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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 waiting for Meghan Markle's baby) to do it.

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Inspiring Badass Lady Quote of the Month
From Laverne Cox:

“We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s okay.”

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: Callie Schweitzer
Your hustle: Founder and CEO of The Callie Co., a creative strategy and consulting firm that works with well-known brands and top executives at FORTUNE 500 companies to increase reach, relevance, and revenue
The secret to being a boss lady is: Advocating for yourself. There are no such things as mind readers—if you want something, you have to be willing to vocalize it and pursue it.
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I am obsessed with following amazing women who are changing the game and redefining the conversation on what it means to be successful.
Social media links: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
 
Name: Emily Ladau
Your hustle: Communications Consultant, Writer, Public Speaker, and Disability Rights Activist
The secret to being a boss lady is: Speaking up for social justice in everything you do, even when you know that what you have to say isn’t what most of society wants to hear.
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: I want to learn as much as I can about what makes other hardworking women tick and what keeps their passions going strong.

Social media links: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Name: Lara Ashley
Your hustle: Owner of Brenley Magazine, a magazine redefining what it means to be a Southern belle
The secret to being a boss lady is: Prayer, yoga, therapy, and coffee. I start my day off with prayer and reading my devotionals. If I start my day off with God, then spiritually I'm at peace. Yoga also helps me physically and spiritually. Not only do I get to stretch my muscles, but I get to just be with myself in silence. My day is HECTIC so getting to zen into my own thoughts for 30-45 minutes is a great way to start the day. Therapy is EVERYTHING! It's great to be able to have someone dive into your mind psychologically and help you iron out who you are personally. 
Why you subscribe to (Net)Work B*tch: NETWORKING IS KEY! If you want to do anything, then you must work hard for it, network your butt off, and uplift others along the way. (Net)Work B*tch is doing just that. I love being a part of anything that brings women together in such a positive way. Especially when the woman who is bringing the women together is also a journalist and writer like me. 
Social media links: Facebook, 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. Breaking Up With Perfect by Bustle


Bustle's running a great series right now called "Breaking Up With Perfect," all about dealing with failure.

2. Why Do Female Basketball Coaches Wear Heels? by Britni de la Cretaz

Well, today in some serious BS...

3. Women Candidates Have Fun Hobbies Too, They Just Don't Get to Talk About Them by Michelle Ruiz

A reminder that words like "electability" and "likability" aren't real and women can be both of those things if we actually let them.

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. Stacks on Stacks

Jen Kadragich wants everyone to check out She Stacks, a company focused on financially empowering women and insuring that they are literate when it comes to saving, investing, and generally closing the wage gap. And Los Angeles folks: You can buy tickets to its first pop-up event now.

2. Hey Southern Ladiezzz

Lara Ashley just launched Brenley Magazine, an online magazine redefining what it means to be a Southern belle. Give it a read!

3. Hey, St. Louis

From Allison Babka: "In March, our team launched theSTL.com, a new digital publication full of feature stories about the people who are making St. Louis a great place to work and live. Our research has shown that St. Louisans don't always know what's happening in our own backyard, so they're missing out on the renaissance that's building all over the region. We're trying to find those unsung heroes who are contributing to the region's professional and community landscape—folks who see needs and find ways to fill them—and talk to them about their #STLMade spark.

We have a lot more in the pipeline, and I can't wait to introduce St. Louis to even more awesome locals. Readers in the greater St. Louis area can suggest story ideas to me by emailing editor@theSTL.com."


4. California, Let's Advocate for Women in Politics

From Lacy Wright: "Fund Her is the only political action committee dedicated to achieving gender parity in California legislative and statewide offices, with the goal of reaching parity in the state legislature by 2028. Fund Her invests in accomplished, progressive women because we know they make excellent legislators—research shows us that. On the heels of a successful first year, we have an incredible opportunity: Let’s go to Sacramento to make our voices heard!" Learn more about Fund Her's Women's Advocacy Day in Sacramento, California on May 8th.

5. Your New Podcast Obsession

Amelia Hruby's podcast Fifty Feminist States just wrapped season 2, so give it a listen!

6. Did Someone Say Children's Book?

Austin Highsmith wrote a children’s picture book called The Miracle Tree that's coming out on Sunday, April 21st! More from Austin: "It’s a true story about the life threatening surgery I had when I was two years old. I wrote the book to help sick kids and their families feel better about their own hospital experience, and to 'break the hospital down' for kids so they know what an IV is, what a doctor does, etc.

I have also started a 501c3 charity that a portion of the book proceeds will go towards. The foundation is called The Miracle Tree Foundation and will the funds will go towards research for and the treatment of kids with rare illnesses and diseases."


7. Know Any Good PR/Comms Resources?

From Courtnie Weber: "About six months ago, I took a role Project Managing for Sprint's Corporate Communications team. Lucky for me, they were looking for someone with Project Management skills more than Communications or PR skills, as I have no background in this industry. I'm learning quickly, but I'm really interested in pursuing a formal education in this field, too. Ideally, I'd like to find an online Master's program for Public Relations or Communications (I have my B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, and my J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law). However, I'm open to suggestions as to the best way to get started down this path!" Contact Courtnie here.

8. Something for Mom

Want to give something heartfelt for the women in your life this Mother's Day? Lyla Wilton's got it: "Every year, I organize a group of awesome femme and women artists to create Mother’s Day cards inspired by the strength, beauty, and general bad-assery of the women that they love, all to benefit Planned Parenthood. To me, there is no better way to celebrate the moms, friends, and nurturing mentors in our lives than to empower other strong women to stay healthy and to make decisions about their bodies and futures – and with the escalating threats to reproductive freedom, this is more important than ever! All proceeds go directly to Planned Parenthood. 2019 cards will be available for purchase on Sunday, April 21. You can learn about the project and order cards at CardsForMom.org."

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 Emily J. Smith

Emily published a powerful piece called "#MeToo and the Myth of Millennial Fragility" that's absolutely a must-read. (And if you're someone on the cusp of two generations, this is definitely the article for you!)
 
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Snaps for Alex Brown

Alex got her first ~big publication~ piece in Catapult this month talking about premature births—including examining her own. Way to hit the big milestone, Alex!
 
GIF for Alex Brown:
Snaps for Aida Guhlincozzi

Aida received IRB approval to move forward with research to identify the best ways to engage middle school girls in the geosciences. This is tied to a summer geosciences camp she and some fellow lady grad students in her school are getting set up to happen this summer. YES AIDA, GET THOSE GIRLS INTO STEM!
 
GIF for Aida:
Snaps for Dani Blum

Dani is now the News Assistant for the new New York Times Parenting section! From Dani on the BIG move: "I'm still in shock that I work at the New York Times, but life is crazy and I'm here for the ride!"
 
GIF for Dani: 
Snaps for Brijana Prooker

Brijana published a new article for Entrepreneur all about what the women in Congress can teach us about leadership.
 
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Snaps for Desiree Townsend

Desiree's comin' in with damn good news: "After slaving away for YEARS in healthcare doing admin and accounting jobs I hated just to pay the bills, a digital marketing agency in Maine hired me for a remote marketing strategist job that allows me to pursue a new career in social media!"
 
GIF for Desiree:
Snaps for Kelcey Armstrong-Walenczak

Woooooo Kelcy: "At the beginning of April I started a new job as an Advocacy and Policy Officer at the World Heart Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. Not only is it a step up for me, but I'm doing exactly the kind of impactful work I've been dreaming of AND I have a sharp, supportive lady boss who's keen to help me shine. I'll be repping WHF at the World Health Assembly in May and the UN General Assembly in September if any other Net(Work) B*tches are around and want to say hi, or y'all can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn!"
 
GIF for Kelcey:
Snaps for Dallas Thompson

Dallas started a company called Bright Compass that provides anti-sexual harassment training and HR consulting to progressive campaigns and workspaces. This is incredible: "We've already worked with Senator Tim Kaine's re-elect last fall, and the DNC, as well as other campaigns and groups. We're trying to change the way the political game is played in terms of how staff are treated."
 
GIF for Dallas:
Snaps for Roya Sabeti

Roya talked to eight female founders about how they deal with imposter syndrome. (We could all definitely use the pep talk, I presume.) And if that wasn't enough, she also took HBO to task for trying to take women's ideas without pay or credit. (UUUMMMMMMMM.)
 
GIF for Roya:
Snaps for Laura Anderson

Laura recently got sober and started writing more about it—including this piece for The Financial Diet! (She's also looking for more content and freelancing opps, so check out her website to learn more!)
 
GIF for Laura:
Snaps for Amanda Changuris

Heyooooo, Amanda has AWESOME NEWS: "I just landed my very first official management job (after many 'opportunities' managing teams without the title). My husband and I are moving from Pittsburgh to Tampa so I can start the job April 29. I’ll be the Manager of Social Media Marketing for the Auto Club Group (aka AAA South) covering 11 states, the USVI and Puerto Rico."
 
GIF for Amanda:
Snaps for Kaitlyn Richards

At the end of this month, Kaitlyn will officially finish her first year of law school at Penn State. And if that wasn't already quite the accomplishment, she just received a big job offer for her first full-time legal job!
 
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Snaps for Cynthia Geria Ganga

Cynthia got accepted into the Summer Choral Singing School at Oxford University and has been accepted to train in Berlin this summer with a leading Dramatic Soprano. You should also check out her business Edmonton Therapeutic Massage, a massage therapy practice dedicated to helping women recover from sexual violence; it's open at the Shala Ashtanga Yoga Centre in Downtown Edmonton. 
 
GIF for Cynthia:
Snaps for Donia Robinson

This one from Donia starts low and gets better: "After a long job search, I landed a great job (with a great salary) last October only to be fired on my fourth day for suggesting we develop a code of conduct for the office. The company deemed me 'not a culture fit.' I was devastated. It took me 5 long months to get my next offer. I am thrilled to have started at Salesforce in February. Not only am I getting paid almost double what I was getting paid at the other company, but Salesforce also has a very inclusive culture already built, including having a company-wide code of conduct. I also work from home, so I got rid of 3 hours of commuting per day. It's amazing!!"
 
GIF for Donia:
Snaps for Ximena Larkin

Props to Ximena for this amazing profile on Forbes! So, so good.
 
GIF for Ximena:
Snaps for Hannah Fritze

Hannah just accepted an offer of admission to the physics and astronomy PhD program at the University of Utah! Did somebody say DOOCCCTTOOOOORR?
 
GIF for Hannah:
Snaps for Madison Kaigh

Yeeeeeessss Madison: "I started with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition as their Communications Manager. I've been working in campaign comms and dabbling in digital, so it's very exciting to be focusing on a specific issue area in a state where we have a lot of work to do."
 
GIF for Madison:
Snaps for Tanaye White

Tanaye is KILLING IT: "Last week, my job (international defense and aerospace company) flew me to London To present to its Global Communications team about the social media tactics I’ve been implementing on their U.S. channels. And the week before that I received a promotion, despite only being with the company for a year!"
 
GIF for Tanaye:
Snaps for Katie Sanders

So much good reading coming from Katie: "I’ve also had the chance to report a few pieces about the legacy of the Office of Strategic Services (the CIA and US Special Ops WWII forerunner) for the Washington Post Magazine and New York Times. The NYT piece involved sitting down with two incredible 97-year-young women who served in the OSS 75 years ago —one as a cartographer making maps for the Joint Chiefs if Staff that hang on the walls of the CIA’s Langley HQ today and the other in secret intelligence in Italy, Egypt, and China."
 
GIF for Katie:

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When your significant other hides the Thin Mints...
All right, newsletter done. Signing off. Love y'all.

--LK

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