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Welcome to (Net)Work B*tch, the monthly newsletter for busy, boss ladies who want to network and meet other cool women but don't want to leave their comfy beds (or reading all this Omarosa drama) to do it.

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Get Learnt, Get Turnt
#Facts: (Net)Work B*tch's thousands of subscribers have a unique mix of skill sets, knowledge, and talents. So why not share that expertise with others?

This section is dedicated to interviewing women about a career topic of interest that you can take to the bank regardless of field. And as always, if you're interested in being interviewed, you know where to find me.

Today's Get Learnt, Get Turnt features Sue Jenkins, who's here to talk all things graphic design.

Can you give 3-4 sentences about your background? How did you get into graphic design?

Sue Jenkins: I hold a BA in Sociology, a certificate in Web Design, and an MFA in Photography. I've been designing professionally since 1997 through, my full-service web and graphic design studio serving companies across the U.S. I also do fine art photography, illustration, technical writing, and course development for Learning. I got into graphic design through my interest in photography. A software program for personal computers had just come out called Photoshop and I jumped right in! From there I got a certificate in Web Design at Parsons/New School in NYC and opened Luckychair.

You've been a graphic designer for over 20 years. How has the industry changed over the past two decades?

SJ: The fundamentals of design haven't changed but the tools designers use to create designs, as well as the mediums in which those designs can be delivered, change almost constantly. To me, that change is part of the thrill of being a designer in the 21st century. I made my first website back in 1995 (*gasp*) and have been a beta tester for Adobe in some capacity since 2005 when I wrote my first For Dummies book on web design.

Admittedly, sometimes the speed of change can make it feel like you're falling behind, but no one designer needs to know everything. For instance, the majority of my design customers are sole proprietors, small businesses, and non-profits, so the kinds of tools and tech I use are likely to be very different from the tools being used by an agency who caters to Fortune 500/1000 companies. Still, I make it a point to keep up with advances in tech through Twitter and do the bulk of my learning over the summer when I'm on break teaching at a university.

You've also started teaching graphic design at the university level in 2012! How did you make that jump, and what's different between teaching graphic design versus doing it yourself?

SJ: Well, as a solo designer, you get to make all the decisions while being in total control over your own workflow and standards of excellence. Teaching design, by contrast, provides me with the opportunity to share those skills with students who are just starting out.

In 2004 I began teaching Photoshop, Illustrator, and Dreamweaver classes for Noble Desktop, an Adobe authorized training center in Soho in New York City. Students there were working professionals either at the start of a career change or current designers looking to update their skills. It was exciting to teach there because all the students were smart and motivated to learn.

In 2012, I had the opportunity to teach undergraduates at a liberal arts university. Undergrad students are very different from the students I had at Noble Desktop, so it took me a couple semesters to slow down and focus on basics like design aesthetics, software skills, and conceptual development. Undergraduates will likely be at different phases of understanding when it comes to using computers and software, and owning what it means to be a designer. Luckily for me, I get the opportunity to teach classes for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, so I can easily usher them from skills based projects to conceptual frameworks over the course of four years. It's really an honor for me to share my love and enthusiasm for design, and it's a true thrill to see my students develop their person creative voices over four years.

What's the biggest misconception people have about working in graphic design?

SJ: For me the biggest misconception people have about design is that they don't realize how much creativity, skill, and intelligence it takes to do it well. The term "web designer" is even more difficult for average people to comprehend because of the prevalence of web builders like Wix and Squarespace. I've been a proud member of The Graphic Artist's Guild since 2001 and I feel it is my duty to teach others to respect and value the work that designers and illustrators do professionally. I'm a big proponent of using contracts, setting fair rates and terms for payment, and delivering a quality product on time. By the end of each project, my customers understand and appreciate the value of what I create for them. It's like I'm doing my part honorably for my profession.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to get into the field?

SJ: First, I'd suggest learning as much as you can about the history of visual communication. Read books, flip through old magazines, and start to pay attention to graphics around you. That includes mundane stuff like billboards, ketchup bottles, your drivers license, and your electricity bills. Someone designed all those things!

Then learn about design software. If you can, splurge for an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription and start doing tutorials. You can find tons of free tutorials on YouTube or with an affordable paid subscription to places like Learning. Once you have a good understanding of what looks good and how to make things, the next step is getting an internship and freelancing. Pro-bono work can be a great way to create work with more creative freedom while also building up your portfolio. After that, start interviewing! There are also other ways to break into design. Many of my students fall sideways into jobs through self-promotion on social media. But the very best advice I can give is to be authentic, think with innovation in mind, and only make things that you LOVE. Show the world something new we haven't seen before. When you love it, we can too.

You can reach out to Sue on her website.

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Inspiring Badass Lady Quote of the Month
From Irina Dunn:

“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

Meet Some (Net)Working B*tches
It's time to recognize some of the badass ladies in the group. Say hey, drop a tweet, you know the drill.

Also, all of their advice is super on point, so read!

Name: Adrienne Kronovet
Your hustle: Founder & CEO of Ameliora  a clothing line that aims to empower women by combining technical fabrics, silk linings, and American manufacturing. 
The secret to being a boss lady is: Grit. Though passion and perseverance, you can accomplish anything. In college, I read Grit by Angela Duckworth, and it completely transformed my mindset. 
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I love seeing the accomplishments of other women in this community. This is a place to celebrate ambition and encourage one another. I look forward to this newsletter every month. 
Social media links: Instagram, Twitter

Name: Janecia Britt
Your hustle: Digital editor for a local publishing company in Florida. I'm also currently working on a digital platform for young people. During the blueberry season, I volunteer at a local blueberry farm on the weekends.
The secret to being a boss lady is: It's remembering these three things: Don't compare yourself to other people (in real life or on Instagram), be nice to people, and you can learn something from everyone, whether it is your boss or the receptionist. You just get more with honey than vinegar.  
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I want to support women who are doing the damn thing, killing it, and hopefully build a network of women who will support me when I need it. 
Social media: Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest 

Name: Bridget Badore 
Your hustle: Freelance Photographer 
The secret to being a boss lady is: Perseverance. Working hard to accomplish your goals and imagine a greater life for yourself means getting used to constantly taking on new challenges. It's important to not feel defeated, even when it gets really hard. I always have to remember that everyone feels like quitting sometimes – that's why it's also super important to find a community that you can be vulnerable and honest with.
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I love finding communities of women supporting women. I grew up feeling very competitive with other women, and opening up to find community and camaraderie among other femme individuals is not only fulfilling, but it's vital to maintaining my sanity. I love seeing what other ladies are up to and finding ways to support them!
Social media: Website, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter, LinkedIn

Name: Courtney Tenz
Your hustle: European culture and travel writer
The secret to being a boss lady is: Supporting the next generation; I wouldn't be where I am today without the women who came before me offering advice, connections, and generally helping me grow, and I love repaying the favor!
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I LOVE seeing what other women are up to career-wise—it's so inspiring.
Social media links: Twitter, Instagram

Email me if you're interested in being interviewed for a future newsletter!
Reads That Are Worth Your Time
Each month, I want to feature a couple of things I (or any of you) read on the internet that are totally perspective-changing for one reason or another (and usually career-oriented) because #knowledgeispower and stuff.

1. The Bamboo Glass Ceiling by Tiffany Diane Tso

Tso writes about the fact that terms like the "glass ceiling" and the "bamboo ceiling" don't exactly encapsulate the intersectional challenges that Asian women face in the workplace, including being treated like they're younger than they are and facing the model minority myth.

2. Inside the Complicated World of the Millennial Woman Voter by Amelia Harnish

Refinery29 is running a multipart series unpacking new data about how Millennial women look at politics, key political players, and voting in general.

3. The 17-Year Itch by Laura Jean Baker

Some of you probably know this all too well: Just because you're a feminist woman dating, engaged, and/or married to a seemingly "progressive" man doesn't mean there's zero sexism in your relationship.

Email me if you have a cool read you want to submit!
Help a Girl Out
Hey hey, here's what our ladies need help with this month!

1. Join the Crew

Malous Kossarian's app Magnify Progress (download on iOS and Android) just received its first round of funding and was accepted into an accelerator out of Santa Monica. The team is also looking for potential partners or people who want to help them build out the app and their partner network. Email Malous here.

2. Help a New DC Resident Out

Alannah Boyle is heading to DC and has an ask: "I am moving to Washington DC next week to start a job at NETWORK. I don’t know anyone who lives in DC, and am looking tips on free/budget-friendly things to do and places to visit!" Say hi to Alannah.

3. Let's Talk Student Loans

Alex Potter is helping put together a free NYC event with two student loan experts, Certified Financial Planner Barbara Ginty and Leslie Tayne, Esq. They'll be doing a Q&A and it will be an awesome opportunity for people to learn more about tackling student debt. You can RSVP here.

4. Calling All the Side Hustlers

Jessica Williams has got all the things coming out this month: She just redesigned her blog, which is now a place to start your side hustle and get the tools and resources to support you.  She's also doing a Side Hustle workshop as part of the Uppercase Conference (which is free and streaming online) next month.   

5. Another Must-Read Newsletter

Steph Kent just launched The Doable, a super short weekly letter with one totally doable thing you can do to be more creative.

6. Read About Ballout Breakers

Lacy Wright launched a website called Ballot Breakers featuring interviews with young Democrats running for office. If you know any good candidates who should be featured (particularly women candidates), email Lacy.

7. Secret Weapon Time

(Net)Work B*tch subscribers Melissa Bird and Melanie Childers just launched The Candidate's Secret Weapon. It's for women who are running for office (they may have been through Emerge, EMILY's List, or some other training) and are looking for a confidence boost, fundraising support, and powerful kick-ass coaching from two incredible people. Pass it on to all the woman out there who are running.

8. The Series to Read This Weekend

Bex vanKoot has been working on a series called The Future of Flesh for a year, and now that the final installment is live, it's time to check it out and read it in full. Bex has been talking to doctors and other healthcare professionals, trans folks and their parents all about the struggles that trans kids face in accessing medicine, and the ways that trans-hatred is impeding scientific progress for trans patients. It's absolutely worth your time.

9. Your New Binge-Watch

Sarah Halle Corey produced, directed, and was a story consultant on the brand new web series Dear Dark Lord, which tells the story of Cora, who goes through all the normal 20-something struggles: annoying bosses, swiping on dating apps, and making human sacrifices to some unknowable ancient evil. All eight episodes of the first season are out now. You can watch here.

10. A Little End-of-Summer Happy Hour

From Liz Roberts: "Join The United Women in Business (UWIB) Board of Directors, Committee Members and other fearless females in New York for one last summer happy hour! This is a great opportunity to expand your social network, find out ways you can get more involved with UWIB and learn more about our upcoming 2019 board elections. $10 includes first round free, complimentary apps, followed by discounted happy hour prices all night long. Make sure you bring some extra cash to tip the bartender! All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards UWIB Programming for future events."

11. Writers, Helloooo

Melanie Unruh just founded Plume, a subscription service to support and encourage women who are creative writers. Check it out!

12. Let's Talk Jobs

Rachèl (Rae) Kehinde is looking to break into the world of writing and editing but has been having trouble nailing down jobs. She'd love to talk to people in the industry to make sure she's doing everything right and see what she can improve. Email Rae here.

13. The Women's Vote

Kat Castro-Clemons wrote in about Sisters United, the Democratic Women's coalition organizing to get the women's vote. The org is having a kick-off celebration on August 26th to celebrate the 19th Amendment. For those of you in the Houston area, here's the event page.

14. Let's Go Youth

Rachna Shah launched Youthquake Chicago, a 5-day civics summer program dedicated to raising civic consciousness and combatting political polarization amongst politically diverse youth in the Chicago area, with the support of the Davis Projects for Peace Foundation. Like the Facebook page here.

15. Calling All the Social Media Folks

From Erin Morris: "I recently got promoted at the nonprofit that I work at and now part of my responsibilities include social media marketing. (We're a SF/Bay Area-based org that helps people start and grow their small businesses, focusing mainly on women and people of color). My question is: How do people learn how to do this kind of marketing? I don't have the background aside from using social media personally, and I'm wondering if there are helpful resources out there that I can utilize, like books, YouTube channels, websites, etc." Email Erin here to help.

16. Helps a Great Cause

From Kirsten Horning: "I'd love to share with readers a non-profit I've kicked off that's starting to really gain traction: the Sun Salutation Foundation! The Sun Salutation Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community, donation-based yoga classes that raise money to sponsor survivors of domestic and sexual violence to implement yoga as part of their healing process. The past two months have been great and so far we have hosted our first event, been officially 501c3 certified, and raised over $500 for yoga scholarships for survivors. We're also in talks with several public and private entities to create strategic partnerships that will really help move our mission forward.

We're looking to keep up the momentum by finding more organizations who work with survivors to help get the word out we exist as a resource, ambassadors who would be interested in willing to host an event in their area, and volunteers to help with marketing and anything else that they would like to contribute!" Email Kirsten here.

17. Leads?

Lindsay Goldner is looking for job leads, so here's her spiel: "I’m a Portland, Oregon-based designer/art director/illustrator/cat herder looking for an in-house role at a diverse company that prioritizes making the world a better/happier place, people over profits, and encourages its employees to always be improving as humans and in their respective industries. My multifaceted background includes copyediting, social media management, handlettering, vast amounts of pun writing, website building, and a knack for DIY projects, so I’m looking to join a team where I can wear multiple hats and and learn and grow as a creative - while producing top notch results for the company. PDX preferred, but I’m open to relocation to NY, LA, or SF. Check out my portfolio at and don’t hesitate to say hi!" Email Lindsay here.

18. New Podcast Alert

Madiba Dennie just launched a podcast called Barred and Boujee where she provides weekly breakdowns of current legal and political issues in a way that makes sense for both law people and lay people. She pays special attention to issues that affect women and communities of color, because as a Black woman and an attorney, she understands how they're disproportionately affected by the law and ignored by the media. Barred and Boujee is available on iTunesGoogle PlaySoundcloudStitcher, and PodBean. She'll also be providing regular updates on the Barred and Boujee Facebook page.

18. Where to Get Your Suits

From Adrienne Kronovet: "After graduating from UNC, I took a risk and started my own company. I founded Ameliora last May to create clothes that would make women feel empowered and successful. We create smart and effortlessly flattering wardrobe staples using performance fabrics, silk linings, and American manufacturing. Every decision is driven by our mission to uplift, elevate and empower our fellow women in the professional world and beyond. We are proud to support causes that offer help to women in need, which is why we donate a portion of all proceeds to support the important work of three different women-centric organizations." The company does a monthly free outfit giveaway, so email your story here to be entered to win.

19. Heyoooo, Public Health Folks

From Laura Wagstaff: "I'm a Master of Public Health Candidate at the George Washington University in DC, and I'm looking to expand my professional networks (especially within Washington DC or the SF Bay Area). I just finished a one-year Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, where I led communications efforts, participated in programmatic activities, and crafted original research projects. I'm particularly interested in community health, social marketing, and behavior change communication, but I'd love to chat with individuals working in any public health or social impact area. I'm really interested in learning about the type of work women are doing in the field and hoping that might direct me towards the next step in my career." You can email her here.

Need a lil' help with anything? Email me and I'll spread the word to the squad!
Shout Outs
These ladies are slaying right now. Give 'em a shout out on social media, follow 'em on Twitter, send 'em an email, become #squadgoals, etc.

Snaps for Alannah Boyle

Alannah deserves all the kudos: "I just graduated college in May. Yesterday was Election Day in Connecticut. I successfully managed a campaign for state representative for Jillian Gilchrest, a badass progressive activist, knocking off a 23-year (more time than I’ve been alive) incumbent to be our Democratic nominee. We won without any major endorsements and virtually no institutional backing from the Democratic Party. We outworked our oppnent, and door-knocked our district more than five times over. We won by less than 150 votes!"
GIF for Alannah:
Snaps for Colleen Brady

Colleen single-handedly fixed her local League of Women Voters website so that it was organized and seamless. Way to go, Colleen!
GIF for Colleen:
Snaps for Caroline Brooks

Caroline is starting a Master’s in Arts Administration program this month—a decision that’s been almost two years and lots of applications, acceptances, rejections, and pro/con lists in the making! WOOOOOO!
GIF for Caroline:
Snaps for Brijana Prooker

Brijana wrote an article for Rooted in Rights about how Delta's pit bull service dog ban is disability discrimination.
GIF for Brijana:
Snaps for Rina Shah

Rina just joined Red Fort Strategies, America's first-ever Asian-American owned Government Relations & Public Affairs firm. She's the only female and youngest at the partner level.
GIF for Rina:
Snaps for Joanna Gaden

Joanna wrote an article explaining the ins and outs of modern dating to parents, and she's stoked!
GIF for Joanna:
Snaps for Rachel Gossen

Rachel recently started a job this month as an editorial intern at the Los Angeles Chargers. She writes: "It’s been my dream to work in sports media and this is the first step towards that dream so I’m super excited about it."
GIF for Rachel:
Snaps for Julia Brown

Julia just recently graduated from Ohio University in May and was recently hired as the Communications and Program Coordinator for the Ohio Soybean Council—her very first adult job!
GIF for Julia:
Snaps for Haley Loflin

This summer, Haley started a new job in the oil & gas industry!
GIF for Haley:
Snaps for Heather Caplan

Earlier this summer, Heather was on Megyn Kelly TODAY talking about both her experience with Orthorexia as well as her work in helping people recover from this eating disorder. From Heather: "Truth be told, shows like Megyn's, that focus so heavily on trendy nutrition bits, fuel this disorder in more ways than one. But, I'll take any platform that at least tries to raise awareness and do better." And a TV appearance is a big deal!
GIF for Heather:
Snaps for Emily Harrison

More exciting job news, this time from Emily Harrison: "I am a Digital Organizer with the Minnesota DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor Party—our state's Democratic party) Coordinated Campaign—this is a new job of mine that I started [earlier this summer], and I couldn't be more excited! I'm originally from Minnesota, but I graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in Political Communication in May.

With a long background in digital organizing and campaigning, I knew I wanted to leave DC and head back to the Midwest to help elect Democrats through email, social media, and SMS, but it was surprisingly difficult to find any hiring state parties or campaigns. After a few mini-anxiety attacks, a college acquaintance of mine posted about the DFL digital position. I interviewed and accepted the position within a week of the posting, and it's been the best decision I have ever made! I love my job so much, and have loved helping my hometown Democrats expand their digital tools and skills!"


GIF for Emily:
Snaps for Lizzie Shackney

Lizzie started working as a Field Organizer for the Beto O'Rourke campaign; this happened after someone told her that it would be basically impossible for her to get a job there. TAKE  TED CRUZ'S SEAT, LIZZIE.
GIF for Lizzie:

Survivor GIF Life

Tfw your co-workers eat all the office snacks
All right, newsletter done. LHerms signing off. Love y'all.


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