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Grit, Glam, & Guts… The Power of Your Legacy – Teen Conference 2016

Thank you for your interest in being a part of Grit, Glam, & Guts Teen Conference. It’s a one-day FREE conference that’s dedicated to strengthening and equipping young women to overcome the challenges of the 21st woman and connect teens to existing resources during the summer months.


The Grit, Glam, Guts “The Power of Your Legacy” conference has the goal of helping teen girls develop a positive self-image and establish unity and sisterhood among the next generation of women.

We’ll be in three cities, three weekends!

Flint – June 4th, Detroit – June 11th,  & Lansing – June 18th




This year’s conference tackles social and emotional issues of identity and lays of solid foundation of why sisterhood is essential to the success of individuals, families, and communities.


Speakers from across the state and community will conduct lively and engaging breakout sessions. The sessions will provide pre-teens and teens resources to thrive in an unstable ever-changing society. Sessions will explore healthy relationships, identity vs. image, beauty standards, purpose, and societal pressures.


We know that it takes Grit, Glam, and Guts for any woman to make it in today’s society. Grit represents the necessary hard work to reach goals. Guts are the passion in our hearts to push us to our purpose. Glam is the beauty of wisdom and compassion that’s birthed from experience.


We invite you to be a part of the experience as we capture the voices of hundreds young women from across the state, birth purpose, and hurdle young women from who they are to who they were meant to become.


Head to to learn more & register!


2020 Girls – Grit, Glam, & Guts

This one of the first shows where we are focusing on some of the great work that’s happening in local communities especially as it relates to the empowerment of young girls. 2020 Girls is doing just that! 2020 Girls  is an innovative partnership between the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) and the Capital Area United Way Women’s Leadership Council, to prepare middle school girls (ages 9–13) for success in STEM in the year 2020 and beyond. It provides an opportunity for young women in mid-Michigan to learn about programming, engineering, and design in courses led by female instructors.


2020 Girls is one the many partner of our annual conference Grit, Glam, & Guts. Grit, Glam, & Guts is a one-day FREE conference that’s dedicated to strengthening and equipping young women to overcome the challenges of the 21st woman and connect teens to existing resources during the summer months.

Learn about one of great resources that’s available to girls at the Grit, Glam & Guts 2016.

To learn more about Grit, Glam, & Guts  or to register click here!



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The WALK Detroit – Is this really Fashion?

According to Google, Fashion is…
“A popular trend, especially styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.”

Looking deeper into my google search, Urban Dictionary defines Fashion as…
“A sense of style that changes from decade to decade, century to century.”

I find it hard to fully understand the definitions listed above; they seem to misinterpret the true meaning of, “wearing a dignified piece of cloth in a particular manner that exemplifies the true meaning of one’s self through grace and un-bothered persistence.” Now that is FASHION! I have always been an advocate for self-expression and because of that, I wholeheartedly disagree with the information found. Saturday, I was given the pleasure of attending a fashion show presented by WALK at Detroit’s Garden Theatre in which proceeds benefit AIDS Walk Detroit. As you might imagine, there were lots of creative designers, talented models, eager media teams and people in the crowd only in attendance to have a great time. In the midst of so much diversity stood one common consensus. When asked, “Is fashion for the person, or for society?” everyone answered in a similar way which personally gives me hope because I am not the last of a dying breed. Coco Chanel said it best, “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion!”

If you wake up every morning in a particular mood; and that mood inspires your choice of clothing; and that clothing drives your mentality; and your mentality is a reflection of you; you understand Fashion and you comprehend its philosophical structure. A popular trend is a person, place or thing that is in high demand. It is constantly talked about within season and information about it can be easily obtained. Self-identified fashion which is inherently true Fashion, is the total opposite mainly because it is not based on views choice. Let’s take a drive into my closet. About 80 % of my cloths come from an inexpensive yet, stylish clothing store called the VOA or Volunteers of America. That’s correct! I am in love with thrifting because it allows me to be myself without the influences of what mainstream deems to be “the look”. I am able to incorporate vintage designs with bold yet tastefulness class. The best part creating my own Fashion is that I confidently become Fashion.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with buying what’s hot… Well, if what’s hot limits you from enhancing your true being, it’s a problem. During the fashion show I connected with many individuals, but two conversations stuck out to me. I came across a fashion designer who literally sewed fur to the neck line of his short sleeve shirt to create a hood. Yeah, it sounds a bit absurd, but this is one of those times where you had to see it for yourself. Here is how the conversation went:

Me: “What inspired you to create this look?”
Him: “This fur is comfortable. This red is vibrant. This shirt is original. This look is me.”

Needless to stay, that is Fashion. The moral of my story is to be YOU.


Part II: American Masculinity and its lies….

In part II of American Masculinity and it’s lies, we are delving further into the conversation from free film screening of The Mask You Live hosted by MSU’s Women’s Resource center last week. Today we  sit down with a 29 year old man, who during his collegiate career was emerged in the hyper-masculine culture as a Michigan State University athlete. Jeremy Orr reveals how “being a man” by America’s standards actually hindered some of the best things in life.



American Masculinity and its lies…

Last week about 400 people packed in Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center Auditorium to for free screening of The Mask You Live In. It’s a film that explores American Masculinity. The films director argues society’s narrow definition of what it means to be a man is having a host of unintended consequences, ranging from substance abuse to violence to rape.  As partner with MSU’s Women’s Resource Center, we wanted to take the conversation further. Listen as we chat with two of panelists in two-part series as they reveal the painful and even detrimental effects of the American definition of masculinity on their lives.


Feminism: What it is & What it ain’t…

The progressive movement of feminism has been at the fore front of many conversations. It’s often litters with lies, misconceptions, and some truth. So what does it really mean to be a feminist? What’s the feminism agenda? It’s not what you think. Listen as Lydia Weiss, Interim Director of Michigan State University’s Women’s Resource Center and the Kentucky Writer, Mariam Williams of Redbone AfroPuff  which focuses on race, gender, and religion, demystify some of the basics of feminism.