Women in Leadership: Unleashing Your Superpowers – New York City, October 16, 2019 (Part 2)

By | November 9, 2019


– It leads to more women getting
stuck at entry level jobs and fewer women becoming managers. 62% of manager level
positions are held by men and the other 38%, 38%
even though we make up 50.9% of the population
hold manager positions, this lack of career mobility is blamed on the broken wrong and we need to fix it. Today you will hear from women who share their stories of how they turned injustice and inequity to opportunity. You will see how they have fixed the rungs or risen up a different ladder to success. Their superpowers are
building their communities, developing their
businesses, telling stories, entertaining audiences, and educating the next generation and they
don’t need a cape to do it. When I look into the audience, I see women helping women. Let’s get to know each other today and make the most of this event and build on the momentum of today by paying it forward
and staying connected. At this time, I would like to introduce our own superhero here
at Berkeley college, our president, Michael Smith. (applauding) – Good morning, good
morning, good morning. – [Audience] Good morning. – Nice. Nice, so welcome to our symposium today on whether women should
have the right to vote. (audience laughing) You laugh? Next year next August is going
to be the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Amazing. Amazing, amazing. (audience applauding) So I did some research
and did some reading into it and found out
that the 19th amendment, it took approximately a
hundred years of effort to get women the right to vote, which has only been out there for 99 years at this point in time now. So it’s really, really amazing. So what I have to say
to that is we’ve come a long way, baby. Anybody triggered by that? Anyone who feel triggered by that baby? So 50 years ago, Madison Avenue, the man of Madison Avenue,
created an advertising campaign for Virginia slim cigarettes and they portrayed women
smoking these Virginia Slims small, you know, these
very slim cigarettes. And the innovative thing at that point was about 50 years since
women had the right to vote. And at that point the innovation and the sort of the great power that women had at that point is
that they had their own cigarette and they were
able to wear pantsuits. We’ve come a long way, baby, haven’t we? So when you think about where we’re at now and where the opportunities are, things greatly accelerating,
when your phone doesn’t turn on immediately
when your computer doesn’t turn on immediately, when we’ve got to wait for a light, when we’ve got to wait for
something, we’re impatient. The time and our expectations have changed very, very quickly over time. And that’s where our opportunities
are at this point now, no longer can we wait
and challenge something for a hundred years, no
longer can we say that, you know, 50 years of
progress for women entails having their own cigarette and being able to wear pantsuits. Things have changed and we’re seeing them change real quickly. When I talk to our students
here at Berkeley College and Berkeley College has been in existence for almost 90 years itself. So we came into existence
after women had the right to vote, but we started serving women. And basically when
Berkeley College started, it was effectively a
finishing school for women. And you think about it now, what would be a $1 million idea? Creating a finishing
school for men, right? There’s men that need, the women are fine it’s the men that need
the finishing, right? (audience applauding) But Berkeley started with that and evolved over the years from an essence on a charm school of sorts
into a secretarial school. And then over the years became an associate degree granting institution, bachelor degree granting institution and graduate degree granting institutions. So we’ve have a long history
of changing over time and we’ve changed with the times. And our students are changing too. And we’ll be having, I expect, probably within the next half hour or so, some groups of our
students coming in today. And I think to our, all our panelists, thank you for your donation and your contribution of your time today and coming out and giving of yourself. When I talk for students as
to what their aspirations are and what they wanna be,
they wanna be entrepreneurs. They don’t necessarily
they look at their parents and they don’t necessarily wanna work for someone else anymore and they wanna come out, and they come out of school
and they wanna be the CEO of their own business on day one. And many of you who
have been down the path and journey know that yes, you can become the CEO and the owner of your business but there’s things along
the way and as Angela talk about broken rungs,
we’ve got to make sure that the rungs are solid
and that there are people there to help us succeed and to help everyone succeed along the way without regard to
whatever classifications. However somebody identifies themselves, however they dress,
whatever their nationality, whether their color,
whatever their dialect is, those things need to be blended. Not that they’re not important,
not that our identities are not important, but they should become less of a distinction and less and less of a distinction as we go forward as to being successful in
whatever we define ourselves as ourselves wanting to do. Now Berkeley is in the,
if you talk about Berkeley in education being a business the business of education is taking
curated information, delivering it in a way to individuals who have the sense to
comprehend it, coordinate it, bring it together in comprehensive ways and then actualize it
and make it something that they can do something
within their lives. That’s what Berkeley College does. We bring in students to Berkeley College who know that they need something. They know they wanna
have a job when they come out of college, but they need to form their minds at some point. And we’re having we know in this area, with all the distractions
they say as a college student now has intention
span of about seven seconds. Well, how do you read a chapter in a book with a seven second attention span? You’ve got phones pinging, you’ve got headphones on,
you’re reading your textbooks on a phone. There’s all kinds of
distractions they’re replaced. It’s becoming harder and
harder to educate students to be successful to learn
the skills that they need. Now I’ve been saying
it’s been, it’s probably at this time point in time now, it’s never been easier to get into college than it’s ever been before. Access to college is phenomenal. Someone, if you wanna go to college, you can get into college. But probably getting
out of college has been, it’s harder than it’s ever
been because of the challenges and the issues and the prejudice and the distractions and the life issues that our students have at Berkeley and in any other institutions. Berkeley has over probably
two thirds of our students are females at this point in time now. And if you think about how this matches up with the population,
most of the college goers in the United States now are females. And when we talk about
voting, greater than 50% of the voters at this point are females. So when are you gonna
make something happen? And it’s like, yeah, you have the numbers, you have the powers. And it’s just a question of helping each other up, getting
through some of those hurdles that are out along the way. And a panel like today is gonna be for those who are speaking and telling their stories,
you’ll be influencing another generation of
individuals to do the same kinds of things that you’re doing, learning and accelerating
their learning through, passing of the things of your
successes and your failures. Because we need to recognize the failures of all of us because I was telling someone earlier that these lives that we have now, these
social media lives, you were out there and
you look at, particularly on Instagram, everybody, anybody here not having Instagram, okay, you don’t, congratulations. But the reality of Instagram,
but the nature of social media at this point now is that if
you look at individual social media lives, whether it’s Instagram or anything else out they’re perfect. I mean, people, they’re
eating the perfect meal, wearing the perfect
clothes, looking wonderful. Their hair is there’s no beds
starting with the bad hair day on the internet. And everything’s great. And I have a daughter who’s a 30 years old and she’s a nurse and she’s successful in various, self-driven and does a great job
and love her to death. But when I wind up
going with her someplace my role is no longer
president of a college. I’m a personal photographer
for my daughter and just to say I’m a proud dad. My daughter’s a very,
very, very beautiful, very beautiful, young lady. But we, I have to take
like a hundred pictures of her and we get the one
most beautiful picture of her that goes up on the internet. And she didn’t invent the concept. And the point that I tried to get across to our students and to
everyone is that yes, it’s great to have a great hair day and it’s great to have
your picture up there that you can put in the
memento and you can look at it. But our life is not that
one perfect picture. Our life is in 99 pictures
it takes to get to that one. And there’s nothing wrong
with those 99 pictures because that’s what our life is. So you’re gonna talk
about your lives today. Our students are gonna hear
about your lives today. You’re gonna motivate them. And when they’re successful
and when we have future panels or they’re hosting future panels here, there may be individuals
that, that are up there and not really quite
sure how they got there, but it’s gonna be because
of your contributions to them today. So I thank you for that
and I really, really do appreciate to all of you. Congratulations. (audience applauding) One last one last point. And many of you know I’m a big time reader and there was one of
the very first business books back in the I guess early 80s was by Tom Peters and he talked, the book you may have heard of what’s called The Search of Excellence and it’s talked about what are the
characteristics of really, really excellent companies. And Tom Peters has continued
to write over the years, but Tom, over the last 10 years, has really taken a very significant tack and change in his writing. He talked about the characteristics that made organizations successful back in the early 80s. And a lot of those
companies have changed now. Tom Peters now talks about the importance of organizations being
successful in the future who really understand women
who have women engaged, involved in their organizations. That is where the tremendous power is. Because when we bring
in the women’s thought, the women’s approach to women’s feeling, the women’s perspective into
what we’re doing, organizations are gonna be successful
because the population, the customer base, however you cut it and look at it and slice
anyway, it’s women. So as more and more
organizations understand that and get along the way,
you’re gonna see success from those organizations. You’ll be teaching and
talking to the individuals today that, you know, ideally
we’ll be including yourselves we’ll be forming those organizations and talk about what’s going on. So it is a always a great pleasure to recognize the
contributions and the support that Gale Brewer our president
has done for Berkeley. So thank you Gale and thank
you for coming up today and looking forward to
here we’ve got to say. (audience applauding) But it is always a pleasure
for me to introduce our students and I have the great pleasure of introducing Rachana Boswick,
one of our Berkeley College students who is just
amazing in her own right, and this is the kind of person like remember this name because
she’s going to be somebody who’s going to say, Oh, I
remember seeing her when she was just in college
and look at her now. So congratulations and
welcome Rachana Boswick. (audience applauding) – Okay. Good morning Berkeley College. – [Audience] Good morning. – Staff, students and members
of the business community. Also a big warm welcome
and thank you to our guests and panelists for being with us today. Berkeley’s honor to have you,. Angela Harrington thank you
for choosing me to be up here in front of all these
people on this day full of empowerment, especially
women’s empowerment. Look around. Look how far we’ve come when
women have been deprived of basic human rights now for years, decades or centuries, but
for thousands of years. As women, we tend to forget we are creators, nurturers
and transformers. They can’t bury us, we are seeds. Women have multiple
roles at any given time. We can be mothers, leaders, entrepreneurs, students, voters, and so much more. The ability to be educated,
have a voice and influence and enjoy opportunities
and choices are critical to attainment of our goals. As women, we are advocates
of limitless possibilities. We should always be
creating and connecting, but strategy’s important
and execution is everything. I believe that passion fuels growth, confidence and brings forth commitment. Without those three things, I wouldn’t be who I am
today in this moment. Berkeley College has been
the foundation to my success. Berkeley was my second chance
and I’m taking full advantage. Last fall I started as a new
student and I had nothing. I was a dropout, I was a procrastinator my grades were below standards. I’ve been at my lowest
feeling like it was too late and feeling like I
didn’t have what it take. I am now standing here
today with all of you on the other side of that pain. My one year at Berkeley has been life changing and inspiring. The departments like career
services, advisement, student development, campus life and admissions have been
the biggest support system. Everyone is here when you need them. Since I’ve been here,
I’ve been maintaining a 3.7 GPA while I was actively
being involved on campus. (audience applauding) Serving as the founder and president of the women’s empowerment club, one of the most powerful and
successful clubs on campus. (audience applauding) We began back in January of this year and in under a year we had
managed to put together many workshops and programs. This March we hosted
our first annual Woman on a Mission Networking summit. From there, opportunities
have been pouring in. Not only have I been a
leader and inspiration to my peers, but they
have been my inspiration to keep me going and
constantly delivering. I want to close by saying,
I’m just getting started. There’s more work to be
done, more successful events to be planned and more women to empower. Remember this, everyone won’t shift with the movement, but
they will want to move when things start moving. I repeat, everyone will
shift with the movement, but they will want to move
when things start moving. Thank you for having me. (audience applauding) – I think everybody here
wants to move with Rashawna. This we’re on. We’re going to move with you
and you have what it takes. You have what it takes. It’s all in you. At this time, I’d like to introduce our Manhattan Borough
president, Gale Brewer. She’s the 27th Borough
president of Manhattan and she oversees more than
1.63 million residents in the borough of Manhattan and since she took office in 2014 she has successfully passed
legislation to reform the deed restriction
process, add care givers to the city’s anti-discrimination law and remove criminal history questions from initial employment
applications, the Fair Chance Act. I wanna say something about
our borough president. She is a tremendous supporter of women. She never misses a beat. She’s a tremendous
supporter of our students and we know education
leads to opportunity. She’s in the trenches in her
neighborhoods across Manhattan, across the entire city of New York, advocating for New York city and the borough of
Manhattan and her people. In 2018 the borough president served as chair of the Large Cities Council of the National League of Cities and has been named a member of their 2019 Human Development Federal
Advocacy Committee, which advocates for
policy positions on issues involving social services,
children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development,
equal opportunity, social security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parody
and immigration reform. Ms Brewer previously
served on the city council for 12 years serving as the founding chair of the technology committee and leading the government
operations committee. There the council passed her legislation guaranteeing paid sick
leave for most hourly workers requiring all
city data to be published online and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices. Prior to that she served as Chief of Staff for city council member Ruth Messenger, New York city’s deputy public advocate, director of the city’s federal office and executive director
of the mayor’s commission on the status of women. She has a Master’s of
Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy
school of government and did her undergraduate
work at Columbia University and Bennington College. But her best work comes from
the borough of Manhattan. Thank you. (audience applauding) – Shit, that’s not me. That’s somebody else. So good morning. It’s an honor to be here
at Berkeley College. We’ve had the opportunity to work with some of your interns
and I can’t tell you how great they are. So this is a big deal for me. I wanna thank all of you. I appreciate Michael Smith’s
sense of humor in politics. There’s no frigging sense of humor, so I’m so static to hear it everywhere. It does make such a difference. And Angela Harrington, thank
you for such a wonderful earlier speech and the introduction and the students, if
they’re representative of you Rachana it is
an example of the best. So congratulations, that
was a great, great speech. Really phenomenal. (audience applauding) I am in awe of people who
focus on entrepreneurship because in politics, in elected office I think it’s more focused
on how to move the dial and try to get government to do something that is really supportive of the people that are supposed to represent. But just recently, for instance I’m a big supporter of manufacturing in New York city even though
it’s a very hard topic. At one point the mayor said he wanted to move the Garment Center
to Sunset Park Brooklyn. I said, hell no. And so I’ve been working
nonstop to buy a building and get development and tax abatements for the owners in the
Garment Center who really do have manufacturers on their floors. And then as a result, I’ve been honored to go to some of the
creative opportunities that so many women in the
Garment Center and men show. And just recently I was at
a pop up on Canal Street that is put together by some of the folks who are supporting this effort in keeping manufacturing in the city of New York. And it’s just, it was like being in heaven with all of the kinds of technology and pop up in manufacturing and creativity that is in our city. And actually it was mostly women, whether it’s fashion,
whether it’s jewelry, whether it’s food,
entrepreneurship is exciting. Another example, entrepreneurship
was when whole foods came to Harlem and everybody was panicked because they’re so big, they’re expensive. And what will happen to
the small entrepreneurs, delis, grocery stores, etc. So this amazing group
called Harlem Park to Park, they took over just Jessica
Walker knows them well, I love Jessica Walker, you’re
gonna enjoy listening to her. But here’s an example of entrepreneurship. So this nonprofit said to
all the food entrepreneurs in Harlem, they were like
32 of them whom she met with at her office, listen,
we need to have whole foods that come into our neighborhood. How can this be a win win? And so she got Columbia
university at this point, business school to train 32 entrepreneurs in food, how to package,
how to be the kind of entrepreneur wholefoods
would work with. ‘Cause in the past, some of them applied, they’re unbelievably fabulous
product to be in whole foods and they said no. All 32 of them got into whole foods. All 32 of them got into whole foods. That’s entrepreneurship. That’s a win, win for the community. And it’s a win win for whole foods because they’re all doing well. Whether it’s the amazing
Jamaican juice or something, some hot sauce that by Hagen Sons does. These are examples of how
you in this big complicated city of almost nine million people, bigger than half the countries in
the world, bigger than all the two States were bigger than
Florida, the hell with them. But bigger than Pennsylvania
they were bigger than Illinois. Only California and New
York are bigger than we are. So we’re huge. So when you had that kind of opportunity as an entrepreneur, it’s phenomenal. And I bet that most of those
entrepreneurs were women. The ones I know are. So I’m just saying, to
be here today to talk about these issues is really exciting and there are so many possibilities. So that is how I’m always in awe of people who make those manufacturing choices and then go and make it real. But we also need women on the ballot. We need women in government. We have some victories. I don’t know how many people
saw the debate last night. Did anybody see the debate? It was very interesting. There were I believe three women. And certainly all of them
I thought were incredibly articulate and not saying they were more or less than the men, but they’re there. They were four women,
actually four women, sorry. And they all were as fabulous as a man. In some cases there’s one in particular who seems to be leading the pack ’cause they were all over her. And that’s a good sign because that means that she’s got the ideas
and she’s got the momentum. So in Congress there
102 house members now, 25 senators and that’s
23.7% of the 116th Congress, which is up from 20% of the 115 Congress. I think that had a lot to
do with the amazing effort, ’cause I know I’m not supposed
to be particularly political, but that guy in the white
house, I cannot stand. So I think a lot of people came out and said enough when they
voted for the last Congress, the 116th, we have a long way to go. 37% of the women in
Congress are women of color. And think we have done quite
well here in New York state. We all know that women make up 32.9% of our state legislature and that’s an improvement over the past. But more importantly is exciting
that Andrea Stewart Cousins is head of the New York State Senate. And not only is she the first woman and the first woman of
color to hold that position, she’s also one a hell
of a nice human being. And that actually matters to me ’cause there are some horrible people out there. And it’s really exciting to have Latisha we call her Tish James. She started with me in the city council to be the first African
American and the first woman to be the attorney general. That’s a big deal for New York,
it’s a big deal for New York and then the hundred largest
cities in the United States. That’s where you get into a challenge, whether it’s legislative
versus administrative. The public is more supportive. That’s why the presidential
is so interesting of supporting women for
legislative over administrative. So of the a hundred biggest
cities in the United States, only 10 of the mayors are women of color. There are seven black women, two Asian Pacific Islander
women and one Latino. So that’s a small number. There are also a lot
more women in general. It’s just not a big number
and that’s something that we need to work on. So I think we are breaking down barriers. I should also mention Nancy Polozi, that woman is 78 years
old with six inch heels and I don’t know how she does it. I’m very impressed with her. I am very impressed with her and she, I think she
actually has the hardest job in terms of she’s
got, you know, challenges in her caucus and then
she has the challenges of Republicans and then
challenges of ageism and challenges are having to look good every single day that’s hard. And do the policy. She has five children,
one of many grandchildren, many of them living in New
York city, I know them. So she is you know, sort
of ahead of her time in terms of making a
difference and setting a really high bar. So women are breaking down the barriers. And it’s very gratifying to see but we have a long way to go. I would say for me, you heard earlier when I was in the city
council, that’s a example. 12 years is important. The city council now only has eight years. While those of you sort
of following the nuances of government in New York
it’s not a lot of time. That was the deal that
was cut when we ended up getting the 12 years
after a vote to make sure that we had term limits. But when I was in the
council and continually the issue is how do you make a difference and at the same time try to figure out how you can negotiate. Those are hard issues. I recently spoke at a school the other day and one of the topics right now of course is Rikers Island. It is going to be closed. The city council vote is tomorrow and is, yeah, we’re glad
that it’s hard to know to make it right in the future. That was the discussion. So the issue is, it’s
controversial in the sense that there’ll be new buildings, there’ll be hopefully
fewer people incarcerated so the buildings will be smaller. But how do you make sure
that the mental health, the arts, the employment, all the issues that people face once they’re incarcerated and then they’re
detained, that making sure that they come out as a whole person with skills and
opportunity for the future. Because we’re not doing
that now on Riker’s Island. I don’t even know if we’re doing it anywhere in this country. So all of these issues in the borough president’s office, we focus
obviously on the zoning and real estate and
getting affordable housing, number one ’cause we’re a
part of the uniform land use review procedure, which is how zoning gets determined in the city of New York. It has to do with the
mayor, the city council, the boat presidents and
the community boards. And I mentioned that
because the New York city, as you become interested in topics, a number one challenge in
this city is real estate. How do we take our small amount of land and use it in my opinion,
for people who live here? And that’s the hardest
topic you can ever discuss. That’s number one. And certainly Rikers Island, believe it or not is part of that
because as you move people to a building in the
four boroughs that Niland supposedly doesn’t have
anybody going to jail. I don’t know, but they don’t have a deal that’s going to be on Staten Island. That’s another topic. But one of the topics that is interesting, there are women and the morals
M singer in right on Rikers. Right I’ve been there many times. So the women, according to this plan, just to give you a controversy, ’cause that is what I do
all day long to figure out how to deal with controversy
as an opera entrepreneur and as women in the city, everything in my opinion is controversial. So the women are now
slated to be in Queens moving from the Rose M singer on Rikers. They don’t wanna go to Queens. They wanna be in Manhattan
because they have family here, transportation is easier and
so I’m trying to do that. There’s a facility in Harlem
that is now a detention center. The governor could give
it to the women, etc. But you know how you get the governor and the mayor to work together. That’s another challenge. They don’t even March together in parade. So how do you get them to talk? That sounds silly, but
it’s absolutely true. As women, we wouldn’t
be in that situation. I would talk to any of you
and you would talk to me and we wouldn’t have this, this thing, but then I feel bad, that I’m not able to
get them what they want. And it’s challenging ’cause
sometimes understandably in a low income community
of color in Harlem, they may not wanna
continue to have that jail. They may wanna have something
else like affordable housing. The governor might wanna
make money with condos. These are some of the issues
that every single day. But I feel terrible that I’m
not able to help in a real way. The women who are detained
to go where they want to go because they do get hurt constantly and they’re often the breadwinner and the supporter in their families, they need transportation. That’s number one issue. The other issue to mention
is just in terms of women where all those homeless women going. So we actually, the communities, if you’re gonna have a shelter, this is another real estate challenge in the city of New York. Then lots of communities want women. So in some cases of a community
has a shelter commune. They say, we’ll take
women, we won’t take men. But then on a hundred and seventh street where we have a shelter that has women and is beloved by the community because the other shelters are closing their doors to men, they’re
gonna get moved out. So you have to fight that
and do you win, do you lose? Who knows, but the
women in the lowest rank to be honest with you
often get hurt badly. And that’s why it’s so exciting to see this day and this
support because yes, we want to be entrepreneurs. Yes, we want to be in
government and elected office, but we cannot forget those
that are struggling the most. I also just wanna mention
in the city council, this is a funny story, but I do come from a belief that government information should be transparent. And so I was chair of
the technology committee, but I was chair the technology committee ’cause I didn’t support the right person running for the speaker. And when you don’t
support the right person, I don’t care if it’s
Congress, I don’t care if it’s Iran, Afghanistan, France, you get the wrong committee. So they said, Oh we’ll
give Gale the technology ’cause nobody wants that committee. Well, I took lemons and made lemonade. We passed the Open Data
Bill and we passed lots of different bills that
make government transparent. But why? The reason I mentioned that
is when I was first chair, the only group in the audience were men because technology in 2002 was Ooh, who’s interested in that? What’s technology got to do with my life? So the reason I also
mentioned it is try to find a topic that may be not as
popular as others might think. And think of something that you can do that nobody else is interested in. And then you set yourself apart as women. And certainly with technology,
we were able to do that. Passing the most
comprehensive Open Data Bill. Every single city agency, 80 of them has to put their data on the portal. And as we sit here today, we’re using it to make sure the community boards know what is in their neighborhood. But people who are entrepreneurs
are using this data 311 data and other data to build jobs. And it is very entrepreneurish
for civic hackathons or just other kinds of
opportunities when it passed. And I think it is the
most far reaching data bill in the country. It’s all about data. As we sit here today,
there’s a lot of challenge about closing small mom and pops. I hate one with all due
respect, I hate Duane Reed and all those other national chains, but I love the mom and pops. A lot of the stores are
vacant, online rent, etc. So we passed the ball
recently that says every owner of every building that has a store front has to give the information if it’s vacant to the department of
finance, data, data, data. So whatever entrepreneur,
every opportunity you have, make sure that
your work on the data aspect of it at the same time. I heard something about next
year being a hundred years and I cringe and I’ll tell you why ’cause this is also a funny story. So about five years ago in terms of women and voting, my friend is a historian and she says, Oh, we need
to have a woman statue in central park who let, it
would take us three years that convinced the parks department and central park Conservancy
a to have another statute and B to have it a woman. So we walked that frigging park. I never wanted to walk that park again to look
for a place for the statue. And we ended up finally we’ve got Elizabeth Katie Stanton. We’ve got Susan B. Anthony
and Sojourner Truth a little girl who had is
turned too far this way. The tendons up the tenders down. I don’t remember anymore. So after five years we
learned as we were doing this project that will are
only five women of women. Alison Wonderland is not a real woman. Five women’s statues in the
whole city representing women. Everything else is men. I think it was 166 men. So this will be the beginning. And then I know Shirley Tism
will be in prospect park and there’ll be others, but
it’ll be done by August 26 in central park 2020 to get
the hundredth anniversary off to a really good start. But these are five years is what it took. And it is an example of
you have to have a lot of patients where there’ve
been an entrepreneur or you are in government. So I am really excited by what I see. I think in terms of government
with more women in office, we’ll see some real
leadership across our country. I hope some of you are involved in policy and figuring out how policies can change. One way to do that is
through the community boards. There are 59 in New York
city 10, 12 in Manhattan. We work really hard to train people. We have a long example of making sure that the expertise of zoning particularly stays on the community
boards, but also changing those and might want to bring fresh ideas to the community. And I think it’s a challenging time. People say, where did
you get your tan, Gale? Have you ever been to Florida? I said, hell no. I’ve been standing in
Foley square protesting for the last four or five years ’cause of what’s going on in Washington. But the good news is between
the women, the Melissa, Latinos, immigrants, LGBT
community, and many others there’s a lot of coming together in 2019 to try to figure out what the best policy and the best government is. And that’s exciting. I learned, I teach at Hunter college also and I learned from students how exciting it is about the
possibility for the future, even though whole day I think it’s great to have they as an
individual or if that’s what you so select the young people like so over it, it’s not a big issue. Webster has figured it
out for the dictionary. That’s a good thing. All of this is exciting
to me because I think that people are making sure
that everybody is included. That’s what’s important. Every single idea, every single person, every single entity has to
be part of the discussion. There is no way that
sunshine isn’t brought. If you have everybody in the room, progress isn’t a sprint, it’s a relay, so I hope that you grab the Baton, look around to see who
you can pass it to next. That’s also really important. If you’re in a leadership position, you have to pass it to somebody. We have 120 some interns during the year and the summer and we hope that
we can pass it to them next. I finally did want to say the census is coming up April 1st,
2020 we have a challenge in terms of a question that’s
not on the questionnaire, but people think it is,
so we need to make sure that every single person
fills it out either online by phone, by paper or somebody
knocking on your door. Make sure you fill it out
because millions of dollars, if not billions if we lose
one member of Congress, worst could be two the billion dollars a year in terms of what comes
to the city of New York. Title one Medicaid, the list is endless. All done based on the census. And then charter 2019,
there’s going to be a vote on some charter items. Well, how you can vote in the future. What the CCRB, the Civilian Complaint Review Board looks like. And funding for the city of New York is all on the ballot come
November 5th, this year, 2019. So make sure you look at the material. I hope you vote yes, but feel to look at it and decide for yourself. It’s a really important year. And to be in college and at Berkeley and to have all of this support could not be more important. They always say, Oh, the young people are our future and I never
believed them, I believed them. You are so important to our future, the women and the women of this city. Because you understand how cities and culturally diverse communities work. You are the most important. The entire world is on your shoulders because it is so messed up. You, I’m so excited to be here tonight. Thank you very much. (audience applauding) – She is a warrior. She is a warrior. All in a day’s work. All in a day’s work. Thank you Gale, for, for being here and being so generous with your time. I want you to know that our
professor Darshawn de Sigh in the Lowry Louis school of business brought open data week activities here to Berkeley College and our students had projects centered around data. One of our students invented an app, a voting app where New
Yorkers can identify where they go to vote. So thank you for your service and for all you do for women
and for all of New Yorkers. At this time before we
move on to our next panel, we’ll introduce Jessica
Walker, our moderator. We want to take art annual picture. So please everyone get up. Please step up to the front of the room. We’re taking our annual group picture. Yeah. So we can have your voices
heard and your images seen. – Okay. Everybody gather around. – I am talking to a microphone. – Everybody gather
around so I can actually see everybody keep going. Okay. Okay. Okay, right here, hold on. I’m gonna take a few photos here. So hold on. Okay, right here. And can you guys squeeze
in a little bit more? – [Man] Nice and tight everybody. – [Woman] Nice and tight yup yup yup. You can fill in the center to keep going. – [Man] Come on, everyone in
the back come on in front. – [Woman] Do you have, okay. Here we go. Can you move it a little closer, sir? There you go.
– Good smiles. – Here we go. We good? Everybody good? Got it? Okay cool. All right, thank you. I’m not in your way
trying to be (mumbles). – Okay, if we could have our panelists for our panel one please step up here to your seats and our
moderator, Jessica Walker. Okay, we’ll get paneled one here. – Hi.
– Hi. Good morning.
– Morning. I was sitting next to me, good. – Somebody missing? – Yes. – So is everybody ready for
some great conversation? Yes. Okay, I’d like to introduce, I have to say Jessica Walker is a remarkable woman Because of Jessica Walker businesses are thriving
in the city of New York. She is out there advocating
for New York city’s businesses every day of the week. And what’s good for New
York city’s businesses is good for us, isn’t it? Especially women
entrepreneurs and our students here at Berkeley College who’d like to start a business, a business. And Jessica is a great
friend to Berkeley College. I want to thank you, Jessica,
for your constant commitment to Berkeley College for
you do for our students, for all you do for the city of New York and for moderating this panel today. You are a superhero. Come on up. (audience applauding) – Well, good morning. That’s hard to top. Listen, I want to give a shout
out though to Gale Brewer. I think she’s here
still, but she definitely has super powers. I think everyone acknowledges
that she’s definitely the hardest working and
elected official in town. So much so that even her colleagues, other elected officials
say, how does she do it? So just kudos to her. She really is amazing. So let’s get started. ‘Cause I listen, I love
what I do because I get to help entrepreneurs
thrive here in the city. That’s what it’s all about. And the Manhattan chamber
of commerce is all about trying to help businesses succeed. As Angela said, we do that through a lot of times through connections. We try to like put people
in the right rooms together. We try to do a lot of
advocacy to make sure that this is a good environment
for them to operate, we give them the information and the education they need to really run their business very successfully. But what I love about
what I do is that we get to really help entrepreneurs. And I think you’re gonna
hear a little bit today from our great panelists that
it does take a lot of guts. So I love that I’m sort of
unleashing your super powers. That’s what it’s all about. So let’s sort of jump in. I’m gonna let all of the panelists introduce themselves quickly
and then also just sort of talk a little bit about
how you got into this. We have some entrepreneurs
and then we have some who are also trying to help entrepreneurs. So if you could just sort of
give us that little background, we can just sort of go down, go down the rows that, all right? – Perfect.
– Please. – Good morning everyone. My name is, – Good morning.
– Good morning, good morning. My name is Maris Berg. I’m with the business
outreach center located in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. I run the women’s business
center and it’s the only women’s business center in the Bronx, New York. I’m very grateful to
be here and thank you. (audience applauding) – Good morning. My name is Jodie Grenier. I’m the CEO of Foundation
for Women Warriors. We’re a nonprofit organization
that helps women veterans thrive in their after military careers. We provide childcare assistance,
emergency assistance, and then also we help them with resources to empower their next step. (audience applauding) – Hi, I’m Michelle Maddick. I started a business 15 years
ago called shefinds.com. It’s a fashion and beauty website. We are a New York based on 27th and sixth, and I’m happy to tell you entrepreneur or real life entrepreneurs stories. (audience applauding) – Good morning. I’m Roxanne Nielsen. I’m from the Minority Business
Development Agency Center. We’re located at 48 wall street. We also, many people
have heard of the SBA, but we’re the SBA for the
minority business community and I also am a serial
entrepreneur business owner for over 30 years. (audience applauding) – Good morning. Good morning, my name
is Kamisha Superville. I am the founder of EBK Events. We are a mission focus and celebrity event planning firm in Brooklyn, New York. (audience applauding) – Good morning, I’m Milana Zeljko. I’m the Dean of the Larry
L. Luing School of Business at Berkeley College. I’m also on a board of HIA long Island, which is a hop POG industrial association, second largest industrial
park in the country, a very and I’m on their small business task force committee, which we started a couple of years ago because of the need for small businesses to
get much more information on how to be able to work with each other. And we feel that education and business have to go hand in hand. It’s extremely important. So that’s my mission to match
up education and business. (audience applauding) – So actually, Michelle,
let’s start with you. As an entrepreneur, I think you started your company in 2004?
– Right. – So can you talk a little bit about that? What moved you to do that and how things have changed in that? – I am very old.
(laughing) So in 1995, I graduated,
I got a master’s degree from Northwestern and I
came to New York to work for CBS Television and they
said in the marketing department and they said, do you do internet? And I said, I have an AOL account. And they said, you are
in charge of cbs.com. And that’s how I got into it. It was me. No one wanted to do
with this internet thing was supposed to be passing. It wasn’t gonna allow
her to all get it back to just watching television, so nobody wanted to do it. So it was like the black sheep assignment of the organization. But it, became of course
they kind of took off. So I kind of ran the entertainment side, went from me an assistant to 70 people within two years. And so that was an amazing experience. After that, I went, I got a call from AOL, which at the time AOL was the internet. And so I went to, I mean, people forget it was the internet. And I went to run women’s content for AOL. And at that time you
know, that was internet and 52% of the audience was women. I knew everything about women. I know the number one
women’s search was hair and number two was hair removal. So I got a really good education and what women were curious about. And then so I was there, but I had 12 bosses in five years. It was really crazy. A lot of them were men. It felt like a Taliban of white
guy MBAs running the place. And I had one of my final bosses, like every boss that came in like would have done it was like, Hey, you know, it was like a hunger games. Like it was like, who was
gonna get fired first? And they would get fired
before I would get fired and not, sorry, I lasted five years. And so one of my final bosses to go comes to me in my review and
I can’t, I was killing it like all my numbers I
was, they were asking me to tell people how I was doing it. And he goes you’re arrogant
and people don’t like you. You know, you’re too abrasive. And to me that was like,
you would never say that to a dude, you know? So I was like, I don’t
think I can do this anymore. And the same thing as
CBS, I’d had like lots of, I just couldn’t handle the politics. Like the once you were getting good then people wanted to push you down. So I took myself and I
bought the URL shefinds.com I believed that content and
commerce was gonna happen ’cause there was things
like Lucky Magazine, but they had no website. So there, I believed if you searched black pants you would get 10
million results on Google, but you wouldn’t, how
would you sort that out? So I really want to do that. So I went to Conde Nast and I said, I had this idea, let’s do a website for content and commerce. And they were like, we think
you’re a marketing person trying to be an editorial person, doesn’t cut it at Conde Nast. And the same thing I went to Hearst for the same thing and they
said they were starting a new magazine and that
was about shopping, and the editor of that says to me, Oh, I hate online shopping. I hate eBay. And I was like, eBay is the number one apparel retailer online
in the world right now. Like, this is the future lady. So I went home with $500. I went on Craigslist, I found
some crazy guy in the Ukraine. He built my website. He built my website for like nothing. I bought the name, SHEfinds
off of a porn site. It’s the way it was being used as support. It was, SHEfinds it with a search engine and I just kind of went from there. And that’s, now we are 15 years later my husband works for me. So this is like, I think
that it’s a lot of grit and I won’t say I haven’t
had business near death experiences many times, but
you know, it’s something that really I think helps women who don’t, you always have to deal with BS, but like who, you know, aren’t feeling the politics of an organization. – That’s great.
– So, I’m Damaris and Roxanne, can you talk a little bit
about sort of the broader landscape of what you’re seeing
through your organizations and what’s happening out there
with women entrepreneurs? – You know, and Damaris
is my partner in crime. I’m in Manhattan, she’s in the Bronx and we both work with the
minority business community. And what we are finding
is that and the statistics does bear this out that minority women really are the engine of business growth. Women hold up the sky in general. We know this, we know that they contribute to the economy in a major way,
both in the formal economy and in the economy of the home. But women, minority women in business are really driving the
numbers and we love data. And so I’m glad to see
that our panel is shared by a number cruncher in our
military co-panelists here because when you look at the
numbers, it’s very clear. Minority women are starting businesses in greater number than any other group. However, the revenue share
is amongst the lowest. So what Damaris and our
goal is to really grow the minority business community and help increase that growth. – Thank you, Roxanne. So I worked out of hunts
point, the Bronx, New York. And so the Bronx has a connotation of not necessarily fostering intellect, not necessarily fostering
business development and that’s absolutely incorrect. What I would say is that 75% of the women that we serve or pre-start
up, so we help them with access to capital,
business development, technical assistance understanding money, understanding cashflow analysis. And I think that the
ability to have mentors, the ability to have
networking, the ability to have to understand
that your network equals your net worth and that
you’re the social capital and the people that you
hang out with, the people that you are, your
cronies, your classmates here in college, really
make up who you can be today and really make up who
you can be in the future. So what I would say is programming such as, when we have female entrepreneurs come for one on one counseling where do they leave their kids? So there is programming available where they can come to our workshops and we’ll have an organization that’ll support us with
watching their kids. So really creating equity and excellence and I think, I believe
it’s was Shanna, right? She said it best where
when women entrepreneurs, they have the idea, but
when it comes to strategy and execution they get
to have more training and our services are free. – That’s great.
– So that’s my final answer. (audience applauding)
– That’s great. Jodi, US Marine. Yeah, pretty amazing. Can you talk a little bit
about women entrepreneurs who are veterans. It’s sort of a growing area as well. There’s a lot happening. – It is, and I think
it stems from probably the way the military is
set up where you learn a lot of about small unit leadership. You are given a lot of responsibility at a very young age. And then sometimes you find yourself in predicaments where you
have toxic leadership, so you get out of the
military and you determine, do I wanna go work for corporate America? And most veterans get out a little bit, more mature than the
average college student age. And then they’re forced into
these entry level positions. So we’re seeing more
and more women starting their own business because of the skills that they’ve gained in the military. But then there’s also the flexibility of some of them have families. So being able to work from
home, start your own business network after hours when your spouse or significant other comes home. And really start to
use the characteristics and some of the skills that
they built in the military. I myself you know, I worked
for the state department and DOD for a number of years when I got out of the military. And when I went into
nonprofit, if you know anything about nonprofit, we’re a lot like owning your own small business
except it’s running two businesses at the same time, the programs we deliver to our clients and then trying to build capital nonstop. So I really became a huge,
I invested in my education on marketing because you have to message for two different audiences every day. So but yeah women veterans
are, there’s so many resources out there for
women veterans entrepreneurs or veteran entrepreneurs. – That’s great, thank you. Alana, so.
– Oh yeah. – So obviously this is an
example of how colleges and universities can be
helpful to entrepreneurs this event today, but can you sort of talk about some of the other
things that that are helpful? – There are quite a few different avenues on how to be helpful to entrepreneurs? First of all, we, we do send out interns to small companies, which
helps us small companies if they can afford the extra assistance. We do have entrepreneurship programs. We actually have entrepreneurship classes. We encourage our students
to be able to, we give, we take them to companies, we take them to we take
them on field trips, we show them what’s going on. We believe, and lately
what we’ve been doing that I think is really exciting
is something called ASL. It’s academic service learning. So many companies that
are nonprofit really need the help but can’t afford it
because they are nonprofit and they need to use
resources for other means. And we have class projects
now for our students who are taking the ASL classes to be able to do projects for them. So working with Catholic charities now with a few others to help them figure out, okay, we have with Catholic charities, the example is how do
we improve the quality of life for the seniors who are utilizing our organization. And they have many, many departments. So the students have a
project and have to go and interview people
and see what they can do and it has to be very
carefully planned and other. So that’s something that
helps small businesses. There are some women starting
non-for-profits for example the poms, the young women
who just don’t have anything to wear to the prom and there
is an organization for that. So our next project we hope to help them have a class work on the projects of helping those students. And we constantly look for
different ways to do that. We also in colleges in general, there’s a lot of training
for entrepreneurs that are out there that is
not necessarily for credit. And we’re working now on those
types of certificate programs and that’s being developed right now. I think that also most
important is to constantly brush up on what is the newest
need out there in industry. That’s why I’ve chosen to always belong to business organizations. We need to know what the
needs are so our students are well prepared to go
into those businesses and be selected to help them. And also if the needs are for right now, entrepreneurship is huge. So we’re looking at
having, one of the things we are planning in our
department is to start a lab for entrepreneurs and
we’re working on it right now, so it’s not finished. So we talked about data analytics and Gale mentioned how
important it is for young women especially to learn about
that type of program. It’s being led as somebody
said before by Darshawn Darshi who’s a woman and she’s
actually developing a whole program for it. So we’re out there trying
to always anticipate what the need will be.
– That’s great Karmisha?
– That’s me. – Yeah, you are an entrepreneur. Can you talk about what prompted you to start your business? – Yes. So what prompted me to stop my business? So as I mentioned earlier that my company’s called EBK Events that’s enchanted by
Karmisha five years ago. And so literally what prompted me was community advocacy work. So I’m definitely a grassroots and I just started working
with different clergies within my community of Brooklyn. I recall one day seeing the gun violence that was taking place in our communities, and I knew that I had something. Didn’t know what it was. Didn’t know really my talents and skills. What I did know is that I
was good at connecting folks. I was good at explaining
myself and manifestation. So I spoke to my pastor at the time and I said, I think we need
to do more for the community. I think we to do an initiative
called bridging the gap. And he said Sue Sue Superville. That’s what he calls me. But that’s also my last name. That’s why I love superpowers. (laughing) But he said to me, what
do you have in mind? And I propose to him we
should do a community initiative whereby we are bridging the gap between the community and the church. And so in 2015, we
launched a huge initiative over 600 plus participants. We had state, local politicians
just coming together and having these type of conversation. How do we effect change in our community? Again, I didn’t know how I did it, but I spearheaded this huge initiative. And so slowly I became really excited about event planning and connecting folks and logistics and so forth. And five years later, here
I am owning my own business as a minority woman in business
and doing amazing things. I’ve been blessed to work
with the community partners. I’ve been blessed to work
with celebrities as well. And so I walk two worlds, but I’m still very community driven and very focused on how
do I empower my community with my talents and skillsets. So
– That’s great. – Yeah.
– That’s amazing. (audience applauding) So we’re going to open it up for questions in a second, but before we do that, in preparation for today, Berkeley asked each of us to think about a quote that we would offer it to others. So I just wanted to, you
know, just sort of open it up for those who wanna share what your quote was and why you chose it and why it’s so important to you. I was thinking today about
how the Dean was saying, people were saying they want to just go straight into entrepreneurship. And one quote that I always relied on was make your mistakes
on someone else’s dime. So like I feel like it might be good to go and get a job somewhere first ’cause you can learn a lot. Like when I worked at CBS, I basically like learned how to talk to developers and learned how to make audiences. When I went to AOL, like I got to take, they offer a whole bunch of
management training for free. So you know, it’s a good way to learn cause no matter what you’re going at once, once it’s your own business, you’re going to have to like
figure out how to manage. You got to figure out how to deal with office politics even though you hoped that you would not have
those, it just happens. And and even when I started the business, I, when I left AOL, I
knew I wanted to build an email business with a big email list. So I T consulting jobs
for Pfizer to helping them build an email marketing list. So I just think sometimes
you might save yourself some tea, give yourself a second education in the real world. And also my network is amazing. Like she would talking about network like I mean from people who wished they were at AOL and it’s CBS, I can reach anybody who ever
worked in the media industry. So I’ll give you an example. The other day I wanted to get in touch with someone at Amazon and I don’t really know
anyone I thought at Amazon, but especially I wanted this one person who was running this one secret program for publishers and I just emailed, anybody who I had, I don’t
even remember who they were, but I immediately got
all these responses back. So it’s really important to get yourself out there and not be, I think alone, there’s always the story
of the entrepreneur and the lonely room who makes it, but I really think you need to get a network and
some make your mistakes on other people’s dime first. – That’s great.
– It’s great. – I started you know, with
my undergraduate career at Swarthmore and very small
school in Pennsylvania, and when I was finishing, I had a professor Dr Asmara Megasay, and I was really excited and I said I really
wanna go out in the world and I wanna help women. He was from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and I said, I really
am interested in going and helping people. And he looked at me even though
I was an A student for him. And he said, well, but what can you do? Can you build an irrigation system? And I thought, an irrigation system, no, I can’t build an irrigation system. So I thought about that and
it sticks with me even today. I later was the first
African American woman to go over as an a journeyman carpenter and welder in the state of Hawaii. And so now I would say to
Dr Magasay, yes, I can build an irrigation system today. (audience applauding) But the quote that I had, I’m selected was when I was a little
girl, someone giving me a book on Shirley Chisholm. So I was happy to hear
that they’re building a, a statue in her honor,
Brooklyn in prospect park. So the quote that I have from her relates to the fact that, if you do not see a place for yourself, you
make a place for yourself. And so her quote was, if
you come to the table, if there’s no seat for you,
you bring a folding chair. There’s no chair for you at that table bring a folding chair. So I would say, make your own chair. – That’s great. – So when I got the email,
I don’t think I actually responded to it because I
texted a couple of my peers and colleagues and I said, you know what, what are some great quotes of mine or things that I’ve said that really resonated with you? And one of them said grab two drinks because we don’t wanna
stand in this line again. (laughs) And then another one was
always bring your flats. So but I’m sure I have more
than some logical advice. I think one of the things
that’s really resonated for me over the years is being met with a challenge or some sort of task and feeling this like imposter syndrome of I don’t, I’m not sure if I can do that. And I’ve always just uttered to myself, do the work, the
decisions make themselves. So if you put one foot in
front of the other don’t fret so much about the outcome, they do make themselves, but if you don’t do the
work, you’ll never know. And back in July, I
recently was asked two weeks after I said, Oh my gosh, there’s so much going on in politics. I just need to check out. I don’t have the capacity. And then I got an invite to
speak in front of Congress. And he said, of course,
well, you heard me. And that was very gut
wrenching and nervous. And I had never done it before, but at the same time,
there’s a lot of people that have never done it. And they only get to do it once. And so just do the work no matter how hard or difficult you may be. And then also when people offer
you help take it, take it. We have, especially as women, we put our head down and we grind and we hustle and we think we need to do it all on our own. And there’s so many people
willing to help you, so take it. (audience applauding) – So for my quote, very young in my career,
I used to take myself very seriously and I would often compare myself to people, which
was not good, right? And so I like to laugh a lot to kind of not take myself so serious. So I dunno if you all have
watched the movie Finding Nemo. Dory in the movie says,
just keep swimming. And so I, that’s my mantra. I often say that to
myself, just keep swimming. And the reason why is you’ll
always get a lot of naysayers, whether it be friends, family, people who don’t believe in your idea or don’t believe in you. So the advice I can give is
develop short term memory and forget what they’re
saying and just keep swimming. – That’s great.
(audience applauding) Do you want to?
– (mumbles) last so I can – Okay.
(laughs) – Oh I have one. Hi. I was thinking about a quote also and actually the other day
I was talking to Angela and she liked the quote
I made without knowing I’m quoting something
but so she wrote it down but I didn’t. I really do strongly
believe if people ask me my advice, the two things
that really are important, one of them is the
networking group you have, don’t ever burn bridges. It’s just something that is so important. I can go back 30 years in my employment and still call on people who
will be there for me instantly. And I’ve kept in touch
with all of our clients ’cause I did work with industry quite a bit through education. I, that’s so important
to not burn bridges, to maintain relationships,
not just on social media. You’ve got to talk to
people once in a while. And the other one is I still often hear people say, what can’t be done
because it was done before and it didn’t work and
that just holds you back. I strongly believe that if
you’re going to move forward, you’ve got to move forward. And if it was done before and didn’t work, maybe there’s a new twist on
it may be times have changed, but don’t just always go
back into the negative. It’s very important to stay positive. That’s it. (audience applauding) – So mine is a excerpt from I know many of you know, Sojourner Truth, the convention when she spoke to women. And I found that this is
so essential to share here for me because it has always motivated me and it has always inspired me. So I’m just going to read a few excerpts. Well well children where
there is so much rugged, there must be something out of kilter. And I a woman look at me, look at my arm, I have plowed and planted
and gathered into bonds and no man could head me
and I a woman I could work as much and eat as much as a man when I could get it and
bear the lash as well. And ain’t I a woman? I have born 13 children and see most of sold off to some slavery. If the first woman of God
ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these woman, all of us here are to turn it upside up, right again. The men, but to let them. (audience applauding) Let me share why I wanted
to share the excerpts. And again, we all know that. Sojourner Truth is such
a trailblazer, right? And we have so many women
today in our society that are trailblazing in
so many different spaces and I think my encouragement and my words of admiration will always be to continue to push those obstacles and push forward. For me personally in the
world of event planning, it has been so tiresome
and there many times ’cause we are gonna be real today. Many times I do wanna give up. Many times it’s like, you know
that you can’t burn bridges, but you’re really wanna tell
them how you feel, right? But, ain’t I a woman? Because we do have the
strength and there’s something so unique about us, like the young ladies so eloquently said
earlier, we are mothers. We appear as we are sisters. We are so much and because
we encompass all of that, it continues to motivate
me to always push forward. Because know when I look back, I have somebody looking at me. So that’s great. (audience applauding) – So we have six women, amazing women who have clear superpowers. So ask them some questions, get some get some insight please. – Hi ladies, my name is Chavonne. I’m just the founder
of Grills and Granola. We’re a fitness company that curates and creates wellness experiences for underrepresented women of color. Starting with our signature
trap aerobics class. But that’s not important right now. Question. I wanna know, okay,
entrepreneurship as a woman, woman of color, it is
hard and there are days when I’m just like in the trenches and I’m like, what am
I doing with my life? My question is, what is the story that you’re telling yourself
when you feel absolutely defeated and you just feel
like you wanna give up? What is that story? – Huh?
– Who wants to go first? (laughing)
– You’re not alone. I guess there is, there
is a misery and company. But you know, as an entrepreneur,
a serial entrepreneur, I’ve had a spectacular failures. And I think that and, and
it is a maybe a tropism to say that you learn
more from your failures. Now working with the
minority business development agency center I can see like the future a little bit when I talk
and sit down with a young or new business owners to see that pap and I’m like, Oh, it’s coming it’s coming. But these challenges that you
face are merely challenges the cool thing about
being a business owner is that you’re constantly
reinventing yourself. You’ve already invented your business. So it’s not difficult for
you to imagine positioning, inventing, but get help. We are here there’s a lot
of business intelligence available to you. And we noticed that the
most successful businesses, because I deal with the
businesses in the minority NBTA that are doing between one
and $2 million annual revenue. And Damaris is dealing with the businesses that are on the micro
site and just starting. So there’s a lot of business intelligence and you must avail yourself
because you are not alone. This, you’ve not walked
this path the first time. It’s, there’s other people. – So if we’ve, with my business 15 years, I’ve had many times when I thought, okay, this must be the end. (laughing) Like the internet industry
would all of a sudden change. Like what it was getting,
you know, we’d like, we would lose like a $500,000 deal because they, you know, they just decided to change the strategy
and the advertise letting. It was like, so there’s
been many times, but why? Here’s another saying
for you’re never lost until you’re out of gas. So I always go, okay, we
have this much gas left. Where can we find some cash? So what can we do? So when I started this business, I actually to raise my
own, to raise some money. I did tours of New York
for shopping tours. I hated it. I didn’t, but I made but it made me money. Like I would make $10,000 a tour, like, but I’ve realized I’m
not very good with people. (laughing) But I would like bring
12 women from Toronto and show them around. So I just think it’s like, it makes you, it forces you to be creative when things are challenging and makes you think, okay, where else can we, what can we do next? And when my, with my team as well, like we focused on traffic, okay. So all of a sudden we
used to be number one in Google for a whole bunch of terms and then they changed their algorithm. And so then we’re like, okay, now what? How are we gonna do this? Okay, we’re gonna focus on social, or we’re gonna focus on this. Or you know, there’s always, you never lost, you’re out of gas. – That’s great. – So to frame things, our organization is half a million dollar annual budget. So I am in a nonprofit space with 46,000 other veteran organizations
and we are tiny in comparison and men are the
face of the veteran calls. So every day women, veterans are fighting to be seen, heard, and funded
and so is my organization. But if I focus on that the problems, the bigger problems they will eat me up. And so I have a personal board of advisors and I probably don’t call
them as much as I should. I have the one girlfriend that I’m like, ah, mental breakdown. She’s like, yeah, me too. So she’s probably not so good to call, but then I have, I have the
people that really uplift me and they’ve gotta be on speed dial. And really remind me of what my purpose is when you’re in that dark place because it’s very easy
to to let that negative self talk defeat you. But the challenges are areas for growth and then you can you can, you can rest on those the next place in time you get somewhere challenging and you’ve like built
this path in your brain that’s like, Oh, okay,
this isn’t that bad. I’ve been here before and whatnot. So good luck.
– Thank you. – I know it’s hard out there, but – Can you repeat the question? – Sure, what’s the story
that you tell yourself when you’re feeling defeated
and down in the trenches? Thank you for reading the question. The story I tell myself
when I’m feeling down you know, I cannot give
from an empty cup, right? And in the role that we have, we serve, we serve to make money or we serve to support in business, right? And so for me, when I feel myself getting
jittery or getting worried or I experience myself
in not a good place, that’s an alarm for me. And I literally call my boss and say, I’ll see you on Monday. And it’s like Tuesday. So I think really being
connected with yourself and really understanding
yourself will allow you to water the grass, make it green so that when you’re ready to be
ready, you’re up in front and you’re ready. So that’s what I would say. – Yeah.
– I just wanna add. I’ll add a little story to that. A friend of mine many, many years ago, a few of us became friends because we met in industry,
small businesses, not small businesses but we became
friends and we were always there as somebody just
said to help each other when you’re down. Well, one day we were
having our monthly dinner and one of them called us up and said, I know I’m still having
the dinner at my house, but I got fired today. And she was a professional. And we just said, okay,
let’s go buy her gift and let’s go over and just cheer her up. And you know what? Not because of us, but within a week, she just felt she’s gonna
pick herself up within a week she got this great job. She’s been there since she’s so happy and she’s a major success
who’s helped other people? So I do believe in paying it forward and I do believe in having
people that you can talk to. But that’s why, again, it’s not
just social media out there. You have to have people you can count on and keep doing that. There’s, it’s not a one or the other. So for me being a millennial and all, (laughing) I’m kidding, I’m kidding. But I think for me that’s
a really great question because just Sunday I was feeling like that I was having self doubt and I was in a like a little dark place. However, I am very spiritual. And as the young lady said earlier, you have to tap into your inner core. Why am I doing this, right? And for me, I’m very like
motivated, self-taught. So I listen to podcasts, right? And on Sunday, literally
when I felt that way, God directed that energy
and I was able to look up a YouTube video of Tyler Perry. Everybody know about Tyler Perry, right? And let me tell you that
35 minutes just listening to him speak and you
know, it was a dialogue between him and the CEO of Goldman Sachs, and to hear him speak about
the trajectory of his career, it was just affirmation for me. Like Kamisha you got this, you got this. The theme is staying focus. What all the noise is
taking place, stay focused. Yes, tap into your network. If you don’t have that network, seek that knowledge outside
and the rest will come. Yeah, what comes great. (audience applauding) – Another question, one more. – Thank you panelists. I’m Dr Shama Clinton
where I’m the director of disability services
here at Berkeley College and I just wanted to
advocate for all individuals, especially those with disabilities. The opportunity of
having your own business as a person with a disability is a great opportunity in a sense. Working from home and
being able to network with folks without
being physically judged. I just wanted to ask all the panelists in your experience and working with others have you come across
women with disabilities and how do you get them
talking about businesses and opportunities that they
themselves can achieve, considering that people with disabilities, women are the largest minority group having disabilities in the country. Thank you. – I think that’s a great question doctor. We are, you know, with the
minority business development agency center, we see businesses in every area and every
vertical of industry. So we are assisting firms
that are all online, Fintech we have FinTech companies,
we have beauty companies, we have a lot of construction companies. And so we see there are
a lot of opportunities for business startups even
in the disability community. But we haven’t done specific outreach to the disability community. So I think Dr here
makes an important point that there is a demographic
that we may not be focusing on that we could be
because for every industry is open to anyone irrespective of ability. So we think that there are a
lot of opportunities out there. There are a lot of funding resources that are open to every community. And so we encourage, we do not
have an advertising budget. So we rely on just being out, coming out to outreach events. And we do also work with
anyone that would come to our offices, we would help. – Yeah, I just would repeat the same thing we try to be out there
as much as possible. We as a women’s business service center, we serve men as well. We don’t turn anyone away. Very recently there
was a woman who came in and she was couldn’t see very well and she franchised and put
a soda pop soda together. And it was just the
ability to really see her and I’m gonna emphasize that, see her and her showcase
who she was unapologetically and have that be part of
who her business planning is really makes the
woman and really creates confidence in woman. And so to Roxanne’s point,
we haven’t necessarily done much outreach, but
we could look forward to that in the upcoming
year and branch out. (audience applauding)
– That’s great. – Okay. – She’s a remarkable moderator
and also a journalist and venture capitalists. So you want to talk to her
about impact investing. We’re going to get moving
with our WEW 2019 event here. We heard some remarkable stories today and the one thing that I
can say about the panelists here, you never hesitated
when I reached out to you. Even if you couldn’t be on a call or we were texting each other and emailing each other up until like
one o’clock this morning with the right. Did I have the right, can I sell my book? And Doug Boston has generously offer to provide a gift
of her tips to celebrity building your celebrity brand. And so you can download that. She’ll give you the information
later on in the discussion. She’ll also share copies
of her latest book for anyone who would like
to purchase that book. I know that we’re purchasing books from our panelists for our libraries so that we could help our own students in giving them advice. So I’d like to thank you
all for being with us today. Veronica, Alex, Eleanor Adele, Jenny and Angie for your commitment
to Berkeley College and to women. – Thank you Angelo. And a very excellent team
of the marketing external communications that help host these events for the last four years. And thank you to our
president Michael Smith who’s championed this, a series of discussion that are thought provoking and also very educational and nurturing to our students and our
general community as well. And I know I have learned a
lot in the last four years. Every year I take away, I have a major takeaway without themes. It’s been a very thoughtful
crafting each year. And when we talk about superpowers, it’s quite as a timely event. Many of us were teenage children knows that there was a big
unveil this lot past week as a new woman superhero, the bat woman. So the bat woman just was
unveiled as the series premier came out last week. And I think I was very moved to see how cinema talk roughly move into how this protagonists
find her superpowers. And most definitely you were
not born with superpowers We have to come through a
quite an extensive journey to find them, to nurture your interest and to find purpose in how to leverage your superpowers to help others, right? And so these women here
really truly have exhibited that having found a super powers and I’m quite sure that on your journeys there was some very interesting challenges that the audience would love to hear. And first off, I would
love for our panelists to introduce themselves, maybe
a 3o second about your, what you do and then we can
proceed with the discussion. We’ll begin with Veronica or with Jamie. – Hi, my name is Jamie Zeller Meyer. I’m here today on behalf of New York women in film and television of which I’ve been on the board of directors
for the last four years and just started a two year
cycle to be the president of the board of directors,
which I’m very excited about. I really believe in the organization. I am also a pre film
and television producer. I put together, I just
recently put together a conference called IFP week, which is a big film market conference with public programming and sort of a speed dating for investors and projects, both film,
episodic and documentary. I’m also a mom, which for
me is a very important part of my story as a woman
in the entertainment industry. Two kids, an eight and a 10 year old. And sort of how that changes each year and changes how I’m able to
participate in the business and also manage my household. And B, try attempt to be a good parent. And I think for me that’s, that’s there. They, those things work very much together so I always like to, to bring that up. Thank you Jamie. – Adele.
– Thank you. Good morning everyone. Thank you, my name is Adele Wilson. I am the founder and CEO
Celebrity Media Group, a two time selling author and media coach and marketing strategists. And what I do mainly is
I teach entrepreneurs and professionals how to
present with power pose and style on camera, get
booked on TV and media and become a celebrity in their industry. And so we do that
through a number of ways. And by the way, celebrities sometimes is off putting to some folks. So what that mainly means
is subject matter expert, go to expert thought
leader that sort of thing. And so we do that through a number of ways through video production, video marketing through obviously media training, training folks on camera
so that they can learn how to do their business videos and their social media videos
so that they can attract media attention for their books. We do that also through book publishing, image and branding, so
through a number of ways, but which I’m sure we’ll explore
as we go through the panel. Thank you I’m really honored
to be here this morning. – Good morning. My name is Eleanor Tatum. I am the publisher editor in
chief of the New York Amsterdam news which is one of the oldest and light black in the country. We’re 110 years old. I am also the mother
of a nine year old girl who is probably the center of my life besides the newspapers,
so I’ve got two children. I’m not sure which one is more challenging or more expensive. Oh wow. But as Jamie said, you know, balancing our work and home is a
what I have the things that I think is most important. And I’m also a single mother which adds to those challenges. And being an entrepreneur, even though it’s a legacy newspaper, it’s still an entrepreneurship
when you are working with a business and trying
to figure out new ways every day of making a dollar, especially in a industry that a lot of
people are seeing is dying. So trying to reinvent yourself every day of every week of every month of every year is challenging and also exciting. And so I look forward to speaking with you more today about it. – Hello, my name is Alex Dabar. I’m a media and content producer from the Dominican Republic. I’m the CEO and founder
of Ukala digital media and also which is a digital
communications agency and that specialize in content creation and transcreation and we connect brands and companies with the Hispanic market through content and
adapting their content. Also I’m the founder of Latinos in media, which is a community of
Latinos entrepreneurs and doing media and doing
digital media as well. – Excellent, thank you.
– I’m Veronica Dagher. I’m a reporter at the wall street journal. I’m the creator and host of the secrets of wealthy women podcast
where we interview women about obstacles, focusing
on the idea of resilience coming back from failure. The whole focus of this
show, we interview people like Aisha Curry, Nikko Brand, Sheila Johnson, Maria Sharapova. I’m also a writer. I wrote the book resilience,
how 20 ambitious women use obstacles to fuel their success. So, as you can see coming over obstacles, bouncing from failure is a topic near and dear to my heart. And I love to talk about that as well. Married live in Brooklyn
and I was a caregiver for my mom last year. – Wow, that’s I think a good
segue into talking about setbacks and overcoming them. So the opening scene of bat woman, which is also takes on to captain Marvel to Supergirl and the black widow and wonder woman, all
of these new launches of great women superheroes
and they don’t begin by being superheros. They begin with how they lost a family, how they lost the civil war, how they lost the love of their life and how they almost lost their own lives. And many of you have charted that waters. So we begin with with
Veronica who talked about talking with women with setbacks and we’d like you to
use your three minutes to talk about finding your superpower and on that journey,
how did you get there? Our timekeeper, Linda is way enough well. So one minute up and you
have three minutes each. We’ll keep everyone on track. – That’s nice. So I would say my super power is making order out of chaos. And I say that because
when I was 11 years old, my dad died suddenly leaving
my mom as a single mom of two young kids. My mom at the time did not know anything about finances, how to pay it, you know, write out a check where
investment counts were and was completely overwhelmed
by basically the obstacle of raising two kids on her own suddenly and just not knowing how a lot of things in the
world worked financially ’cause my dad handled everything. So I think seeing her, you know, I’ve images of her sitting
at the kitchen table with my aunts and her friends, next to her trying to teach
her basics about finance. I remember thinking like,
that’s never gonna be me. Like I’m never gonna be in that situation. And so throughout my years I became very focused on how to
take hold of my own money how can I be a financially
independent woman? And so I studied finance in school. I interned in financial companies, read the wall street journal, which is sort of a shameless plug now. But I did all these things just because I want it to feel in control. Like I want it to create my own order. To my mom’s credit, fast
forward, many years later, she became savvy herself. She learned how to handle the finances. But I think that experience
of complete chaos and having to adapt
after that made me really committed to helping other women. So they’re never in that same situation that we were, that they’re
never left scrambling that maybe with this
podcast or with the stories I write or the book I wrote, this will give some
people a bit of a heads up so they know how to take
hold of their finances so they’re prepared
and that they also know that they can bounce back from probably the worst time in their lives. I know there’s a lot of entrepreneurs in the room and that can
be a super challenging, but really rewarding thing to have. And also going through careers here in the city, it can be
a really tough place to work. And so, and I’ve absolutely
had my own challenges, been laid off, had to scramble for money. I had gone through all of that myself. But I think the key point
is, and I don’t wanna assume anything about anyone, but
any of the personal challenges I have had been like so much harder than the professional
ones generally speaking. So I like to say if you can get through those personal challenges, there’s like no stopping
you in terms of what you can get accomplished professionally. – All right.
– Okay. I will say that my superpower is my voice. I think everything that
I’ve gained until today. even though I’m very shy, I asked for it or I express what I wanted to do. Like mostly all my jobs I didn’t go to a job interview. I just went to the person and
I said, I want to do this. And that’s how I open
a lot of opportunities. And my biggest weapon, I will
say that it’s the internet because it has helped
me to amplify my voice. And that has become part of my mission of helping other Latinas
and other entrepreneurs to get a voice and to get it out there and to do what they wanna
do to reach other dreams and to support them with resources, but always like saying what they want and where they wanna go. – So when I think about my super power and I think about my personal story, they’re, they’re very intertwined, but it all starts with
my father and my mother. But my father in the sense, because when I was very little, he was the deputy borough
president of Manhattan. And I remember being about
three or four years old and he bringing me to a board
meeting of some sort down in the municipal building
and in a big room. And there were all these men,
they were all smoking cigars. And I was just a little tiny girl and they were saying
something that I have no idea what it was about at this point. But I remember tugging
on his arm and saying, well, what happens if they did this daddy? And he told all the men
in the room to be quiet for a moment, said, my
daughter has something to say. And that’s when I realized
that my voice mattered. Fast forward a few years
when I was in the first grade and I couldn’t read and I
was at the Hunter College Elementary School where
it was for gifted children and everyone said, well, there’s
something wrong with her. She can’t read. And they found out that I had dyslexia. That teacher luckily
was a fantastic teacher and said, wow, we know she’s smart ’cause she’s here and
we’ve got to work with her. The next two teachers and
the next grades up said, well, she’s done. She’s not gonna amount to
anything and just basically put me in a corner and didn’t teach me. My parents though, gave me
all the support in the world. They got me tutors, they got me extra help outside of the classroom. They took me out of Hunter
after the sixth grade and put me in private school, but they had the resources to do that. 30 years later I found
out that my grandmother was the one that actually
paid for my tutoring. But they were able to do that luckily. But the superpower that I found that I did have was the
resiliency to not give up, but also to find the people that were going to have my back and ignore the people
that were the naysayers and to close them off
even though it was hurtful and to just say, okay,
those people don’t matter. I’m going to find those
people that believe in me and listened to them. And so you know, you’ve
got to find the people that believe in you, those individuals that are going to say you can do it. And those ones that are
that just don’t want to lift you up, forget about them and don’t let them bring you down. – Yeah.
(audience applauding) – I love that. And actually nice round of applause for the story about your parents as well. I think parents should be the ones, well, in our case, that’s right,
our first teachers, right. And so the first people to guide us, so nice round of applause
to all of you are parents. I’m not a parent, but I’m a teacher and so my super power I would say, and probably less emotional story, but is the ability to connect
with people or the camera lens in person through
coaching, through training. And I came about it through
a little bit of need really. But I think I was kind of a natural born teacher, if you will. I tutored when I was in high school. My father also, although a physician was also a professor retired now. I became a corporate trainer
and corporate trainers, I didn’t call myself an entrepreneur at the time, but I was,
because if I didn’t teach, I wasn’t making money and
I didn’t work directly for a company, I worked for myself and they would call me Adele, can you teach communication skills? Absolutely, I’ll be there. The next day, can you? On Thursday we have a new clients, can you teach public
speaking presentation skills? Absolutely. Can you teach? And I wound up teaching
50 courses over the years to 14,000 people from all walks of life, CEOs of companies,
doctors, nurses, educators. But I loved it. And so my super power that I believe is to take information, synthesize it, and be able to present
it in a way that’s simple and digestible to folks. Information that might
seem esoteric to others and it served me very well. It’s what has given me the foundation to start my business,
to be able to persevere, to be able to jump and be determined. And as an entrepreneur,
entrepreneurial endeavors can often be like roller coasters, right? So you have a great day, you
have not such a great day. But I think that that has helped me. And so yes, that’s what I would say. – When they first asked me, what’s my super power is, I was like, I don’t, I don’t know
what my superpower is. And if I was kind of sitting with it and I realized that that
I think that my superpower is that I have I have a very
strong ability to multitask. And for me that’s been
instrumental in being able to keep my career and keep working and raise my children and
walk my kids to school in the morning. So I’ve been very strategic and used my multitasking
abilities to do things like be on a board of directors in
the entertainment business, produce a conference in
the entertainment business, still developing and creating content in the entertainment business. But not having to maybe go always in the most traditional route and sort of being open to other avenues of being successful in the
entertainment business. But being able to understand my priorities and how to find that balance. And I do often, I do a lot of things like I sometimes I teach,
sometimes I’m on the board, I have the kids, I do community
service at my kids’ schools. I’m the chair of the
community service committee at my kid’s school. And people say to me,
how do you do it all? And I would say, well, I
guess that’s my super power, is that I’m able to compartmentalize and be able to keep everything
sort of in a straight line for myself. But I, and I know that’s a skill and that’s a bit of a super power, but I also feel like that’s a survival, a point of survival for me to be able to stay afloat in the
business and keep going and be able to still do
some community service, raise my kids give back to
the entertainment industry and still develop content. – So to move onto our next section, I liked Adele to pick up to lead in terms of individual questioning. And we’ll move into this
each one of our panelists would get to address and,
but to the next question, if any one of you want to
add to what Adele has to say. Adele you talked about
synthesizing information and in fact and another amazing writer who is known for doing
that, Malcolm Gladwell just came up with an amazing books talking to strangers, right? And talking is what you all do and you’re all experts
and all your super powers is kind of anchor in communications and you yourself, Adele,
you use me to coaching, use communications to empower others and let them to empower others. This thesis of Gladwell’s new book, it’s about how badly
we talked to strangers, how incapable we are, how inadequate we are at presenting ourselves. And so the corollary
then I think is how badly is it for women when we
have to advance ourselves. In the last panel, one of
the panelists talked about how she is being she was not well light because she appeared to be aggressive because she was being assertive. And how do you champion for yourself and others, other women while balancing that communication skill set you have? – That’s great question. Great question. And actually it’s so
funny that you mentioned the word balance because
it’s one of those words that I find in the workplace that has never associated with men. How do you balance this and that? And then they never ask
men this question, right? But it is very important. And it is a bit of a dance
to not be too aggressive when going into the board
room to dress a certain way to present yourself in a certain way. But it really is important
to build those relationships at work to invest in yourself. Which was actually my
quote that I mentioned when Angela had asked. So all of these things are
really, really, really important when you’re talking about communication. I would also say to not be intimidated when you go in as an example, if I can, you’re talking
a little bit about equity. Going into a negotiation,
I always say prepare yourself a year out. So sometimes people say, Oh,
my review is up, you know? And so they prepare. Maybe they’re good and
they prepare a week before. Maybe they’ve been a little lazy in their prepared day or two before. I was say reverse engineer things. So start a year out plan. Have your goals, write your goals out, have your monetary goals. When I work with my clients,
actually have them create, no matter if they’re acting students or if they’re an attorney or a physician, I have them create vision
boards for themselves so they know where they want to go. One year, two years,
five years, 10 years out. And so that’s really, really important to keep your goals in front
of your monetary goals, what you want to do as
far as your community, what type of impact you want to make. If it’s within your organization, how can you go about that? How can you best or how
can, can you connect and either mentor, be a
mentor to someone else or allow yourself to
be mentored by someone that you admire. So creating relationships
is really at the foundation of all of this. And as you referenced
Malcolm Gladwell’s book, which I haven’t read yet, but I have seen his interview. I think that’s really at
the core of communication. So building those relationships. – Great, in fact I was going to segue into gender wage gap,
Jamie, do you wanna go on? – Well I wanna just add that one thing I do teach some pitching
like in like film pitching and do participate in some
labs, various writers labs and stuff like that. And one thing that comes up a lot is sort of like self perception. Like how we see like how
you see me is different than how I see myself. And so sometimes I do have to tell myself I have to remind myself of that. It’s just kind of to add on that, well I see myself one way. I have to remember that ’cause we all have our days where we feel like, well why am I sitting at this?
How can I be sitting at this table with these amazing women or how can I be up for this interview? Or how can I be in the room with these, the same these people. And so sometimes I have to tell myself to remind myself how other people see me versus how I see myself. And I think that’s just a
big part of presentation and communication to give yourself a little bit more confidence. – Anything else to add Veronica? – I’ve had the most
success in terms of asking for a raise or getting
some sort of promotion or some project I wanted to get Greenlight is when I can tie what I’m looking for with the company goals. And this is an established company. I would imagine it’s different
if you’re an entrepreneur and working for yourself,
but if you’re working for a set organization, say we’re looking to reach more professional women, well, I’ve developed a podcast
that ties into this goal and that just makes it,
it just that much easier and you have that much more of a case for your success and for them to approve of what you’re doing and to see the value in what you’re doing. If it isn’t already ties in
with what they are thinking as an organization it’s a bit harder when you’re doing something that’s completely out of left field. But if you can tie in with the whole idea of this advances all of us
and this is a collaborative effort and the entire company looks good or this one division of
the company looks good because of my efforts
or this is our efforts. I think that can be helpful. I think the point before
about not just preparing for your review the week
before is a good one. I try to stay in contact
with some of the higher up people in my organization
throughout the year so they’re not hearing from
me from the first time, like a week before my review. Like I’m sharing some of
the wins we’ve collected over the year, throughout the year. So that is a continuous process. I also keep track in a
spreadsheet of my wins, so it’s easy for me to write a self review because I’ve got a whole
year’s worth of wins and it makes you feel more
confident day-to-day as well. – Oh great. – But we also have to
remember that there’s a huge double standard in this world. And while the women that are up here are absolutely incredible and
when they go (mumbles) work for themselves or can
write their own paychecks when they go in to ask for a raise or go in for a job
they’re overly qualified. You know, when a man in the most part goes in for a promotion or for a raise or they’re going to look for a job, they’ll go for a job
that they may tick two or three of the boxes out
of the 10 that are listed, but it doesn’t matter to them because they’re just going to
put their hat into the ring. All right? Women on the other hand
don’t necessarily do that. They’ll see a job and they’ll say, Oh, this job would be perfect for me, but the qualifications say that I need to have
10 years of experience. I only have six. It says masters preferred. I only have a bachelor’s. It says I need to have this title. I only have this title. And so they will go for it. Even though it would be
a perfect job for them. You gotta throw away
those preconceived notions and if you think you’re
good enough or something, then go for it. Because if you were a man, I’m sorry to say you would just do it. And you’ve got to just think, don’t think about not being good enough for something. Think about this is what I wanna do and what’s the worst they can say no? And how much have you lost? You put in an application, right? It’s the same, you know,
you look at politicians, that’s why so many less
women run for public office. It’s because there are men
that are wholly unqualified to run for office that get elected. We see that. It’s just because they decided to run. So run or apply.
– Thank you Eleanor. So do you have something to add? – Yeah. – Just quickly a minute maybe. – Yeah, it’s really quick. I’m supporting what she’s
saying because as I said before and it was, for me in my
journey’s been really frustrating. I haven’t like the two experiences. I have job interviews
where almost all of them, I had the same answer
that I was overqualified and I never got the opportunity. But then all the jobs that I had and where I was able to
grow, as I said before, I have any job interviews
or I didn’t apply for them. I look for the person in charge and I send an email and I say, I wanna arrive for your medium. I wanna do this, I wanna do that. Sometimes it works, sometimes don’t. But for me, most of the
time those were the jobs that I had before
becoming an entrepreneur. So yes, you have to be confident. And for people like me that are bilingual, it’s also a challenge
because we’re thinking I think in Spanish and then something else is calling in English. So sometimes sometimes
I get to prepare more than usual because
sometimes I can sound shy and that I’m not secure of myself, but sometimes I can sound very aggressive. So it’s also a balance
as they mentioned now. It’s everything in preparation,
how you wanna sound but always with the confidence. – So I think it’s a wonderful segue into the gender wage gap. The Institute for Women’s
Public Policy Research reports that in 2018 full time working woman are earning 80 cents, 82 cents to the dollar as
their male counterparts. And that’s the gender wage
gap we’ve been talking about. And if we go along the growth
way in the last 50 years, we’ll be reaching 20
year 2059 until we get some kind of wage parody. Is that realistic? And so Jamie with the New York women in film and television have been working on addressing issues and
I’ve to promote gender parity as well as sexual harassment, which is now two years
into the me too movement. So tell us more about what
the Institute is doing. – So New York women in film and television is a membership organization. We have over 2300
members, which is really, I would say, grown in
the last several years. We advocate for women’s
issues within the industry. And we are trying to create peer groups and give women support. We have women at all different
levels in the industry from very high up to our next wave members who are women that are more
starting out in the industry that maybe have one or two credits. And we try to provide
services across the board that work for in different levels of different levels of participation. We just did our first annual
summit at the Ford foundation. This year we have a new executive director and she’s very, very interested
in issues around pay equity. She’s also a Latino woman. And you know, those
statistics are even worse in terms of pay equity. So we just did a summit
and we really focused on three issues, which were
pay equity, sexual harassment and diversity and inclusion. And then the Ford Foundation
is giving us a grant to then do a report on
the summit and figure out, talk about more ways
to keep moving forward. We also had our former board president. She spoke at the New
York city human rights. Commission did a just recently
did a hearing on sexual harassment, which was the
first time since the 1970s. And, you know, the
things that we’re asking for are more standard operating procedures to protect freelancers
because the film business is very much about freelance workers. Sexual harassment training for manager, you know, people at the manager level. And just more, you know,
parody across the board. Obviously there’s a lot of actresses that are pushing for pay equity and that is making a big difference. The percentages of female
directors are very low. So we’re doing a lot of work around that. And I, I do think the needle is changing. I mean there’s still a big, there’s still a big push to do, but we
also do we’ve partnered with women in film in LA
and we’re not the only ones, but there are a lot of help like helplines now that you can call where you can call, say
I’ve something has happened, I’ve been harassed. They’ll either put you in touch with a lawyer that will do pro bono work also counseling services. So there it’s happening
at a variety of levels. And as New York women
in film and television, we feel like we, we have a big, we want to be part of that conversation. We want to help, you know,
push these conversations forward and come up with,
you know, real ideas. The unions are also doing a lot. They’re taking it on and I
can speak from experience. Also, my husband is a
producer and you know, people have, people are
feeling more they’re feeling more comfortable coming forward now. You know, someone will come to him on set and say, this happened or this happened and he has to, not that he wouldn’t have, but you know, he has to address it. Now if someone comes to him and says, this made me uncomfortable, or, you know, this, this didn’t seem fair. So I think there’s there’s a stronger, there’s more there’s a
stronger push now for people to take responsibility and for people to really act on complaints. And there’s more, there are more avenues for people to to complain
or not complained, but to bring up issues of harassment. You know, the pay equity,
there’s tons of studies that are being done,
Gina Davis is doing a lot in this space. She just got hired by a
studio to read scripts and really, you know,
look at what’s happening. There’s also, you know, studios are hiring hiring women that their
specialty is to really work on intimate scenes. Because people were
feeling very uncomfortable about how people were being treated during the, how women were being
treated during those scenes. And that there was no sensitivity to it in terms of being on a set and what that meant and having 40 people watching you do this. So that is now something
that, that’s a new thing that’s come up. It’s a new category of job of someone who is really specializes
in how to make actresses feel more comfortable on set. So I think there’s a lot being done I think is a very optimistic time. It doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a lot to do, but I do
think the dam has broken and people are very aware. And I just think onsets now
people’s voices are being heard. – Thank you Jamie. And for much of my close to 30 year career as a government official and
public policy specialist, I’ve seen a good amount
of technically correct technically viable
proposals that go through the channels for legislation and for some reasons and
usually only two reasons it’s either political
slash stakeholder support or implementation feasibility. And so that requires
both in the policy fund and in our own personal marketing and personal advancement, how do you tweak something, right? The ability to iterate when
something doesn’t go wrong. And it’s really to the
central theme of resiliency. And so we have an author
right here with us Veronica who’s written the book on resiliency. I would love for Veronica to tell us more about your interviews with women who are successful and who have them who have counter setbacks themselves and have they come back to charging their road to superpower. – Oh sure. And if I can just add one more thing about the pay issue within my own company and within some other
competitors’ companies, one thing that’s been
really helpful is harnessing male allies, like so male allies
saying how much they make. And so then I as a woman and know how much I need to be on target with like how much I’m missing out in terms of pay. And so if you can find those
guys in the organization that are willing to
share that information, that can be super powerful. Also the same thing with harassment just last week at a very
well known financial advisor conference for CEOs a
billionaire named Ken Fisher. And this is public, so I can say this made some very inappropriate
comments about women on stage and there was a
confidentiality agreement that all the participants
of the conference had to sign or at least agree to. Yet one guy who was in the audience broke that agreement and he went on Twitter and he filmed a video of
himself saying how disturbed he was by these comments
that were offensive to women. And so I think there’s
some really good guys out there that are willing
to lend their support and their voice. So if we can encourage them and we can seek them out, I think that can be really helpful in advancing the cause overall. – Right, accord us support, right? – Yeah, exactly. So in terms of the, in
terms of resilience, that’s a key theme for the women I’ve interviewed everyone
from Ayesha Curry to Maria Sharapova, Maria
Bartiromo, Rebecca Minkoff, all of them at various
times have been knocked down in various ways,
whether it’s financially, their careers personally. And the key to their success
is that they fall down, but they get up as quickly as possible. And so that may mean continuing
to do what they were doing. Like for example, in the
case of Mary Higgins Clark, who’s an author, she’s
a famous book authors, multi multimillionaire bestseller. She wasn’t always successful though. She had to write about
50 or 60 short stories that were rejected by various publications and tons of editors wrote to her telling her what a bad writer she
was, but she didn’t give up. What she did is she gave
up those short story career ambitions and she pivoted to books and her first book wasn’t
that much of a success, but then her second
book was a huge success and she was able to branch out from there. So sometimes being resilient is about knowing when to pivot. And so you may, as an entrepreneur, you may start out with one business line, but you might want to eventually adjust to a different business line because that’s where the customers are. So being open minded enough to pivot when you need to and also having that core belief in yourself. I think that’s what the
panel’s been speaking about a lot is that some
of the most successful women I’ve spoken to have
these positive affirmations that they say to themselves every morning. Now, it might sound weird and quirky, but some of them have actually a posted on their mirror that
they read over out loud or just just say it over and over again. And when those self-doubts
come out in their head, most of the time it’s
in your own head, right? You’re talking yourself out of something. They bring up that like affirmation. They bring that up, that key phrase and they’ll say it to themselves silently in their head to get that
positive vibe going again. So I would encourage you, I’m starting to do this myself. Have your, your list of five affirmations that maybe you say to
yourself in the morning and this is a matter of boosting your own confidence and just acknowledging who you truly, truly are. – And Eleanor, you have, – And I just add one thing to that, that there was an, there was an article in the new year and op
ed in the New York Times sometime this year or last year. And it was about, it was
sort of, it was like someone, I don’t, maybe they worked
in the entertainment business or, or some business where
you had to like submit a lot of, you had to
do a lot of submissions and it was about how she,
you know, she, she was like, you have to submit to
like a hundred places, but it’s only, it only takes one yes. And so just, I say that to writers that I work with in film and television because there’s so much rejection and I would just say to someone, I’ll just be like, it only takes one yes. Like, just keep pushing forward. Just keep going. – And Eleanor how would you pivot then, because you’ve came from
a very very discernible for you, a challenge and in childhood, and while in your career, if
you were a fashion designer, having dyslexia may not be as as a parent of an impediment, you
work in communications. So how do you channel that into charging, supercharging your career? – Well, first of all, you know, going back to the story of my dyslexia
it was about proving people wrong proving the people that were the biggest naysayers wrong. So that teacher that I
had in the sixth grade that told me I was dumb and I was never gonna amount to anything I ran into her a few
weeks after I graduated from high school and she was walking down the street and she’s walking out of a deli or something and she said, Oh, did you graduate from high school? Are you going to trade school? I said, no, actually I’m
going to be a scholar at St Lawrence University. And she said, Oh, okay. So fast forward, five years later I just finished a year of graduate school at Stockholm University
and finished my four years of college at st Lawrence. And I was about to start
at the Amsterdam News and I ran into her and she said, Oh, so did you graduate from college? Do you have a job? And I said, well, actually I’m an editor at the Amsterdam News. And what are you doing Mrs. Carey? And she said I’ve retired. And I just looked at
her, I said, thank God. And I walked away and
I never saw her again. And you know, I just thank
God that no other child was gonna have to be subjected to her. And that those stories and the messages of her and her negativity and her just putting me in a corner and not teaching me, just
taught me to find other people that did believe in me. And you know, as an editor
it’s called spell check, I mean, cause when I was
in elementary school, we didn’t really even have computers yet. And why I was in college, I
got my first word processor was a brother word processor. When I was in conflict,
it wasn’t til I got, I mean the newspaper
did not have computers till I got there. So I mean it’s a whole different world. So if things like dyslexia or are easier to overcome,
if they’re still definitely an impediment and it takes awhile, it takes a lot of hard
work, a lot of hard work, and it takes it means
learning differently. It doesn’t mean you can’t learn. It means you’ve got to rewire your brain to, and you need to have people that are gonna believe in you and they’re gonna work with you and are gonna learn the way you need to learn how to learn. But it doesn’t mean that
you’re any less smart. I mean, some of the most brilliant people in history had learning disabilities. And so it means training
other people to know that having a learning
disability doesn’t mean that you’re stupid. And I think that’s one of the things that I had to do and that
my teachers learned from me. Back in the 1970s I got
one of the nicest letters I ever got was in 1994 when a piece ran in the New York times about
being public lives piece. And I got a letter from
my fifth grade teacher, a woman named Gloria Kagan, and she wrote a letter to me saying, it’s so great to see my
kids turn out so well. You taught me what a learning
disability really looked like. Now, Gloria Kagan was the mother of the Supreme court justice Elena Kagan. And that meant the world to me. – Yeah. – Because she did not understand
what a learning disability was before she had me as a student. – Wow. – And it was her colleague, it was the one that called me stupid. But it’s just what the
difference a wall can, you know, between two
people, a classroom wall, but one person that was open minded and somebody else that was
just so set in their ways. But you can change
people’s minds sometimes by just showing them
what you actually can do. – Thank you Eleanor.
(applauding) You mentioned changing mindsets and changing mindsets is important and sometimes we have to
do that for ourselves. And I think that’s just what Alex did when she came to the US to take a job that she thought she
had job was not there. What does she do? Someone would have gone home right to the Dominican Republic but she stayed. And so here’s her story. – Yeah, so it was 2008 and I
was in the Dominican Republic. I was a TV producer and I
was working in my own show. I just came back from Barcelona
where I did my master. I was working with other producers. I was close to my family and friends. So everything looked like
very stable and good. But for me, I discovered that every time that I reach stability, there’s a pattern that I have to break and I have discovered that is the comfort zone. So at that time everything was going good. But after coming back from Barcelona, there was something that I
couldn’t stay in my country. I wanted to go back there. I wanted to do something else. And I started reaching out to one person in one big medium in Miami. And I said, I wanna
write for your magazine and surprise Lee because she didn’t know who I was or we hadn’t, we
didn’t have any context. She wrote to me and said, yeah, I have an opportunity for you but you have to move to Miami. So I left everything, I packed my bags, I talked to my uncle and I moved to Miami. Meanwhile, another person
from another network also told me, I might have
an opportunity for you. So I want in there playing, thinking like, Oh, should I get this one? Should I get this one? Like what, what do I see myself doing? And I get to Miami and
again, it’s the 2008, the financial crisis
was hitting this country and two weeks later the two
people said the same thing. Like, we can’t hire you anymore. We are laying off our employees because we are in the middle of crisis and we just freeze all the hirings. So I was in Miami nothing to do. And I was like, well these, this story will be different if I didn’t have one privilege that it was my American passport. I’m sure if I don’t have one, the story will be different. And I don’t know why I got emotional. So then like few months
later I decided to stay and then I came to New York and my high school friends
and college friends, they were here living together. It looked like the sitcoms, like friends, they’re raising a child together, they’re living in a store. And I’m like, Oh, I like this. And I packed my bags and a
week later I moved to New York and a week later I went to
visit my cousin in her office and I see everything that they’re doing. They’re doing a film festival. They have a web there where they write about the Dominican Republic. And I like, I had lunch with my cousin. Very good to see you and
who’s your editorial manager? And I talked to her and I
was like, I wanna work here. What do you have for me? Like I wanna write for your medium. And she’s like, no, we don’t
have any opportunities. And I was like, well, I
just moved to New York. I don’t have anything to
do. I’m sleeping on a sofa. I’ll work for free, I’ll do anything. And that afternoon she called me, I became a volunteer
for the film festival, what I worked for free for three months. And after that they were like, Oh, we love your performance,
we want to keep you, but we don’t have an opportunity,
like a position for you. And then I was like, well, you don’t have a media department, so let me create your media department. And I created my position
and that’s how I stayed in that organization for seven years. I went from being a volunteer to a media multimedia coordinator and then manager. And seven years later I
decided that I wanna fly and do my business. And I left that organization
with a media department, with a whole team, with
social media presence, with three short films that win awards more than
500 videos on YouTube and blogs and everything. And that’s how I’m now doing my own dream and not the dream of others. Working in my own business,
which is Duke Love digital media and also my personal project,
which is Latinos in media, which is my purpose and
where I share my research and my opportunities with other Latinos. – Thank you so much for sharing. (audience applauding) Alex. Alex story is really
ties in and encapsulates many of your experiences and the lessons that we’ve heard this
morning from making sense out of chaos using your voice
anchoring in parental support and proving people wrong being resilient and ability to connect with people, to synthesize complex information and do channel in a way
that would advance yourself and others and by building allies and stakeholders support
while building up a list of affirmations and using spell check and tools that technology
that have afforded us in and modern time. So learning differently. And all of that really
congealed into how we advance as a community. And we come to a final
portion before the Q&A. I’ve asked our esteemed panel to engage us in a rapid fire and
that would be a 30 seconds, just top of mine of what they would say to you as students in the audience. When I was a college student one of my most memorable experience listening to a speaker was at my
commencement exercises. And one speaker really stood
out and she was a woman, super hero like you. And she was a media political
analyst for ABC and NPR. And she came from a long
line of public servants. Her parents served in
Congress were senators, her sister was the mayor
of a little college town in New Jersey. So Cookie Bobbitt passed away last month. I took her, I took her calling, she said to join public
service, to advance what others could not do. But by being, by putting yourself into the service of
others and Indonesians. And so what would you say in 30 seconds to someone who may be listening to you now and to follow your call. We’ll begin with Veronica. – I would say to ask for what you want. And you can start by doing small things. Like if you ordered
something at a restaurant and it’s not what you like in a nice way, asked for a change, making those small ask can eventually get you more confident. And I’d also say if you know what you want to do, go for it. There’s never a great time,
there’s never a perfect time to start a business or start
a family or what have you. So if you know what you truly want, I would say just take
that leap and go for it. Even if it’s on a part time basis, you can do it and that might be a way in. That’s how I got into journalism. I did it part time at night and weekends. So take that first step. – I’m gonna finish with the quote that I wrote for this panel. So if you’re creative like me and you have a lot, lots, lots of ideas into your mind, there will be one that will that will stick and one and one that you sleep
when you discover it and make it happen, it’s up to you how far you can get. It’s only up to you. – What I’m gonna say is that there is room at the table and that’s
whether it’s the board room or whether it’s at another
office or wherever. For more of us, always open the door, bring people with you,
bring them behind you, leave room for them, make room for them. Don’t leave them behind. Always always, always
help out your sisters and your brothers. Don’t be selfish in that respect. Don’t think because you’ve
got a seat at the table, you can’t make room for somebody else to have a seat at the table. With numbers, there is strength. It is not the opposite
because you have a seat at a boardroom does not mean that you can, that you being the only one is better than you having more at the table. A lot of people think that way. It’s a backwards way of thinking. In strength there is numbers
help to build those numbers up, help to build each other up ’cause if you don’t do
it, nobody else will. – I love that. I would say keep your eyes on the prize. Keep your goals in front
of you at all times. Have the ability to be flexible because sometimes your expectation is one thing and reality is another, but if you fall seven
times, get up eight expect that there will be
challenges in front of you and there will be grow from that, learn from that help others along the way. I think that’s really, really important. And be determined. Some people say, hey, you
wanna become an entrepreneur? Just jump and the net shall appear. I’ve heard that a million times, but although it sounds beautiful, I would also say always prepare. Prepare for what’s in front of you. Prepare financially, prepare
your mind for success. Whether that’s meditation,
prayer, affirmations, as was mentioned before. Reading books, getting mentored. All of these things should help you along your journey to success. And I wish you well. – I would say two, two things. One is both kind of touch on
been said, but this concept of strategy that for me,
I do think about goals and I’m very strategically oriented, but I am constantly surprised at the path that I take to reach those goals and to be open to that there’s not one way to get to the end point. And to be open and
excited and let yourself be happily surprised when you end up in a slightly different spot, but it’s still giving you
either the same emotional return or the same career return. Because that’s something that’s
been very personal to me. The other thing is, I
agree with the mentoring. I do a lot of mentoring and even this week I got a call from someone
who he’s who said, he said, I want to, I just got a new job. I’m working for these producers. They want to put money into TV shows and they want to do some development. You were always so nice
to me, I wanna help you. And so that I wasn’t nice to him because I thought he was going
to call me 10 years later and but I do try to be kind to people and I do even, and even yesterday, a young woman worked for
me on this conference. She’s 25 years old, she’s lovely. And she said, can I meet you? And I said, of course. So yesterday I had coffee with her and takes time to do these things. It is time consuming,
but as people helped me along the way and I just
really want to give back because it’s a very hard business. These businesses are
not easy to break into. And they need, people need help. – So thank you. And that brings us to less than an hour. And I think I’ve done my top K big work and we have some time for Q&A as well. Great. – Oops, I really appreciate
all of the panelists. You know, their work in the media and entertainment industry and as things go, it always
is when you hear one thing, it looks like everyone’s
moving in the same path at the minority business
development agency center at 48 wall street on November 12th, we are hosting minorities and media and entertainment summit. Where we’re gonna bring
procurement together with media as $27 billion
industry in New York state. And we really feel strongly that minority should have a piece of it. We invite all of you
to come November 12th, 48 wall street. – I am talking about the
underground discrimination in the job market of women over 50. We have to end up taking jobs. We use no skills, we learn nothing. The salaries are horrendous
and we have to listen to these lousy nasty little
boys network make these Snowden. Well, it’s just loud. Why don’t you be tired? Why don’t you go somewhere else? In the span of two years,
I’ve had three jobs like that. Two of them, I quit. One of them I was fired. And is absolutely disgusting. I do have a part time job that is union. I work at the Nassau Coliseum. I make $17 an hour and I’ve
been there two and a half years. Next year in April I will be making $17 and 75 cents an hour. I do see a difference
between union and non-union. I happened to be one
time I was anti union. I am now pro union. (audience applauding) – Two hats, thank you. – Thank you guys for your insights. I have a two part question. I first wanna start by
saying that there are, we face a lot of unique
challenges as a woman and there are times some
of those challenges we see with other woman and so we
get blocked along the way. And so the first part of my question is, can you share a situation in your career where you might have been
blocked by another woman? How did you overcome that? And the second part of
it is why is allyship amongst woman in business so important? – Oh I need something. – I would just say for myself
that I don’t see it as, I don’t have, I think that you can have difficult situations. I hear you and I do hear you. I can’t sit here and say like, I’ve had this particular situation with a woman where I
felt blocked by a woman. I have worked with very difficult women. I have worked with very difficult men. And I just, for me, I just
have to treat it in the same. I have to treat it the same that I don’t want to
see gender in that way. I’ve worked with
extremely misogynistic men and I’ve worked with
women that are competitive or, you know, can be catty or, but I think it
happens with both genders. And I think you have to
maybe try to put that aside, the gender part and
just say, how do I deal with this human being
that is being difficult or competitive or challenging? ‘Cause I think we deal with both. I don’t know, I don’t
know, that’s my best, My best answer. – Was it someone that was up here or was it somebody that was above you? – Just asking.
– Above me. – All right, well, what I’m gonna say is while you may not
be able to do something with some of us, just remember and make sure that you don’t
do it to somebody else. Going back to what I was saying before, bring people up instead of
trying to keep them down. – And I would say remember
who you are as a person and don’t let that
person get into your head or affect your self esteem. And I think that’s where
those kind of affirmations come into play. Also sometimes you can lock
out and outlast that person. My first job, I had a horrible boss. This wasn’t at Al Jones, this was at another media company. And she eventually was fired because she wasn’t doing her job and there were some other issues. So I was fortunate enough to outlast her. I think having allies
throughout the company, whether it’s other women
that helped me at that time, I got to know some other senior women. I got to know some senior guys and that helped me feel not as isolated because I think sometimes
when you’re dealing with a bully, whether
it’s a man or a woman, they’re gonna try to isolate you, even though they’re your boss. I think it’s important for you
to form outside relationships and just have other hobbies
outside of work too. I think that kept me
seeing when I’ve dealt with bad situations,
whether it’s your meditation or exercise or friends, just something so you don’t feel like you’re
just stuck in a situation. – I think she would like
– Yeah. So I would also say and yes, I have. Unfortunately, I think
as you go throughout your career, you will encounter people that are challenging and
very difficult to work with. And I was employing the
kill them with kindness. And sometimes you win
and sometimes you don’t. I’m thinking of one person in particular who was above me and she
had a really big challenge with me from the very beginning. I would say midway through
our time working together she was quite supportive. But I think what she was
doing was testing me. She was trying to figure
out does she belong here? Like does she know, could
she figure things out? There might’ve been some other things that play, but I really do think that she was in her own unique way trying to bring out the best. I wouldn’t have gone
about it the same way. And I would echo what you said and if that’s something
that you’ve experienced, whether from a man or woman, just don’t turn around and
do that to someone else. It is really hurtful. And I’ve actually heard
Oprah say that some of the most hurtful
things she’s experienced in her career have
unfortunately come from women. I don’t feel that here at all today and I think that we
should take this energy that we have today and whenever that comes about, you know, think about,
think about this moment and try to spread that
positivity as opposed to try to bring someone
down, lift them up. That’s what I would say.
– Yeah. I think there’s another question Martha. – Yes, I’m a young student. I wanna raise a question today. My question is about sexual harassment. I feel like sexual
harassment like the campaign of sexual harassment is
creating a fear in man. Okay ’cause I feel like
there is a crisis now like especially from a women
or have a successful career and they can’t find a man. They have a successful career
and they can’t find a man. And then I feel like the main, they have a fear of like dating, you know, having a
relationship with women. ‘Cause I remember my last job, I told a woman, you are beautiful and in her own the bus game, Oh be careful of sexual harassment. I feel like there is a fear ’cause I feel like it’s an impact. The relationship dating like yeah, you can even patch a woman. But because the rules of
seduction say sometimes a woman can say yes but deeply inside she said she might see like, yeah, like sometimes she might
say no, but deeply inside she might say yes. But that’s how it’s worked for
the rules of like seduction. Sometimes you might talk to a woman, and she say no, but inside she say yes, but I can’t make a campaign about that ’cause there is an impact on production, on relationship out? Like man, I feel like there
was a fear of even talk to me for now. I don’t know, or you can make a campaign to like let people know that
you’re not like some kind of demon that men can approach. Yeah, – I would say if you’re a good guy, you have nothing to worry about. Oh. (audience applauding) And I also wanna make sure it’s not used as an excuse too, right
not to help mentor a woman or promote a woman because you’re afraid of sexual harassment. I think that’s a danger. – Yeah, I mean I would echo what, what you’re saying, which is that just be the best person you can be. I do think these this is
a much bigger question that can be answered here. And these questions, these things are they’re complex,
extremely complicated. I think there’s, you know, there’s a lot of, I mean some of it is cut and dry and some of it isn’t. But ultimately you can only be responsible for your own behavior. I do think there are also
though I’ve run into things with kids like my 16 year old niece and does dealing with
issues of cultural norms and where those lines kind
of move where the dial is, you know, something
that she’s being taught in her, you know,
progressive Brooklyn school and then she goes on a trip
and someone’s touchy feely and they say it’s called, so there’s a lot of questions here. But I think ultimately
you have to be responsible for your own behavior. And there, there was a problem. There is a problem and so we can’t ignore
that side of it too. – Question? – Raphael (mumbles)
covered which is terrific. But I did wanna ask Ms. Gallagher from the wall street journal, sorry. – Dagger.
– Yup. The power of the internet is so integral to everything that we do. If you could share with
us the power of podcast. – Okay. Thanks for the question. I think podcasts are really special because you’re right and
the person’s ears, right? There’s probably nothing more intimate and the way people listen to podcasts, people will listen in their cars, but they’ll also sometimes
listen in the bathroom or listen in their bedroom. And just to have that one on
one access is really special. And I think especially
among younger people in their 20s there was this, you know, I don’t know
how official this study was, but I saw the headline of the story. Like some younger people
are see like their podcast host as their friends and are spending a lot of time with the podcast in a way that they might have spent
with friends in the past. So I think that’s really interesting and I see that in the emails
I get and the messages I get from listeners,
people will message me some really personal stories
and never in a million years did I think that would happen. I think it has a whole
community unto itself, which is different from a
print story so to speak. – [Man In The Audience] (mumbles)
questions in the (mumbles) tell us what members in
the audience (mumbles). – It’s a really fast growing medium. I don’t have the latest numbers but I know in terms of
subscribers it’s something that is, you know, there’s more and more podcasts out there. It’s expected to expand. There’s a ton of advertiser interest. I’m not really focused on that
side of the business myself, but I hear that from the business people that there’s a lot of companies that wanna get connected with podcasts. And I was recently at a conference called Fin Con, which basically
talks about personal finance and also media and the connections. And there’s a lot of
individuals like sole business owners who are starting their own podcasts and are getting contracts. Some of them pretty significant
from major advertisers. And so these people are
having their own business based on their podcast
and also the off shoots of the podcast, whether it’s an Ebook or some other video
series or what have you. So I think business
opportunity for entrepreneurs is substantial and it’s
gonna continue to grow. I don’t hear any talk of retrenchment. I only hear about this
sort of blockbuster growth. – Thank you.
– Yeah. So we are under 12, so we, that means we’ve wrapped up in an
hour and 15 minutes. And Adele, do you have something to add? – I just wanna to reap off the end. – Yes.
– I wanted to, sorry. Thank you, I wanted to
offer everyone a free gift and it’s a free PDF download for my book and it is quick tips on
developing on camera confidence and because we know that
80% of content online so not just podcasting and
podcasting is incredible and I highly recommend being
a guest if not starting your own podcast for sure. But just being the
ability to actually speak to your audience on camera
and be able to amplify your message throughout the world, which is what the internet has allowed us to do now through social media
is really, really important. So these are 16 quick tips to developing your on-camera confidence. So if everyone has their cell phone, all you need to do is
text the word media101, all one word media101 to three, three, seven, seven, seven. Again, the number is three,
three, seven, seven, seven. And you can follow the prompts that it’ll just ask you
for your email address and your name. And in about five seconds you will receive an email with a the free download. – Great.
– Okay, so thank you everyone. – Thank you so much Adele. And these woman, again, our esteemed panel here, exemplified the
very best in superheroes, not just women’s superheroes. Your superpowers have helped change world and it’s hard work. You’ve heard how hard they have come back from setbacks and how challenging finding to super power and maintaining them because you have to
continue to work at it. You don’t just have that from day one. And if some of you out there
are still on that journey, do reflect on these lessons and do we remember as we
have taught our students here at Berkeley College,
collective action really requires so much more
than your own competencies and your own confidence. It’s about working with others and not just the decision makers or the policy actors,
but the very communities and individuals whose lives
you are trying to help better. So if as women we have
a lot of work to do. But these super powerful
women are leading the way so give them another hand of applause. (audience applauding)
Thank you.

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