May 22, 2014

College Days Swiftly Pass ....

Web-World! I finally did it, this gal is officially a college graduate and I couldn't be more thrilled. It explains why I've been so m.i.a from this platform. Finals week is equivalent to social suicide, but it's a necessary sacrifice. As cliche as it is to proclaim that "my college years changed me", it's the down-right truth. The last four years have taught me more than I could have ever fathomed. I am a completely different individual now than I was when I first stepped foot on my campus. In the spirit of looking back to look forward, I felt it made sense to share some valuable college lessons. 

So below, find my top 4 #CollegeTaughtMe's 


Prior to arriving at college, I had heard so many different experiences from individuals that I wasn't quite sure what to expect. 4 years later, I have realized that the time you spend in college is what YOU choose to make of it. You can have the most fun-filled years of your life ....

May 15, 2014

Hovito's Way

The man of the hour. 
Millennials! Let’s face it: We love pop-culture. It’s a well-known fact that a large percentage of the millennial community is always connected to what’s hot and trending at any moment.
But consider this, the same pop-culture icons we are immersed in can teach us a thing or two about professional development. 
Any individual that knows me can confirm that I consider Jay-Z the undisputed King of the World. In addition to becoming one of the most iconic figures in the rap and hip-hop industry, he has shown the world what it means to create an EMPIRE.
Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $475 million, fueled not only by his music, but his companies and various affiliations. Honestly, could you expect anything less from the same man who told the world: “I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man!”
Jay-Z has been able to turn every facet of his life into a fully functioning enterprise. There lies some serious take-away points from his journey; but two lessons have resonated consistently with me that I find worth sharing:

May 5, 2014

A Note to Self

One of the greatest experiences of life is our ability to continuously change and transform. Who we are today is not who we once were, and and who we grow to be will different from who we currently are. I'm embracing loving my changes, I used to fear transition periods, but these days I'm finding comfort in them. So as a reminder to myself, and my female warriors. Embrace the woman that you're becoming on your grind for greatness. 

April 23, 2014

Who Sits at Your Leadership Table?

Imagine a dinner with 4-6 individuals who inspire, motivate, and support you. What does that table look like, who is sitting at the table, and more importantly WHY are they sitting at the table? These are the questions that prompt an individual to create and evaluate their personal leadership table.

The concept of a Leadership Table was introduced to me by Kathryn McClendon at the 2013 TedxBuffaloWomen conference. Her Ted Talk was entitled "I am a Leader?",  a testimony that evaluated what it meant to be a leader and how to tap into your inner heroine. The most important take-away lied in the importance of allowing yourself to be inspired by monumental individuals, and ultimately yourself.

April 22, 2014

Struttin' My Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling

Any individual that truly knows me, knows how much I love collaborative effort, especially when it comes in the form of being able to work with progressive women. A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with an opportunity to do just that by Marney Reid. For those of you who are not familiar with Marney's work, I encourage you to check out My Golden Handcuffs to find out more information about all the great things she does!

In addition to this platform, Marney is also the creator of Stilettos on the Glass Ceiling, a forum for women from all walks of life to share important resources for leading a progressive professional and personal life. #SOTGC was listed on "Forbes 2013 Top 100 Websites For Your Career" and the platform has been kicking through the class ceiling ever since. With a resource as amazing as this, anyone would be thrilled to work with the team, and yours truly has been presented with the dynamic opportunity to do just that.

April 21, 2014

Hello There .....


I've been struggling for weeks now to think of some great way to introduce and market MFBPR, convincing myself that it needs some form of grand introduction. But after really thinking about it, I realized that this blog is a virtual extension of me so all I have to do is operate out of the same authenticity that I do in my day-to-day. There-fore I created a little visual fact sheet to clue you all in about moi! My experiences in the past few years have taught me the importance of not only living through experiences, but being able to share them with others. This is my attempt at doing so! MFBPR is a platform for me to re-count and share my professional and personal experiences in hopes that they educate, engage, and empower my viewership! 

I hope that you all enjoy this platform as much as I enjoy sharing and contributing to it. 

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