My love, may 5th grade be magical in every way... harness new knowledge, chart incredible adventures, enjoy valuable friendships and create wonderful memories. ✨ #MondayMotivation #FirstDayOfSchool #WatchHerWork
Oooooh... they said bring color, drama, glitter, sparkle and magic to @beautycon... well, WE 👏🏿 DID 👏🏿 THAT 👏🏿 (and so did @moj for creating an EPIC space like this for us to show out!!) #beautycon #BlackGirlMagic #RepresentationMatters #MommyAndMiniAdventures Glam by @taiyoungstyle Crown by @reign.mari.hair Nails by @heyquisa Lewk by @aliceandolivia Earrings by @melodyehsani Shoes by @louboutinworld
Y’all, I was preachin’ in church today... although it wasn’t a Sunday, and it’s not a regular congregation (7,000 in attendance, 100,000 worldwide), and I was wearing a suit that told the devil that he’s a liar... oweeee! It was good. Thank you @glnsummit @paulafaris for a helluva good time ✨🔥🙌🏿 #GLS19 #WatchMeWork #PreachersKid #GodIsGood Suited by @calvinklein Stilettoed by @louboutinworld Jeweled by @dvf Styled by @negar_ali_kline Photographed by @sunny_thomas
I first met my late husband, Peter, almost 20 years ago in the cafeteria of the building we both worked in New York. I was ordering breakfast, and admittedly taking my time. He was impatient and also trying to find a way to get my attention. He yelled out from the back of the line “You look like royalty, but you don’t own this place. Hurry up and order!” Well… he succeeded in getting my attention, and also royally pissing me off. So it didn’t help his cause when he tried to ask me out for consecutive days after that. Finally, one morning after his incessant pleas, he asked how he was ever going to get to know me if I didn’t go out with him. I told him to read my favorite author, Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon.” Her prose is difficult to digest and she doesn’t care to make it easy; with themes which are centered on the African American experience. I doubted that Peter, with his 6’4” Italian-Catholic, reddish blonde hair and green-eyed, Massachusetts-bred background had ever heard of Toni Morrison or would be able to finish the book any time this century. I was wrong. He read the book within a week, and asked me out again. This time I accepted, because I wanted to make a fool of his arrogance, and challenge his interpretation. I was wrong again. That November night, Peter thoughtfully presented his percpective. I was floored; and I was besotted. We continued dating, and I gifted him a copy of the book for Christmas that year (which I signed); but it was on my birthday in January that Peter won my heart. After dinner, he unveiled an oil-painting he’d created based on “Song of Solomon.” Peter had never picked up a brush before, but had painted a perfect picture for me. I knew that day that I would marry him. The painting is now hanging in our daughter’s room, and I love telling her the story of how I fell in love with her father. I wanted to tell Toni Morrison this story too, and show her Peter’s painting. I wanted her to know the extraordinary way her words came to life. But since I’ll never have the opportunity to tell her in this life, my hope is that now that they’ve both transitioned, Peter can tell her himself. #RestInLove #ToniMorrison
What are you carrying into Monday? Will it slow you down or help you go forward? #MondayMotivation
Speaking of fit... oooooweeeee check out my homegirl and WME client @juleshough’s cover of @womenshealthmag. She’s nekkid!! 🤭😍💪🏿 And she’s strong... not just physically but in her transformational journey spiritually & mentally. I’m so proud to be along the journey with her and to help develop her next big movement in @kinrgy ✨ ✨ ✨ Let’s gooooooooo!!! #WomenEmpoweringWomen #WatchMeWork #AlwaysEndeavor
It’s been 365 days since I committed to changing my health and wellness. But to be honest, I didn’t really think I’d make it past Day 1. There’d been too many days prior to that in which I’d put myself last... convincing myself that running through airports and up corporate ladders was all the cardio I needed; eating too many “comfort” foods that in truth didn’t make me feel good; sleeping too little and worrying too much; drinking enough to take the edge off without going over the edge but getting pretty damn close... those days were literally sucking the life out of me. On August 1, 2018 I reached out to @jerry_housey of @stronghousefitness and asked for help because I didn’t want to wake up on another day not feeling my best. He said he’d commit if I commit, and he kept his word all year— whether it was at 5:30a at my house, or a weekend session at the gym with Lael in tow (because single mommy life), or virtually in any one of the 9 countries I’ve been in this past year (btw, converting lbs to kgs and miles to kms ain’t easy!) Today, I went to gym and recounted the whole year with Jerry, I realized that the results speak for themselves. I’m committed and therefore I’m healthier (I’m off of high blood pressure medication for the first time in 11 years since my pregnancies induced pre-eclampsia, and I’ve lost 24 lbs); I’m happier (I have so much more energy because I’m sleeping 7-8 hours per night and working out my stress in the gym); and I’m just simply better (do you see this glow??) So I’ve told myself this: I want to be the best version of myself for all the rest of my days... there’s no turning back. So here we go to year 2... onward!! #CommittedToGreatness #AreYouBuilt4This #ImBuilt4This #ImBuildingBrickByBrick #MostlyBecauseIWantToBeABrickHouse #FitMom #BeTheExample #TodayIsTheDay
SQUAD... we came together to surround our best girl with love, ratchedness, blessings, and a helluva good time to send her off into wedded matrimony. We will continue to surround her forever... so when you see her, you see us. WE LOVE YOU @luvvie... and WE GOTCHU FOR LIFE ❤️ #BachLuvv #LuvvJones #BridalLuvv #BaeWatch #MakeWAVs #SisterhoodForever
Every day, I start the morning by counting my blessings. Today, is different because it’s my assistant @nimotalaiganiyu’s birthday... so I’m counting the Top 10 reasons why I’m thankful for her: She takes INCREDIBLE photos like this where her melanin pops, bams, and kapooooows She’s eager to learn and eager-er to win She has a contagious laugh She’s adored by my daughter and my mother alike She has the capacity for absolute greatness She cares with her whole heart She makes mistakes and makes the corrections immediately She is fabulous She embodies her ancestral battle cry— Naija no dey carry last oooo She proves that regardless of background or circumstance, you can make dreams come true So today, and every day, my prayer is that she will continue to live in a way that brings her closer to fulfilling all her dreams Happy birthday, Nimotalai!!!
You know what’s amazing? A bachelorette party. You know what’s more amazing than that? A bachelorette party during which we surprise @luvvie. You know what’s more amazing than that? A bachelorette party during which we surprise Luvvie and steal her away to Anguilla. You know what’s more amazing than that? A bachelorette party during which we surprise Luvvie and steal her away to Anguilla and SCATTAH the whole place. You know what’s more amazing than that? A bachelorette party during which we surprise Luvvie and steal her away to Anguilla and SCATTAH the whole place knowing that we’ll return her to be happily married ever after to an incredible man. You know what’s more amazing than that? A bachelorette party during which we surprise Luvvie and steal her away to Anguilla and SCATTAH the whole place knowing that we’ll return her to be happily married ever after to an incredible man while her sisterhood cheers, loves, supports, advises, champions all the days of her life. #BachLuvv #LuvvJones #BridalLuvv #BaeWatch #MakeWAVs #SisterhoodForever
N**ga, I'm my type.
Meetings at the office... but make it art!!! And more specifically... 🇳🇬 x 🇬🇭 Thank you for blessing me @laolunyc. Africa to the world! Here’s to dreaming BIG and making it reality! #WatchMeWork #AlwaysEndeavor #TeamAfrica
Meetings at the office... but make it fashuuuun! I adore you, @altonmason. Let’s blow out this mutha! 🌪 #WatchMeWork #AlwaysEndeavor
WARRIOR WOMEN STAND UP!!! The spirit of Harriet Tubman lives in us... a political activist, an abolitionist, a suffragist, a nurse, an army scout and spy for the US Army, a woman who was born a slave but defied all those “in power” to escape, and who refused to just save herself, she saved many others, and continues to inspire us today. I’m beyond proud that my sister-friend and West African Voltron member @cynthiaerivo is starring as Harriet this November. Let’s rally around her... we need more warrior women stories... we need more Black women warrior stories... so let’s make this one history making!! (Oh, and humble brag, Cynthia is already an Emmy, Grammy and Tony winner... so imjussaying🏆) And big shout out to @debramchase who has had a long history of breaking barriers in Hollywood to tell our stories... including this one!! Here’s to celebrating the contributions we’ve made and the ways we will continue to shape the future too. Here’s to our power!!! #harriettubman #EGOTloading #MakeWAVs #MakeHistory #WarriorWomen #TheCompanyYouKeep
#FaceApp for what? I’ve already seen my future face. I’m good. Actually, I’m great and grateful af. #GotItFromMyMama #BlackDontCrack #AndWhenItDoesItsStillBeautiful #SundaySermon
Some days are work... Some days are play...Some stages inspire dialogue... Some stages produce action... Some people are my business besties for the kee kee... Some people inspire me to do better work. The @proctergamble Signal conference encapsulated allllllllllll of that!! My thanks to Proctor & Gamble CEO David Taylor and Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard for the invitation to HQ; @alma.harel for being my twin on the main stage with her desire to affect real change in the diversity of content creation (in addition to wearing matching fits.... LOL); @ariannahuff for being truly my big sister and celebrating my remix repeat outfit; my boo @katiecouric for showing me how it's gets done in an on-camera interview even though our height difference is the real reason to watch LOL; my sisters @stratechic @stephaniemehta @iamashleymiles for the behind-the-scenes shenanigans; and my colleagues from Endeavor Global Marketing who are always down for the cause... But most of all, thanks to the employees of P&G who took their time to engage in such meaningful dialogue to bring about corporate revolution in the way we approach brands and our audiences! #SignalPG #WatchMeWork #TeamEGM #AlwaysEndeavor
When Women Win.... finish the sentence with what you aspire, hope, imagine, experience.... I finished this sentence with MANY answers during my incredibly open conversation with @rananawas as the finale guest of the @whenwomenwinpodcast podcast Season 2. We talked about confidence and how to develop it, the importance of cultivating your personal brand and how to do it, and the reality of stereotype threat and how to handle it. We also talked about the value of practicing all sorts of behaviors necessary for success, from speaking up to switching off. Shout out to the @henrycrownfellows who gave me the inspiration for my new outlook— I want to go from success to significance. And I will. Also shout out to my friend and Henry Crown fellow @carlazakhemhassan whom I’m inspired by and @elainewelteroth who’s book I said I’m gifting to everyone in my life. I’m extraordinarily proud of what Rana has built as the # 1 most listened-to podcast in the Middle East, sitting at the top of the iTunes chart (and is downloaded in 144 countries!) The full episode is in the link in my bio to listen (the podcast is also available on Apple, Spotify, Google, and on the front page of the When Women Win Podcast page) #MotivationMonday #IWantAWorldWhereWomenWin #WhenWomenWin #WinnersCircle #WatchMeWork
Yes, we know it’s the Gentlemen’s Singles Final Match at @wimbledon, but we Ladies came to serrrrrrve, ya heard?! Lael & I also came to support Nana in her frantic/emotional/rollercoaster cheerleading for @rogerfederer 😫😂... and now we have to comfort her in his loss to @djokernole 🏆 #wimbledon #WeDoTennisWhiteInBlack #CheeringWhileServing
Not all games are won on the court. Here's to warriors who push through when all else is against you; when critics point out your flaws but never celebrate your grit; when you go back to the court/field/playground/office/stage even though they said you'd never make it another day; when you do it so that those after you will have it easier; when all you have left is adrenaline because blood, sweat and tears have been spent... You still won. And today @serenawilliams is still a winner. #TeamSerena #Wimbledon #IMGevents #AlwaysEndeavor #WatchMeWork And thanks to @taiyoungstyle @taiyoungbeauty for #5StepsToFlawless, and @hipdot for the dope eyeshadow palette so I can look like a winner in this self-made Glam moment 💋
@serenawilliams won today & we have winning smiles. I'd say we're all winners then, wouldn't you? #MommyAndMiniAdventures #MiniInThisCaseIsNotToBeTakenLiterally #ButSheWouldStillWhoopMeIfIGotOutOfLine #OurLinesArentRegularLinesThough #BadassBoundaries #IGotItFromMyMama #WatchMeWork
Have you ever had a human life raft? Or met an angel in human form? Or bared your soul to a counselor who was actually your coworker? I have. Her name is Tracey Hannelly. She literally saved my life while I was at Apple. Through shifting landscapes, navigating corporate politics, and providing sound advice based on her long tenure at the company, Tracey figuratively held my hand from Sydney, AU while I was shuffling between Los Angeles & Cupertino CA. She was steady then and she’s steady now. We haven’t seen each other in 2 years, but by Divine Intervention, we found that we’re both in London right now, so we picked up the convo right where we left off... with loads of laughs, reminiscing, cringing memories, a couple of tears, and more inspiration. Everyone needs someone like her in their lives... and I’m so grateful that God felt fit to gift her in mine. THANK YOU. (Gon’head and tag the person who’s like this for you... and let’s make this a collection of grateful/celebratory comments!) #WCW #Allies #womensupportingwomen #mensupportingwomen #WatchMeWork
There are only 62 days of sunshine in the average year in London. So I packed some 🌞 ya know... just in case. #WatchMeWork #IMGevents #TeamEGM #Wimbledon #AlwaysEndeavor
These 2 Black queens went to cheer on 2 Black queens at @wimbledon!!! 🎾🙌🏿 And even though @serenawilliams won while @cocogauff lost, and I was miles away at the office, it’s still a MAGICAL blessing to be able to witness and feel the energy of our past, present and future on the court. Also here’s to Lael’s getting more inspired by watching these 2 great players (and hopefully her tennis lessons paying off... LOL) #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlTennis #WatchMeWork
If you want to shine bright like a diamond, you’ve got to be willing to get cut. I’m ready to cut up and handle biz in these London Town streets. Let’s goooooo!! #MondayMotivation #ShineBrightLikeADiamond #WatchMeWork Brilliant nails by @heyquisa 💎
In her father's land, representing her mother's people, carrying her nation's future. #ItalianGhanaianAmerican #Multicultural #GlobalCitizen #MommyAndMiniAdventures (Crown by @reign.mari.hair 👑)
Our darling @whitney ... we'd travel to the Moon to celebrate you (but we're thankful you chose Capri!) Your accomplishments to date are out of this world, but that's not why the world loves you. It's because you didn't lay down your sword when others told you to stand down; it's because you love with your whole heart and yet you've built an empire for others to find love of their own; it's because we anxiously await the new life you'll bring into our family knowing that you've nutured us all... For this and so much more... Happy birthday!! We love you!!
My love for you is as countless as the drops of water in the ocean, as deep as the depths below, and as far reaching as the unseen horizon. 💙 #MommyAndMiniAdventures
Free. Black. Woman.
Happy 4th of July!!! It’s finally legal to be black (all the way black) in 1 state! Let’s celebrate! Oh, and also, CLOSE THE CAMPS. It’s un-American. 🎇 🎇 🎇 #LandOfTheFree #ILoveThisLand #GodBlessTheUSA #HappyIndependenceDay
Train up a child in the way she should go... Proverbs 22:6. SO OFF WE GO!!! #MommyAndMiniAdventures
This is my favorite picture of my assistant @ctorchin ❤️ because it so clearly illustrates who she isn't. Unlike this brief milisecond capture, Campbell is open to learning, willing to do ANYTHING, excited about new opportunities, taking on much more than her role requires, and always looking for new ways to grow. She's absolutely brilliant, and I know she is destined for the fulfillment of her greatness which is already showing itself daily. So on her 25th birthday please join me in wishing her continued blessings and more photo opps which show off her true talents 😂 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Campbell!!
#LOVEISLOVE I love that I was asked to be an official Ambassador for Stonewall Day in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising which marked the start for the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community. I serve alongside more than 50 celebrities, activists, and community leaders who have been named Stonewall Inn Ambassadors including @ladygaga, @donatella_versace, @aliciakeys, Chelsea Clinton, Bryan Lourd, @lavernecox, @robbierogers, Anna Wintour, @geenarocero, and Cleve Jones, among others. Even though I wasn’t able to be in New York City for the @prideliveofficial celebration, I was there in spirit and on video to lend my voice to the many who gathered to unite our voices in continuing to demand for EQUALITY NOW!!! Thank you @sdelusant for the invitation to join, @lenawaithe for the inspiration to be more active and @bricksond for the inspired t-shirt featuring Lena. We’re so meta. 💃🏿 🏳️🌈 🗣 #StonewallDay #Stonewall50 #Pride
And just like that... my baby has completed 4th grade. 😫😭🥳😍 #HandclapForHer #HandclapForMe #WeDidIt #AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader #WeAreAboutToFindOutIfIRemeber5thGradeMath
When people ask me what my 1st year at Endeavor has been like... these pictures tell it best. It’s been JOY! It’s been SUPPORT! It’s been A PAUSE WITH QUESTIONS MID THOUGHT! It’s been SIDE BY SIDE MOVEMENT IN THE SAME DIRECTION! And as can been seen clearly here, it’s also been the consistency of Ari Emanuel in being the leader he said he was going to be when I joined the company on June 25, 2018. I’m so thankful to him, Patrick Whitesell, Mark Shapiro, my colleagues at WME, IMG, UFC, The Professional Bullriders Association, Endeavor Global Marketing, and Miss Universe. It’s been a thrill... and I’m looking forward to all that is to come! #AlwaysEndeavor
They say when you work hard, you should play hard. I'm not usually into what they say... But in this case... They are right. Shout out to the playaaaas who played in Cannes! #CannesLions #AfriCannes #MakeWAVs #WorkHardPlayHard #WatchMeWork #WatchMePlay
Black don't crack. Asian don't raisin. Brown don't frown. BIG FACTS. White people though... 🤷🏿♀️ 😂Ok ok, seriously, the fact of the matter is that we do all age... so I was extraordinarily honored to be asked to speak on the @cannes_lions main stage for @aarp moderated by Tina Brown, with fellow panelists Leo Savage and @mayemusk for a dynamic conversation around the stigma of aging and the consequences in our marketing to an older demo. Here's to being proudly 42 years old... with expectation that I'm only getting better with age! #FineLikeWine #IveEarnedEveryYearSoImGonnaBrag #WatchMeWork #CannesLions And shout out to the #blackgirlmagic and constant big mout foolishness that is @luvvie for taking time from her own speaking engagements to cheer me on. As well as the ladies of Original Clovers step team who were representing the Bronx New York in Cannes sponsored by my sister @shelleyzalis and @femalequotient 💪🏿🏆
If I had to count the number of people who didn't want me to win... I'd still be counting. That's why I mind my business and win without wondering who's cheering. Then I sit back and look straight ahead like...what's next? 🏆 #CelebrateYourOwnWins #WinnersCircle #ShoutOutThoseWhoCheerWithSincerityThough #YouAreAppreciated #WatchMeWork Thanks for the winning lewk @negar_ali_kline @zimmermann, and glam @aureliepayenmakeup @thewallgroup 💋
The schedule at @cannes_lions requires endurance... not just because I’m running between stages and meetings, but also because I’m downing glasses of rosè, eating Nutella/banana crepes, baguettes with butter, and my weight in bon bons 💃🏿💪🏿🏆 So, I’m thankful for rockstar bawses like @melanieanya (CEO of @soulcycle), and @carlazakhemhassan (Chief Brand Officer of @citi) who created a morning fitness program so that friends like @mkassan and I can get pumped for the day!! (Don’t worry @stronghousefitness I’m leaving this rosè and all else in France 😭) #soulcycle #ShakeYourBonBon #IfImGoingToShakeItAt7amItsBestToBeOnTheFrenchRiviera #NoFilterAllSweat
Can you hear me?? Even from scenic locations in the South of France, my message remains consistent. 1) we are in control 2) and if you have privilege, you are in the control seat to bring about monumental change. Thank you @shelleyzalis and @femalequotient for your work on inclusion in the sisterhood... We need white women to be active participants in diversifying this space so that we ALL benefit from the march forward. Onward!! #FQLounge #CannesLions #AfriCannes Thank you @negar_ali_kline for styling me in a @zimmermann dress that made my legs talk as loud as my voice.. ya hearrrrrrd?! And Shelley, I so appreciate the gift of my meaningful necklace which is a microphone, a symbolic reminder to keep using my voice!
#AfriCannes hump days on the French Riviera ain't so bad.
"What drives me to wear sequins casually in the morning... If you're going to stare at me, imma give you something to look at. And if you're going to be uncomfortable by my presence, then I'm just going to be louder!" Thank you to @proctergamble, Marc Pritchard, @damondjones, @lpolgreen and Keith Cartwright for an enlightened conversation to #TalkAboutBias. And thanks to the #BlackGirlMagic executives at P&G for the support/cheering/haute boomerang. Immense gratitude to Adrianne Smith for creating the space @cannes_lions for @inkwellbeachcannes for us to have these talks! Casual unapologetic sequined jumpsuit by @temperleylondon, and bold red lip glam by @kennethsohmakeup from @thewallgroup 💋 #WatchMeWork
Mermaid mood on the French Riviera. Yup And I'm still #AfriCannes too. Don't try to box me in. I'm a free woman.
We all feel it. We all know it. But we all need to start speaking about stress and burnout which are at an all time high and contributing to the mental health epidemic that is personally affecting all of us. My stress levels hit dangerous levels when I lost my husband. I’ve partnered with @secretdeodorant to share how I found my strength in asking for help. But stress doesn’t always come in high trauma scenarios. The World Health Organization recently recognized burnout as a syndrome stemming from “chronic workplace stress.” So what bigger stage to talk about how the marketing and advertising industries can work to effect change, than at @cannes_lions with a panel moderated by @gayleking, with panelists Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer of @proctergamble, and @iamashleymiles (Global Chief Business Officer of @thrive)— all thanks to @ariannahuff (Founder of Thrive Global). The Partnership between Thrive Global + P&G blends cognitive and behavioral science with the daily habits associated with P&G's products to improve consumer health and well-being through “Microstep habit-stacking.” According to neuroscientists, habit-stacking is the fastest, simplest way to build a new habit to make it into a sustainable routine. The idea is to attach a new habit onto an existing habit to make it stick. Let’s all create habits that will help us become more healthy and well! I’m so proud to contribute to this powerful conversation. #StrengthInAction #AllStrengthNoSweat #AskForHelp #Thrive Make up by @aureliepayenmakeup from Endeavor’s @thewallgroup 💋in Cannes Make up by @taiyoungstyle, hair by @reign.mari.hair in LA for the Secret campaign 🏆
From the beginning until the end, Lael knew your love completely, and that completeness will keep her whole for a lifetime. Here’s to fathers who’s presence spans time & space and therefore leaves no void.... Happy Father’s Day, Peter Saint John. ❤️ #GoneButNotForgotten #HisDay (not mine) #RestInLove
My Father is a King who has raised 4 Queens... and who has remained constant through the years. With love, respect, and gratitude, may he continue to reign in health, wealth, and joy... happy Father’s Day, dad! @appiandaarthur #HappyFathersDay #HeSetTheBarHigh #GodBlessGreatFathers
I talk with my hands... and I speak LOVE. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 #pride #loveislove #butyoucancatchthesehandsthough Thanks @heyquisa for helping me talk that talk 💅🏿
Her name is Eve. And she introduced me today at the Black Business Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia! I do this for young women like her who are going to take on the mantle of our forward progress... And hopefully benefit from the road we've paved too! Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome, and the fascinating conversation with Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Diversity Council. Let's continue to honor our history, and make history!! #WatchMeWork #BBIsummit2019 (Lewk by @aishamcshawofficial 🦸🏿♂️, Pix by @p_adamsphotography)