In order to make a difference you must do the work! One of my passions is advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. My organization The Next Chapter is a member of the Maryland Network of Domestic Violence. #MNADV Today the Governor’s Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition joined together to have a dialogue on how we can end Domestic Violence and better help victims and survivors. It takes a community effort. Faith-Based Leaders are a crucial part of the process as most victims reach out to their pastors or clergy for help. The work never stops. As #DVAM comes to an end we must continue the conversation and raise awareness.
Month: October 2018
Social Media Manager Position Open
You can find a job to align with just about any skill. Do you manage multiple Facebook Groups and business accounts on Twitter and Instagram? Turn your skill set into a Federal Career. Submit your application for: Social Media Manager, MC-301-4c Millennium Challenge Corporation. With Federal Jobs you are able to include volunteer skills relevant to the position. Need help? Don’t know how to write a Federal Resume? Struggling with completing the Federal Application on USAJobs.com? Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in the Social Media Manager position visit here:
#Jobs #FederalJobs #FederalEmployment #Military #Transition #SocialMediaManager
White Woman, Teresa Klein, Called Police on Black Child She Falsely Accused of Groping
Who will hear our voices? This weekend a white woman, Teresa Klein, called the police on a black child she falsely accused of groping her in the store. She caused a dramatic scene, falsely identified herself as a police officer and then called the cops on the boy as he cried hysterically.
The 9-year-old boy with his mother and little sister walked past the women headed out the store when the incident occurred. The store surveillance video clearly exonerated the child and showed that his book bag accidentally touched Klein as he walked past her. The boys hands were full and he at no point was even paying attention to Klein.
This woman purposely chose to terrorize and criminalize this child. What do you think should happen to Klein for the false accusations? #CornerstoreCaroline
Watch here as the little boy bravely speaks to the press (footage is courtesy of PIX11 news): https://twitter.com/andrewramostv/status/1052024084350074882?s=21
Land a Government Job!
Today I’ll be working with OPM to help students build resumes to land government positions! I’ll be reviewing resumes both virtually and in-person. I serve within a community of Federally Employed Certified Career Coaches. We are all here to help you! To those that don’t know, OPM has great resources USAJobs and they provide training to help you understand the process. If you want to work with me to help you with the entire Federal Employment Application process:
Join us for the Kween Sip and Learn: Career and Style Series!
Date: October 20, 2018
Vintage Glam Boutique & Party Room
137 Kennedy Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Panelists: Ayana Wellington Pitterson, The Thrift Diva; Ebony Johnson, Founder/CEO of Success Creators; and Tia Nichols, HR Guru
Interactive Group Panel Session:
Networking to Land the Job
10 Steps to Landing a Federal Job
Linked In Overview
Dress for Success Mini-Fashion Show hosted by The Thrift Diva Ayanna “Inspiring women to always look their best without breaking the bank!”
Speed Mentoring Panel: 10 min one-on-one sessions with the experts. (Mock Interviews, Style Tips, Career Coaching, Resume Tips.)
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RIP to the Twins – Breast Reduction Surgery
Today, I’d like to take a moment to honor the memory of the twins!! 💜💜 For Years I carried the heavy weight. I fluctuated between 155-160 lbs. There was a battle to stay under 159 lbs for the Air Force weight requirements. 😒😒😒 I lost 10 lbs immediately following surgery. Running, push-ups, and crunches was a problem. I’d have to do the Patti Labelle trick and wrap up with an ace bandage and sports bra to keep my tatas in place. What prompted me to get the reduction was chronic back and neck pains.
The Korean Doctors simply diagnosed me with “Humongous Breasts.” True story. 🤣🤣🤣 They couldn’t measure my size with the tools on hand so they used a plastic bag to get the measurements.
I had my breast reduction surgery in Suwon, Korea at Ajou Hospital. I was in recovery for almost a month. The doctors and nurses spoke very little English so my Korean Linguist military friends would come and sit with me to translate. I remember SrA Zac Giroux (rest in peace) and his wife would visit almost daily and bring me books. It was helpful having translators it made my nurses smile and they took good care of me.
My recovery went well. My American Doctors were impressed by the work. I used this scar cream called Kelo-cote and Scar Guard repair liquid. My scars magically disappeared. I was so happy with the final results although I did mourn a little post-surgery. I was reduced initially from a 34I to a 34C. Overtime I’ve grown to a larger cup size. 😉😉😉
I’d highly suggest breast reduction surgery to those who suffer from chronic back pain or physical restrictions. If you are in the military the surgery can be authorized with a doctor’s referral. I was pleased with the care I received at Ajou hospital. It was an adjustment and essentially the breast reduction improved my overall quality of life.
The After Pic: “Happy!”
#BreastReduction #Surgery #CosmeticSurgery #RIPTwins #Before #After
Survival to Purpose
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month I want to share my story with the world. 🌎 Being completely transparent, about 5 years ago I was in an abusive relationship with a man that I thought was “the man of my dreams.” He turned out to be a nightmare. I worked in an unhealthy work environment and I was transitioning from the Air Force which was a major life change.
My boyfriend at the time was a tall, handsome, professional law enforcement agent, military warrant officer, and former college basketball player. He had a superficial perception of himself, women, and an unhealthy relationship with his mother and ex-wife (also the mother of his two children.) He was stuck reliving his college basketball dreams of making it into the NBA. The dream never came to pass. He told me he felt that his life was a failure. He was angry at the world. Depressed. He was a military combat veteran that served in Iraq. He disclosed to me that he had PTSD but was not compliant with treatment not taking his prescribed medication. He snapped often usually after drinking heavily. He would berate and curse at both his mother and ex-wife calling them Bs and other derogatory words. I mistakenly thought I could love him through the anger. I played mediator often and tried to get him to show more respect for the women in his life. These were red flags that I foolishly ignored: If he treats his mother and daughter’s mother bad…eventually he’ll channel that energy towards you.
The relationship progressed and he moved from his place into my condo. That’s when the verbal abuse turned towards me. He called me fat daily (I was a size 6 at the time 😔 and in the best shape of my life.) He talked negatively about my appearance. Nothing I wore or did was good enough. He constantly made reference of how I should change my hair or attire to look like other women. He wanted me to dress more scantily clad to show off my assets and make him look good. He talked negatively about my decision to separate from the Air Force and said I would never find a “good” job post military. (Special note: I landed my first job after my first interview and doubled my Air Force salary!) Then he started to call me out of my name using derogatory terms. He drunk heavily daily and became more angry and verbally abusive.
I remember vividly, the night before I left him. I was tired. I expressed to him that I did everything: “I cooked. Cleaned after his mess. Took care of his daughters. Dealt with his emotional outbursts. Played the mediator between him and his ex-wife during his ongoing custody battles.” I was constantly walking on egg shells as to not upset him. He repeatedly lied and I discovered he cheated with other women. Once while I was in the hospital getting surgery. He failed to come pick me up after surgery and I was left in the hospital for hours. I had to call a friend to come get me. I discovered once he finally came home that he was with another woman.
The final breaking point came when he threatened my life. I was so tired and done with the relationship. I was sick of him. I remember I asked him to take out the trash. He flipped out as usual. This time he punched me. He choked me. Threw me to the floor. He punched a hole in the wall. He destroyed the furniture in our apartment. At this point I knew I had to end the relationship.
I went to work in the morning with a plan to pack all of his things and get him out of the house. He repeatedly called my job and threatened to kill me. I called the police. 🚨 They went to our residence and asked him to leave but did not arrest him. They left. I went back to the home 🏡 and discovered he was still at the residence. I called the police a second time. They said: “Ms. Johnson there is nothing we can do. He is a law enforcement agent. If you want him removed you will need to file a protective order.” I left and went to the courthouse to file a protective order.
While I was at the courthouse he called my phone no less than 100 times. I kept the phone records. I showed the Sheriff at the courthouse the phone logs. The last message that he left said, “he was sorry and he said he left the residence.” I returned to the house to get my belongings with the police and the protective order. After leaving the message twice that he left the residence, he was still at the residence. The police said: “Ms. Johnson we are not going to arrest him. He is a law enforcement agent. We are going to show him the protective order and ask him to leave.” Less than five minutes later they came down the steps with him in handcuffs and escorted him to jail. He was not cooperative and threatened the police so they finally decided to take action after the third time of being called to the residence.
The police officers 👮 👮🏽 witnessed his actions. They saw the disarray in the house. Heard him make threats. Forcefully removed him from the home. Responded to the repeated violations of the protective order to include him stalking me by showing up to my job and former residence. I resigned my job and fled my residence for my safety. The officers showed up to court to testify. It took two years in court for repeated protective order violations and substantially assault charges filed against him by the commissioners office. Nothing happened. 💔💔💔
The Prince George’s County States Attorneys office said there was not enough evidence to proceed and subsequently stet-docketed the case. The mounting evidence and his confession that he committed the acts did not matter. My voice didn’t matter. My witnesses and the police officer’s testimony did not matter. The stet-docket meant he was exonerated from all charges and would keep his job with the law enforcement agency and his Top Secret Security Clearance. He would also keep his access to handle a firearm. He was required to attend batterers counseling/anger management, all charges were set aside and eventually dropped by the States Attorneys office. The message I received was that my voice does not matter. Repeatedly throughout the process I was asked to not hold him accountable and to protect him versus doing what was necessary to protect myself.
The turning point to healing came when I let it all go and gave it to God. When I reached my breaking point, my family, friends and pastor prayed over me. I understood that my trials were temporary and everything would be okay. God had the final say!
Fast forward five years later. I am the CEO of two companies The Next Chapter, Corporation and Success Creators! I reclaimed my joy and found love within myself. I am now a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I am a survivor!
I share my story to empower others. You have the freedom to walk away! You have the choice to change your situation! Yes, agencies designed to help us sometimes let us down. Do what is necessary to fight for yourself and be safe. Choose YOU! You deserve to be happy! You deserve to be loved! You deserve to be safe. You deserve a life of success doing what you love! You are perfect in God’s eyes! Adjust your crown and walk with authority and purpose!
~Love, Simply Ebony
#DVAM #DVAM18 #LadyofInspiration #DomesticViolence #Survivor #MeToo #SurvivorSpeaks
Holiday Bourbiz DC is back: Veterans, Active Duty, Mil Spouses and professional networkers
This is a fun professional event for veterans, hiring managers, recruiters and service providers! Did I mention it’s FREE!!!
Holiday Bourbiz DC is back: Veterans, Active Duty, Mil Spouses and professional networkers: Free for all to attend. Register for free: http://tiny.cc/e2erzy
Please come network with vast community resources for personal and professional development in a high energy, fun environment. Must be over 21 to attend.
We have always sold out so sign up early and its always free!!!
BourBiz offers our signature sampling of more than 20 different types of Bourbon, Whiskey, Wine, and Scotch during the event, as well as meet and greet opportunities with decorated veterans, sports stars, and other notable personalities. In addition to the vast networking and resource opportunities, as always, our event culminates in a free raffle of autographed memorabilia and other exciting giveaways:
Job Seeking and Transition Support
Free Professional Headshots by Meghan Homa
Resume and Interview Resources
Compensation and Disability Claims Resources
9/11 GI Bill Support
Veteran/Military Spouse Health & Wellness Resources
Access to Capital Resources
Legal and Business Compliance Resources
Operation Excellence: Having it All! DC Metro Federally Employed Women
Yours truly will be serving as a Coach at the Operation Excellence: Having it All! DC Metro Federally Employed Women (FEW) Regional Training Program (RTP). Join us as we network, learn and develop skills to be the WOMEN LEADERS in the Federal Government. This training is open to EVERYONE: Federal, Military and Private Sector. It’s a great way to meet others from various government agencies.
We are going all out on the programming. From out of the box workshops delivered by top Subject Matter Experts in the public and private sector to other unique touches like graphic facilitator’s onsite to visually capture the event; and coaches working throughout the session to offer career coaching services.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Crystal Francis and our very own FEW’s National President Ms. Karen Rainey to provide the closing remarks and conduct our leadership pinning ceremony. We are starting the RTP strong and plan to end strong.
**Please join us, for an awesome training event you don’t want to miss!!!!!
Early spots are going fast!!!! Grab your ticket today at https://lnkd.in/e4e-tpm
#OpEx2K18 #leadership #training #coaching #professionaldevelopment #FEW #DCMetro
Kweens Sip and Learn
Join us for the Kweens Sip and Learn!!! Why should you attend the Kween’s Sip and Learn?
Here’s what you get:
• “The Ten Steps to a Federal Job” guide (all registered guests receive a copy!)
• Fashion Tutorial with the “Thrift Diva” Ayana Wellington Pitterson on how to shop on a budget and look your personal best.
• Expert advice on: Resume Writing, Networking to Land the Job, Federal Employment Application Process and Building Your LinkedIn Profile.
• Speed Mentoring sessions – One-on-One time focused on interviewing, career tips and styling advice.
• Light appetizers, snacks, coffee/tea, water and the Kweens specialty drink will be provided.
• Register and Join Us! This event is worth your personal investment. Let us help you land your DREAM JOB!!! #KweenSipandLearn #CareerSeries #Jobs #Networking #MilitaryTransition #Veterans #WomenVeterans
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