Changing of the Guard
New York City
As a businesswoman, I see clearly and shrewdly: only what serves to advance, promote, and support good business, good practices, good policies, profit, longevity, and durable success. My every thought, action, and abstention has a clear purpose.
As a woman, in America, every business decision I make will be challenged and later discussed.
As a Black woman, born and raised in the United States, and a descendant of U.S. government sanctioned slavery, I continue to strive for civil rights, equity, and parity; in America, individuals who have not strived or fought take for granted and feel entitled to rights and liberties for which my body has been scarred for, and which I am presently denied. All that I have achieved has been on my own (with God’s help): unaided by American groups for women, institutions, affiliations, or the United States at large, which, today still denies to Black American, law-abiding, descendants of American government sanctioned slaves, equal status to peer groups. Thus, I do not hold even the slightest expectation of external aid: it is firmly instilled in me that I must persist and look within if I am to survive.
I am a woman, a business owner, and I am a Black American. I have a rich multi-ethnic heritage. I put duty and responsibility (and, of course, my commitment to God above all else) before sentiment. When, if, and where emotion detracts, delays, or otherwise obstructs clear responsibility or justice, I will always be dutiful and carry out my oath of office.
The women I serve with – hire, recommend, or otherwise support – share this distinct and unique quality: duty, responsibility, commitment, and sensibility, before sentimentality but not humanity. We maintain our uncompromised moral and lawful character at all times. We hold all to this same standard, without exception or excuse.
We bear standards where men and women before us have failed. We report violators even when they share our own blood, race, nationality or ethnicity; we are exemplar pillars of moral and lawful character: we do not engage in impropriety, immorality, or turn a blind eye to injustice, although it may be easier and more palatable to look away.
We give praise where praise is due, and we do not hesitate to publicly denounce even once beloved figures who turn reprobate.
We honor the great women who have gone before us, inspired us, instructed us, cared for us, and loved us. We are faster, stronger, smarter, and more resilient because of the fearless female leaders who were before us. We are forever grateful, and dutiful.
To the women of uncompromised character and integrity, and of unrelenting will, changing the world: we honor your service and pledge to remain steadfast and standard bearing. End of Ceremony.
Today, January 20, 2021, with immediate effect, a new Honorable Female Team has been appointed to serve, to faithfully and dutifully execute the duties of office, to make and enforce policies which advance the Company, to advise, to make recommendations and successive appointments, and to lead.
The Changing of the Guard is now complete.
Strong Female Leadership
These women are a force to be reckoned with, as well as a force for good.
Personal and professional integrity, diligence, skill, professionalism, humanity, empathy, discretion and truth are the characteristics and attributes which I recognize in these women. These women exude confidence, strength, and intelligence – without arrogance, chauvinism, entitlement or callousness. I would change nothing about these women.
Therefore, without hesitation or reservation, I am truly honored to recommend these women for a promotion based on skill, intelligence, education, resilience, achievement, and value added to their respective professions, entities, and colleagues.
My Christmas wish for you is that we would live up to the exemplary standard which these women, and many others, have set – and that we ourselves would become the examples that others look to for guidance and hope.
This day, December 23, 2020, it is my distinct honor to publicly recognize and acknowledge Beatrice, Harpreet, and Shaina.
These women embody the core values, personal and professional ethics, and the characteristics which we should all aspire to live up to. Be inspired by all that is good and just, and always ask if there is something you can do to inspire others to live up to their highest purpose.
With much affection, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
TheresaGiovanna.com is open for business!
Today we delivered on the Career Challenge!
Early last month (July), we launched a mission called the Career Challenge. (We posted it across our sites: no artificial advertising.)
Those committed to justice, redress, and equity were called on to support women and Black and brown humans by sharing their resumes, portfolios, and c.v.'s with their networks. We want to rebuild stronger, better, and more equitably, and we get there a lot faster when Black people and women are represented in leadership and decision making capacities.
My submission for the Career Challenge is TheresaGiovanna.com. A brand new site!
As we move closer to the official launch, I am pleased to be part of multiple equity, justice, and redress initiatives.
I hope that you all participated in The Career Challenge this morning (your time zone), and that you are building Good Social Capital (that's a Bella Caveat term).
Keep sharing resumes! Your support is needed now more than ever.
Happy first day of August!
the following publicly available legal document was filed by michael volpe on behalf of new york law school, anthony crowell, deborah archer, howard meyers, jeffery becherer, erika wood, victoria eastus, david schoenbrod, ella mae estrada, and barbara graves-poller
I do not support, condone, or agree with the actions, values, statements, and views expressed in the following legal memorandum by the above named persons.
This document is a matter of public record, and has not been altered from the manner in which it was filed in the SDNY court.
*Pay particular attention to the statements concerning which rights this law school and its attorneys and staff argue are not legally enforceable by you or I.
At a time when the lives and rights of African-Americans and women are under siege, we cannot afford to ignore those who imperil, obstruct, diminish, or chip away at protections for Black lives and women.
This Legal document has been posted as a news worthy event, for educational purposes, as a matter touching and concerning public safety, and has not been commercialized by our publication.
To date, my litigation against New York Law School continues. To date, none of the defendants have been brought to justice. To date, this is what JUSTICE in America looks like: race, gender, politics, and socioeconomic considerations STILL determine your rights and access to unbiased courts in America.
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How are you? I got a copy of the New York Law Journal at my job last week, and was dismayed to see that you are still being mistreated by NYLS and the courts. I didn't know you had brought suit against the school until I read the article about Judge Ramos' Dec. 27 decision on your Second Amended Complaint. I read the article, but was unable to find the actual decision. While looking for it I found his earlier decision and several other websites concerning your case. It was from one of those (https://www.plainsite.org/dockets/30730mlfi/new-york-southern-district-court/bailey-vnew-york-law-school-et-al/) that I got this email address for you. It also gives a telephone number and address for you, which I thought was kind of creepy for them to do. I wasn't surprised to see that NYLS removed the case to federal court, since the federal courts generally give more favorable decisions to businesses. But, I was still shocked to see that given Nesbit did not contest any of the allegations against him, that the law school accepted your allegations as true, and the court accepted his prior incidents as true, that the case didn't go better for you than it has. I'm sure the law school is going to try to drag the case on as long as it can in the hope that you will go broke, and drop the case. I'm sure that barring this, they are hoping to get as many of your causes of action dismissed as possible to minimize any damages they must pay. I think it is despicable under the circumstances. I could understand them fighting tooth and nail if they didn't believe the original allegations. But since they did believe them, they should have simply expelled him right after the investigation concluded. I don't understand why they wanted to hold on to him and all the problems he was making. Does his family have a lot of money? I have been trying to research him to see what became of him, and whether he is from an influential family, but have found nothing. Have you considered causes of action against him personally? Have you sought assistance from the “Me Too” movement? Unfortunately, it wasn’t an option back when this incident occurred, but it is a powerful force now. Has NYLS tried to settle out of court yet? I know that may not be an option you want to consider, because it’s usually contingent on letting them deny any fault. I just wonder if its at that point yet. I don’t know if any of these ideas are helpful to you, but I just wanted to mention them. I remember how distraught you were that evening, and I wish there was more I could have done to help you. If there is anything I can do to help now let me know. I wish you all the best.
do you dare?
WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9am (EDT)
WHERE: All social media platforms that you use
WHO: All who stand with the African American community against racism, discrimination, and injustice
WHAT: Post your resume, curriculum vitae, video resume, portfolio, or all of the above online and on social media (first, remove your address, and create a new email account to track and record replies)
WHY: Transparency, accountability, and redress with meaningful, measurable, and verifiable results
The cost of U.S. Racism, discrimination, and bias
Because of discrimination, bias, and racism in the United States, it has taken me longer than necessary to open and grow this business. Because of racism, jobs which would have earlier been created were delayed. Because of racism, opportunities and careers were held hostage as I navigated a U.S. legal system which we are only beginning to acknowledge does not treat all U.S. persons the same.
Below is the complaint I was forced to write and submit after an encounter with a white male judge in the Southern District of New York. To date, there has been no justice in the case.
To add insult to injury, a separate female made public a similar complaint against Judge Cott just before this incident.
Still, no accountability and no redress.
body awaiting baby
Happy Mother's Day 2019
I grew up largely in a vacuum, a space desperately wanting for strong, inspired, and wise femininity. At least I was blessed enough to find a partial safe haven in my home. However, home isn’t ever enough for a young girl or young lady with aspirations keen enough to set the world ablaze. It takes a village, and my village was severely lacking. Mostly, the females around me were bodies awaiting a baby. They wanted two or three things in life above all else: a man to be under, a baby in their arms, and a sizeable inheritance (if they hadn’t already gained access to it).
Black females in the United States were statistically more likely to give birth to a baby before she was ready to provide critical care and support while white females’ hopes rested almost entirely (and critically) on a baby coming forth of her vagina before the ripe old age of twenty-five. (Hispanic and Asian women were mostly manipulative, rude, distrusting, and some were just openly racist towards me. Imagine that: women of color mistreating other women of color; this is not as uncommon as you might think.) So, I was almost entirely alone.
This desire to bring a baby into the world has shaped the vast majority of what I have witnessed females around me conform to: she can’t leave her cheating abusive husband, she can’t take a stand because the repercussions may affect more than herself, she can’t finish school, get a job, take a promotion, travel, stand out, say yes, say no, or do any of the things which I had already decided I couldn’t live without – because of baby or her desire to have a baby. With the whole wide world at her disposal, her small world relied intensely on baby. (And if you let her tell it – with bated breath, no less – she couldn’t be complete without baby, and she believed it was ingrained in her DNA to be hostage to baby. )
Nevermind the failed women who fail to comprehend what womanhood and femininity is truly about, and who therefore inevitably fail and disappoint the best of us (they’ve sucked up way too much oxygen from our lives as it is, if you ask me). This piece isn’t for them or even about them. This piece is for us: me, you, and every woman (man and child) who gave us cause to hope and to celebrate. Today we celebrate you.
I am more than a body awaiting baby. So, almost every conversation that I have had with women from high school and through law school has left me uninspired and able (and indeed eager) to walk away. I will always walk away from mediocrity, failure, apathy, and ambivalence. This lack in my village (of inspiring women) had left me peerless. I was happy but peerless – and this is why I started my business.
I was searching for peers: women so skilled, thoughtful, dedicated, and resilient that she wouldn’t settle for an unhappy life of underachievement, aches, complaints and pain. Never before in my life, prior to starting my own company, did I have the privilege to stand in a room filled with women who not only aspired to be more but who would not settle for less. I started my own company, and suddenly I was surrounded by women who wouldn’t live on their knees bending to the wills and whims of those who we all know to be inferior in most aspects of life (despite paying their way to the top for a temporary boost of self-esteem and short-lived success).
To the women who are a village of support and inspiration to us all: Happy Mother’s Day!
To the women who inspire, fight back, stand up, speak out, ask tough questions, and represent all women so well; to the mothers who remind us that everyday is mother’s day, because we wouldn’t be where we are now without you; the mothers who have sacrificed so much so that a young woman unready to be a mother would have resources in abundance to give to her children – Happy Mother’s Day!
To the mothers who encourage young women of color, when a big bad white world tells us daily that we are meant only to serve and live in chains – Happy Mother’s Day!
To the mothers across the globe who inspired and encouraged me, and gave me a community of support and refuge, when I was so young but still recognized that I was peerless, to you I will always give honor.
With love, admiration, sincerity, and respect
Happy Mother’s Day!
The Absurd Reference requirement
References are Absurd
Abandon the Archaic Practice and Move on with the World
Prospective employers should no longer require references. In technologically advanced and modern societies and businesses, the opinion of others is not a sound or reasonable metric of performance ability or character. In today’s world, the opinions of others are simply opinions – not best evidence to aid the hiring decision.
References do more harm than good in any hiring process. In an advanced society, the best evidence of performance ability is providing the candidate with an independent assessment test based on the specific goals and needs of the individual business. Countless issues can and often do arise when a business places the hiring of a prospective employee in the hands of a third person who is unaccountable for that individual’s future performance. Consider:
How much weight do you give to a reference? Is it a measure of an individual’s popularity? Are you confident that making hiring decisions based on a popularity poll is the best way? (Not a single professional establishment would advise this.) Or, is it a nuisance requirement that continues because no one at the entity has had the courage to do away with the redundant practice that offers little to no value or protection to the business?
Instead, hiring decisions should be based on independent and bias-free evidence sources, such as background, drug, credit, criminal, and education checks – if and where necessary and applicable. Further, every business is unique. So, every business should have an independent assessment test that accurately screens for the traits and skills most desirable to that business.
If you’re unconvinced that ditching the archaic process is the way to go, consider that lying on resumes, cover letters, and job applications is no longer the exception but a sovereign rule. For better or worse, even good intentioned candidates cross the line manipulating and tweaking their past experience trying to outsmart human resources software. And then there are the brazen multitudes with resources to spare who splurge on recommendations and everything in between to ensure they get the job or make the grade.
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