Amidst a global pandemic and growing research which suggests women are severely affected by COVID-19, it's an opportunity to make big strides in our effort to address larger societal issues such as equality and justice, reproductive rights, poverty and domestic issues like financial abuse, as well as income security and retirement. It is estimated that 46% of women are "not too confident" or "not at all confident" about their ability to live comfortably after retirement, compared to only 31% of men who feel that way.
I was stuck, stuck in my routine of working in nightlife and daydreaming about the life I really wanted. Coat check wasn't easy, in fact, it was hard and emotionally draining, but I could count on making money and so I stayed. Then one night, after a particularly hard day at work, I called a family meeting with my mother and sister and said it was time we took control of our lives.
Thirty years on Wall Street has taught me a few things about being a woman in the business world that I'd like to share with the next generation of multicultural women who want to start and scale a business. In the early days of my career, I had my own personal missteps amidst numerous victories.
They say when one door closes another one opens, and for me the reality of that is more than just a catchy phrase. When I moved to London I had nothing with me but my ambition for an exciting career and the desire to live out the dream of 19-year-old me, who hoped one day to become an international, successful businesswoman.
It was one of the most valuable lessons I learned early in my career about what constituted a good meeting: always come prepared. Preparation to make a meeting as painless as possible was key. Otherwise, you have to be prepared to kill the meeting as one of my favorite leaders always did. There are plenty of bad things happening right now. We don't need to add the stress of a bad meeting to that list.
Cloe Luv is a born and bred Brooklyn, New York entrepreneur, philanthropist and renaissance woman. Luv's Brooklyn co-working space, Cloe's Corner, offers a professional space where female entrepreneurs can thrive through community and sharing entrepreneurial skills. Her 501c3 non-profit organization, Women With Voices, works to empower women through teaching business and financial skills and creating networking opportunities. Cloe's New York City music production company, Brook Brovaz, scores music soundtracks for thousands of television and film projects. The Brook Brovaz debut album, A Brooklyn Summer, is out now.
Jerricha Hoskins is a licensed cosmetologist, mother of six, and founder of Arcani Coil Care. Even through her darkest days, living in a homeless shelter with her toddler after losing her home and having her vehicles repossessed, Hoskins always dreamt of owning her own business.
She launched Arcani Coil Care just two years ago. Her business features vegan-based temporary hair colors, a men's beard care kit, children's curl mousse, edge control products, leave-in conditioners, lock cream, and more. Despite the challenges, Hoskins chased her dream, which many people thought was far-fetched — owning her own hair care line.