Today so many women and men are in celebration of the great Maya Angelou’s birthday! This woman is a true pioneer & warrior of humankind on so many levels. She broke ceilings as a creator and paved the way for millions with the power of her words.
Did you know that womenare more likely to create socially, environmentally and culturally conscious businesses? Thanks to our friends at Forbes, I've compiled some of the most creative projects on Kickstarter led by emerging women business owners. Yes, now is the time to start inventing in women entrepreneurs!
HBO's Big Little Lies won the Emmy for best limited series on Sunday night. I was incredibly excited since I read the book years ago and passed it on to all my friends. Stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman spoke on behalf of the cast and crew of the series, dedicating the show's win to the empowerment of women.
This was a royal Labor Day as it was shared with the Queen B's birthday. The 36 year old songstress showcased a series of photos of her friends and family dressed as her plantation owner character in the video Formation.The likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, tennis ace Serena Willams and her daughter, Blue Ivy paid homage to Queen B on her special day.
Twenty years after her death we miss her more than ever. Diana was always a rebel, which is one of the reasons I admired her greatly. She has been memorialized in our hearts forever as the People’s Princess. But first and foremost, Diana was a woman with a unique strength and a level of compassion that the world has never seen before. She constantly used her position to break taboos and bring the spotlight where it was needed most.
Following a big win at the Cannes Film Festival, Sofia Coppola has just joined a very exclusive club. This past Sunday, Coppola picked up the best director prize at the French film festival, becoming only the second female director to do so in the event's 70-year history. Coppola was honored for directing her film "The Beguiled," a thriller starring Nicole Kidman as a woman who runs a Southern girls' boarding school during the Civil War.
With Mother's Day on the horizon I wanted to highlight a particular mom who is in the public eye that deserves a little shout out. Can we take our women hats off to the one and only, Victoria Beckham. A mom, a wife, designer, performer, and an entrepreneur who has gone above and beyond in making a name for herself as well as reinventing her name.
Universal just announced they are developing a Madonna biopic called, “Blonde Ambition!” The script is by Elyse Hollander which details Madonna’s efforts in the early 1980s in New York City to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance, and the dismissive attitude of the music industry at the time. As we all know, Madonna broke out in 1983 on her first album, “Madonna,” followed by 1984’s blockbuster “Like a Virgin.”
Happy birthday to Barbra Streisand, who turns 75 today, April 24, 2017. The singer, songwriter, actress, and filmmaker boasts a dazzling career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment and has been recognized with countless awards including two Academy Awards and ten Grammy Awards including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about women in my industry. Perhaps, it has something to do with the recent meetings I've been in, and the fact I was the only woman in the room. Is this something new? Not really. My female peers usually encounter the same kind vibe. Being an entrepreneur has its own challenges, but being a female entrepreneur, a boss, and owner - is a whole other nugget.
Please allow me to bring your attention to the internationally renowned American artist Alice Aycock. Ms. Aycock’s lifelong interest in the environment, architecture, space, and literature have led to numerous successful public art installations enjoyed throughout the world.
Los Angeles has a pretty specific reputation. You either love it or you hate. The City of Angels is not for everybody. However, I will say it is the place to go if you are a doer, dreamer, risk taker, and the type of person looking to challenge themselves. In the world of design, fashion, and architecture, La La Land has been known to be one of the most prominenent places in the country for opportunity and a chance to shine. Below are a few extremely talented female architects who have made their mark in a town that is filled with competition and hurdles. Bravo to them and to any person in the creative world who is in the process of carving out their dreams (especially in Los Angeles!).
Diane von Ferstenberg has been an idol of mine ever since I slipped into my first wrap dress. She arrived in New York with a suitcase full of jersey dresses that she had made at her friend Angelo Ferretti’s factory in Italy. Encouraged by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, Diane began to make her everlasting imprint on the fashion world and designed the now-iconic wrap dress in 1974.The instant sell-out was an international success, and put DVF’s name on the fashion map. Today, her signature dresses (including her lip print dress!) has been worn by thousands of women and hundreds of celebrities.
They say there is no such thing as a coincidence right? Well, that seemed to be the case when I was sitting at one of my favorite Parisian cafes last summer. While sipping my favorite glass of red wine over a tower of oysters, I ran into a friend that frequently visits the cafe each time I am there. She had briefly told me there was an event in the shopping complex across the street and that she would be attending. I really did not think anything of it and continued to go about my lunch.
Will you be in the Big Apple this month? If so, I encourage you to stop by New York's David Lewis Gallery where they will be featuring the work of Mary Beth Edelson. Who is Mary Beth Edelson you ask?Well, she is an American artist and a significant pioneer in the feminist art movement. Some have even deemed Edelson to be one of the "first generation feminist artists." I instantly fell in awe after learning about her personal journey and how she used her art to make a statement (a bold statement at that!).
Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate the critical progress made toward advancing women to expanding their access to education, health care, and jobs. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.My mission for launching H-A-L-E.com, has always been to inspire women (especially in the creative world). This past year, the topic of women's rights have been at the forefront which has created new conversations on equality across the country.
The daytime queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey seems like she might be considering running for President of the United States. I know - we have a ways to go before the next election but at least she is planting the seed. Before President Donald Trump was elected, "I never considered the question, even a possibility," Oprah Winfrey told Bloomberg's David Rubenstein on Wednesday.
I am lucky to have so many strong women in my life that have had amazing journeys. They've all been through the ups and downs of life, but somehow managed to not only land on their feet, but sink their stilettos firmly into the ground. To say that my female friends inspire me is an understatement. With that in mind, I am sharing a series of of posts called, "Like A Boss" where I give a shout out to the female fighters in my world who have gone above and beyond to make their dreams come true and are leaders and bosses—lady bosses—at that!