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Esther Leonard Talked Her Initial $75K-$80K Salary Offer Up To Six Figures — Now, She's Coaching Other Women To Do The Same

Esther Leonard is working to ensure others have the confidence to not only know their worth but also to demand it. Fortune reports Leonard, a career coach and sourcer, had a growing interest in digital literacy and the wealth gap, following her move to Boston, MA, nearly seven years ago. Leonard previously lived in Chicago, IL, and had years of experience working in education and with nonprofits.

Samantha Dorisca

Aug 9, 2022

Women-Led Game Studio Launches 'Insecure: The Come Up Game' Alongside HBO

HBO and Issa Rae’s “Insecure” isn’t going out without a bang! AfroTech first told you about Glow Up Games, an all-women of color founded game studio on a mission to create games made with Black and brown joy in mind, in March 2020. “Glow Up Games is a research and development studio centered around using AI, AR/VR, games, and other innovative technologies to tell diverse stories,” we reported at the time. “The tech company is founded by three women of color including Mitu Khandaker, Tara Mustapha, and Latoya Peterson. Glow Up Games prides itself on creating experiences that are relatable to players of diverse backgrounds.” Now the founders of color have announced that they’re ready to launch their free-to-play mobile game “Insecure: The Come Up Game” alongside HBO as viewers are halfway through the final and fifth season of the hit series. Glow Up Games The game, which brings the friendships, drama and misadventures of “Issa Dee” and her friends to life is now available after the...

Shanique Yates

Nov 30, 2021

Rosario Dawson Becomes One Of The First Women Of Color To Join The Board Of A Major Cannabis Brand

The cannabis space is still in need of some serious diversifying, but actress and activist Rosario Dawson is helping to change the face of the industry with her newly-appointed role. Today, Dawson joined the Board of Directors of leading cannabis-infused beverage company Cann, making history as one of the first queer women of color to serve on the board of a major cannabis brand. Image Courtesy of Cann The barrier-breaking move is one that the actress was eager to be a part of, noting that the cannabis company is setting an example that could be a catalyst for change across the industry. “Cann has proven to be such a leading voice for diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry that I knew I had to get involved with the company,” Dawson tells AfroTech exclusively. “Their example is one to follow. As one of the first multi-racial women to serve on the board of a major cannabis brand, my mission is to use this position to push the industry towards much-needed change happening...

Njera Perkins

Aug 19, 2021

Black Girl Ventures, Coolhaus Partner To Give Black Women A Scoop Of Success Through First-Of-Its-Kind Fund

Leading women-founded ice cream brand Coolhaus and social organization Black Girl Ventures (BGV) have both joined forces to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at supporting Black and brown business-women. According to a press release , both entities have introduced “ Currency Cake” — a carrot cake batter ice cream with cream cheese frosting swirl and candied pecans — which is considered the first-ever pint of ice cream solely created to fund the next generation of Black and Brown women entrepreneurs. Many reports have shared that Black founders, and Black women founders in particular, receive very little access to venture capital and have no choice but to rely on fundraising through family and friends, grants and crowdfunding. Thus, BGV and Coolhaus wish to launch a venture that will change that narrative for Black and brown business-women and help them reach their company goals. “When we have big ideas for brands that can change the game, the next step is finding unique...

Njera Perkins

Apr 21, 2021

digitalundivided Launches New Fellowship To Further Its Support For Black And Latinx Women Entrepreneurs

As it pushes to support more Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs in innovation and technology, New Jersey-based digitalundivided launched a new fellowship program, according to a news release. The social impact nonprofit is hosting the Do You Fellowship as a 12-month program to boost 12 Black and Latinx women founders with coaching support, $5,000 in funding and other professional development resources. The inaugural cohort will also receive access to digitalundivided’s newly formed Mentorship Council which is a growing network of CEOs, investors, industry leaders and other supports looking to help guide minority women founders. “We launched the Do You Fellowship to better position these diverse founders to lead, raise capital, become profitable, and scale,” Lauren Maillian, CEO of digitalundivided, said in a release. “The Do You Fellowship received incredible support from corporate, foundation, and accelerator partners, all eager to invest in this first, powerhouse cohort of...

Michelai Graham

Apr 13, 2021

Black-Owned Beauty Brand to Provide Free Therapy for Women of Color Amid COVID-19

Since COVID-19 hit, a huge focus for many personally affected by the virus has been prioritizing mental health. With people’s loved ones dying and communities struggling to stay afloat, the effects of the pandemic have taken their toll on many. In an effort to alleviate the stress of the health crisis, two beauty entrepreneurs want to offer women of color a resource to remind them to put their mental health first. DRK Beauty , founded by Wilma Mae Basta and Danielle Jackson, is a digital community that supports, celebrates, and empowers women of color. In light of COVID-19, the company launched its DRK Beauty Healing initiative to provide 10,000 hours of free therapy to women of color in America who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DRK BEAUTY HEALING (@drkbeautyhealing) “With DRK Beauty Healing we hope that our mental health initiative will spark conversation and change in our community. We have always envisioned DRK Beauty being...

Njera Perkins

May 26, 2020

Warner Bros. Names Johanna Fuentes as Head of Global Communications

As more women of color step into leadership roles in the entertainment world, this media veteran finds herself climbing the ladder at another major company. Showtime’s head of communications, Johanna Fuentes is making a transition to Warner Bros. as their head of global communications. “It’s a transformative moment in our industry, and I couldn’t be prouder to join a legacy and storied company like Warner Bros.,” said Fuentes on her new role. “I believe in Ann’s vision for the future of the company and am excited to work with some of the top communications professionals and storytellers in our field as we map the strategy for the continued expansion of our iconic brands, films, games and television series.” Fuentes has led a rewarding career in entertainment since beginning her career at CBS corporation in 2001, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As a former director of entertainment communications, she worked on programs including “Survivor” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” Fuentes...

Njera Perkins

Apr 14, 2020

Serena Williams, Secret Deodorant Launch 'Not The First' Campaign

Sports icon Serena Williams is not the first Black woman to experience discrimination, but her latest campaign in partnership with Secret Deodorant is striving to ensure she’s the last of her generation. In the new ad called “Not The First,” the 23-time Grand Slam title holder and personal care brand champion gender equality while celebrating strong, trailblazing women. The direct message? The road to equality takes more than a list of “firsts.”   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Secret Deodorant (@secretdeodorant) on Mar 3, 2020 at 11:19am PST Just in time for International Women’s Day (Mar. 8), Williams and Secret emphasize that the current league of female athletes breaking records will no longer be a novelty in sports but belong just as much as their male counterparts. “I’m not the first to win a Grand Slam tournament,” Williams said. “I’m not the first to start a clothing line.” Olympic gold medalist, Swin Cash, joins Williams in the one-minute commercial to echo...

Niki McGloster

Mar 6, 2020

Black Women Are 40 Percent Less Likely to Get Promoted, Study Shows

Being the “only one” in the room is an experience all too familiar for many women of color—particularly Black women—in the workplace. The new Women in the Workplace 2018 study published by and McKinsey & Company found nearly half of women of color are often the “onlys” of their race at work and over 80 percent face microaggressions. The study showed these experiences are found to make women of color feel closely watched, scrutinized and excluded in their workplace. For women overall, being an “only” contributes to feeling “under pressure to perform” and “on guard.” However, that isn’t the only impact. Despite numerous reports of companies committing to improving diversity in their workforce, this study shows women are still facing barriers when it comes to climbing the corporate ladder. Black women are 40 percent less likely than men to receive the first promotion to manager, reflecting the largely stagnant progress for the advancement of women in the workplace overall....

Jenna Chambers

Oct 24, 2018

STEM From Dance Is Using Confidence And The Arts To Get More Girls In Tech

Yamilee Toussaint is an MIT Engineering graduate who founded STEM from Dance , a program designed to expose black and Latino middle schools girls to careers in the STEM fields through dance. Because of the deep connection that music and dance have in the culture of minority communities who use these art forms as a release, to celebrate and to communicate, Toussaint saw the unique opportunity to build community and confidence through dance. Next week (July 9-20), STEM From Dance is hosting its Girls Rise Up summer dance camp in Brooklyn. “We’re stoked to work with 50 girls and have them experience hopefully a really transformative two weeks,” says Toussaint in an exclusive statement to AfroTech. Photo: STEM From Dance Progam participants will be introduced to software and electrical engineering principles in addition to the choreography they learn, creating a dance routine that brings together the best of both worlds. This summer, the group will also make trips to visit the Spotify...

This Online Beauty Supply Store Is Providing A Positive Experience For Women Of Color

Two weeks ago on Instagram, Dana Chanel shared an image of belittling signs that often fill the windows of local beauty supply shops where many women of color have to go — despite the disrespect — because of the limited availability of products for them elsewhere. The post announced the launch of her online shop that gives women of color a space to purchase the products they want while supporting black business. Chanel founded Curl Bible , a black and Hispanic-owned online beauty supply shop that brings both well-known and smaller indie brands to consumers looking for a safe space to purchase their products. The site got up and running in just six months. The store houses popular brands such as Shea Moisture and As I Am, but provides opportunities for smaller brands as well. On Curl Bible’s home page, the phrase “We don’t just empower women, we provide them with opportunity!” is scrawled along the top of the page, and through the positive shopping experience, ease of use and its...

Christine Cauthen

Jun 21, 2018