Two Great Philly Initiatives: #PowerHour & LatinX

2804d549195f0ef2a198d6a6bf96c464--goal-quotes-motivation-quotesThere’s two amazing events taking place in Philadelphia that you should be aware of designed to help Philadelphia schools…and we all know how much help they need. They’re being hosted by Tyree Williams. Please take a moment to consider stopping by or participating, you won’t be disappointed.

About Power Hour

The 1st event, “Power Hour”, is an initiative to help expose Philadelphia area HS students to the various majors offered at Temple, and the careers these majors can lead to. Power Hour will allow the Temple Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni to share their stories with prospective students. They are looking to have a diverse group represented, with as many majors/professions represented as possible to help further expose high school students to careers beyond what they may already know or be considering.

The goal of #PowerHour is to:

  1. Increase students’ exposure to potential majors/careers by speaking with current students/alumni/faculty
  2. Allow students to attend a panel session presented by Alumni/Current Students (STEM, Business, Arts, Education, Communications) on their academic/career journey
  3. Engage with current TU students can on the steps needed to matriculate successfully and identify the correct major for them

Power Hour will take place:

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time: 12 PM-2:30 PM

Where: Temple University- Welcome Center 1101 W. Montgomery Avenue

Light snacks will be provided for attendees.

About LatinX

The 2nd event, “LatinX” is intended to aid in increasing the representation of LatinX students on campus(es). The purpose of this conference is to:

  1.  Expose LatinX students in the Philadelphia area who are currently enrolled in 9th-11th grade in area high schools to the college selection process
  2. Inform 12th grade-community college students about the transfer/dual admission process with area 4 year colleges/universities
  3. Provide an opportunity to hear from/speak with prominent members of the LatinX community from the Philadelphia area
  4. Encourage more LatinX students to apply and enroll at local universities/colleges

LatinX will take place:

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 10 AM-2 PM

Where: Temple University- Alter Hall, 7th Floor- MBA Commons 1801 Liacouras Walk

Lunch will be provided for attendees.

If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out. 

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What Are You Fighting For?

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“When you fight for your limitations, you get to keep them.”  Les Brown

It’s amazing how many people limit their potential to be greater than they are.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard…“you don’t understand…” and “I wish I could…” or “well it’s easy for you because…”.

When you start thinking like this, you immediately place an invisible wall between you and the thing you want the most.  You begin to fight for things that have little or no value to you.  You start forcing things to work for you when they clearly don’t.  You shut down.  You stop doing things that you’ve always loved doing.  You stop trying altogether.

You find yourself fighting against your job, your family, your friends, and strangers.  But what are you fighting for?

Take a moment to analyze the situations that pissed you off, left you hanging, or caused you to pause.  Are you standing with your fists raised and ready to strike?  Or protect?

Note to Self: Try Again

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It doesn’t matter if it didn’t work today–try again tomorrow. And the day after. And the next…until you get what you’re after. Be persistent.

Note to Self: Happiness

love-2647700_960_720Happiness: It starts with a conversation you have with yourself. It’s answering the hard questions that only you can answer. It’s a truth that only you can understand. It’s loving yourself. Finding yourself. Knowing yourself completely. It’s a lot less about what you do than who you are.

Choose: Decide who you’re going to be. Don’t let the illusion of a New Year, a new job, a new partner, etc. lead you to believe that you have to wait for it to appear before you can do something beneficial for yourself. Just who, exactly, gave it the right to tell you when and how to do things?

Note to Self: Walk In Peace

Despite what’s currently going on in the world or your life, we have the responsibility to walk in the direction of peace. Don’t let disfunction and negativity take you away from that.  Don’t let other people’s fears and insecurities unhinge the home you’re building within. They are responsible for their actions as you are responsible for your own.

Note to Self:


Everyday you must sell your dream to yourself. Never let a day go by that you don’t remind yourself why your dream is important. Never let go of that constant nagging in your mind nudging you to press on. Move forward. Be persistent. 

Don’t worry about the competition

When you’re trying to get your business off the ground you can’t worry about how much competition there is out there…not always. Looking at it from a personal development angle, sometimes the best thing you can do is accomplish your goal regardless of what’s going on. At the end of it all, it shapes you to be the person you’re supposed to be in order do what you’ve been created to do.