Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leadership Tuesdays: The Power of Acknowledgment...Kimberly Dillon
"...Always acknowledge people. Really understand what their story is. And it doesn't matter who they are. Simply saying hello, and how are they doing and really knowing what's going on in people's lives is powerful."

--Kimberly Dillon, Founder of the House of Mikko

Twice a month on Tuesdays, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. This week, we are featuring Kimberly Dillon. She is an entrepreneur and the founder of the House of Mikko, a company that matches women who have similar characteristics and allows them to provides hair and beauty recommendations to each other. She founded the company to address the challenges that women, specifically women of color, face in finding the "right " beauty products that work for them. Although her company is less than a year old, she has been featured in TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb, named by Huffington Post as one of 25 Female Tech Founders to watch, and is a member of Women 2.0. Kimberly has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from University of Michigan.

In this TEDxwomen video, Kimberly talks about the power of acknowledgment in our personal lives and in business. To view the Leadership Tuesdays' feature, click here. For more information on Leadership Tuesdays, see here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Three Passionate Young Women Making History In Washington, D.C.

Maliaka Mealy, Heather Rasberry, and Megan Goffney

Women History Makers-DC, MD & VA salutes three young women from the Washington, D.C. area who took their passion regarding the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin ( Sanford, Florida) and channeled it into a well-attended rally on Saturday March 24th in Downtown Washington. Heather Rasberry, Megan Goffney, Maliaka Mealy along with their friend from Florida, Yolanda Carr, organized the "DC Trayvon Rally" via social media in only four days. Thousands including national and local civil rights leaders, church and student leaders, as well as the local, national and international media showed up on a rainy day at Freedom Plaza in front of the John Wilson Building to show their support for the family of Trayvon Martin and concerned for the justice process related to Martin's death.

Women History Makers-DC, MD & VA recognizes the tremendous ingenuity and social media savvy demonstrated by these women.  They not only moved themselves into meaningful action, but they also engaged an entire metropolitan area in activism about the unfortunate and tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the social ills plaguing the urban communities of the Washington, D.C. area. Kudos to Heather, Maliaka, and Meagan, and a SHOUT OUT to Rev. Tony Lee (Community of Hope A.M.E. Church) and all those who supported these women!!  

For more info on this story, check: Trayvon Martin - Washington, DC Rally For Justice on Facebook and "DCTrayvonRally" on Twitter.

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