Monday, September 21, 2015

Polished Pebbles Honors Women / Social Change Film Fest / Rev.Jackson's Quotes

Building Generational Leaders TBTNEWS UPDATE... Honor Women & Girls The amazing Kelly Fair, founder and executive director of Polished Pebbles, wil
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TBTNEWS UPDATE...Honor Women & Girls
The amazing Kelly Fair, founder and executive director of Polished Pebbles, will host an event to salute and honor women and young girls, who have, in her mind, demonstrated courage and conviction in their professional and personal lives to help build and support women everywhere.
Kelly has taken this small dream of hers and transformed it into a huge reality. Polished Pebbles is one the most talked about mentoring programs dedicated to uplifting the spirits of women and young girls. Mentees from her program have traveled to the White House, and other high profile organizations have honored Kelly for her commitment and dedication to building self-esteem and for motivating young girls to dream big.
This Thursday, September 17, Polished Pebbles will bestow their coveted Together She Will SHINE awards during a reception to honor six polished women in politics and community service. The event will take place at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive (Chicago).
Polished Pebbles will use this event as an opportunity to recognize ladies of distinction, who were critical to the growth of the program within this past year: Education Partner of the Year is Christa Hamilton of Center for New Horizons. Community Partners of the Year includes 4th Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston and Wendy Williams ofSouth East Chicago Commission (SECC). The SHINE Award recipient will be Morgan Williams of Citizens School, and the Woman of the Year Award will be presented to Dionne Rainey of ThoughtWorks.
Together She Will SHINE fundraiser will commemorate Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program sixth year of providing programs and services to girls ages 7-17. Through the honorees impactful work, they've helped girls become great communicators at home, school, and in the future workplace. Music provided by the Mo Fitz Project and emcee for the evening will be V103's Consuella Williams.
For tickets, contact Allyson Scrutchens at or 312.391.7221. Presenting sponsor isBloomingdale's. This is another great event in which TBTNews is proud to be the digital media partner.
TBTNEWS MEDIA ALERTBlack Media Join Dyett Hunger Strikers
Chicago’s black media outlets are joining the Walter H. Dyett High School hunger strikers for a news conference today, Tuesday, September 15, at 11 a.m., 555 E. 51st Street, to show their support for a global leadership and green technology curriculum when the school reopens next year.
In a rare move to become the news instead of simply covering the protesters, who will be in their 30th day of a hunger strike, black media representatives believe that Chicago Public Schools’ haste to announce a plan for the Bronzeville institution is an insult to the community. “The black media are the voice of our community,” explains Cathy Dale, one of the 15 hunger strikers. “This is not about winning, it’s about giving the people what they want. We have a 500-page plan that we worked on for five years with the University of Illinois and parents from surrounding communities.”
Dale says the proposal for a Dyett Global Leadership and Green Technology High School calls for the creation of a world-class institution that is sustainable and prepares students for future jobs and success. For more details, contact Delmarie Cobb at 773-373-3860 or Cathy Dale at 773-550-8007.
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TBTNEWS HEADLINE4th Annual Chicago International Social Change Film Festival: Films Inspiring Change
To effect change, one must take action. That action can take many forms. But few forms have more potential for creating change, educating, and bringing awareness to a variety of issues than film. On September 18 -20, theChicago International Social Change Film Festival (CISCFF) will showcase films that are created to inspire change.
In 2011, Todd Belcore and Emile Cambry, Jr. founded the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Devoted to the pursuit of social change, Belcore, a lawyer, and Cambry, an entrepreneur, are passionate about showcasing global struggles using CISCFF as a platform to create change. “The idea of the film festival was to provide a vehicle for people from all over the world, from different walks of life, to see different struggles, to become educated and uniquely inspired to want to do something about the issues,” explains Belcore.
Since its inception, the CISCFF has received more than 600 film submissions from filmmakers from more than 30 countries around the world. Previous films have addressed issues such as domestic, sexual and community violence; human-trafficking; different models for economic development; veterans, LGBTQ, elder, immigration and human rights issues; homelessness and foreclosure; disabilities; activism; bullying; feminism; education, and the criminal justice system. “We believe in the power of our youth…we believe in the power of our communities…we believe in our film festival to tell the stories that need to be told,” states Cambry.
The films this year look at education and social change, criminal justice and stereotypes, apartheid, social justice, health and awareness, environment/chemical and prisons. The opening-night film, A Ferguson Story (a group of Chicagoans banded together to launch the #LetUsBreathe initiative to bring donations and supplies to Ferguson protesters). Other films include, Finding the Gold Within (six young Black men from Akron, Ohio, enter college, determined to redefine society's images and low expectations). Social Innovators of South Africa (this film tracks community-minded entrepreneurs who are empowering the nation’s youth). These are just a few films that will be presented.
There will also be lively post-film discussions. There will be networking and brainstorming sessions with business, community, and industry leaders. The CISCFF runs at Showplace Icon Theaters, 150 W. Roosevelt Road (Chicago). For admittance to the opening night red carpet event or festival tickets, visit For media inquiries, contactMoleska Smith at 708-567-1678. This event is supported by TBTNews, as the digital media partner.
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C.E.O. EXCHANGE4 Things CEOs Should Never Do
Contributing Correspondent: Ted Santos
There are many books written by people who have a theoretical understanding of leadership. They write about characteristics and ideologies that sound like common sense. Yet, putting those abstract ideas into practice is almost never as easy as it sounds. After decades of leading organizations and advising CEOs, I have seen leaders struggle to produce great results through others. In some cases, they attempt to overcome the struggle with short cuts. While some of those short cuts can give the appearance of control, they often backfire. Here are four common errors that can sabotage any leader’s effort:
Spread rumors/gossip: If you’re the CEO, your employees will usually find a reason to gossip about issues that are not based on facts. That gossip becomes a rumor that can shape corporate culture and performance. If the leader is the originator of rumors, the enterprise will soon become infested with rumors. In some cases, employees will spend more time talking and worrying about rumors, instead of being productive. More importantly, the leader who spreads rumors will erode the trust people have in him.
Micromanage: Leaders who micromanage send a daunting message to their direct reports; I don’t trust you. If you hired people because you believe they have the skills and experience to do their job, except, you constantly watch over them and tell them how to do their job, you are indirectly telling them they are incompetent without your input. Over time, they will resent you. High performers will leave. Others will get back at you by not being fully committed to their job. Micromanagement also impedes an employee’s growth and ability to make tough decisions. As a result, the CEO becomes frustrated with employees and will have to constantly replace them.
Lie: While lying has obvious consequences, doing so will make it difficult to manage people. You can become the boy who cried wolf. If the leader who lies has a sense of urgency, no one will take him seriously. Not only will his authority be undermined, employees will miss deadlines because they will not trust there is a sense of urgency. Furthermore, lying will become part of company culture. Perhaps worst of all is that lying can be a form of manipulation. Many people become resentful when you manipulate them.
Complain: A CEO who complains may send an unwanted message to staff and management. People may believe she does not know what she is doing as a leader. Some people may abandon ship. While it is true that no one has all the answers, CEOs are often expected to have them all. If they complain, they could sound like a helpless victim. Furthermore, it creates a culture of complaints. It encourages people to complain without providing solutions.
The debate over leaders being born or made is a wasted conversation. Like any other profession, those who practice leading tend to be the best at leadership. Without practice, you may hold the title. However, you may not empower your people to be better than they could have without you. If you haven’t made your people better, you may be engaged in some of the above habits, unknowingly.
Perhaps the most effective leaders are the ones who listen best. They listen to ideas of some of the most brilliant and ambitious people and then create collaboration in such a way that the sum is significantly greater than the parts.
What do you think? I would love to hear your feedback. And I’m open to ideas. Or if you want to write me about a specific topic, connect through my blog
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In memory of the great Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.'s beloved and recently deceased mother. Here are some of Jackson's inspired quotes:
1). Your children need your presence more than your presents.
2). When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed, it's called a depression.
3). Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
4). Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes but morning comes.... Keep hope alive.
5). I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.

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