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BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Congresswoman Maxine Waters who represents California’s 43rd District.  We were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear her speak at the Center for American Progress.  As you may know, in addition to serving as a member of the Congressional Progressive and Black Caucuses, Rep. Waters will serve as chairwoman of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services for the 116th Congress. This is a BIG deal, ladies!

Rep. Waters is the first woman and first African American to ever serve in this role. More importantly, as chairwoman, she has the power to help ALL Americans achieve financial security, not just the wealthy. That’s great for us!

When asked if she was concerned about resistance to her ambitious agenda, Waters said, "I'm happy to work with my colleagues across the aisle if they wish to protect consumers.  But if they don't, I have the gavel.”  Amen!

Learn more.

Are you a servant to yourself?

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and that's got us thinking about service. While we know that serving others for the greater good, as Dr. King did, is a real measure of greatness, it can also be a double-edged sword.

Sometimes, the more we step up, the more we're asked to do.  That doesn't feel liberating or purposeful.  And, if we're not careful it can be a recipe for burnout. 

This MLK Day, in addition to caring for and thinking about how we can help others, we're also committing to serving and caring for ourselves.  

Join us.

Find some time this week to get additional rest, go for a walk, connect with a dear friend, eat a wholesome meal, watch a movie or read a good book. The activity doesn't matter as long as it brings you joy and peace. 

BlackHer Fact

According to many economists, homeownership is one of the most important engines of wealth creation. That’s because you gain equity with every mortgage payment you make.  You can use this "savings" to invest in other areas of your life, thereby generating additional assets.  You can also share your assets with your loved ones in order to give your kids a jumpstart.

Unfortunately, according to a report co-authored by BlackHer Shero, Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute, Black folks have made zero gains in homeownership in the last 50 years.

"The share of black households that owned their own home remained virtually unchanged between 1968 (41.1 percent) and today (41.2 percent). Over the same period, homeownership for white households increased 5.2 percentage points to 71.1 percent, about 30 percentage points higher than the ownership rate for black households." 

Believe we can do better? Read more from the team at Center for American Progress on what it will take.

Register Now for Roadmap to Billions!

Entrepreneurship is another road to building wealth, but it can also be a road to bankruptcy if you don't have the right resources and support!  

That's why we're so excited to be a Community Partner for Roadmap to Billions: Black Women Talk Tech, the ONLY conference for Black women founders. 

It will be held on February 27 - March 1 in NYC.

The speaker line up is fierce and includes Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital and Julia Collins, co-founder of Zume Pizza, whose company has been valued at $2.25 billion!

Ready to build your billion dollar business?  Register now.

Use Promo Code: BH2019 by February 26th and get 10%  off your conference pass.


Need Inspiration?

Watch Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speak at the 2019 Women's March.

"This is the time we're going to talk about Baltimore and the Bronx. 

This is the time we're going to talk about wildfires and Puerto Rico.

Because this is not just about identity.  This is about justice.  

This is about the America that we are going to bring into this world."

In love and solidarity,

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