Author: Yolanda Jenkins

I Want My Body Back

In three of the last five years of my life, my body has not belonged to me. It has belonged to two humans that grew inside me for 39 weeks each. It pushed two healthy baby boys out. It cared for helpless newborns while healing itself. Then it spent six to eight months, per kid, being a food source. Although my responsibilities as a mother will never end and I will continue to utilize my body as a vehicle to help me in these duties, the contractual obligation of my body to provide for these people has ended. Yep,...

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Leadership is Empathy

I recently finished the book “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek and it put into words everything that I was feeling about my experiences in the workplace. A lot of the book revolved around how people should be treated and how they respond when they are treated the right way. I learned that as humans we naturally gravitate towards collaboration and cooperation, but missteps of the last couple generations have led us astray. My biggest takeaway, the one that really resonates with my own personal beliefs, is that leadership is empathy. As current or soon to be leaders, it...

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I need you to SEE My Little Black Boys

I am a mother. My husband and I are raising two little Black boys. Little Black boys that will become Black men. We see our boys in the entirety of their humanness; their strengths and weaknesses, their pains and their joys. However, I know that when society looks at them they are two things: Black and Male. Unfortunately, those two things combined can be dangerous. So, I must say with love and requesting empathy: Society, I need you to see my little Black boys.   There are countless studies showing Black and Brown boys and girls are perceived as...

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The End of Superwoman

When I found out we were expecting our second child something inside me shifted. I had no idea what I was in for, but I knew that having two children would completely change the game… my game. Working a full-time job, managing a full-time nonprofit organization that I co-founded and managing a full-time family of four was going to require a level of super powers I was unsure I possessed. Giving birth to our second child earlier this year meant the end of Superwoman. In my mind, Superwoman had a fabulous career, an impeccably clean home, a home cooked...

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The Makings of a Great Leader

For the last five and a half years, I have had the privilege of leading some amazing people that have volunteered their time, talent and treasure to the nonprofit that I co-founded. Over the life of my career, I have reported to a diverse mix of leaders and I have taken away many lessons from each of them. Although ‘success’ is subjective, I have noticed some commonalities among the leaders that, in my opinion, have been successful in their roles. As I aspire to be one, here are my observations on the makings of a great leader: They trust...

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Meet Martine

Born-n-raised in Brooklyn, New York, I now live in the suburbs of Maryland with my amazing husband and three hilarious kids. Thanks for visiting. Kick it for a bit and I'm sure you will find something to help you improve the relationships that matter to you most and live a healthier, happier life. Read more...

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