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Beyoncé x Salma Link Up with Gucci for Major Girl Power

Charitable Companies, Women's Causes, World Issues

None of us can move forward if half of us are held back.

Today, it was announced that Beyoncé, Salma Hayek, and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini have joined forces to launch a major women’s empowerment campaign, Chime for Change. Chime for Change will “provoke, collect, and share powerful stories of girls and women globally,” while using social media to funnel donations to a range of women’s education and equality charities.

The campaign will focus on three areas: education, health, and justice for women and girls worldwide. If you’re wondering why Gucci is involved, you should know that the company actually has a long history of engagement with girls’ and women’s issues, including a seven-year relationship with UNICEF in support of girls’ education.

Without getting into too many details, there’s been a barrage of recent media coverage highlighting the need for a campaign of this magnitude. How major are we talking? Well, they’ve partnered with NGOs like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and their Advisory Board consists of advocates and leaders like Arianna Huffington, Meryl Streep, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Yasmeen Hassan.

I’m incredibly excited to see what comes out of this initiative. The website nods to a major announcement happening in mid-March. Can’t wait to find out the details.

For more information and to join Chime for Change, head on over to their website www.chimeforchange.org.

Monday Motivation: The White House Project

KB's Journey, Women's Causes

A couple of weekends ago, I spent a few days with a group of amazing women as part of The White House Project’s “Go Run” leadership training. I still need to write a full recap of the events, but it was a powerful experience. I learned so much from TWHP’s leadership team, the speakers, and all of my conference mates. Over the course of two and a half days, some of us clocked 25 hours of sessions and networking. Busy, busy, busy! But, it was all worth it…

Below is our “graduation” photo taken after Saturday evening’s dinner…Today’s Monday Motivation is dedicated to these gals. Look how excited we are to change the world!!!

Go Run Chicago 2011 (Photo: The White House Project)

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A Pain Not Easily Forgotten

KB's Journey, Women's Causes

When people lose a loved one, there’s no shortage of support in the immediate days and weeks that follow. Everyone is thinking of you…Everyone is praying for you. But, after the service, that support drops off considerably leaving many of us wondering, “Now what do I do?”

For me, it’s been quite a journey rebuilding my life after my mother’s passing three and a half years ago. I’m still coping with losing my biggest cheerleader and supporter and this is something that I’ll be dealing with for years to come. This is one of the reasons why I love what Alexis Nelson is doing with the H.E.R. Day Corporation. Founded in 2009, H.E.R. (Here Everyone Relates) Day is committed to providing an atmosphere for women who have lost their mothers “to obtain knowledge, health awareness, and make a connection of understanding and be encouraged.”

Every year, the organization hosts a conference for women who have lost their mothers and I really want to attend the next one. This kind of work is needed because there are moments where I have a five-minute crying session because I did something great and my mother wasn’t there to smile and say “I’m so proud of you.” The only thing that keeps me going is that I know my mother is so proud of me and I know that my future children will feel the same way.

If you know someone who has lost a parent, please make sure that you continue to check in on them…even after the everyone else stops. I guarantee you that it will mean the world to them, especially because it means the world to me.

To check out more about H.E.R. Day, you can visit their website Her-Day.org.

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Nicole Miller x Indego Africa Collection

Shop for A Cause, Women's Causes

A great supporter of Indego Africa, fashion designer Nicole Miller recently added some ready-to-wear pieces to her current collection which benefits the nonprofit and its programs. Indego Africa empowers African women to lift their families out of poverty through fair trade partnerships, international export market access, and the development of long-term skills.

The women create beautiful home decor (like these cute wine bags) and accessories which can be purchased at retailers such as Anthropologie, ShopBop.com, Bikram NYC and more. 100% of the profits from all merchandise sold online and in-store benefits the women directly. Nicole Miller teamed up with the organization last September to create a line of accessories. This time around, she’s added some very cute shorts  and sarongs to the line of textile bracelets. I went on her site this morning and the chic shorts were all sold out and had a wait time of two weeks. Whomp.

Here’s a peek at some of the items…15% of proceeds from this collection will go to Indego Africa. You can find the rest on the Nicole Miller site.

Fashion + Philanthropy is always a good look to me, especially when the philanthropy empowers women and helps build a better future for our families!

-kb