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Greetings GSCBWLA Family,

I got my start by giving myself a start. - Madam CJ Walker  

As we begin the month of April, I reflect on the shoulders of the great women who laid the foundation for where we are at this moment.  Madam CJ Walker was the first African American female millionaire.  She built her business from the ground up, during a time in American history that was very hostile to women and people of color. Her words resonate with me, because so often as women, we self-deselect.  We do not put in for a promotion, we tell ourselves that we are not ready, or we allow others/society to dictate where we should be at this time in our lives.  We covered the concept of the "impostor syndrome" at our recent Dine and Dish. The way forward is to encourage ourselves and uplift others to go for the goal. 

Other activities this month included a presentation on how to work with a recruiting firm at our membership meeting as well as attending Lobby Day in Tallahassee to advocate for the Dignity for Incarcerated Women act and ending the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.  We had an outstanding Fancy Hat and Brilliant Bowties Day at the Races to benefit LSGMI.

April will be a busy month! We will be having our next membership meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 6pm at K&L Gates in Miami.  During this meeting, we will have a panel discussion on the "Path to Partnership" with amazing trailblazing women partners.  Lastly, please save the date for our installation, which will be on Thursday, June 13 at the Intercontinental Miami.


In solidarity,


Melba V. Pearson, Esq.
President
Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association



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