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Women's Breakfast: The Power of Friendship: Women Supporting Women

Date: 05/21/2019

Time: 8:30am
Where: LMHQ, 150 Broadway, New York NY

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It’s a common misconception that women view one another as competitors. Instead, evidence exists that the most successful women are those that collaborate and create allyship.
A recent study by the Harvard Business Review found that there are differences between the networks of successful men and women leaders. While both benefited from creating central networks, women were creating dual networks, creating a strong inner circle of female contacts and friendships to help them advance and get ahead. In 2013, Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow of Call Your Girlfriend podcast fame, coined the phrase “Shine Theory” to shed light on the fact that there is an infinite amount of light to go around and “I don’t shine if you don’t shine.”
May's Women's Breakfast featured a conversation between Vanessa Valenti and Jamia Wilson about the power of friendship, of lifting one another up, and the importance of negating the idea that we all just need to help ourselves. Vanessa and Jamia discussed their own professional trajectories, how they create trust, amplify others voices, and how these investments have both personal and professional returns. 
Vanessa Valenti is Co-Founder and CEO of Fresh Speakers, a next generation speakers bureau focused on diversifying thought leadership. Vanessa is also Co-Founder of the award-winning blog,, and Partner of Valenti Martin Media, a social change communications consultancy. For over a decade, Vanessa has been plotting and creating for social impact with major movements and institutions across the globe, including TED, AOL, UN Women, and Planned Parenthood. Her work and words have been featured in USA Today, Glamour, Entrepreneur, The Atlantic, among others, and she has won several awards for her work, including the Hillman Prize for Exemplary Reporting that Fosters Social and Economic Justice. 
Jamia Wilson is the Executive Director and Publisher of Feminist Press at the City University of New York. She is the youngest person and first woman of color to hold this position at the press. In the past, she has worked as an Executive Director for Women, Action, and the Media, as a TED Prize Storyteller, and as Vice President of Programs at The Women’s Media Center. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black, Step Into Your Power, and co-author of Road Map for Revolutionaries, and wrote the introduction and oral history to Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. She is the recipient of the 2018 NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnae Award, the Planned Parenthood Southeast "Legend in the Making" award, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Essence Magazine, Rookie, Refinery 29, CNN, the Washington Post and more.

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