Yes, Ma'am! 5 "Nasty Women" Who Rock
This past April, I attended the Tribeca Talks Daring Women Summit, where powerful women in arts and technology came together to share their paths to success. There were five women who really caught my attention with their drive, intelligence, and willingness to break barriers. Some of them made me laugh, some made me think, and all of them proved, once again, why female leadership is so damn important.
Donna Karan rocks. She wants to help the world through fashion. She is passionate about health care and wants to take care of "the care" first. She wants our youth to travel, learn, and get involved before going to college. She teamed up with Parsons School of Design, Urban Zen, and Paula Coles to create D.O.T. (Design, Organization, Training Center) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. D.O.T. helps bridge Haiti's traditional artisan techniques with the modernity and design innovation needed to succeed in today's global marketplace. #yougogirl
"YOU NEVER GAIN WEIGHT ON YOUR SHOULDER. YOU CAN ALWAYS SHOW YOUR SHOULDER."
"IF YOU CAN’T SLEEP IN IT, GO OUT IN IT, I DON’T WANT TO KNOW FROM IT."
"LEARN WHERE YOUR CURVES ARE AND START OVER WITH YOUR WARDROBE."
Samantha Bee champions women. She hires female writers for her show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. She lifts women up by inspiring them and mentoring them. She's currently developing a mentorship program for those who don't even see themselves in the late night world. Because she cares. She surrounds herself with people she likes, people with energy, people who she actually wants to spend her day with. She's also Canadian, which explains why she's so damn nice. #bossgoals
"YOU HAVE TO BE ATTENTIVE TO PEOPLE'S GOALS. HOW CAN YOU GROW THIS PERSON?"
"IT'S A MANDATE FOR THE SHOW TO ALWAYS BE MOVING THE NEEDLE FORWARD."
"I want the show to start when I get there, be a full impact experience and get out of there. With some great swag (Aka umbrellas)."
Rosie Perez is fearless. She is outspoken and has one of the strongest voices of her generation. She encourages women to speak up, fight for a cause, and have the confidence to be great. After listening to her presentation, I felt revived, like I could conquer anything! She's teamed up with Urban Arts Partnership to help advance intellectual, social, and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. #getitrosie
"THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRIVILEGED CHILD AND AN UNPRIVILEGED CHILD IS OPPORTUNITY."
"BE AN ACTIVIST, REFUSING TO ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO, TO ACCEPT NO. THAT’S THE MINDSET YOU HAVE TO HAVE."
"SHOW THEM WHAT YOU CAN DO. IF YOU DON’T GET THE ROLE B/C THEY WANT THE NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE THAT’S FINE – THEY’RE GOING TO REMEMBER YOU. THERE’S NO TRUTH TO A NEGATIVE STEREOTYPE AT ALL. AT ALL. B/C THAT MEANS THERE’S NO HUMANITY TO THAT CHARACTER."
I'm obsessed with Nahnatchka Khan. She's created some of the most hilarious TV shows (Don't Trust The B in Apt. 23, Fresh Off The Boat to name a few) and her realism during the Daring Women's Summit was quite refreshing. She spoke about network notes from male bosses who never quite understood the female point of view. "He gave me blue tubes. It's not a typo. It's a joke." #dropthemic
"I WAS FAKING MY WAY THROUGH EVERY SINGLE MEETING. THE TRICK WAS TO NEVER FINISH A SENTENCE."
"WITH OUR SHOW, IT'S ABOUT REPRESENTATION. NOW WE'RE TAKING SITCOM STORIES AND SHOWING IT THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS."
"WE'VE CREATED OUR OWN OPPORTUNITIES. NOBODY SET OUT TO SAY 'LET'S HELP WOMEN NOW.' YOU PUT IN THE WORK AND YOU TRY TO PRESERVE YOUR VOICE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND JUST KEEP GOING. AT SOME POINT IT'LL BREAK OPEN."
Cindy Gallop is in your corner. She'll back you 100%. Although she only spoke for about 10 minutes up on stage, she certainly made an impact on every woman sitting in the audience. In the short amount of time she presented, I learned about the importance of negotiation. As women, I think we downplay our strengths and we tend to be afraid to take sole credit for a job well done. Cindy basically told us that's all crap. Men do it all the time and they aren't afraid of hurting anyone's feelings (especially women's). You are worth a lot - three times what you think, in fact! That's the biggest lesson I learned. Oh, and to always schedule another time to negotiate, even if your boss doesn't want to. #damnstraightcindy
"think about how much money you want to make. THEN TRIPLE IT."
"I AM NOT AN INDUSTRY STANDARD. HERE ARE THE REASONS WHY I'M A VALUE."
"PEOPLE VALUE YOU AT THE VALUE YOU PUT ON YOURSELF. PEOPLE VALUE YOU LESS IF YOU DON'T NEGOTIATE."