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Oprah’s #LifeYouWant Tour Standing O-vation Award presented by Toyota

Live The Life You Want Weekend

In the coolest turn of events ever, the folks at Toyota (our Blogalicious 2014 Title Sponsor) invited me to attend the Washington, DC stop of Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend Tour as their guest because – get this – Toyota is a sponsor of Oprah’s tour as well! Six degrees of separation y’all. Six degrees.

I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend – beginning with an evening with Oprah and then a full day with her Trailblazers – in fact, I’ve been quoting Oprah ever since.  More on my takeaways later.  One of the highlights of the weekend was watching Jas Booth of Final Salute, a Washington, D.C.-based organization Boothe founded to help homeless female veterans in the United States by providing them and their children with transitional housing – win the  “Standing O-Vation” award.  Thank to Toyota, Final Salute will receive a $25,000 grant in support of their outstanding commitment to supporting homeless female veterans in the local Washington D.C. community.  It was such a powerful moment to witness and what was even more special was having the opportunity to meet with Jas backstage.  She was so humble and focused and crystal clear that her goal was to be out of business as quickly as possible; because that would mean that there were no more homeless female veterans.

Watch her story here:

 

 

Jas shared with us that the money received from Toyota would go directly to help paying the mortgage on the home that she shares with the homeless female veterans and funding activities (like Girls Night In or Move Night) that make the women feel ‘normal.’  Hearing the truths about how veterans are treated from someone who experienced it first-hand was upsetting, and a reminder to use my platform to spread awareness about these kinds of issues.  A huge ‘thank you’ to Toyota for recognizing the important work that Jas and Final Salute is doing and for supporting them in a such a big way.

The driving force behind The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” stems from the automaker’s commitment to fostering women’s interests.  While reflecting the kind of stories that define the brand, The Toyota “Standing O-Vation” is an opportunity to celebrate remarkable women who are not only making the world a better place, but also motivating others to spark their own journey of personal change.

 

You can learn more about the Toyota Standing O-Vation Award winners from each city on the tour, HERE.

 

Disclosure: I was given a complimentary ticket to attend Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want Tour’ as well as media access to interview Jas Booth.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Watch “black-ish” TONIGHT 9/24 on ABC @ 9:30pm ET

Last week Xina, Jazzy, Jana and I were invited to a premier of the new comedy series, ‘black-ish’ – set to begin tonight on ABC.  I didn’t know what to expect from the show’s pilot, but I knew that Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross were both hilarious, solid actors and so I assumed it would be entertaining and a good way to spend my Tuesday evening. I was right.  While watching the first episode, I realized that I was expecting it to be a challenge of the typical stereotypes of African-Americans from a humorous perspective – and it is in part – but it’s also a look at how the Black families that don’t frequently show up on television live.  I quickly related to the story of the fictitious Johnsons, a well-to-do Black family living in a predominantly white suburb, since it was a romanticized version of my very upbringing in Canada. More on that HERE.  From me and my sister being two of a dozen Blacks at our high school (shoutout to Shawn, Shawnette, Joel, Robert, Samuel, Vicki, Janelle, Ian, Sean, and Miki); to my playing field hockey and becoming a junior figure skating coach (for Pete’s sake); to me going to prom with a white guy; to me becoming an avid U2 and Pearl Jam fan (still am!) – I think it’s safe to say that I was definitely ‘black-ish’ for much of my childhood. Probably still am. It wasn’t until I started dating Shawn (see above), that I was introduced to ‘Black Montreal‘ and all that it entailed.  And I loved it. Once I got to CEGEP (i.e. junior college), I joined the Association of Caribbean Students and immersed myself in Afro-Canadian-Caribbean culture – largely by way of going to every single party, block-o, and club possible with my long-time friend Danielle.  (Thanks Dani!)  I can clearly pinpoint that year as being pivotal in helping me find my way to my identity.  And it was just in time too, because the next year I would find myself in the United States of America at a university of 50,000, where only 2,000 were Black – smack in the middle of rural, North Florida.  Like the storyline of the show (or at least the first episode), I found peace in embracing all sides of myself and honored my life circumstances and upbringing without feeling lost in the middle. I applaud ABC for taking the risk of doing something that hasn’t been done in a smart and relatable way, and I applaud the actors for taking on the project – one that certainly will be the subject of backlash from critics, no doubt.  My hope is that the show sparks conversations about identity at dinner tables across America and helps young people everywhere to embrace their full selves – because having both Guns ‘n Roses and Wu-Tang Clan on their iPod and enjoying pâté and collard greens is totally fine. Just ask me.

‘black-ish’ will air on ABC at 9:30pm ET starting tonight 9/24

 

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Schooled by ‘The Intern Queen’ ~ Guest Post by @CaraPaigePR

 

Cara_Paige_Intern_Queen_Interview-2She started her business with a chunky Dell laptop and $5K. Today, Lauren Berger is CEO of InternQueen.com, author of the National Campus Best-Seller, All Work, No Pay and her newest work, Welcome to The Real World, not to mention the go-to expert on all things internships.

Last month I had the chance to sit down with Lauren at her inaugural Intern Queen Party in DC. We talked blogs, the benefit of breaking the rules, how to make it without a mentor, and how a celebrity chef inspired her business.

 

Cara Paige: So, how did Intern Queen get its start?

Lauren Berger: I had 15 internships when I was in college…which is a little crazy… no one needs 15 internships. I was the ambitious “little-engine-that-could” and no one would help me. So, I got all my internships on my own through breaking all the rules… cold calls and everything else they tell you not to do.

When I graduated college I thought ‘what if there were a resource, person or destination that could help connect students with the opportunity of their dreams?’ Then a light bulb went off and I said fifteen internships… my friends and peers can learn so much from my experiences. Why don’t I call myself the Intern Queen? The goal was to be the Rachel Ray of the ‘internship world’ and to have a more personal website, because I knew that places like CareerBuilder and Monster could be so overwhelming.  That’s how it all started.

 

 

CP: Did you have a mentor? 

Not really. A big misconception is that everyone has these mentors and that’s just not true. I reached out to so many people for advice and no one really wanted to help me and I get it… I was just a girl with a laptop. So I felt that I really needed to prove myself then people started turning their heads a little bit and saying “Oh I’d love to talk to you” or  “I’d love to help you.” But I think there’s a difference between the people that say they want to help versus the people that actually help. In my entire career I think there have only been a few people that have helped. I think a lot of times people are waiting for this “knight-in-shining-armor-mentor” that’s gonna turn their lives upside down, and I think you have to turn inwards and kinda be your own mentor.

 Blogalicious Cara Paige Intern Queen Interview

CP: So why is blogging important for you?

On InternQueen.com we’re blogging about internship advice so it’s important for us to constantly be giving our audience a wealth of new information. Just when they think they’ve heard everything about their resume, they hear something else from us. We need to keep them motivated that way.

Our new site, LaurenBergerInc.com, was launched because I [personally] wanted a new challenge and a lot of the users that have been with us since 2009 are graduating and going into that first, second or third job. I wanted to be there to help them. So it’s been a fun challenge for me to launch the new book Welcome to The Real World, helping our audience connect with advice and information about the opportunities of their dreams.

CP: What’s next for Lauren Berger?

We’re taking over the world…  at least that’s on my agenda today (snickers). Just kidding, our goal is always for every student in the world to know about Intern Queen.  We have a lot of work to do still. Slow and steady wins the race and we’ve been in the game about 5 years now, so it’s onward and upward from here. We’re also planning on increasing our career content so that when students graduate they don’t loose Intern Queen and I, Lauren Berger can still be someone that helps them through their career.

 

Thanks for this insightful interview, Cara! We love hearing about smart online brands like Lauren’s. Have a ‘Getting Schooled’ Moment that you’d like to share on the Blogalicious blog? Let us know!

Special Announcement! The Perfect Pitch 2.0 Contest at #BeGreatB6

Calling all Small Business owners!

Wells Fargo is excited to return to Blogalicious with…

 

The Perfect Pitch 2.0
Small Business Pitch Event

Friday, November 7
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Blogalicious Weekend 2014 in San Antonio, TX

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Pitch your business to our expert panel of judges for a chance to win $8,000 (and other prizes) to support your business.

Entry Information:

Contest Eligibility: One to five years in business

Submission Criteria:

  1. One-minute video introduction (published to You Tube)
  2. Business plan overview (PDF)
  3. Case study of a successful project (PDF)
  4. Headshot and bio be provided with the submission (Hi-Res)

 

Submissions will be accepted via email to: info  (at) beblogalicious.com and should contain a link to the video on YouTube, business plan, case study, bio and headshot.

Submission Deadline Is Friday, October 17th, 2014 @ 5pm PST. 

 

Scoring:

Submissions will be judged by our expert panelists/judges based on the following:

1.  20% Originality of Business Concept

  • Demonstrate that you have a unique and innovative business concept that differentiates you from other businesses

2.  50% Business Pitch

  • Clear articulation of your business plan and model
  • Concise explanation on why your business should be selected

3.  30% Package Quality

  • Submission is visually appealing and creative
  • Demonstrates professionalism

 

Scoring Guidelines: Each submission will be rated in each category on a five point scale.

Finalists Selection:

Three finalists will be selected based on highest cumulative scores as determined by the scoring process. Blogalicious will notify both the finalists, and those not selected, via email on Friday, October 31st.

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Good Luck!!

 

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