Women who WOW: Alison Vaughn; Jackets for Jobs

Alison Vaughn is an author, speaker, award-winning entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Jackets for Jobs, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides employment etiquette, career skills training and professional clothing to low-income individuals. Since opening its doors in 2000, Jackets for Jobs has assisted more than 16,000 individuals in their pursuit of employment. This high profile organization has been recognized by ABC's "The View," NBC's "Today Show" and Oprah's O Magazine. 

In 2007, Jackets for Jobs caught the attention of retail giant T.J. Maxx with whom the organization has since partnered. In 2013, Jackets for Jobs opened an office in Botswana (Africa). Vaughn represented the organization on the floor of the NASDAQ where she rang the closing bell in 2006 and 2014.

A Detroit native, Vaughn is a sought-after public speaker nationally and internationally. In the fall of 2014, she was chosen to speak at the World Islamic Economic Forum in Dubai, UAE on the rise of women entrepreneurs. 
Vaughn has inspired audiences with her insights on advocacy, entrepreneurism, empowerment and workforce development including area churches, civil rights organizations, corporations and non-profits, conference attendees, schools and universities and women's groups.

Vaughn was the 2011 co-chair of the 56th Annual Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Dinner, the largest sitdown dinner in the country annually drawing 10,000 attendees. The dinner is known for its distinguished keynote speakers, including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton; the Honorable Hillary Clinton; the Honorable Colin Powell; and actor Danny Glover.

A member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), Vaughn is a co-author of the book Inspired Style. This guide to glamour at any age features Vaughn and other top image experts sharing tips to help women look and be their best. She has also contributed articles on image, style and business etiquette for local newspapers.

Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and graduated from The Women's Campaign School at Yale University, sponsored by Yale Law School. She is a member of Distinguished Women in International Service, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority and Top Ladies of Distinction.
 Vaughn is a Eureka Communities Fellow, active with the NAACP and was a 2006 candidate for the Michigan State Senate. 
Vaughn is a Goldman Sachs Scholar, a graduate of the investment firm's 10,000 Small Businesses Program that provides entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. She is one of Martha Stewart's "Dreamers into Doers," a group of entrepreneurs who have turned their dreams into reality.

Having received numerous accolades, in 2007, Vaughn was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Alabama A & M University, and "Businesswoman of the Year" by the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Business Women in 2009. That same year, the Michigan Chronicle honored Vaughn as a Woman of Excellence, and Lakeshore Engineering recognized her with its "Leaders, Legends & Luminaries" award.

Vaughn has been listed in the Who's Who of Black Detroit for three years and the Who's Who Among Female Executives. 
She is a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Humanitarian Award from the Top Ladies of Distinction.

In her spare time, Vaughn enjoys traveling, being a mommy, reading and attending sporting events--never missing a Detroit Lions home game. She is a member of Word of Faith International Christian Center.

Women who WOW: Dorothy Vaughan, NASA

Reprinted from Nasa.gov
Date of Birth: September 20, 1910
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Education: B.A., Mathematics, Wilberforce University, 1929
Hired by NACA: December 1943
Retired from NASA: 1971
Date of Death: November 10, 2008
Actress Playing Role in Hidden Figures: Octavia Spencer
In an era when NASA is led by an African American man (Administrator Charles Bolden) and a woman (Deputy Administrator Dava Newman), and when recent NASA Center Directors come from a variety of backgrounds, it's easy to overlook the people who paved the way for the agency's current robust and diverse workforce and leadership. Those who speak of NASA's pioneers rarely mention the name Dorothy Vaughan, but as the head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s) segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949 until 1958, Vaughan was both a respected mathematician and NASA's first African-American manager.
Dorothy Vaughan came to the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1943, during the height of World War II, leaving her position as the math teacher at Robert Russa Moton High School in Farmville, VA to take what she believed would be a temporary war job. Two years after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802 into law, prohibiting racial, religious and ethnic discrimination in the country's defense industry, the Laboratory began hiring black women to meet the skyrocketing demand for processing aeronautical research data. Urgency and twenty-four hour shifts prevailed-- as did Jim Crow laws which required newly-hired "colored" mathematicians to work separately from their white female counterparts. Dorothy Vaughan was assigned to the segregated "West Area Computing" unit, an all-black group of female mathematicians, who were originally required to use separate dining and bathroom facilities. Over time, both individually and as a group, the West Computers distinguished themselves with contributions to virtually every area of research at Langley.
The group's original section heads (first Margery Hannah, then Blanche Sponsler) were white. In 1949, Dorothy Vaughan was promoted to lead the group, making her the NACA's first black supervisor, and one of the NACA's few female supervisors. The Section Head title gave Dorothy rare Laboratory-wide visibility, and she collaborated with other well-known (white) computers like Vera Huckel and Sara Bullock on projects such as compiling a handbook for algebraic methods for calculating machines. Vaughan was a steadfast advocate for the women of West Computing, and even intervened on behalf of white computers in other groups who deserved promotions or pay raises. Engineers valued her recommendations as to the best "girls" for a particular project, and for challenging assignments they often requested that she personally handle the work.
Dorothy Vaughan helmed West Computing for nearly a decade. In 1958, when the NACA made the transition to NASA, segregated facilities, including the West Computing office, were abolished. Dorothy Vaughan and many of the former West Computers joined the new Analysis and Computation Division (ACD), a racially and gender-integrated group on the frontier of electronic computing. Dorothy Vaughan became an expert FORTRAN programmer, and she also contributed to the Scout Launch Vehicle Program.
Dorothy Vaughan retired from NASA in 1971. She sought, but never received, another management position at Langley. Her legacy lives on in the successful careers of notable West Computing alumni, including Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Eunice Smith and Kathryn Peddrew, and the achievements of second-generation mathematicians and engineers such as Dr. Christine Darden.
Biography by Margot Lee Shetterly

Women who WOW: Stephanie Johnson Delta Air Lines first African-American female captain

This year for Women's month, I've decided to highlight women I admire and who inspire others in the daily walk to be the best version of themselves.

Stephanie Johnson Delta Air Lines first African-American Captain
   Two time trailblazer Stephanie Johnson is a Graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Technology. As a student in the flight program she displayed an unwavering work ethic and focus by earning her her Private, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Flight Engineer Certificates with Instrument and Multi engine ratings in addition to working as a Flight Instructor in the Aviation program. After graduating in 1991, she continued as a Flight Instructor at Kent State University and at Medina Municipal (Freedom Field) Airport, Medina, Ohio. In 1993 Johnson was hired as an Airport Operations Agent at Burke Lakefront Airport, in Cleveland, Ohio where she continued to flight instruct as a second full-time job on her days off. She went on to become a charter pilot and in 1995 earned her Airline Transport Pilot certificate and landed a position as a commercial Airline pilot with Mesa Airlines. In October 1997 Stephanie was hired by Northwest Airlines making history as it’s first African American female pilot as Flight Engineer on the Boeing 727.

   According to Johnson, ""I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model. There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don't think of it as a career option," Johnson said. "When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names."

   Johnson earned qualifications as First Officer on the 727 and the Airbus 320 and served as First Officer on the Boeing 757/767 now with Delta Air Lines before making history a second time in 2016 by becoming Delta air Lines first African-American female captain.



Artists of Color in Entertainment hosts the Beauty of a Brand Brunch and Awards in Atlanta


Artists of Color in Entertainment (ACE) hosted the Beauty of a Brand Brunch and Awards on Sunday, September 26, 2016.at CODARUS in Atlanta. The event was hosted by Yvette Caslin, curator of ACE, and co-hosted by aspiring PR and media professionals: Tai Savage, Georgia State University student; Gia Dorsey, Payne College graduate; Lauren Martinez, Clark Atlanta University graduate; Iman Reid, Georgia State University student; Kaelyn Leaphart, Georgia State University student and Kaylan Ware, Decatur High School student.

The ACE Honors program recognized women who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media and entertainment. It also connected seasoned women with millennial professionals so they can be media savvy.

“The Beauty of a Brand Brunch & Awards is where female influencers and leaders in the media industry were honored and connected. Whether behind-the-curtain or in front of the camera, these ACEs have amplified their voices,” said Yvette Caslin.

The 2016 ACE honorees:
Wendy Corona, WSB TV anchor, ACE “Stellar” Award winner
Marissa Mitchell, FOX 5 multimedia journalist, ACE “Rising Star” award winner
Yvette Noel-Schure, SVP of Publicity, Schure Media Group, ACE “Phenomenal Entrepreneur” award winner
Cynn√© Simpson, FOX 5 anchor, ACE “Champion” award winner
Sharon Reed, CBS 46 anchor, ACE “Outstanding” award winner
LaChina Robinson, ESPN analyst, ACE “Superior” award winner

A popular Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel quote spawned the event’s theme, which reads: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.”

Get social: #IAmAnACE #NatureofBeauty @cremeofnature

About ACE:
Artists of Color in Entertainment (ACE) is the industry's newest voice curating conversations and commanding narratives. We are a multimedia platform celebrating and connecting achievers in film, theater and television. And we are creating innovative and original content.

Season 2 premiere of Rickey Smiley For Real

I had a chance to attend the season two premiere of TV One's,  “Rickey Smiley For Real" docu series at SCAD Show in Atlanta, GA. The evening kicked off with red carpet arrivals and an informal celebrity meet and greet with audience members. In addition to the entire cast of the Rickey Smiley reality show and radio show cohosts, many local Atlanta celebrities were in attendance to show their support.





The celebrity guests included: Rickey Smiley, Da Brat (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Porsha Williams (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), Joseline Hernandez (“Love & Hip Hop”), singer Kelly Price, Ed Lover (“Ed Lover Show”), LeLee Lyons (“SWV”), Nicci Gilbert (“Brownstone”), Lisa Wu Hartwell (“Hollywood Divas”), Brandi Williams (“Blaque”), Diallo Thompson (“Barbershop 3”), Drea Kelly (“Hollywood Exes”), Gary With The T (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Juicy (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Headkrack (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Gwen Boyd Moss (“Selling It: in the ATL”), Julian Walker (“Saints & Sinners”), Roger Bobb (“Bobbcat Films”), radio host Willie Moore Jr., and more!

TV One President Brad Siegel greeted attendees and thanked the audience for their support. Guests pre-screened the premiere episode of “Rickey Smiley For Real,” and engaged in conversation during a cast Q&A hosted by Dish Nation host Porsha Williams (co-moderated by Comcast Xfinity journalist Aisha Jefferson). Immediately following the screening guests were treated to an after party at the W Hotel’s Whiskey Park“Rickey Smiley For Real,” premieres Tuesday, May 10 at 8/7c on TV One. https://tvone.tv/show/rickey-smiley-for-real


Profile of a Glam Girl: Ethiopian Airlines Makes History With An All-Women Flight Crew

Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines celebrated women by dispatching its first-ever flight operated by an all-female crew. From the flight deck, crew members to senior executives on-board, all women. The on-ground flight preparations were also conducted by females.
The flight departed for Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday night, and upon arrival in Bangkok, the customs and immigration officers were female. This was done to celebrate women and promote African women empowerment.
You can read the full story on venturesafrica.com or click here Ethiopian airlines makes history