A Woman on a Move is a Woman with Purpose




What comes to mind when you think of a woman on a move? I hope it included a pair of high heels, bold lipstick with a confident walk. The five women panelists at the tenth anniversary for women on the move in collaboration with New York University OBW represented this kind of woman from all walks of life. The ladies on Defying The Box: Female entrepreneurs breaking stereotypes included Celines Toribio; an immigrant actress breaking cultural barriers, Karen Civil; an author, philanthropist and social media maven who strongly believe in responding back to people with success, Tracy G; a music writer, radio personality who repetition is the mother learning, Shante Bacon; founder and CEO of 135th street agency whose final thought to the audience was to have a relationship with God, and last but not the least, to a Bronx stripper using her God-given assets to manipulate men in any situation to become a cast member of Love & Hip Hop: NY, Cardi B.

By the entrance of the auditorium was a table set-up for a ten day transfer nation cleanse that exclude starving your body presented by a Television producer NoNe. Her goal is to combine eating healthy and giving your body the right nutrients while enriching the minds and success of the attendees. Her personal experience after finding new love and becoming a vegetarian for the first time made her question her weight gain and decided to commit to the ten day transformation.

What these women shared in common was determination, hard and simply shutting all ears and eyes to social media brutality and spectators. Some key important truths that have made these women successful in life is making their word their contract and also understanding that someone else’s success is not their failure. This simply means the race is not to compete with others you don’t know especially people you see on social media because everyones pace, struggle, and success is different said Karen Civil.

During this panel discussion Shante Bacon the Visionary and Public relations emphasized on the audience becoming the best of them in anything they decide to do even if that includes being a janitor. “Come up with the best strategy and be the best you because if you’re dreaming big you must commit big”. She concluded. Tracy continued the conversation of taking care of self by providing yourself with self-awareness and keeping these two questions in mind; 1. Where was I winning? and 2. What winning do I want for myself? Celine raised a very important fact about following your personal dream and not the followers and in the process make sure you are kind to yourself.



What I personally took from this group of ladies is to embrace delayed gratification and celebrate you. Put yourself first and making sure you connect with others who can be influential in what you do. These people are called mentors. They are all around you. Be strategic about your mentor and preserve that relationship but always remember men want you to be good not great but we are given this life to make a legacy. We’ve been placed in this place for a reason.


Run Your Knit Out.

Didn’t that get your attention enough? He is a Missouri runner who knitted his heart out for the New York City marathon. It is very fascinating and intriguing to see how creative people can be. The titles from the news articles I read it from drew my attention so much that I was curious to find out exactly what the purpose behind it. David Babcock’s motive behind this is to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. He had knitted a scarf long above 12 foot long that could definitely come in handy on a cold winter afternoon when he stepped crossed the finish line in Kansas City. It is two-person club open to all to support to support the Alzheimer’s association. David Babcock was inspired by Hewer; a 56-year on runner who was thought by her mother Peggy how to knit. She ran her first marathon to raised money when her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia. It was a silly idea from a friend in the beginning but then she thought to herself “why not make a record out of it. I would love to ask Hewer is she ever imagined this going global. What is the next step for this club across the nation? How can this legacy live on? What amount have they raised since the first marathon in 2006, and the lives that have been impacted. Individuals like you and I should join David and Hewer. There is so much going on in the world of today, so if you can change the world one way or the other what would it be and how would you go about it? If you had an opportunity to do something to make a difference like the movement David Babcock is doing, how would yours be?