Author: PWM


Q&A with Jill Johnson, an Advocate for Women of Color

Jill Johnson is the CEO at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) and Women of Color Connecting. Both organizations champion small business growth and development, with Women of Color Connecting targeting inclusion. Professional WOMAN’s Magazine (PWM) spoke with Johnson about her goals and career journey. PWM: Can you tell us about your career journey? Johnson: My career journey started as a child working with my parents at their Amway business, and later when they started their newspaper publishing company. I...


How a Black Female-Owned Subscription Box Service is Helping Young Girls Feel Loved Every Month

by Cassidy Allen Chubb During Black History Month, the Atlanta Hawks highlighted two Black-owned businesses who played a pivotal role in the launch of the MLK Nike City Edition uniforms. With March being Women’s History Month and wanting to continue to celebrate Black-owned businesses in Atlanta, the Hawks partnered with Chase to tell Kelly Beaty English’s story and how she created SelfE Box. What started as an idea that came from English’s own experiences growing up as young Black teen...


Letter From the Publisher – Professional WOMAN’s Magazine

It’s 2021, it’s Spring, and don’t you feel like we can finally take a breath of fresh air? Although we still have a long road ahead of us in getting the pandemic under control and healing our nation, there’s more optimism; a renewed sense of spirit and hope. We are turning a corner for the better and changes are happening! We have had our own share of changes here at Professional WOMAN’s Magazine (PWM). We have brought Tawanah Reeves-Ligon onboard...


How a former Target intern became one of America’s most successful Black women

By Samantha Subin Caroline Wanga thrives on chaos. That’s why she stepped away from roughly 15 years of hard work at Target in 2020 to tackle a new obstacle: helping a half-century-old Black media brand reinvent itself. When Wanga joined Essence in June, the Black culture mainstay was a little under two years out from a buyout by African-American entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis, founder of Sundial Brands, a beauty company — now part of Unilever — that creates products for Black consumers....


Tracee Ellis Ross Teaches Us to Own Our Power

By: Tawanah Reeves-Ligon Tracee Ellis Ross is not new to titles or attention. She is the second daughter of the legendary Diana Ross, a nine-time NAACP Image Award winner, a four-time Primetime Emmy nominee and a Golden-Globe recipient. She’s been recognized as a director, producer, philanthropist, social activist, fashion icon (for which she won the 2020 People’s Choice Award), founder of the haircare line, Pattern which caters to curly, coily, tight-textured hair, and, as of this past February, the Diversity...


Melody Ehsani Wants to Make Sneakers More Accessible as New Creative Director of Foot Locker’s Women’s Business

By Aria Hughes Foot Locker recently named Melody Ehsani the Creative Director of its women’s business, but what exactly does that mean? According to Ehasni, she will be designing capsule collections for the sneaker retailer and curating a selection of Nike and Jordan products—since she’s partnered with Nike, she’s not able to work with competing brands. But for Ehsani, who started her eponymous women’s streetwear and accessories brand Melody Ehsani in 2007, her main goal is to make cool product...


Habits Highly Successful Business Managers Have (and How to Get Them)

According to Gallup, bad managers cost businesses billions each year, and account for at least 70% of variances in employee engagement scores. Having a highly successful business manager is crucial to the overall success of a company. The problem, however, is that not everyone knows what type of habits effective managers have. By being able to identify what those habits are, businesses can take action to find the right people to fill the position, and managers can boost their productivity...


Ulta Beauty Pledges To Double The Number Of Female-Black-Owned Brands On Shelves This Year

Gone are the days of brands and retailers posting black squares on Instagram to “pledge” allegiance to racial equality. To make real change, companies need to implement powerful upgrades both internally and externally, and Ulta Beauty is stepping up to the plate. The beauty behemoth announced some significant changes to its retail lineup as part of its new MUSE platform to Magnify, Uplift, Support and Empower Black voices in the beauty industry. For starters, Ulta pledges to double the number...


Meet Krystal Shaw of Random Rompers

When Krystal Shaw needed to help support her family, she turned to what she knew best, fashion. Little did she know she would turn her passion for fashion into a thriving business, a clothing company for children with special needs. Watch the video and learn more about the story behind her shop Random Rompers. The post Meet Krystal Shaw of Random Rompers appeared first on Professional Woman’s Magazine | The Working Woman’s Magazine. Read The Full Article This Content Was...


The Bill and Melinda Gates Post-Pandemic Plan: Give Women a Hand

In their annual letter, the philanthropists have advice for world and business leaders heading into a recovery. Bill and Melinda Gates have a plan for rebuilding and reinvigorating the country after the pandemic. It starts with women. In their 13th annual letter–which gets pored over in both the non-profit and for-profit worlds for insights into the philanthropists’ sizable interests and how they might spend an endowment worth $49.8 billion–they describe the bleak conditions, as a result of the ongoing effects of the pandemic. “Covid‐19 has cost lives,...

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