I fully expected Aubrey to be amazing and knowledgeable about Equitable Design but I wasn't quite prepared for her to be so darn likable while doing it! So it does help that she showed up to the IG live with beautiful pink hair, a cool pair of glasses, AND wearing our HUSTLE lipstick. She then proceeded to drop real gems about what it's like to live and operate at the highest echelon of the tech industry at the intersection of being a Mexican American woman with indigenous roots recognizing that she is white-passing while identifying as bisexual and living with bipolar disorder. When I tell you that it was a refreshing and really open conversation about how you effectively use empathy and lived experiences to design processes and systems within companies that make them work for everyone - IT WAS.
Thank you for being a supporter, friend, and Bossy loyalist. I am truly grateful for this community. I hope to continue to create products, content, and services that are worthy of your delight and adoration!
I was sent a notification on Clubhouse today that one of the gentlemen who “cancelled” me had joined and I smiled and wondered if he was still in the business of weaponizing his privilege to destroy prospects for women. One day I will ask him.
I'm so excited to share that today Bossy Cosmetics was featured on The View on ABC in the View Your Deal segment! You can catch my novice attempt to film the segment below. My heart is literally bursting with joy and pride at seeing my "babies" on screen and I must say that they look stunning!!
What's most exciting about this news is not everything else that I said above but her journey and the product that she created. She was one of the early employees of dating app, Tinder, but left that company with a fair bit of drama and legal issues that resulted in s settlement. But Whitney didn't let disappointment stop her from pursuing her dreams. She went on to start Bumble, another dating app, whose core philosophy is empowering women to take the first move! It's a simple different but it made ALL the difference and she created a juggernaut that will go beyond dating into a host of categories that we are yet to watch unfold.
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Our newly minted Vice President is a woman, a person of color, and to be specific - Black and South Asian. Her existence as the Vice President is the absolute typification of shattering the glass ceiling. America has never managed to have a female President nor Vice President and now we have the first one AND she is multi-racial which is such a beautiful depiction of the way our world is shaping up to be. Forget about party and forget the recent attempted coup - we MUST celebrate Kamala D. Harris. This is EXACTLY what we do at Bossy Cosmetics, we celebrate and amplify the success of women. Period. We encourage one another to level up in our careers and professional pursuits, it is why we created Beauty Meets Wisdom. Period. We have adopted the name "Bossy" to reclaim a negative term so that women and girls understand that their voices should be heard. Period.
Not only is Iké a supportive Bossy customer, she is a mom to 4 children, wife to an amazing guy, and a total BADASS corporate lawyer at The Clorox Company. Most of all, I LOVE Iké's spirit. She's always so positive and effusive in her reflections. I was grateful that she agreed to sit with me to talk about her life as a working mother AND a focused career professional.
This post isn't about being a Democrat or a Republican. It's about stepping into your purpose and working tirelessly, in spite of loss and failure, toward an end goal that is larger than you. ⠀ ⠀ Let's learn from STACEY ABRAMS and live out our purpose in 2021 and beyond.⠀
It got me thinking about how loosely we use the term "women supporting women" and when it is necessary and when it's not. I spent 20 years in the global finance industry, which is male-dominated, and so finding women to support my journey especially early on in my career was a rarity. There were times when I felt conflicted with when engaging with female colleagues that were not performing at the level expected of them. What do you do then? Will you be deemed a toxic female employee when you are truthful in your assessment of a female employee that hasn't pulled their weight?
I am what the young folks call a "Mellody Hobson stan." Her professional accomplishments would be otherworldly admirable for a white man and as a Black woman, they are stratospheric. Mellody was recently named as Chair of the board of a whole Starbuck and she also sits on the board of JP Morgan. In the world of corporate board dynamics, Mellody is head of the class and can teach this stuff in her sleep. She's a mom, wife, leader, and she's a fearless executive who speaks openly about race in America. I think that last point is why I really admire her. If you have Black friends in corporate America, they will tell you that speak openly about race is an undue burden that will more than likely negatively impact your progression. Mellody is showing us how to do it all and for this, I stan!