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Billboard Activism – Afrovisibilty

slide_488114_6718336_compressedLekia Lee, the mother of an 11-year-old girl in the UK, has produced a billboard to celebrate natural Black hair because she does not want her daughter to think she has to use extensions, wigs or chemical straighteners. Lee is the driving force behind a billboard campaign in London encouraging black women of all ages to rock their natural hair with pride.



The 49-year-old said UK Billboards let her have the space in West Kensington for two weeks for free.

afrovisibility“The billboard challenges the narrative of beauty and promotes diversity and counters underrepresentation,” Lée says she constantly praises natural hair at home but doesn’t see this happening in the outside world, which she feels is damaging for young black girls like her daughter.

She added: “It’s not just a trend – natural hair is here to stay.”


Cover image of Esperanza Spalding, the jazz singer and bassist, has had natural hair her entire life and has even been quoted saying that she never has and never will relax it.

Learn more about the lies about ‘lye’ and other cosmetics marketed to black women

Run To Win

we want you to run

EMILY’s List is launching Run to Win, a national recruitment campaign aimed at recruiting and helping thousands of pro-choice Democratic women around the country run for office and win.
We’ve been working to recruit and elect women to office for over 30 years because we know that women bring unique and diverse experiences that matter for policies that will impact our families.

Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color and more young women are stepping up to run. Diverse representation at every level of government means we’ll all have a voice.

That’s where YOU come in. We are asking you to step up and run for office, especially at the state and local level. And men, you can help by encouraging your wife, daughter, colleague, and friends to run too.

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You don’t have to have years of political experience, a Ph.D. in the issues that matter to you, or a law degree (although those women are welcome too). You know when policies work for you and your family and when they don’t. We think it’s long overdue that you have a seat at the decision-making table.

EMILY’s List is doubling our forces across the country to train and recruit new candidates. We can help give you the tools to be a strong and strategic candidate. In-person trainings, webinars, and other resources will introduce you to the basic tools needed to run and win.


If you want to run, join us!

If you know a woman who should run, join us!

If you want to help a woman run, join us!

Take the next step. Join us today!

Run For Office

Help A Woman Run

Peaceful Activism

A woman, her dog, and three wild horses are planning on journeying 4,000 miles to help protect the greatest remaining wilderness in North America: The Sacred Headwaters.

Riding Wild Trailer from Aniela Gottwald on Vimeo.

Riding Wild is an adventure and documentary film project by Aniela Gottwald with the goal of riding 4,000 miles from the U.S. – Mexican Border to the Sacred Headwaters of Canada.  With this ride Aniela hopes to bring awareness to the tsunami of coal mining development destined for North Western British Columbia and inspire a movement to explore and protect the remote frontiers of the natural world that support our life on the planet.
This story has a unique and pivotal timeliness. More than ever before we have a responsibility as human beings to move toward a path of sustainability and away from a path that threatens our global survival. Our wild horses face a dire situation, as the Bureau of Land Management recently voted for the euthenization of 45,000 horses. There is a common thread between First Nations Rights, their traditional rights to their land and resources that have not been respected or supported by the governmental system. Our greatest goal is to raise awareness and in turn enough support to help the Tahltan and Gitxsan First Nations legally protect the Sacred Headwaters from mining development. This ride will give Gottwald the leverage to bring attention to finding solutions for wild horses and advocating for the protection of our natural world from inappropriate industrial development.

To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/riding-wild/fundraiser/anielagottwald

Riding Wild

The Giving Season


There are so many ways you can contribute to the well-being of your community and the world as a whole. One of those ways is by donating money to a cause you believe in. If your budget prohibits you from freely donating money, a surprising source of funds could be a Giving Jar. Keep one in your kitchen, and fill it with your spare change. At the end of the month, donate the total to a local shelter, a soup kitchen, or to a cause you care about.

A good resource to learn about causes to support is The Life You Can Save.org, who’s mission is to improve the lives of people living in extreme poverty and to promote the concept of effective giving. They believe that everyone should live free from preventable diseases such as malaria or parasitic infections and have access to adequate health care and to the elements of a healthy life such as clean water and nutrition.

Find out here which charities they recommend.


Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation, as well as sustainable development. A Native American with Ojibwe ancestry, she is the executive director of Honor the Earth and is active in Anishinaabe issues, helping found the Indigenous Women’s Network in 1985. 


“Honor the Earth was created to raise awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.”

In 2014, Winona gave an awesome keynote speech to the graduating class at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Winona embodies a number of critical issues: sustainable food systems, indigenous rights, first-nation movements, oil and gas extraction, and climate change. She’s pushing forward the frontline, and we all benefit when Winona succeeds.

A mini documentary titled FOOD AND WATER | EARTH, directed by Suez Taylor, was shown at the United Nations where it was featured during the Commission of the Status of Women. Just recently, Winona received the wonderful news that it will be in the permanent collection of the Mille Lacs Native American History Museum.

“Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you can activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist”
-Winona LaDuke



Despite her having grown up in St. Lucia, surrounded by the sparkling blue sea, Shal Monroe was not encouraged to swim as a child. “Historically, there is a deep fear of the ocean there,” she says. “My mother would be like, ‘Stay on the sand! Stay on the sand!'”
To celebrate the upcoming World Oceans Day on June 8th, Monroque traveled back to the island to work with Kids4Coral, a program headed by the environmental organization Caribbean SEA and sponsored by La Mer, that teaches kids to swim and snorkel and appreciate and preserve marine life. Children learn to identify creatures in the delicate coral ecosystem, along with various methods to protect their newly discovered underwater world.
The first group of 100 will graduate after four sessions with some of them going on to become leaders in a Junior Rangers program. Other, like Monroque, will have instilled in them a lifelong instinct to chase after watery horizons. “The generation coming up should be able to appreciate the vastness and vitality of the ocean the same way I was,” she says. “It’s such an important thing to pass on.”
Here, a diary of her trip—glimmering blue seascapes and white sand beaches included—in honor of tomorrow’s global celebration.
Source: Vogue.com

Komal Ahmad


LOLA loves this inspiring woman: Komal Ahmad. She is a 25 year-old entrepreneur who is paying it forward! She has fed over 570,000 homeless people in San Francisco with excess food from corporate events.

I was fortunate enough to hear Komal speak at the Women In The World event last week in Los Angeles. She is so inspiring and the work that she does is so important. She shared with us some wonderful news: non-profits in Germany and Austria have been in touch with her, asking for help so that they too can use the platform she has established, so that they can take better care of the refugees pouring into Europe.

How did Komal do this?

Three years ago – when she was a student at the University of California, Berkeley, was walking near campus when a homeless man approached her and asked her for money to buy food. Komal, instead, invited the man to lunch and, as they ate, he told how he was a soldier – recently returned from Iraq – and that he had run into a rough patch.

After that experience, which, she says, “blew my mind,” so she began an initiative at the university, which allowed the dining hall to donate any excess food to local homeless shelters.

Now CEO of a not-for-profit service called gocopia (formerly Feeding Forward), Komal Ahmad told New York’s Daily News how excess food-wastage “is literally the world’s dumbest problem.”

She added: “Hunger is bad – it’s terrible everywhere – but in America, in the most prosperous, industrialized country in the world, this just shouldn’t exist.”

Putting the problem into perspective, she said: “Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That’s how much food goes wasted every single day in America.”


The gocopia app is technology that enables businesses to receive a tax write-off and a reduction in disposal costs for providing meals to communities in need.


This is How It Works

Give Food

Receive Food

  1. Post Your Donation

Request a pickup of your surplus food through our platform.

  1. Track Our Driver

A food hero will rescue and deliver the food to a nearby shelter in need.

  1. See Your Impact

Receive profiles of the people fed and see the impact made on the community and your bottom line.

Save Time and Money

We use technology to streamline the process of food donation and distribution, enabling you to receive enhanced tax deductions and reduce disposal costs, while effortlessly feeding those in need.

Strengthen Your Community

We empower you to become a local food hero by sharing your surplus food with shelters, churches, and other nonprofits in need.

Protect the Environment

We create an efficient food waste management system that decreases methane emission and reduces your carbon footprint.

Interested in becoming a food hero driver? (San Francisco area) Sign up here: https://gocopia.com/driver


Resources: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/young-woman-develops-phone-app-to-feed-almost-600000-homeless-people-in-san-francisco-10348579.html

Faking Public Confidence

Fake It

There is such a thing as public confidence and private confidence. 

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explains how she overcame her own doubts to find success in her career with this video here.


I am a Peaceful Activist…
This past weekend, I stopped by an event that Dr. Jane Goodall was speaking at regarding a recently published book about GMOs titled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth by Steven M. Druker. It was so wonderful to hear that last week, she gave a copy of this book to the Pope’s committee investigating GMOs. It’s so great that Dr. Goodall doesn’t waste time getting information into influential hands!


I also learned from Dr. Goodall, about the work of research scientist Dr. Anthony Samsel, “who has been studying the toxicity of glysophate, the world’s most prevalent herbicide used in commercial agriculture on GMO crops for many years now.” As it turns out, Monsanto has known since the 1970’s that glysophate causes cancer, and yet they still put it on the market. To read more During the Q & A part, I asked one of my favorite questions: What can each of us do to influence positive change?



Melanie Oliva

MelanieOliva_ByTomBalla   On Sat. Aug. 22, 2015, Miami environmental artist Melanie Oliva launched Inspiration Pollination, an online community of artists and creators who have the power to influence others through their work. This effort was in response to the White House’s announcement in May that pollinators’ numbers are rapidly decreasing, putting them at serious risk for extinction. “I was surprised at how little many I talked to knew about the matter and how apathetic some were. I thought, ‘If they don’t know just how critical pollinators are, how much does the general public understand?’ Familiar with the work of Josh Keyes, John Sabraw and Mary Iverson, I know that art can elevate important issues. I decided to theme a series of artwork, but I felt I could do more.” After brainstorming ideas with her husband – some potentially dangerous like installing and manning billboard-like beehives – a simpler idea came to mind. She could encourage other creators to incorporate the message into their next project, gaining what is essentially free advertising for pollinators’ plight. Using the Ice Bucket Challenge as her model, Oliva challenged the original 200 members of Inspiration Pollination (including Nashville’s Herb Williams and Miami’s Oliver Sanchez) to post a pollinator- focused project on Facebook and pass the challenge on to four more to keep it “pollinating” throughout the online world. As the group gains a larger following, the artist hopes to turn it into a non-profit that will foster community efforts and help other artists with similar environmental aspirations. For more information, visit the Inspiration Pollination group page on Facebook, follow on Instagram @inspirationpollination and Twitter @inspr8npollin8n Unknown-3

Melanie was featured last month in the Huff Post! Read her interview here:

{Week of 14 September 2015}


The Five Interns

Royals, pop divas and politicians alike all have to start their careers somewhere. The latest issue of Porter magazine profiles 5 fabulous women: Scan 2

Source: http://www.net-a-porter.com/Content/portermagazine



Women Can Build

WomenCanBuildPRESS-2sm Modern day Rosies on the meaning of respect:   Women Can Build Slideshow from LAANE on Vimeo.

“Women Can Build says it all: the powerful, beautiful women working in these factories can do anything they set their minds to,” said Madeline Janis, Director of the Jobs to Move America coalition. “We hope to inspire more young girls to work in heavy manufacturing, and to encourage the major employers in transit equipment manufacturing to provide more good jobs and equal opportunity to women in these factories.”
#WomenCanBuild | www.womencanbuild.org



LOLA is seeking a creative intern!

The LOLA team is looking for a creative intern with skills in video making. There are so many filming opportunities at LOLA HQ! Be part of sharing LOLA‘s beautiful and empowering messages! Please send your resume to: Lola@priscillawoolworth.com Scan 1-2



IMG_20141129_134253 Los Angeles hair stylist Sandra Garcia started #ProjectPaperBag on November 27th 2014. In Sandra’s words:

It started because I always drive past homeless people in downtown LA. I always see them and wonder how they got to that point… If they have eaten a decent meal lately… How often do they get meals? If at all. I spend money on useless things all the time. Why not help someone who needs it?


The mission of our project is to provide meals for the homeless once a month. I want the meal to consist of a water bottle, a snack, an apple and some sort of hot item. I know people donate their time and money during the holiday season but I want to try to keep this going once a month and I wanted to show younger people there’s so much in life to be grateful for… it’s not just about helping on the holidays.


I’d like to eventually turn this into a non-profit organization but that’s going to require time and money. For now I’m just asking people to spread the word.


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Instagram: ProjectPaperBag | Facebook: ProjectPaperBag


Animals Big and Small Need Our Help

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One young woman, Tansy Aspinall grew up in a Wild Animal Park, in England, where as a child, she played with young gorillas. More recently, she met up with one of those gorillas, called Djalta that had been released in the wild 12 years before. To watch their reunion: 

Tansy’s family are involved in saving endangered species. The foundation breeds animals threatened with extinction-especially gorillas- and return them back into the wild.

To learn more about the work of the Aspinall Foundation: http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/conservation/conservation/overseas-conservation-work/congo-gabon Interested in getting involved by volunteering at a zoo? One resource with lots of helpful information is http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Support/Volunteer/ The top 10 Animal Conservation organizations to support: http://animals.about.com/od/wildlifeconservation/tp/wildlifeconserv.htm



LOLA loves Phoebe Dahl (we’ve featured her in Chapter 19 Inspiring Women) at FAIRCLOTH & Supply so much in fact we have to share this: faircloth   Every purchase benefits a girl in Nepel. How’s that for #peacefulactivism? faircloth1   Ends 11/5/2014.


International Day of the Girl

Main-Image October 11, 2014 is the International Day of the Girl!

Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”-United Nations Resolution 66/170


Just two years ago, the UN declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

AS_Day-of-the-Girl-Web-Marquee-e1410291146882 October 11 is not just a day; it’s a movement. A worldwide revolution. We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. According to UNESCO, 793 million adults worldwide cannot read, and of them, 64% of them are women. But if the team at LitWorld — a U.S.-based nonprofit that facilitates on-the-ground mentoring campaigns to fight illiteracy around the world — has a say, that number will disappear — no matter how long it takes. But the United Nations, through its International Day of the Girl this Saturday, October 11, and other groups like LitWorld are slowly working to eradicate the issue. Pam Allyn, a literacy expert and founding director of LitWorld, helped launch the 10,000 Girls Initiative earlier in the year. The campaign aims to reach girls around the world through mentoring programs, while providing them with basic needs — like sanitary supplies and cell phones — to ensure that they can stay in school. IMG_0895




Use Your Power To Vote

Scan 55 “Even though we are lucky enough to have the right to vote here in the US, perhaps the most frustrating thing is having to wait until you turn eighteen in order to do so. While there is no doubt that being able to cast a vote for issues that you are passionate about is the best way to make your voice heard, always remember that there is so much more to a vote than actually just casting it! For all of you Smart Girls who want to make a difference but aren’t quite old enough to head to the polls yet, here are some suggestions for things you can do while you wait to cast those votes.”

VOLUNTEER! Campaigns, both candidate based and issue based, are always looking for people to lend a helping hand. A lot of what we see or hear, on television or the radio, only scratches the surface of what needs to be done in order to have a successful campaign. Especially now, during the height of campaign and election season, there are a huge number of opportunities to dip your feet into the political process pool. Stuffing envelopes, making phone calls to voters, and knocking on doors are but a few ways you can help rock the vote, without actually having the vote. ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETINGS! Town hall meetings are open to everyone in the community, and are a good place to both learn about the pressing issues in your community, and even bring up some topics of your own. From there, you might be able to connect with similar-minded people, and find an issue you are passionate about. RUN FOR OFFICE AT SCHOOL! We all know that the federal government gets the bulk of the publicity, but the real work is done at the lowest levels of government. What better way to effect change in the community than to starting in the place you spend so much time in, your school. Many student bodies hold elections and operate much like other government bodies. Running for office could give you the skills needed to rock the vote once you have it!




Are you ready?

Join the U.S. National Youth Leadership Council! Applications just opened today and will be till November 10th, 2014.


Go to http://www.rootsandshoots.org to get involved.

Help Roots & Shoots work towards a better world for people, animals, and for the environment. Participate in professional development webinars that connect service with areas of activism that you are passionate about! Find your activist soul mates 🙂


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LOLA Woman of the Week (9/24/2014): Alicia Keys

Alicia-Keys-Nude-Instagram ALICIA KEYS was asked a provocative question about the meaning of our existence: Why are you here? “Nobody had asked me that question before,” Keys recalled. It got her thinking about her mission in life, her legacy. She is one of the world’s best-known singers, but many of her songs have been about love or heartbreak. She has 35 million fans on Facebook and almost 20 million followers on Twitter, but she wasn’t leveraging that audience for some broader purpose. So she is now starting a We Are Here movement to channel her music and her fans to social justice causes, from stricter gun laws to criminal justice reform, from gay rights to global girls’ education. “I want to gather an army,” Keys told me. She wants to galvanize that infantry of fans from feeling frustrated about the world to improving it. Keys is expecting her second child in December — the movement arises partly from her concern about the world that the child will inherit — so she decided to be photographed nude with a peace sign on her belly as an image of amity to kick off the effort. “It’s time to get people’s attention,” she said. “People won’t be able to ignore this visual.” She plans to kick off the We Are Here Movement on Sunday at the Social Good Summit, a grass-roots version of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Keys says she will encourage her fans to support 12 specific groups: All Out, a gay rights organization; CARE, the aid group; Equal Justice Initiative, which combats racial inequity in the criminal justice system; the Future Project, which empowers high school students in America; Girl Rising, which supports girls’ education around the world; Keep a Child Alive, which helps children affected by H.I.V. and AIDS; Moms Rising, which supports universal prekindergarten, maternal leaves and tighter gun laws; Oxfam, which fights global poverty; Partners in Health, which tackles disease worldwide; the Trevor Project, which prevents suicide among gay and lesbian youths; the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which fights racial profiling; and War Child, which supports children in conflict areas. To get the effort started, Keys is donating $1 million of her own money, to be divided among the 12 groups, and she hopes that her fans will make their own donations directly to the charities. A website,WeAreHereMovement.com, provides information.



UN Women Goodwill Ambassador: Emma Watson1410994905718_Image_galleryImage_British_Actor_and_UN_Wome

Emma Watson flew to Uruguay as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. A Goodwill Ambassador generally delivers goodwill or promotes ideals from one entity to another, or to a population. Goodwill Ambassadors have been an official (or unofficial) part of governments and cultures for as long as diplomacy has existed; to exchange gifts and presents; humanitarian relief; or development aid, using well known celebrities, scientists, authors, known activists, and other high society figures. While she is known to million of fans for lighting up the big screen, Emma Watson is also making her mark as an advocate for ending inequalities for women around the world. On Wednesday, the 24-year-old actress took some time out from her glamorous career to step into her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador as she travelled to Uruguay. The Paris-born beauty flew over to the South American nation for a presentation of the HeForShe campaign at Uruguay’s Parliament in Montevideo. Emma was also seen diligently taking notes as she listened to others at the presentation share their thoughts. The event was organised by women’s groups, which are pushing the country’s lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. On seeing the crowds that had turned out to hear her speak, Emma later said: ‘I was immensely touched to see so many young people outside the parliament here in Uruguay. ‘At the back of the room there were five young women, probably under the age of 17, who were holding a banner that said, “Say yes to more women in politics”. ‘To see this kind of participation is why I’m here. It’s why I’ve come to Uruguay and why I want to work with UN Women… ‘Thankfully, I have this platform and I’m able to shine a light on these issues, which are really important to me and this is what I want to continue to do and what I believe in passionately.’ Resource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2760128/Emma-Watson-heads-Uruguay-UN-Women-Goodwill-Ambassador-duties-campaigns-females-politics.html Resource: Wikipedia/Goodwill Ambassador


What Is Plastic Free Campuses?

plastic School and college campuses are often the source of enormous amounts of plastic pollution.  “Plastic Free Campuses” is a global community of university and school campuses working towards reducing their plastic footprint. Join the community now! The goal of the project is to measurably reduce plastic pollution on campuses around the world, with a special focus on the reduction and ultimately the elimination of plastic bottles, plastic straws and utensils, and plastic food packaging. Plastic Free Campuses are students and schools that have identified plastic pollution as a key concern, and are taking action to confront the issue. This means different things for different schools, from hosting a plastic free sporting event, to ending bottled water sales across the campus. Any school or student group with the intention of fighting plastic pollution is eligible to join, and will be featured on the Plastic Free Campuses Global Map.



Girl Boss

140502_GB_featuredPost_spinbook3   Looking for a good read about a girl who started from nothing and eventually launched her own business? You’ll learn that the first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion—it was a stolen book. She spent her teens just trying to survive by hitchhiking just to get places, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she took the initiative of getting a mediocre day job just so she would have health insurance. It was there that she decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal. #GIRLBOSS is her includes Sophia’s story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. Her message: ” Work hard and don’t compromise”


Seven Things To Do After Your Internship



Internships are the secret ingredient to kickstarting your career. But a few miscalculated steps after your internship ends could dampen your image for years to come.   Whether you loved or hated your internship, burning bridges isn’t going to do your career any favors. Take Anthony Weiner’s former intern Olivia Nuzzi, for example. While she certainly got a lot of media attention for providing an inside look into his campaign, people have mixed views on whether that helped or harmed her career.   Here are seven ways to keep your professional image intact after your internship ends:

1. Don’t forget to say thank you

As your internship comes to end — or even if you’re already gone — it’s your duty to personally thank everyone you worked with during that period. Recognition is important, even if you didn’t thoroughly enjoy the working experience.   Verbal thank yous aren’t enough, either. Go with the handwritten thank you note. For each person you write, provide specifics about what you appreciated. Maybe they showed you the ropes on a new project or made your lunch break more bearable by sharing a table with you. Whatever it is, avoid a canned response.

2. Don’t badmouth anyone

Unfortunately, some internship experiences aren’t positive. You may have had a less-than-impressive manager or duties that lacked educational value, but it’s best not to share your opinions publicly. Don’t tweet or Facebook your distaste for an employer, ever.   Instead, keep it constructive. If you didn’t get the chance to share your opinions about your experience in a one-on-one meeting with your internship or human resources manager, consider reaching out to them in an email. Just remember not to be overly negative — you never know when you’ll need a reference.

3. Don’t lie about your experience

The aftermath of a bad internship may feel disheartening, but don’t blow it out of proportion when sharing it with friends and family. Lying about your experience could get around fast and ruin yourprofessional reputation.   If you want to share your professional opinions to warn potential interns, consider posting on an internship rating website, but keep it tactful. Never lie about what took place because it’ll only come back to hurt you in the end.

4. Don’t share confidential information

You may have signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) or confidentiality agreement (CA) when you filled out your internship paperwork. If so, you agreed not to disclose private information related to your work.   Sharing confidential information pertaining to your internship, such as client- or customer-related details, could place you in serious legal trouble. You’d face hefty legal fees and being branded as untrustworthy — something no employer is looking for.

5. Don’t lose touch

Building your network is essential to the future of your career. Everyone you came in contact with during your internship is a potentially valuable connection for another internship, job opening or professional development opportunity.   Stay in touch with your fellows interns, coworkers and manager by connecting with them on social media sites. For instance, you can shoot your previous internship manager an email if you see the company has won an award, or check in with a former coworker to see how things are going since you left.

6. Don’t ask to be hired without having a plan

Maybe you’re looking to be rehired as an intern or you’re seeking an entry-level role. The worst possible thing you can do is ask for a job without having the appropriate planning in place. It’s the equivalent of shouting “Please hire me!” into a crowded room.   Build a personal presentation. Compile all the outstanding work you’ve done for the company and from other endeavors. Schedule a time to speak with your previous manager and pitch this opportunity. Even if they’re not sold on bringing you back or they don’t have the resources, they may know of another employer seeking an intern or entry-level employee.

7. Don’t engage unprofessionally

While judgment is subjective, you should set some engagement boundaries for yourself after your internship. Don’t go to the bar and get drunk with your previous internship manager or coworkers or engage in unprofessional public conversation on social media.   Just because your internship is over, that doesn’t mean you don’t reflect on the company — that gig will be on your resume for years to come. And burning bridges isn’t the best way to jumpstart your career. Remember to keep your professional reputation in mind even after you finish an internship.

by Ashley Mosley





Inspiring Change One Week At A Time

startamovement In 2011, a family from Fort Wayne, Indiana launched Impact 52, a family project in which they set out to do one volunteer project every week for a year. The two daughters in the family, Kelsi and Makenna, and together with their parents have in the past three years collaborated with more than 120 different organizations, doing a variety of tasks from working at animal adopt-a-thons to painting the exterior of an elderly neighbor’s house. Their volunteering has enriched their own lives as well.   “Every week we become students, and learn something new about ourselves and others.” impact52.org

You too can inspire change! Find out where you can volunteer in your area: http://iparticipate.org




Teens turning Green


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Teens Turning Green is a student led collaborative movement to change the world through education and advocacy for environmentally responsible choices. The programs the TTG have launched are so wonderful: 


The Conscious College Road Tour informs and inspires students around conscious living.



The Conscious Kitchen serves fresh, local, organic, seasonal, Non-GMO breakfast and lunch to students daily.



The Eco Top Chef program pairs middle school students with professional chefs to learn about food, farming, food equity, and sustainability. With the chef partners, students create a fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO meal that far surpasses USDA nutritional guidelines within school lunch budgets.



To learn more about Teens Turning Green and their programs, click below:






Make it Earth Day everyday!



It’s Earth Day on April 22nd! Plant a tree in your community or donate to the Canopy Project. For every dollar, a tree is planted. The Canopy Project has many tree planting projects happening around the world. To find out where and to get involved in one in your community:

Australia Landcare Australia worked with national parks and land care groups to help restore vulnerable areas of metropolitan New South Wales and Victoria, focusing on areas with unique and threatened animal species. Belgium Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen, or Organization for Forests in Flanders, worked to combat the environmental effects of intensive livestock and agricultural production by working with private landowners in Flanders to reforest their properties. Brazil To combat agricultural expansion and urban sprawl, SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation worked with local communities to plant native trees as a means to restore the Atlantic Forest, one of the most biologically diverse and severely threatened forest ecosystems in the world. Canada Tree Canada joined the Avatar Home Tree Initiative to restore 800 hectares (1,976 acres) of pine forest of southeastern Manitoba on land that was devastated by hurricane-force winds in 2005. France With its multicultural cultural mission, Kinomé’s Trees & Life program helped 9- and 10-year-old children in southern France plant their own trees. For every tree the children planted in France, kids of the same age in Senegal planted two trees, thus advancing global reforestation and intercultural awareness. Germany The Berlin Energy Agency’s environmental youth organization, Club-E, planted trees in southern Berlin as part of its mission to raise awareness among young people about sustainable development and lifestyles and to promote job opportunities for young people in the green economy. Haiti Trees for the Future, a U.S.-based organization that works with Haitian farmers to bring degraded lands back to productivity, is working with communities to plant fruit and other native trees using sustainable agroforestry practices. Their work helped combat centuries of environmental degradation and natural disasters, including the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake. Italy The community and Municipality of San Giovanni in Persiceto took on the Cassa Budrie reforestation project. They worked to restore and preserve a local wetland and forest located on a major flood plain, helping to promote local water security and prevent soil erosion. Other objectives of the project are biodiversity recovery and the creation of a local carbon sink to combat global climate change. Japan A tailored tree-planting at a Japanese school gave students and teachers the opportunity to plant trees on their campus and engage in related environmental education and school greening activities. Mexico Sierra Gorda Ecological Group (SGEG) has been working since 1987 to protect the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, the most ecologically diverse protected area of Mexico. The SGEG worked with local communities and farmers to reforest cleared land, directly benefiting local communities as watersheds are restored. The Netherlands Stichting wAarde, or the Earth Value Foundation, worked with local youth to plant trees in areas around Amsterdam and Utrecht. The planted trees not only engage youth and communities in learning about their local environment, but improve air quality, create healthier outdoor spaces and restore urban habitats for wildlife. Spain Plantemos Para el Planeta planted trees in southeastern Costa del Sol, which was ravaged by wildfire in 2009, and created recreation spaces for people to appreciate the beauty of nature. Sweden Under Sweden’s Skogen i Skolan, or Forest in School program, children and their teachers go on excursions to plant spruce, pine, birch and beech trees in northeast Sweden with professional guidance and intensive environmental and reforestation education. Uganda We planted 350,000 trees in three high-poverty districts: Kiboga-Kyankwanzi, Kayunga and Kamuli. The plantings were carried out in partnership with Trees for the Future and local farmers. In the Kiboga-Kyankwanzi District, farmers planted trees for fuel wood, animal fodder, construction materials, and intercropping. In the Kayunga District, families planted trees for timber, to prevent soil erosion and mitigate the effects of storms, and to create living fences to protect their land from being seized by corrupt and influential farmers. In the Kamuli District, farmers planted trees to create boundaries on their land and to provide fodder for cattle, which they are keeping to produce raw material for a biogas project in the district. United Kingdom The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe, with only four percent native woodland cover. Leading woodland conservation charity, The Woodland Trust is helping community groups across the UK to transform their local area by planting more native trees for the benefit of local people, wildlife and the environment. United States Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Flint, & St. Louis  The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, through Earth Day Network and the support of the UPS Foundation, planted twelve fruit tree orchards across these cities in 2012. These orchards were located in low-income areas where the trees will not only beautify the community and enhance residents’ quality of life but also provide food. New York City MillionTreesNYC plants trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs, focusing on low- to middle-income communities to increase green spaces in the community and improve urban environmental health for area residents. MillionTreesNYC participated in the Initiative through their fall Reforestation Day’s city-wide tree plantings. San Francisco Since 1981, Friends of the Urban Forest has helped San Franciscans to plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens, thereby supporting the health and livability of the urban environment. The organization conducted plantings in low-income neighborhoods, resulting in increased community interaction and cooperation. Los Angeles TreePeople is a Los Angeles-based non-profit whose mission is to improve the urban environment of the city by planting trees. TreePeople’s Fruit Tree Program provides low-income families, school children and community residents with a source of free fruit to help alleviate hunger, address childhood diabetes and obesity, improve nutrition, and provide shade, beauty and cleaner air now and for decades to come.


Make it Earth Day every day!





It’s a Girl Rising call to action!

Girls around the world need our help in getting an education. Why don’t you host a screening at your local theater? A group of high school girls in Los Angeles did just that! After seeing Girl Rising they wanted to host a screening at their local theater. They raised the funds by doing bake sales and got lots of support from their community. The money they made from ticket sales all went to the Girl Rising movement.

Did you know…that educating girls is the smartest investment of our time. When girls are educated, communities thrive and economies grow. Yet 66 million girls are missing from classrooms worldwide, and tremendous opportunities are lost. Join the Girl Rising community by becoming a champion for girls’ education. Use your voice and talent to help us create meaningful change: spread the message, raise funds, and rally your community to advocate for policies supporting girls’ education.


Educate Girls, Change the World!






Make a modern-day resume with Sumry!

modern day resume To jazz things up–and to make future employers take notice–we recommend Sumry, a new website for creating gorgeous, easy-to-navigate digital résumés that tell your story rather than list your skills. To get started on your own, upload a headshot and enter basic information like your education and job history. Sumry then prompts you to add personal details designed to set you apart from other candidates. Maybe you’re passionate about French cinema, for instance. Or maybe a former colleague wants to contribute a quote about your cheery disposition. You can even link directly to any relevant blogs, online portfolios or social media accounts. The basic digital service is free. But if you want to download and print your Sumry (and trust us, it’s even more gorgeous on paper), you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account for $3 a month–a small price to pay in the move toward landing your dream job. (Shared from PureWow)




C_Documents_and_Settings_jochan_Desktop_120323_lilycole_mainLily Cole is an outstanding humanitarian and environmentalist! Did you know that she is an ambassador for children’s charity Global Angels and that she supports the charity WaterAid, speaking for the organization’s “End Water Poverty” campaign, and the Environmental Justice Foundation? She also modeled a T-shirt with the slogan “Save the Future” to fight child labor in the fashion industry for the Environmental Justice Foundation, and helped launch the World Land Trust’s Emerald for Elephant Exhibition, which was designed to create awareness and raise important funds for the protection of the critically endangered Asian elephant. Lily Cole is an ally as well of Western Shoshone, an environmental group that specializes in work to halt gold and diamond mining, which is alleged to not only displace indigenous peoples worldwide but also creates excessive amounts of mining waste and toxins. She’s been seen wearing the eco-friendly Anya Hindmarch handbag bearing the slogan “I’m Not A Plastic Bag”, and is involved in creating an environmentally friendly knitwear company, the North Circular, whose products are made from the wool of rescued sheep, from which 5% of all profits, and all of Cole’s, are donated to the Environmental Justice Foundation. 2537 Two years ago, Lily Cole founded Impossible.com, a social network that encourages users to exchange skills and services for free in the hope of encouraging a peer-to-peer gift economy. In 2013, PETA cited her efforts to make consumers aware of animal products in cosmetics and declared her to be one of the “Sexiest Vegetarians” of the year! She also received the Doctor of Letters for her “outstanding contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes” from the chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, Professor Muhammad Yunus. Global Angels: http://www.globalangels.org WaterAid: http://www.wateraid.org/us Environmental Justice Foundation: http://ejfoundation.org World Land Trust: http://www.worldlandtrust.org Western Shoshone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Shoshone North Circular: http://www.thenorthcircular.com We Are What We Do: http://wearewhatwedo.org/portfolio/im-not-a-plastic-bag/ Impossible: http://www.impossible.com lily cole



My Life Rules as featured in Porter

J.Crews_Jenna_Lyons Jenna Lyons, creative director of J.Crew

          1.   I work on my instincts. At the end of the day, it’s all you have. If you don’t trust yourself, no one else is going to, either.



        •   You can’t fix yesterday. And don’t beat yourself up over it-the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don’t learn from it.



        •   Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who can’t give a clear and honest opinion.



        •   I feel like I’m learning-and making mistakes-all the time! But if I wasn’t and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.



        • When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier-but I learned that here are always some things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.



        • Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. There is no question. It’s a cliché’, but it’s true.



        • Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.



        • I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that (in the workplace). I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault! When you force yourself to do it, you realize that it’s not as hard as you think.



        • I don’t want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn’t recognize me because I wasn’t wearing a red lip, so I thought, “Oh, I won’t wear a red lip for a while.”



        • Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.


****************************************   LaptopCouchGirl Excerpt from Adapt or Wait Tables, a Freelancer’s Guide by Carol Wolper:               KA…CHING! Money is often the bête noire for freelancers even when they have a job. Let’s say you write an article for a magazine in June. You do the research, the interviews, transcribe the interviews (which takes forever), write it all up and do a second, possibly a third, draft or more. This sometimes means re-writing the entire piece because the editor who signed off on the original angle had a mercurial change of heart. Suddenly the piece about a celebrity’s English rose garden becomes a piece about their collection of mid-century modern American furniture. Already the ratio of time spent versus fee to be paid means you’re working for lower than minimum wage and the editor never offers to kick in a few more bucks for her incessant second thoughts. Yet, without complaining, you do all the work required and meet your deadline-which the magazine treats as so crucial it’s as if the consequences of not doing so will be cataclysmic for the entire planet. Then you send in an invoice, and you wait. And wait. Days, weeks pass. Finally, you email and you’re informed that they don’t pay invoices for articles until the issue you wrote for is on the newsstand, which generally means a two-to-three month lag time. That’s their policy-no exceptions. So you grumble about it to a couple of friends and let it go. Right after Labor Day, you start checking your mailbox. Weeks pass, no check. You email the business office of the magazine and they get back to you a week later to tell you the check is in the system. They say this as if there’s nothing any mere mortal can do to hurry the process along. More waiting ensures and more disappointment. Often what’s going on here is that the magazine has cash flow problems and are waiting for advertising dollars to flow in, but that shouldn’t be your problem. You don’t go into a restaurant, order a meal,then tell them you’ll pay the bill when your cash flow situation improves. The magazine ate the verbal souffle’ you prepared, and now they need to pay up. Of course that argument will only guarantee you’ll never get hired again. To read more: http://www.priscillawoolworth.com/store/adapt-or-wait-tables-freelancers-guide 41JiJA4NVOL   ****************************************offer your timefight hunger




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