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February 8, 2016

Do you remember when you were an infant and someone said to you, “Use your words. Come on, use your words!” Well, you probably don’t remember someone saying this to you, but if you are a parent or an aunt or uncle, you may be familiar with this simple phrase.

It’s what we say to infants to get them to talk and use their voices to tell us what they want and need.

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As we grow older, somehow the adults around us stop saying, “Use your words,” and start saying “Shush!” or “Be quiet!” or “Keep it down; you’re too loud.” We get asked to stop using our words – and our voices.

For too many, this simple experience shuts off your ability and instincts to speak up about what you want and need, what you’re interested in, what you like and don’t like, and how you feel about things. You end up living a life in silence about the things you don’t enjoy, don’t want to experience, and don’t feel you can talk about with someone in business, in your family, with your life partner or in your community.

You feel stifled by society – and sometimes in your life.

When I grew up, the band Supertramp sang a popular song called “The Logical Song,” in which their lyrics started with:

 

 “When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,

A miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.

And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,

Joyfully, playfully watching me.

But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible,

Logical, responsible, practical.

And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,

Clinical, intellectual, cynical.”

When you were young, it was okay to giggle, laugh, coo and use your words. Maybe when you were growing up, someone shushed you and asked you not to use them anymore.

If you want the people around you in your life – in business, at home, your friends, and in your community – to understand who you are, what you want, what you care about, and what you like and don’t like, then you are going to need to find the courage to speak up and let them know.

The more you use your words, the more effective you will be at living the life you want.

So Speak Up!

 

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 8, 2016

Meet Cherie Corso, a Panelist on the Speak Up in Business Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

Cherie Corso is not only a proud wife, mother, author, Reiki master, and environmentalist, and lifestyle blogger, but she is a well-known parenting expert and TV personality you may have seen on Fox and FriendsDoctor Oz, or Good Morning America. 

As a co-author of the children’s book, Crazy Ponytails, with her daughter Julia, she encourages children to persevere through challenges to see their special talents and as a mentor lecturer at Fordham University she calls upon years of industry knowledge to invest in the next generation of women leaders and entrepreneurs.

Cherie recently fused all of her knowledge from top designers and creators in the fashion world and chemical knowledge to successfully relaunch her organic skincare line, G2 Organics, where all of the products are not only 100% organic, but are made with only the highest grade ingredients and raw botanicals. This line is the answer for anyone looking for the best non-toxic products for the whole family.

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Cherie Corso – Panelist, Speak Up in Business Panel

G2 Organics has been named “Best Organic Nail Polish Remover” by Marie Claire Magazine, received the “That’s so Green Divas” award by The Green Divas, and been recognized as top editor picks by Glamour Magazine, Ebony, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

In everything she does, she relies on her creative real-time experience to make sure that her deep-rooted beliefs on balance, family, health, and beauty at the forefront. You can learn more about Cherie and G2 Organics by visiting g2organics.com or “Word on the Street” at cheriecorso.com.

 

Join Cherie as she shares her insights
during this important panel about
Speak Up in Business
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 8, 2016

Meet Laura Fredricks, a Panelist on the Speak Up for Financing Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

LAURA FREDRICKS is a multi-million dollar ASK-maker who, as Founder & CEO of THE ASK©, teaches nonprofits and businesses how to confidently, willingly and successfully ask for money. Fredricks is today’s leading authority on “How to A$K© for Money – and More of It!” She has helped hundreds of organizations worldwide raise multi-millions through her unique approach to fundraising. She is author of “THE A$K: How to ASK for your Nonprofit Cause, Creative Project and Business Venture.” Most recently Laura joined a star-studded list of Wellness Experts and is the “Money Wellness Expert” with an all new 30-day on-line money wellness program. Her newest book is: Money Wellness: Is Money Making you Sick?” www.expertontheask.com.

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Laura Fredricks – Panelist, Speak Up for Financing

As an attorney-turned-philanthropic advisor, she has enjoyed a lengthy and successful career in industries best known for making high profile, multi-million dollar A$KS – law and philanthropy – and is the first to merge strategies from both professional sectors into a mainstream practice known as THE ASK©. This new practice has placed LAURA on the national and international speaking circuits at conferences around the world from Amsterdam to Ann Arbor, Bologna to Boca Raton, Kenya to Kentucky, Moscow to Montreal, Sydney to Seattle, plus Australia, Italy, and the Netherlands. THE ASK© has also led LAURA to TV and radio appearances on local talk shows across the nation, and her expertise has been featured in national publications. Her four books on “How to A$K© for Money – and More of It” have become industry leaders. Follow her on TWITTER: @expertontheask.

 

Join Laura as she shares her insights
during this important panel about
Speak Up for Financing
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016



February 8, 2016

Meet Kathy Zucker, a Panelist on the Speak Up in Your Community Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

Kathy Zucker is an author, startup founder, international social media Shorty Awards winner, and Real Time Academy judge. A Columbia graduate and two-time national champion, she is a member of Cobra Fencing Club and the Columbia University fencing advisory board. She lives with her husband and three children in Hoboken, NJ. You can find her on social media at @KathyZucker and at KathyZucker.com.

“Kathy embodies the spirit of New York Life’s #KeepGoodGoing Shorty Award. Even during difficult times, including during Superstorm Sandy, she was an inspiration and educational resource to families in her local community. We applaud Kathy for being the first to win this category and we thank New York Life for sponsoring #KeepGoodGoing and for its support spreading the word,” said Greg Galant, the co-founder and executive producer of the Shorty Awards.

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Kathy Zucker – Panelist, Speak Up in Your Community Panel

“Kathy is a great example of someone who uses social media to share her own life lessons, which in turn help others. Her tweets in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy provided critical news and updates to her community. We congratulate her on winning a Shorty Award and thank her for using social media to keep good going,” said Liz McCarthy, senior vice president and head of Corporate Communications, New York Life.

Join Kathy as she shares her insights
during this important panel about
Speak Up in Your Community
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016

 


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February 8, 2016

Meet Tai Beauchamp, a Panelist on the How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

An influencer, public speaker, media personality and entrepreneur, Tai engages women around the world with her genuine approach to celebrating inner and outer beauty. A publishing industry veteran, Tai’s expertise in media and fashion was solidified through her experience as a beauty and fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, Seventeen and at Vibe Vixen Magazines. After years of consulting with international philanthropist Ray Chambers, Tai launched her media company, Tai Life Media, LLC to more holistically connect style and empowered living. TheTaiLife.com, a content platform aimed to inspire women ages 22-45 in every aspect of their lives is Beauchamp’s latest venture.

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Tai Beauchamp, Panelist – How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back

Since 2006, Tai’s creative talents and style authority has become the go-to for national and international consumer brands. She has partnered with and served as an ambassador, expert, content producer, and event host for companies including Procter & Gamble, InStyle, MSL Group, Pikolinos, Target, Universal Records, the United Nations, and Wal-Mart among others.

A motivational speaker, Tai engages audiences on topics ranging from Entrepreneurship to Girl Power to Stylish Living and 21st Philanthropy. She’s delivered messages at The Clinton Foundation, Harvard Business School, Spelman College, Columbia and Howard University and as far as Lagos, Nigeria. She contributes on the boards of WIE Network, Harlem’s Fashion Row and The New Jersey Performance Art’s Center Women’s Board of Trustees.

A lifestyle guru for major TV networks and print media, Tai has appeared on NBC, E!, BET, ExtraTV, The View, The Chew, The Wendy Williams Show, and TV One. She is the former host of The View’s “Must Have Monday” segment, a lauded red carpet correspondent for the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards and most recently the host of TLC’s makeover show “Dare to Wear.” She has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Life & Style, and Essence. Tai lives in New York City.

 

Join Tai as she shares her insights
during this important panel about
How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 5, 2016

Meet Joan Pelzer, the Moderator of the Speaking Up In Business Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

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Joan Pelzer – Moderator, Speaking Up in Business Panel

Joan Pelzer is the President and CEO of Joan Pelzer Media LLC, where she creates online relationships that you can take offline. She is a social media expert and online engagement strategist with clients ranging from entrepreneurs and small businesses to events to a UN-based NGO. She creates value-driven interactions that accelerate the connections between her clients and their target markets. Joan is a dynamic connector!

Joan has spoken at various events on the power of social media to drive searchability and increase exposure and influence.

Joan is also President of the NYC Chapter of Femfessionals, a national networking and professional development organization for women – co-hosting monthly educational and networking events for female entrepreneurs, building membership, managing social media strategy, and engaging community. Joan is also the National Social Media Strategist for Over40Females.

 

Join Joan as she moderates this important panel about
Speaking Up in Business
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 4, 2016

Meet Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, the Moderator of the Speak Up for Financing Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

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Kelly Keenan Trumpbour – Moderator, Speak Up for Financing Panel

 

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour is the founder of See Jane Invest and an active angel investor. She invests exclusively in women owned business. Her advocacy for female founders has been featured in Fast Company, Tech Crunch, PBS, Fox Business News, Huffington Post and the Baltimore Sun.

Based in Baltimore, she is a Founding Venture Partner of NextGen Venture Partners and a board member of the Baltimore Angels. She serves as an advisory board member to Venture for America, Betamore and Baltimore’s Social Impact Hub.

Prior to her work supporting female founders, Kelly lobbied Congress on behalf of women’s business issues and helped raise PAC donations for women political candidates. Kelly holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, a law degree from the University of Maryland and a MALA from St. John’s College.

 

Join Kelly as she moderates this important panel about
How to Speak Up for Financing
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 3, 2016

Meet Judy Goss, the Moderator of the How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

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Judy Goss – Moderator, How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back Panel

 

An experienced TV personality and radio show host who has hosted her own shows, interviewed A-list celebrities, appeared on countless TV shows as a News Correspondent, Lifestyle Expert, Author, Spokesperson and Women’s Advocate is currently the host of “What Women Want” on LA Talk Radio with 30,000 listeners/month.

As a More Magazine Editor/Better TV Correspondent Judy was chosen to interview celebrities such as former first lady Laura Bush in a private sitdown and also hosted her own show on Better TV. Judy also had the pleasure of interviewing other notable women such as Barbara Corcoran, Nora Ephron, Jean Chatzky and even stars like D.M.C. from the famed rap group “Run-DMC” and many more. Judy regularly appears on networks such as NBC, ABC and FOX news shows.

As the author of “Break Into Modeling for Under $20″ published by St. Martin’s Press, Judy achieved national press and acclaim for her book being touted as the “go-to guide” for anyone wanting to venture into the modeling industry.

Judy also founded the nationally acclaimed organization Over 40 Females®,” a live and online networking community to “Connect, Encourage and Inspire” women over the age of 40 all over the world. In the press constantly because of Judy’s background, Over 40 Females has become a force to be reckoned with in the women’s networking industry.

Working as a modeling agent led Judy to become an editor for Cosmopolitan and then More Magazine. After only two months with More, Judy was selected to be their national media spokesperson which was a catalyst to her hosting career. This position included a vast and varied array of interviews with radio, television and print where she traveled across the country doing beauty and fashion segments along with representing their nationwide model search for women over 40.

 

Join Judy as she moderates this important panel about
How to Speak Up & What’s Holding You Back
at this amazing inaugural event!

 

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 2, 2016

Meet Jessica Abo, the Moderator of the Speak Up in Your Community Panel at the Speak Up Women Conference happening at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016!

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Jessica Abo – Moderator, Speak Up in Your Community Panel

 

Jessica Abo is a journalist by day and social entrepreneur by choice.  You may have seen her on NY1 covering everything from breaking news to Fashion Week or spotted her playing herself in The Amazing Spider-Man 2Delivery ManGirl Most LikelyGossip Girl and Nurse Jackie.

Jessica recently launched her own media startup to empower kids, teenagers and college students. Her YouTube channel “JaboTV” was featured in Forbes as a place millennials are going to be inspired; and, she was invited to speak at the United Nations about how her channel is giving today’s youth the tools they need to power through their personal challenges. Jessica’s videos appear on several media platforms including Entrepreneur.com. She recently appeared on “The Meredith Vieira Show” sharing tips for parents and kids on How to Confront Bullying.

Jessica has won several awards for her journalism and philanthropy work. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes by running marathons and organizing her own charity events.  Her last black-tie affair supported the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. To date, Jessica’s “Marrow Match Gala” has made 20 matches and facilitated three transplants.

Jessica received her bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is currently working on her first book and will be launching a fashion line in 2016.

 

Join Jessica as she moderates this important panel about
Speak Up In Your Community
at this amazing inaugural event!

For more about speaking up, watch
this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about
why it is so important to speak up and
the impact you can make when you do.

Go to www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and
to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference
at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016


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February 2, 2016

Speaking up takes courage. When you look at your life, you may find yourself tongue-tied and apprehensive when you need to speak up about what you want, what you need, and what doesn’t feel good or right for you.

Too often you may find yourself feeling like the other person should know what you want or need, which is unrealistic when you think about it. How could they? Is he or she a mind reader?

Other times you may feel intimidated or scared to speak up for fear of what the other person may do, such as judge you, stop speaking to you, make fun of you, or ignore you.

Here are five areas to consider where you could make a huge difference in your life today if you were only willing to speak up:

 

  • Relationship Partners – I have known many women who don’t speak up in their intimate partner relationships to their partners, but will speak up to anyone else who will listen. If you don’t talk to the person you are in the relationship with, how can you expect him or her to understand what you need, what you want, or what you feel? Relationships are built on the successful or unsuccessful communications between two people. When you have the courage to speak up in these intimate relationships, you will find ways to make the relationship stronger, better and happier for each of you.

 

  • Family & Friends – Many people feel nervous and scared when they need to speak up with family members or friends, especially friends they have known for a long time who feel like family. Speaking up to these people in your life can make a world of difference for you – and them. Each of them has no idea what your experience is like with them. They don’t know how they make you feel. They have no way of knowing what you want or need. Some of them may ask; others may not know how.

 

When you garner the courage to speak up and tell them what you want, need, like and don’t like about your relationship with them, you are giving them and the relationship you have with them the opportunity to change, to serve you better, and ultimately to serve the other person better too.

 

Life is too short. Growing and deepening these relationships of a lifetime takes time, energy, effort and courage. Don’t wait to have what may feel like tough conversations. If you wait too long, you may not be able to have them and find yourself wishing you could have.

 

When you do have them, you may just find that you wish you had done this sooner so you could enjoy them more.

 

  • Medical – So many people I know go to the doctor and don’t ask questions about the things they don’t understand. They simply take whatever the doctor says as the way to address their ailments, not really understanding why or what potential side effects may occur.

 

I always ask questions at the doctor’s office. I also speak up about my concerns when a physician wants me to take a prescription for an ailment. I’m concerned about what anyone is asking me to put in my body, how it may make me feel, and what conditions I may experience as a result of doing so. If I’m not willing to take the risk, I’ll ask about what other treatment options there are and express my concerns to the doctor.

 

Our bodies are our temples. They are the foundation for our living experiences. When we feel good, we tend to do more. When we don’t feel good, we get to do and experience less of life.

 

Take an interest in your health and make sure you understand what your physician is doing, why they are doing it, what test they are doing, how it works, what the results mean, and anything else you don’t understand. Your body is your responsibility. Speak up for it! After all, who else will?!

 

  • In Business and At Work – Speaking up in business and for your career is entirely up to you. No one can give you permission to do it. That permission ultimately is something you give yourself.

 

If you find a way to do something better or more effectively, tell someone. If you want to know how to serve your customers better, ask them. Don’t try to figure it out within the four walls of your company. Trust me – they’ll tell you, if you only give them a chance to speak up.

 

Interviewing for a job? Ask questions about the company. See what you can find out about what others are saying about it – in the press, on their blogs and articles on the Internet, and what they are saying about themselves in their company reports. Interviewing for a job is bi-lateral. It is the company speaking up and inquiring about whether you are the right person for the job, AND it is also you inquiring about whether the company is the right place for you to add value, learn and grow. Have the courage to speak up so you can find out what you need to know so you can determine if the company is the right fit for you.

 

  • For a Cause You Care About – If you see something, read something, or hear something about an issue that bothers you or disturbs you, don’t just sit and stew. Do something. Find either an organization that you can join and work with to make a difference for it or start your own. This could be as easy as putting on a fundraiser for a child diagnosed with cancer in your neighborhood to working on the board for a large organization and donating your time.

 

If you want to feed the hungry, you can go to your local soup kitchen and prepare and serve them dinner. If you want to help children get a better education, donate your time as a mentor or offer to lead a local program for kids. If you want to address the way the elderly are treated and left alone, offer to be a visitor and go to a hospice or senior living community and volunteer to talk with those who have no family to care about them.

 

 

Speaking up takes courage. It is where most of the best things in your life begin. I encourage you to speak up and ask for the life you want. Let others know what you need and want so they can help you get it.

 

Speaking up can be one of the most powerful tools in your kit to living the life you want.

So Speak Up!

 

For more about speaking up, watch this video of our founder, Jennifer S. Wilkov, talk about why it is so important to speak up and the impact you can make when you do.

Go to http://www.SpeakUpWomen.com to learn more and to register to attend the Speak Up Women Conference at the United Nations on March 5th, 2016.