are not connected to the world.

75 % of small business in Newark are not connected to the internet.

There is no way these businesses could connect to anything or anyone outside of word of mouth. Being online can improve the image of your store/company. Citi Medina, Founder of =SPACE (EqualSpace),  stated that we need more of our Newark businesses to get with the program and connected to their community and the rest of the world.


Stats on social media and small business

Outside of Newark, most businesses need social media. 44% of business owners said they depend on social media to generate brand awareness; 41% of said they depend on it to drive revenue. 90% of local business owners said that their social marketing efforts have increased exposure for their business and 75 percent said that they’ve increased traffic, according to smallbiztrends.com.  50% of business owners that have been implementing social media marketing tactics for two years have reported improved sales. Social media marketing truly helps to push your brand out!

Who is Marley Dias ?

1,000 Books for Black Girls was started by Marley.

Like most 11 year olds, Marley enjoys reading books. While getting lost into different books, Marley noticed that the main characters would either be white boys or dogs. What she was noticing soon led to a bigger issue. Fewer than 10 percent of children’s books released in 2015 had a black person as the main character. Last Fall Marley decided to make a change. She was on a mission. Marley’s mission was to set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls. In February #1000BlackGirlBooks was created.

She is a trailblazer and was a guest editor for Elle Magazine.

Without knowing, Marley was a huge inspiration to people everywhere. One day while she was being interviewed for Elle.com, she mentioned how she wanted to edit a magazine some day. Not long after that she was invited to create a zine for their website.

She is an amazing powerhouse and ambassador for Disney.

Marley Dias announced in February of 2017 that she will be penning a book with Scholastic scheduled to launch in January of 2018. Having collected over 9,000 books, Marley has more than quadrupled her #1000BlackGirlBooks’ goals.

She is Newark’s own.

We celebrate all things Newark and the trailblazers that come out of our city, one of the youngest, and a quick rising star is Marley Dias, the founder of 1000 Books for Black Girls and she was in =SPACE for the day with GrassROOTS Community Foundation taking in all things Art & Tech.

More On GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF)

GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) is a public health and social action organization. We invest in our community members’ collective well-being, so that they can use their health and energy to transform themselves, their families and communities. We support, develop and scale health and wellness programs for women and girls, particularly those who are impoverished. We also advocate for policies and practices that reduce disparities and foster equity.

It was a great honor to have Marley and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation in the room with us today. We are excited to see what Marley has in store for us in the near future and all the ways we can support such an amazing foundation!


Lynette Lashawn- Co Host/Style Cocktail Panelist

Lynette has worked as a Creative Director, coordinated fashion shows, created fashion moments, interviewed celebrities, served as a Judge on a Celebrity Panel at Ms Full Figured pageant USA and worked as a paid Blogger. Additionally, Lynette has worked backstage at NYC-Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Nolcha Fashion Week and has covered many fashion events as press with published work in Magazines. In 2014 her talents landed her backstage at London’s Fashion Week in the Somerset house with a designer from New York. Lynette and her boutique

In 2014 her talents landed her backstage at London’s Fashion Week in the Somerset house with a designer from New York. Lynette and her boutique have been featured in Vogue and several other publications from Essence Magazine, Newark Bound Magazine, Fashion Bomb Daily (3 times), Social Media Sites, Websites and blogs. She continues to provide styling services to everyday women and men, while she actively contributes to the Fashion Industry as a Content Creator/Brand Influencer. Not to mention, she donates time, clothing, coats, shoes and services to charitable organizations as a way to give back to the community.

Tehsuan Glover- Style Cocktail Panelist

Raised in East Orange, NJ, Tehsuan Glover is the youngest of seven children.
He learned quickly that life lessons can be learned quite effectively by observing the successes and failures of others.

Mr. Glover was educated in the East Orange Public School District and graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School with honors. Deciding not to attend college, he began working in corporate America. Starting from the bottom as a mail clerk at The Seagram’s Beverage Company, Mr. Glover developed long-standing relationships with corporate executives and industry partners. He was eventually tapped by the London-based agency, Tag, to manage advertising production campaigns for clients including Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Absolut, The Children’s Place, H&M, and Reebok, among others.

After leaving Tag in 2008, Mr. Glover launched the men’s lifestyle and tastemaker brand, Gentleman Culture. Building an online audience supplemented by social media, the brand’s message and reach have attracted clients including Belairé Rose, Jimenez Tobacco, men’s hair care brand Scotch Porter, and men’s clothier St. James & Co. In 2014, Mr. Glover launched The Newark Times, an online news & media site dedicated to the lifestyles, perspectives, history, and current affairs in Newark, NJ. The Newark Times was launched to help re-write the media’s narrative as it relates to Newark. Celebrating its one-year anniversary.

Jonathan Bodrick- Style Cocktail Panelist

B.O.R.N. storeowner and fashion maven Jonathan Bodrick has been styling people since the age of five – when he first asked his mother if he could give his teacher a necklace from her jewelry box as “a little style inspiration.” Jonathan fondly reminisces about large closets filled with elaborate hats and impeccably tailored suits, as his father, grandfather and uncles were all sharp dressers, further driving Jonathan’s keen eye for fashion. As he recalls detailed stories told by his parents, as well as old pictures of The Savoy in Harlem, he says there has never been a lack of inspiration in his life. Fashion is in Jonathan’s DNA and he uses it everyday as a vehicle to influence and inspire.

InAWordFAB: Lauren Craig- Style Cocktail Panelist

Currently, as the official Glambassador for Newark, New Jersey, Lauren writes for NewarkHappening.com, the official travel and tourism blog for the city. Lauren is passionate about sharing the most glamorous aspects of culture with her audience.

As a lawyer, writer, style expert, and media correspondent, Lauren Craig has been courting the public eye since she launched InaWordFab.com in 2007. First bitten by the fashion bug during a college internship with W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily in Los Angeles, California, it was not until after law school that she truly developed a fashion editor’s eye. It was then that she was inspired to blend her love of writing with her burgeoning style savvy to become a fashion blogger, and thus InaWordFab.com was born! Quickly, it became a go-to internet destination for irreverent commentary on celebrity style, breaking trend news, industry interviews, and pictures from the most exclusive parties and events in New York City.

Since that time, Lauren has become a writer-for-hire, contributing content to media outlets including MTV.com, ThisThatBeauty.com, and HelloBeautiful.com.