Women-In-Novtion was a major success. We had over 100 attendees with varying ages, genders, and professions. We are proud of all of the hard work that the EQUASPACE team put into this production!
There were so many powerful and awe-inspiring moments that created a wonderful and supportive energy. All of the speakers’ positive advice and vocalized dedication to equity and inclusion were welcomed messages to all attendees.
The moderator of the panel of phenoms, Natasha Rogers, asked thought-provoking questions, promoting the panelists to talk about raising the bar and dedication to endless excellence. The younger students in the audience, especially took their words and advice to heart.
Breakout speakers Lindsey Holmes & Cy Lauz focused on the hard-hitting realities of this imperfect world, with not just constructive viewpoints, but also solutions for audience members to take heed and use in their daily lives. They spoke of humanism, diversity in thought & culture, and how both play an important part in the evolution of our global society.
Keynote Speaker, Aisha Glover, spoke on the importance of recognizing positive mental health and reliability. She received such high praise for her motivating and relatable rhetoric.
This event was not only a success because of the phenomenal attendees and speakers, but also because of our sponsors. We want to give a special thanks to the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC), Newark Downtown District (NDD), and most gratefully, the Grammy Museum. This event would not have been as spectacular as it was without any of them and we are so proud to have them as all-star supporters of our business and entrepreneurial community.
Women’s History Month this year has really been one for the books and to top it off The Non–Corporate Girls partnered with =Space for an all women round table talk. We delved into topics such as competition vs collaboration, how to quiet the voice of fear and what does it look like to support your network. NCG was joined by Vicky Llerena , Akosua Ayim, and Tamara Williams, who all lead impactful lives in very different ways. In listening to the stories of each we also shed light on all our commonalities as women entrepreneurs and business owners. Listen in to this episode for a refreshing perspective on what we all deal with at one point or another. An often great reminder of a women’s worth, especially in a collective of like-determined sheroes!
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About The Speakers:
Vicky is the CEO of Social Vibes Media, a digital marketing agency focused on helping professionals, real estate game-changers, and small businesses rebrand & increase their digital presence. Her workshops focus on digital lead generation campaigns, social media branding, & female entrepreneurship. Oh, and she happens to be Latina.
She brings with her over ten years of experience having worked at Univision WXTV-41 and PRNewswire. Vicky was named Top 25 Brand Builder by Leading Women Entrepreneur in 2017. She works with organizations, such as Rising Tide Capital, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ, FOWNDERS, and Small Business Development Center to teach entrepreneurs how to obtain online customers through social media. Vicky was featured in NJBiz, Huffington Post, CEO Blog Nation, and many more media outlets.
A 2016 MBA graduate of University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, Akosua specializes in branding & strategy and especially thrives in the cross-section between corporate and creativity.
What is the Genisis of your work?
The origin of puddles started in 2011 while living on NYC. I was in Harlem and literally looked down and saw an image reflected in water. For me the instant fascination became my personal challenge of seeing my environment from a different angle. The idea of city pools formed and literally took on a life of its own. My personal connection with pools is deeper as I formally don’t know how to swim but I love being in water. In a way these puddles have transformed into alternate views of landscapes for me. Also the perspective changes according to the weather, so it’s very dependent on environmental conditions. I’ve recently been focusing on capturing Newark and my goal is to share the views.
What message do you want to convey to other women artist ?
I want to convey that we’re truly magical beings and that we’re capable of not only creating life but inspiring lives. I’m inspired by the strength, endurance and resilience of so many women that if I can give back an ounce of inspiration that is given to me on a daily basis then I will feel as though I’m earning my residency on this earth.
What does women history month mean to you?
It’s means everything in terms of representation and honoring women of all walks of life. It’s a chance to give thanks and show appreciation by showcasing and sharing the stories that are part of not only this county but at the heart of the world. As I get older I fall more in love with my womanhood and admire the fierceness in other women. Also I’m genuinely rooting for all women to have the ultimate glow up and take their rightful place at the table!
Is there a woman artist or entrepreneur you look up to or inspires you ?
There are so many, but if I had to choose one visible artist it would be Issa Rae. What she created was genius and for the first time I related to a character who wasn’t afraid to be awkward and insecure. She’s taken so many risks in a time where our beauty as black women still isn’t embraced by mainstream but I admire her focus and drive to write black women into cable television and on magazine covers.
What is something you want someone to know about newark ?
Newark is one of the oldest cities in America and there’s so much history. I would want them to know that Newark is the birthplace to a lot of amazing and influential residents and those who move here ultimately always develop a soft place in their heart for this city.
Tell me a beautiful Newark memory that is important to you !
It would have to be my grandmothers being next door neighbors. That’s how my mother and my father met each other. My favorite memory would be on that very street too. It would be being taught how to ride a bike by one grandmother and having cookouts on the back deck with my other grandmother. I feel it forever connects me to Newark.
Ayana Iman is a native of Trenton, NJ and proud New Jersey resident. In 2016, she launched her career as a Public Speaker and Certified Professional Life Coach, focusing on personal development, storytelling, and transformation, which allowed her to directly impact client’s lives as an accountability partner. Ayana received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Journalism at Kean University and her Masters in Strategic Organizational Communication at Rutgers University.
Ayana is also the Chief Communications Officer of #AuthenticConvos, an inclusive experience that fervently promotes face-to-face thought-provoking dialogue within diverse communities across the country and seeks to have a profound global impact on the way we engage with one another. She understands the importance of interpersonal communication, and the need for healthy dialogue that extends beyond the digital realm. This platform has allowed her to facilitate community engagement, offer a platform to other speakers and vendors, and give attendees the opportunity to gain professional insight from thought leaders.
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“All work without no play makes Jack a dull boy…”
May is National Mental Health month and it’s important to highlight the fixation with “the grind,” as well as how it affects people across all industries. The obsession, more times than not, attributes to mental instability through stress and fatigue and can often leave us dependent on outside resources to either escape the overwhelm or simply stay awake to push ourselves more.
In lieu of this, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and workplaces alike are turning to more mindful business practices. Although mindfulness isn’t new, it is becoming a more intricate part of the corporate cultures across the nation. CEOs recognize creating mindful organizations are more lucrative to the bottom line and reduce turnover.
It’s a dream to love what you do and mindful business practices assist in manifesting this dream.
Make mindfulness a skill
Social Media leads the charge with giving people a bird’s eye view of what appears to be hyper-focused work habits and the “glow-up.” However, is pushing the message of the “grind” lucrative to our overall well-being? Does the inundate of quotes and memes designed to encourage living one’s best life work for or against the masses?
Mindfulness Consultant, Clarissa Romero works with educational institutions and workplaces promoting the importance of mindfulness. When asked about harnessing mindfulness as a workplace skill, she had this to offer:
When unhappiness or stress projects a shadow in your work or personal life, mindfulness allows you to observe your thoughts and reactions without taking them in or personally. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they drag you down, Clarisa explained. It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.
Though urban vernacular defines “the grind” as working tirelessly to achieve a goal, it’s removed from placing us in control of customizing our grind and is only shaped around the blueprint from others who precede us. This also doesn’t account for being present in the moment. The grind constantly urges us to work until the wheels fall off, burn the midnight oil, and join the #teamnosleep tribe but if we’re grinding so hard, when do we take the time to be grateful for how far we’ve come?
Be mindful of the food on your table
Mental health amid the grind expands to what we place in our bodies. Diet and exercise are key elements to implementing mindfulness as a skill and practice. Serial Entrepreneur Neil Grimmer took his passion for business and health and merged them together to create Habit—a company which designs personalized lifestyle changes to achieve long-term health.
Grimmer was inspired to create Habit from helping his wife recover from breast cancer, as well as, transforming his own health. In designing the ecosystem for Habit, Grimmer took account of how nutrition played an intricate role with work-life balance or the lack thereof. We get so caught up in the grind, we often forget to eat and when we do, the options chosen aren’t the greatest. Grimmer recognized this routine and made the shift.
“What I did adopt right away, and I adopted this from my wife, was mindfulness and gratitude,” says Grimmer. He recognized the mental shift to how he approached life was necessary for the success of his new lifestyle through nutrition but in business overall. Grimmer notes, “Whether I’m sitting with my team, whether I’m negotiating a deal or whatever it may be, it’s being absolutely in the moment. It’s recognizing the voices that go through your head, the distractions that come in, and not being moved by them, but rather letting them pass in and out of consciousness.
This prompted Grimmer to implement mindful nutrition which asserts it’s not just what you eat but your mental state when you eat and while you’re eating that matters.
It’s time we redefine the grind.
Many of us are enamored by Will Smith’s Instagram but what we miss is that he’s living his best life. He’s aware and present in each moment. Who’s to say that the grind has to be absent of this? Mindfulness isn’t exclusive to spirituals and the like, it’s a universal practice which can be applied across every aspect of our lives. It’s time we develop a “mindful grind.”
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Many people become entrepreneurs to pursue freedom. Freedom to create their schedules based on when they want to work, in work ethic, in strategy, and at times, in location. There are a variety of careers that lucrative and easy to do from home. But, what if your home could be anywhere with a strong wifi connection and a bed. The possibilities are endless! Working as a content creator, web designer, creative strategist, accountant, digital marketer and public relations expert, travel expert, consultant, life coach, or tech support assistant allows you to make a profit without having to stay in an office building. Careers like these are commonly sought out by those who enjoy traveling and expanding their knowledge of the world.
Why work for a big corporation with the normal and old-aged hierarchy of power when you can make your own decisions, be your own boss, and still enjoy a nice sunset in Jamaica? As a traveling entrepreneur, you can take your business from San Diego, California to Seoul, South Korea. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the world’s economy. In a recent survey by Financial Times, 59% of entrepreneurs around the world said they expected to increase their workforce in 2016. Entrepreneurship is the engine for economic growth! So, I bet you’re asking now, why should you become a traveling entrepreneur? Well, because you can.
You can live a comfortable life and be your own boss. So, take that idea that you have and go for it. Do you enjoy blogging & food? Become a ghostwriter for food bloggers. Book a trip to France, home to some of the best restaurants in the world. You can do anything you put your mind to because your talent can take you farther. Take the next step, your FUTURE awaits!
Everyone has been asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? When you’re young you don’t have a problem answering the question because you say anything that comes to your mind. Once you’re older you begin to feel more and more pressure to have an answer to the question. You begin to have anxiety because you’re still trying to figure out your dream career is at 25 years old.
If you’re still trying to decide what you want to be, you’re probably a multipotentialite. What is a multipotentialite? It describes someone with many interest and creativity who doesn’t know how to combine their interests. Being a multipotentialite comes with advantages like an idea synthesis, combining two or more fields together to creating something new at the intersection; Rapid learning, not being afraid to take on new challenges; and adaptability, the ability to change into whatever you need to be in any given situation.
Learn more about multipotentialites through Emilie Wapnick’s inspirational TED Talk below:
Join us for the opportunity to connect with food industry professionals, share resources, discuss challenges, celebrate successes and explore ways to collaborate in supportive environment.
- Meet entrepreneurs, restaurant owners, executives, food truck operators, chefs, farmers, journalists, investors, developers and more
- Hear our panel of food makers talk about their diverse paths to making careers in the culinary industry work for them
- Sample a tasting menu from area startups
ADMISSION: $15/per person
- 6:30-7:30 PM Registration/Networking/Tasting Menu & Cocktails
- 7:30-8:30 PM Panel Discussion/Q&A
- 8:30-9:30 PM More Networking/Tasting Menu & Cocktails
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR EXPOSURE?
We are looking for a few more startups to sample food and beverages at the event. If you are interested in showcasing your company, please contact Anita Belle at 347-593-8179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Yes, Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
If arriving Via Newark Penn Station
Newark Penn Station Entrance:
Head to escalators located next to McDonalds)
Use escalator to far right (next to mini Metro Shop)
Head upstairs to Gateway Spaces
Walk past Zaro’s Bakery towards skyway
Make a left turn when your spot the sushi shop
Make a right turn when you reach Dunkin Donuts
Head up the stairway
Walk straight until you walk pass the NJTV newsroom
Look to left and spot the office space
Enter front doors
If Arriving Via Mulberry Street Entrance
Mulberry Street Entrance:
Use escalator to go to the second floor
Walk straight ahead until you pass extended walkway with chairs on the left side of the walkway
Look to your right and spot glass windows showcasing an office space
Enter the front doors
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please direct questions to: email@example.com.
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Brian Little, the personality psychologist and TED talker starts off with a juxtaposition query: how are we similar to one another, yet unique to ourselves? While he lets the question linger in the minds of his audience, he begins to talk about trait theory and its following characteristics: openness,consciousness, extraversion, agreeable and neurotic. He explains that these traits are implications of our beings, where we usually divide ourselves as being either an extrovert or the introvert. The extrovert being the outgoing, overtly expressive individual who is triggered by stimulation while the introvert is the antithesis that tends to reduce stimulation. Little, however, mentions the two contradicting characters only to add elements of gray to our character so that we no longer see ourselves in a black and white manner.
While Little further peaks the audience interest when mentioning that extroverts tend to have more sex (where a couple of extroverts in the crowds surely had a smirk on their face and may even gave one another a high-five for their possible characteristic accomplishment) he reminds the crowd that they are not just a bunch of traits. “We are not simply categorized.” How could we be when we occasionally act out of character? Little mentions that these free traits–where we begin to act out of our expected character due to circumstances–is a nod towards our humanity and less towards a simplistic characterization. Rather than condense our humanity into traits and descriptions, he says that people asking one what their core projects in life are in contrast to what kind of person they are may help in blurring the lines between man and the adjectives attached to us.
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