Hustle. Grit. Grind. Balance. Up before dawn. 365 books a year. Always Be Closing. Act as if. Lean in. Buy low / sell high. Unicorns. Living for the weekend. Having. It. All.

As entrepreneurship and empowerment became synonymous as both movements and lifestyles, we have adopted the language of a patriarchal capitalism that was never intended to support us.

The very core of #hustleculture is about perpetuating the philosophy of only the strong survive and strong is defined in modern-day caveman terms. If you aren’t moving, going, growing, you aren’t winning. …


MODERN ACTIVISTS: FUTURE OF WORK

How three human trafficking social enterprises created business models with enough moxie to free the world we are living in.

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Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash.

and when it was over
nothing defined us
other than the moments
that made us feel free
r.m. drake

One year ago, in January of 2020, I went to Sonoma to a World Changing Womxn Summit. There, in the beauty of wine-country, surrounded by womxn who were showing up, creating space, and keeping the faith, I felt the joy and optimism that is required to be a world-changing womxn. …


MODERN ACTIVISTS: FUTURE OF WORK

How Sarah Symons, founder of Her Future Coalition, has created a business model that that is radical enough to heal the world we have coming.

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Photo by Elena Mozhvilo for Unsplash.

She wasn’t looking for a prince, she was looking for a sword.
atticus

Early in the days of COVID, I had a phone conversation with a colleague, who is a trauma specialist. As we were discussing the things happening around us and our fears and anxieties, I commented that I was exhausted. She responded, “Of course you are. We are currently experiencing a collective trauma. And when we are in trauma, we are in constant…


MODERN ACTIVISTS: FUTURE OF WORK

How Dr. Vanessa Bouché, founder of Savhera, has created a business model that is audacious enough to harmonize the world we are creating.

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photo by Christiann Koepke for Unsplash

I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

He spoke these words when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. Earlier in that speech, he said, “I accept this award with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind.” When I was growing up, I was taught of a different kind of faith; the faith of a mustard seed.

If you have the faith of a mustard seed…


MODERN ACTIVISTS: FUTURE OF WORK

How Jennifer Moreau, founder of World for Good, has created a business model that is devoted enough to honor the world we have compromised.

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Photo by Jasmin Sessler for Unsplash

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
W. E. B. Du Bois

Raise your hand if you Marie Kondoed your closets during quarantine, in order to ease your anxiety and practice some self-care. Raise your hand if you threw away the items you were getting rid of because donating them was more complicated, and possibly unsafe.

Raise your hand if you stopped going to the grocery store and started having your groceries…


Music is my spirit animal.

I feel it in the bones of my soul the way a preacher feels the hand of god.

The call to action in a song is more energizing than a 70’s pick-me-up-pill.
The way certain songs ooze sensuality is reminiscent of a steamy night in New Orleans I’ve yet to have.
And a song that lacks musical depth but makes me wanna dance can ease tension faster than a hot stone massage.
When I’m angry and want to scream or fight, I’ve got songs for that, too.

In fact, I’ve got a song for every mood, every feeling, and every…


Somewhere someone is being told or reading for the first time that the problem is her scarcity mindset, and if she will just replace it with an abundance mindset, she can call in all that she desires.

Somewhere someone is being told or reading this for the one-thousandth time.

Somewhere some teacher or guru is explaining that when you operate from a scarcity mindset, you hoard what you have; you lock the gates. When the gates are locked, abundance cannot find you. It is time to unlock the gates; operate from a place of abundance; let it all flow.

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It’s…


A few years ago I attended a womxn’s entrepreneur event. It could have been any women’s entrepreneur event you’ve ever been to. We started with a small batch breakfast and craft coffee punctuated by a call to seize the day so inspiring it resembled a church service. After shuffling from break-out session to break-out session, we paused for a lunch of organic something with grass fed something else on artisan bread.

I know you have all been to events just like this one, and so you know a local successful business womxn shared her tips for having it all while…


For too long we’ve focused on our own causes. Today calls for joining hands (and forces). It’s all connected, and it’s the only way we’ll see progress.

“What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?”
~ Toni Morrison

I saw a meme on Facebook this week that said, “Every month in 2020, it feels like an Oompa Loompa from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should be coming out and singing a song about what we were supposed to learn that month.” So far we have learned:

  • the current White House will literally lie about anything — including the weather
  • a white man accused of behaving inappropriately towards womxn is still believed to be more electable to the highest office in…

As long as we continue to disagree over who is a womxn and who is more oppressed by the current systems of power, we are perpetuating the current system of power.

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The current debate between trans-friendly feminists and the J.K. Rowling ranters, combined with a number of conversations I’ve had lately with my Gen Z daughter and her friends, has left me pondering the following question:

What does a post-gender feminism look like?

If I’m honest, this conversation started a few years ago when Emma came out as pansexual. I remember half-jokingly saying to her, “Why can’t you be normal…

LaKay Cornell (she/her)

I expand in the words written by others and write words to change the narrative.

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