From Inspiration

#BlackWomenLead: Chisholm Legacy Brunch

On Sunday, March 31st, Higher Heights hosted a special virtual Sunday Brunch to celebrate the late Shirley Chisholm’s legacy featuring a conversation with newly elected Congresswomen Jahana Hayes (CT-5), Lucy Mcbath (GA-6), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14)—and I was one of the virtual hosts! This Sunday Funday was full of good eats and even better conversation around how we…

Make Your Next BIG Move with DigitalUndivided

In 2018, the energy behind catch phrases and hashtags like “The Future is Female” seemed to be limitless, and that movement seems to have gained more vigor with the election of President Donald Trump. A record breaking number of women were elected to state and local office in 2018, and we’re seeing more and more…

Women Leading by Example: Jahari Soward

I normally try to keep my civic tech chats pretty short. But Jahari Soward shares my same passion for seeing our young women excel in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). So I wanted to take my time and hear exactly what inspired her to become the founder of My eSTEAM Kits!  

You Are Not a Brand

On October 8, 2018, KBLX radio personality Armand Carr was joined by the co-director of Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew for a discussion on “The Business of Podcasting.” This was not your average discussion on millennials and technology–and that’s a great thing! Agnew informed #TECHCNXT attendees on his opinion of “branding” and the potential impact of…

News, PR and Politics

The Chicago Chapter of National Association of Black Journalists hosted a panel on Wednesday, September 19, offering an inside look into the careers of the industry’s most notable journalists turned press secretaries. “Career Insider: Behind the Scenes With Spokespersons for the Politically Powerful” included: Monroe Anderson former press secretary for Mayor Eugene Sawyer, Avis LaVelle former…

Voyage Chicago: The Road to Social Entrepreneurship

“I’ve had an interest in public affairs for quite some time. My introduction to being a social entrepreneur comes from my parents who have both served (and continue to) in public service. However, it was more than likely the countless times I tagged along with my grandmother to Southwest Priority Board meetings in Dayton, Ohio…

Women Leading by Example: Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is the first tenured professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of: The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in a Democracy The Miner’s Canary: Rethinking Race and Power Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law Schools and…

Sheer Beauty

In 2017, my friend, Jihan invited me to a Friday night service for women at Free Church in Oak Park, IL. It was an experience or rather a celebration of women who love God and remain vigilant on their journey to being who God called them to be. At the close of service, I told my…