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The Shining Light of the #HerLegacy2019 Conference

The Shining Light of the #HerLegacy2019 Conference

by Kelly Shannon

This year’s Her Legacy Conference took place this past weekend, January 25 – 26, at Columbia University.  The conference provides an engaging backdrop for ambitious women and girls of color to network and build new relationships.  This year’s event included panel discussions, workshops, networking events, and a gala evening.

Many of the events showcased and celebrated the accomplishments of women of color who have made an impact in their careers and personal lives and are now giving back to their communities.  The first panel of the weekend included three heavy hitters from very different backgrounds. The panelists included Liliahn Majeed, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at the NBA, Nadya Okamoto, Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, and Shelley Rawlings, CEO & Wellness Enthusiast at WellnessAMPED.  Led by Akua Obeng-Akrofi, the panel discussed everything from being confident, professional challenges, and advice for advancing in careers.

The panelists opened our eyes to the commitment needed as you progress in your career.  Shelley and Liliahn both shared experiences of working long hours on strategic projects and dealing with the obstacles that occur in everyone’s career.  Nadya shared that her career was formed by working things that she is either passionate about or that make her angry. In order to find your place and succeed in your professional career, below is a summary of the advice shared during the panel:

  • Be unapologetic.

  • Be the full package.  Ask for feedback and be willing to change and grow.

  • Follow your passions and remember that no dream is too big.

  • Your dreams are valid.  You are worthy and you are a badass.

  • You deserve the space you take up – both personally and professionally.

The Her Legacy Event provides a space where all participants  not only belong in the room, but they are also welcomed! If you didn’t make it to this year’s event, you can still join the conversation at We Believe Inc.  Mark your calendars to attend next year’s January event and prepare to build your network, refine your personal brand, and tap into your leadership potential.

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