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MAC’s Perfect Pitch

April 18, 2014

MAC Perfect Pitch

What would you do if you walked onto an elevator and found yourself alone with a ‘Bill Gates” or Oprah or an investor who could change the course of your business?

If you are a true entrepreneur, you would launch into your “elevator pitch” — a carefully rehearsed summary of who you are and what you do and why you do it better than anyone else. Incidentally, it’s called an “elevator pitch” because it shouldn’t be longer than the time it takes an elevator to rise or fall 20 stories, so approximately 30-45 seconds long.

How exciting is your pitch? Will it convey who you are? Will you be able to describe the salient features of your business plan? Will you get the listener excited about what you do, so that they want to hear more?

Well, maybe you won’t get caught on an elevator with a Bill Gates or Oprah but you can certainly meet your ideal client or potential investor in line at the grocery store or at a networking event. You want to be prepared, yet versatile and engaging in the delivery of your elevator pitch. After all, it is your WOW!! statement!

Ready to develop and learn how to pitch your business like a pro?

Join us on Thursday, April 24th at the 2014 MACsPerfectPitch!

Event includes:

▪ Networking Mixer

▪ Lite Dinner

▪ MACs Perfect Pitch

▪ Sponsored Mobile Marketing Presentation

Opportunities at Girls Write Now

April 17, 2014

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Be a Girls Write Now Mentee 

Ready to take your writing to the next level with the help of a professional writer? If you are a teen girl in grades 9-12 at a NYC public high school for the 2014-15 school year, join one of our year-long mentoring programs. Apply now

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Global Leadership Awards

April 16, 2014

Vital Voices Awards

Join Vital Voices in paying tribute to visionary leaders on the frontlines of change who safeguard human rights, combat corruption, and ignite economic opportunity.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Concert Hall
June 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Coming to Newark, NJ

April 15, 2014


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congress as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” brings to NJPAC’s Prudential Hall a program featuring three of the 14 ballets that Mr. Ailey created to celebrate the musical genius of Duke Ellington (Night Creature, Pas de Duke and The River), two season premiers (LIFT and D-Man in the Waters), and the iconic Revelations in its annual tour to the Arts CenterAlvin Ailey American Dance Theater is NJPAC’s Principal Resident Dance Company.

The company performs Saturday, May 10 at 8 pm, and Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11, at 1pm and 5pm in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall. Tickets range from $25 – $89 and may be purchased by visiting the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), or by visiting NJPAC’s website at

Mosaic’s Homecoming Celebration

April 14, 2014

Mosaic Homecoming

This Spectacular event will feature:
- Guided Tours of Mosaic’s new state of the art facilities
- Live Performances by Mosaic Young Artists
- A delicious strolling dinner, desserts and wine
- Silent auction
- Networking

Ticket Price: $100

Tickets can be purchased at

or by calling 313.872.6910 ext. 4024

Complimentary Valet Parking

100% of event proceeds directly benefit thousands of Mosaic young artists.

Try This! Beauty Standards & Black Girls

April 14, 2014


On a recent afternoon at Chicago’s Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts, Ladon Brumfield asked a group of 9- and 10-year-old African American girls to define beauty.

The nearly 20 girls unanimously agreed that if a woman had short, kinky hair, she was not beautiful. But when Brumfield, the director of a project empowering young girls, passed around a photograph of Lupita Nyong’o, the dark brown-skinned Oscar-winning actress who sports an extra-short natural, the girls were silent for a moment.

Then, once again, their answer was unanimous: They agreed Nyong’o was beautiful.

“It’s like they had to make a mental readjustment,” said Brumfield, founder of the nonprofit Girls Rule! “This was in conflict with the overwhelming imagery they receive from the media about having to have long hair.”

For more than a decade, increasing numbers of Black women have been wearing their natural hair in Afros, braids, locks and twists. But now, thanks in part to Nyong’o, it’s the TWA, or teenie-weenie Afro, that’s getting a second look and expanding notions of beauty into territory where it really hasn’t taken root before – the larger culture.

Source:  Chicago Tribune



World YWCA Internship Program

April 14, 2014

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World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 is now open!

Applications for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2015 are now open! Calling all young women leaders of the YWCA movement! You now have an opportunity to participate in a programme that will place a strong emphasis on advocacy, programmes, communication and young women’s leadership.

The World YWCA Internship Programme was established in 1991, to enhance and further develop young women’s leadership. During the 2012-2015 quadrennium the World YWCA is committed to building a critical mass of young women champions engaged in strategic actions at all levels.

The Internship Programme is intended to increase the number of globally experienced and young women champions who will return to their associations to share their experiences and learning, and also to provide leadership for increased and improved understanding of what the world movement is all about. The one-year Internship Programme (February to December, 2015) will provide a special opportunity for two young women to work as part of the World YWCA staff and volunteer team in Geneva.

You can now apply directly online and find out more information.  Apply for the internship today! 


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