“You have no idea how I need the love from the group of women in this room”. This is the greeting we received from Amy Dubois-Barnett, editor in chief of Ebony Magazine, as she approached the podium.
Little does she know…this group of bloggers hold the same respect, admiration and love for her that she is sharing with us.
Dubois-Barnett tells us the tremendous challenge that was placed on her shoulders when joining Ebony as their editor-in-chief.
Her resume reads like a beautifully written novel…Brown University, Harper’s Bazaar, Essence, Columbia University, NAACP Image award, published author.
But behind all her accolades Dubois-Barnett is one of us….relatable, exceptionally intelligent, driven and head strong.
“I was stuck. I couldn’t get myself out of these situations. And then my mother died”. The speaker begins sharing her story with us and we all shake our heads with understanding and compassion.
“I realized that, in the midst of my problems, that my mom wasn’t coming to save me. I understood for the first time, in a very profound way, that no one can crawl into my skin and live my life for me. My happiness and my success was up to me and me alone.”
And this is where my hallelujah begins! Even though I have the responsibility of live blogging this event, I just have to stop for a moment, take my hands off of my keyboard and clap. I take a deep breathe and let what Dubois-Barnett just said sink into my head.
“Be true to yourself, realize and demand your value. Have integrity and do something meaningful every single day,” says the speaker.
Dubois-Barnett encouraged all of us to get the most out of our lives that we can. “Commit to your dreams. Realizing them will not be easy but the satisfaction you have in working towards something is as fulfilling as achieving it.”
While we all are assembled here today to hear an inspiring speech by an empowering women, Ms. Dubois-Barnett is taking us to church! We all sit, compelled by her words.. And as she speaks, it seem that a heaviness lifts from our spirits.
The editor ends her keynote with 5 lessons for getting what you deserve out of life:
1. Embrace fear as growth
2. Be true to yourself
3. Realize your value and demand the best at all times
4. Put into the universe what you want to get back
5. Have integrity
6. Stay independent
7. Do something meaningful every single day
This opening keynote is an amazing start to the second day of the Blogalicious 5 Conference. Be sure to check back here for more updates.