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Success in (High) Heels

Congratulations, dear Lillian, and all the awesome ladies who contributed to this book!!

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30 Women from Around the World
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A Powerful Message from Each One
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A Desire to Impact Lives All Over the Globe
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Success in (High) Heels

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African Women and Girl Storytellers in the Digital Age

Are you familiar with the Kitchen Table Conversations? Initiated by Spectra – an award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, storyteller, digital media consultant and philanthropist – these podcasts provide unexpected insight into the lives of activists, organizers and thought leaders.

To find out more about Kitchen Table Conversations, as well as learn more about an upcoming live podcast scheduled for March 13th focusing on Gender, Media and the African Diaspora, check out

Spectra Speaks: Our Voices. Our Stories. Our Revolution.

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End of Week Wrap-Up

A (wo)man may plan, but God decides!

When I look back at the mind map and planning notes I developed for this year for this program in November 2011, I can’t help but grin. Yes, I was proud of myself for sitting down and being so early in getting my planning done. I was also excited about several of the ideas and programs I want to launch in the course of 2012 – and still am! But when I take a closer look at just how differently this year has actually started off – and how little time it’s left me to do even the most basic blog/program maintenance – all I can do is shake my head.

To avoid confusion or miscommunication, in lieu of this week’s “Word of the Week”* I want to provide you all with a quick update of what’s been going on behind the scenes, as well as what’s coming up. Soon.

Hamburg Meet-Up

I was very honored to be asked to moderate a panel discussion that was scheduled as part of  Black History Month commemorations in Hamburg last Tuesday evening. While there, however, I also jumped at the chance to meet up with some local ladies.

Thanks to La Toya and Naomi (and her sweet daughter, Janae), as well as Traute and Christin (from the FB group Parents of Black German Children) for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet up for some good conversation and sisterhood…In real life, this time!

Uncaged Birds™ Webinar

The first session of the program’s first webinar was actually scheduled for yesterday. I’m sure you all noticed that that simply didn’t happen… Seriously, the beginning of 2012  has been my busiest to date with only one week going by without some kind of client-related activity taking me on the road.

That’s why I’ve decided I had to move back the first session of this webinar. I want this to be a memorable series, and am committed to integrating the highest quality content possible!

Now both of the complimentary sessions will take place in March, so mark the following dates in your calendar:

  • Webinar Session 1: 15 March 2012 @7.30pm CET
  • Webinar Session 2: 29 March 2012 @7.30pm CET

Look for a more detailed outline of these first two sessions, plus registration forms for the dial-in information, at the beginning of March.

Based on your feedback, I’ll be scheduling the remaining four sessions one evening a month from April to July.

Cross-Over Interview

My planned interview with Beatrice Acheleke has had to be reschedule, but I do hope her calendar will allow us to speak before her upcoming European Diversity and Business Congress.

In addition to that interview, however, I’ll be cross-posting an upcoming interview scheduled with Gena Pearson for my International Black scheduled for 25th February 2012.

Gena is a Peace Corp volunteer currently assigned to Swaziland, and I’m very excited about having the chance to talk to her about her motivation to volunteer, as well as her experiences in Swaziland! If you are as interested in hearing Gena’s story as I am, be sure to either tune in live or listen to the podcast!

Cologne Meet-Up

If you are in/near Cologne this coming Wednesday and are free  @7pm CET, I’d love to meet-up with you! Also: If you have a recommendation regarding a place to meet up that is near the main station, please let me know!

Possible Berlin Meet-Up?

There is a good chance I will be in Berlin on 29 February. Although I haven’t set up an event for a meet-up on FB (I’m not quite sure of my schedule that day yet), if you would like to meet-up, please let me know via the comment section or FB!

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* I have 2 personal “Words of the Week” this week – Busy…and BLESSED!

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February Meet-Ups

This year has started off with a roar for me!  From the looks of it, I’ll be on the road at least two days per week up till March. But what has hindered my planned blogging activities will enhance my opportunity to meet more of you in person in 2012.

For February I’ve scheduled two dates in two wonderful German cities where I’d like to invite anyone who’ll be in the area to come out for an impromptu meet-up:

  • Hamburg: 15 February from 12.30pm till 2.30pm (venue: tbd)
  • Cologne: 22 February from 7pm till 9pm (venue: tbd)

If you’d like to join me and whichever amazing women brave the cold for a few hours of good conversation, laughter and sisterhood, just click on the city of your choice and let me know you that you plan to attend. When I know how many women want to participate, I will decide the venue (recommendations are very welcome!) and – if necessary – book us all a table.

I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible!

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A Quick Survey

I would like to find out more about how and why you listen to podcasts and/or internet radio. I’m currently designing a business model for a new portal that I’m extremely excited about, and want to take your current listening habits and desires into consideration right from the planning stage!

If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to answer a few questions on this quick survey.

Thanks in advance for your time and input!

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Happy Holidays!

Wishing all of you

 a very Merry Holiday Season!

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Showing Gratitude and Giving Thanks

Many Americans celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday.

In the meantime most of us are fully aware of the cynicism concealed behind the thin veneer of the original “Pilgrims and Indians” story. But the custom of “thanksgiving” is also known in many other parts of the world without any thought of Pilgrims and “Indians”.  Those celebrations center around giving  thanks for a bountiful harvest. For example: The New Yam Festival celebrated by the Igbo peoples in Western Africa.

That’s why I’m personally not bothered by people still choosing to commemorate the day, because it can never be wrong to spend some time focusing on gratitude for the many blessings we receive in life.

Whether you are American or not (and whether you celebrated yesterday or not):

What are YOU most thankful for at this moment in your life?

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