Today my love and I welcomed a new family member into our home. Meet Sky (pending name: Nirvana, Cardi D...) a lovable 6 month old Spaniel mix. She has a ton of energy and love and we are so excited to have her as our baby. 😍😍😍 Thanks to @muddypawsrescuenyc
for such amazing service and support! .
#dogsofinstagram #spaniel #adoptdontshop
was an EXPERIENCE. I grew up with an entrepreneurial dad who taught me about business but I didn’t see any widespread representation for entrepreneurs of color outside of media and sports. Tech, startups, innovation,or disruption were spaces that were “for white people”. Or that was how myself and plenty of POC were made to feel. Spending the past few days with entrepreneurs, engineers, techies, and visionaries of color was literally an psych-Social experience that is mind blowing. So much love and connections in one space. I’m so appreciative for this conference and will be back in #Oakland
for next year! 🤘🏾🙌🏾✊🏾 #fortheculture
And if you are a #startup
looking for user growth peep my #1 @mjsosassy
whose firm, Bested, works on marketing for tech companies.
on a Sunday night. I spent the last couple of weeks gearing up for the Seam Social Labs campaign launch 🚀 and this is just the beginning. I spoke on a panel at #SiliconHarlem
a couple of weeks ago discussing education and innovation. And this week I am off to #afrotech
. EVERY MOVE I am making is possible because of those before me. EVERY MOVE I am making is for those around me and future generations. Def powered by my ancestors. 👩🏽🦱✊🏾
#girlboss #education #innovation #technology #entrepreneur #buildinganempire
A few months ago I decided to take a leap. I left my nonprofit career and forged ahead on a journey to social entrepreneurship. I started to dig deep on the needs of communities --knowing that my core passions are bringing people together, economic equity, and supporting small businesses. I stumbled upon the land of sustainable tourism, inclusive communities, and revitalization. To be honest --I had already worked around this field. From securing partnerships with Forest City before Barclay's Arena launched to ensure community members would get hired, to launching a 3D printing program at an Adult Dayhab -- I knew the importance of collaborations that work FOR people. So, with a team of bright minds, I am taking my human-centered approaches and applying them to revitalizing communities. Seam Social Labs exists to provide innovative solutions to community and civic leaders. We are the Alfreds to the Batmans. We are the guides to the watchmen. We are the seam that stitches social impact together. We have officially launched and are ready to go! .
🎞📹 by: @_john_luna
#innovation #technology #mainstreet #downtownrevitalization #socialentrepreneurship #technology
A lil’ summer throwback to when I was still only two months into developing Seam Social Labs. The past few months have been such a mind blowing experience. I took a idea, spent 3 months researching #urbanization
. I took those insights and built a #startup
, hired two bright young women, and we developed our first marketing campaign for my company. Our campaign launches on November 1st, and while we still have so much to do in building brand awareness, I am tremendously impressed with our work. I can’t wait until this integrated campaign launches so you guys can see what we’ve been hard at work doing. In the meantime, I am gonna revel in this milestone and shoutout all my fellow female entrepreneurs out there kicking ass! .
#technology #girlboss #entrepreneur #startuplife #pitchtimecomingup #integratedmarketing #innovation #femmeboss #ladiesgetpaid #feminist
When you are being silly with your little sister in @grizzayy
’s really awesome fabulous mirror. Girlllll I can snap pics in this thang all day. I came across this pic and decided I may need one of these in my life. But only for silly photos. 🤪
. Getting silly on hump day ya’ll! 🐪 .
#humpday #silly #photooftheday #glammakeup
A quick capture of moments filled with love and joy! Congrats to my pals, group chat buddies and hat-loving folks #TheTherkelsens
on a fun, lovable and hilarious wedding. Way to keep your love 💯♥️
#love #wedding #therkwedding
I remember clear as day, 17 years ago I was sitting in my Global History class in my high school located in the East Village. I noticed students were getting called out of class because their parents were picking them up. Then outside, people on the rooftop across the street were pointing and crying. An hour later, we were all escorted to the basement and we began to watch live coverage of what was happening. Trains were closed, and I wasn’t allowed to leave until a parent picked me up. So my dad walked from Downtown Brooklyn to get me. It was a moment in history that highlighted pain and humanity in so many ways —it took me years to even watch a documentary about 9/11. On this day, and everyday, we should honor fallen heroes, lost family members and everyone impacted by this tragedy.We should also remember that standing in its place now is a physical representation of human resilience — and our ability to find our way through the dark.
#911 #september11 #humanity
Hey kids! No matter how old you get, never grow up. 💃🏽 dance it up. Laugh it up. Drink it up. And don’t take any of this madness too seriously. 🤪 #birthdaywisdom
It’s amazing. The feats we can achieve when we are dedicated and focused. Look at the Roman Coliseum. 😍 Better yet, look up what it used to look like when it was first completed and how long it has lasted. I am perpetually in awe of what some design and strategy can lead to. And how time, while it feels so fleeting, is the truest test of all. ⌛️⏳🕰
What does time mean to you?
#design #innovation #travelnoire #citydesign #rome #coliseum
I stumbled on this gem walking through a bohemian town in Rome. My recent trip was an amazing reminder to be present, something that I used to struggle with. Working mostly in goal driven positions, my mindset shifted from being present to planning major initiatives and hitting numbers. It took me to great heights, but to super low lows when numbers weren’t met. This has driven me to find balance in goals and focus on the present. Quality isn’t everything, nor is quantity. It’s the perfect balance of both, the shadows, contrast and light that equate to the beauty we see. Just like this mural... measuring things with balance + perspective 👀 🔈🤓
A note to leaders + entrepreneurs: perspective is 🔑. Your organization and its functionality is purely a reflection of who you are. No hashtags on this... just reflection.
My girl @mjsosassy
captured the ultimate shot that depicts a whole other side of me. As the quintessential goofball (except when I’m focused on business) I usually am just cheesy in photos. Any pics of me posing like the above were wonderful moments that capture other elements of my personality. I love how dynamic and complex we all are. Being yourself is being confused, lost, loved, found and knowing it all... all at the same time. I admire my complexity. What do you love about yourself?? 😍
#selflove #selfcare #design #Italy #Rome
My post hangover look. 🥂 I’m spending a few days having fun in #Paris
. Travel has always been my way of staying present and grounded. It is a wonderful pause in the midst of work and life to remind you oh how little you know and how much wonder and beauty there is in the world. I also believe that global travel brings a level of knowledge + perspective you cannot otherwise attain that force growth in you. Take some time and invest in your experience through travel. It really opens your eyes to so much! ✈️ 🇫🇷 🇮🇹 .
#travelnoire #wanderlust #travelphotography #femmetravel #Italy #France
La-la-la-lights galore! I’m packing my bags for a trip... it’s not to this location which was a lantern shop in #Turkey
but it is to a new destination that I’ve been planning to visit for a while. In the meantime, I am going to reminisce on past trips with beautiful sights. Stay tuned for where I land next week! 😍🤔✈️
#jetset #wanderlust #design #global #turkey
My mood. Left the safety net of full time work a lil over a month ago. This will be my third venture into entrepreneurship, but honestly it will be my first attempt at really trusting + pushing myself beyond many fears. I decided that the energy and commitment I have given to other missions can be applied to my dreams too. Because life is short and you only get one shot at it. So why not live it to your fullest potential and fill it with love, happiness, empathy and perspective. 🥂 .
Also thanks to @rachelleinerphoto
for a fun shoot! 📷
#humanist #entrepreneurship #girlboss #design #photography #innovation