Writer, mother, lover, fighter.
I should probably add “culture-maker” to that list, too.
Because here’s what I know and what I know to be important: we are all culture makers.
You are a culture maker.
You don’t have to have a fancy title or an artsy career to be a culture-maker (but you can if you want to!).
When you declare on Facebook or Instagam, you are asserting new norms and you are a culture-maker.
When you share social media content created by others, you are asserting new norms and you are a culture-maker.
When you write blog posts or create videos or paintings or use your platform to connect-the-dots between the personal and political, you are a culture maker.
When you get brave and go first and say something that makes other people realize it’s not just them and they’re not alone, you are a culture-maker.
When you paint, write, coach, offer counsel around those new norms and market without leveraging oppression, you are making a new culture.
When you lift your voice and reject the racism and homophobia and ableism (and, and, and) whenever it happens, right in that moment, in your daily interactions with your friends and family, you are a culture maker.
You are drawing the boundaries of what is welcome and just in our culture.
Every single one of us is a culture maker.
And there’s so much personal power there.
We can decide, we can commit, we can act, and we can remake our culture.
Step by step, idea by idea, person by person, business by business, vision after vision.
That’s the work I try to do, too.
I’m a writer and a feminist marketing consultant and my approach is based upon the marketing strategies of movements and revolutionaries (if you’ve worked with me you’ll be able to testify).
My chief inspirations for how to get visible, raise consciousness and rise are the Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr – the man was a master strategist – and the black lesbian feminist warrior poet Audre Lorde.
Oh, Audre Lorde. She is my personal shero.
If I were ever to defer unthinkingly to authority – which we all know isn’t about to happen, right? – it would be to hers. She is an elder in the fullest sense of the word. I reread her work every summer and refer to her in nearly every marketing consult. As marketing consultants are wont to do.
I’m also a writer and social critic (you can find some of my essays at Salon, Jezebel and xoJane); I have a BA with honours in Poli Sci; I won academic prizes, scholarships and admissions to prestigious schools and yet still managed to drop out of grad school; I’ve taught political theory at university and I’ve taught kindergarten; I’ve designed corporate and nonprofit marketing campaigns and freelanced as a copywriter for over a decade; I have five children; and I’m an unrepentant feminist. My feminism is intersectional and about justice.
Love + Justice. Always.
And in all things – including careers, excellence and entrepreneurship.
Because, straight up, the reason so many of us get thwarted is not because we don’t lean in (though it helps when we do, aggressively) but because our difference from the mythic norm of white cis-male heterosexuality is interpreted by our culture and workplaces as a problem rather than a creative asset.
The glass ceiling is real.
So is the cement resume.
Because here’s the truth: some of us are actively prevented from even getting started.
Here’s what I’m working on in 2017:
- Writing a book about The Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand. Spoiler alert: I’m not a fan of the phenomenon.
- Speaking on these topics: The Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand, How to Sell to Women Without Selling Them Out, and What It Means to Be a Culture-Maker (and why that changes everything).
- Facilitating Marketing MasterMinds for vision-driven, socially conscious entrepreneurs who want to rise without defaulting to the norms prescribed by The Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand [the next cohort will be in April 2017]; doing two-hour strategic marketing intensives with online entrepreneurs; and offering 1:1 Lightning Sessions once per quarter [I’m booking now for March 2017].
You can find me on Facebook where I lead a FREE private FB group for justice-minded and conscience-driven online entrepreneurs (and if this is you, please c’mon in!) or by e-mail.
You can also subscribe to receive my LOVE LETTERS + WILDLY UNREASONABLE ADVICE every Sunday by e-mail. They contain essays and invocations that are often only available by e-mail and they’re exceptional, I promise.
One last thing: thank you for being here with me.
Now let’s sally forth and remake this culture of ours.
love + justice,