• DISCRIMINATION’S DIRTIEST WORD—AGEISM

    A look at one-half of the double dose of discrimination wome

    DISCRIMINATION’S DIRTIEST WORD—AGEISM

    A look at one-half of the double dose of discrimination women face with gender and ageism.

    Ageism is a human issue. Ageism is a family issue. Ageism is a financial issue. Ageism is a political issue. Ageism is your issue. Ageism is our issue.

    Mark Twain wrote “life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.” The ancient Greek poet Homer called old age “loathsome,” and William Shakespeare called it “hideous winter.” Each scholar wrote their descriptions of old age while in their twilight years, leaving a legacy of loathing for aging. Over thousands of years we’ve learned to see old age as a disease, something to be avoided even though we know it’s inevitable. Which brings us back to today and the most insidious discrimination of our time—ageism.

  • PROPER PREPARATION IS KEY TO A GREAT CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

    Chemistry is the goal, and preparedness will get you there.

    PROPER PREPARATION IS KEY TO A GREAT CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

    Chemistry is the goal, and preparedness will get you there. Conferences are an amazing way to learn about your industry, nurture relationships, meet with people you’ve only communicated with online and, perhaps, become business partners or collaborators in new ventures. There are many articles on how to prepare to meet the right people, research your keynote speakers and make sure your social game is on point, but I want your personal approach to be flawless.

    I’ve been doing this for more than 15 years, in multiple industries and, trust me, business preparation is important, but personal preparation decreases stress and makes an impact. If you’re new to the business conference world, events can feel overwhelming, awkward and downright nail biting. Don’t worry.

  • Red Carpet Confidence

    Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-t

    Red Carpet Confidence

    Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-tie events

    Supplier diversity professionals can be inspirational, transformational and dedicated change agents. Sometimes, they are viewed by their colleagues as someone to hide from because they enforce unpopular policies and processes. Most times, people forget that they are caring individuals with personality, a personal brand and style.

    This year’s Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair theme, “Discover the Difference” is fitting because the women’s business enterprises (WBEs), corporate members and WBENC educational approach are all different. As a corporate member, with beauty, brand and style training, I appreciate people’s differences from a personality, body type, leadership style and sales approach. While WBENC has grown the schedule of events, evolving our fashion approach only seemed natural. Whether you’re an award winner, platinum sponsor or single ticket attendee, I’d bet my next check that your black-tie attire needs to be on point.

  • Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

    Money is the currency of exchange and symbol of success in t

    Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

    Money is the currency of exchange and symbol of success in today’s world and society. So much stress, thoughts and discussions revolve around money. I assure you that it might not bring happiness, but it definitely secures a peace of mind—well, to some extent. But how much is enough?

    Student loan payoffs seem to begin the first day of work. All of a sudden it’s important to save to buy a house, pay for daycare, save for healthcare, in case of emergencies, save for your kids’ college fund, as well as start building up retirement funds. When does it stop? It doesn’t. No matter how much money you make, there will always be the fear of not having enough. And, for those who make enough to live comfortably, there is a fear of losing it.

    Fear and anxiety about the future eats you up from inside. In either case, fear of not having enough or fear of losing it all, the issue is centered around our inability to control the unplanned events that trigger how much money will be needed on any given day. So, instead of asking ourselves, “How much do I need?” the real question is what tools do we have to manage a situation where more money is required?