Pretty Girl

#MeToo “You’re too pretty to be in the Air Force. You’re too pretty to fight in a war. You’re too pretty to be an Intelligence Analyst.” These were the outrageous things men would say as a backhanded compliment. Usually shortly after the comment would be some form of harassment: an overly long hug, a sneak feel of my butt, groping of my breasts, an unwanted kiss on the cheek, a sexual comment about my chest or other assets. I was told routinely to smile and accept the compliments. Don’t be so uptight. It’s just a compliment right?

No, it’s wrong! I have a voice to speak up. I’m not “just a pretty girl.” I am intelligent. I worked my ass off to successfully complete the Air Force Basic Military Training and subsequently the Air Force Technical Training school to become an Intelligence Analyst. I served honorably in the United States Air Force and volunteered to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom as a Silent Warrior (Intelligence Analyst). I’m offended by the notion that “pretty” defines who I am when I’m so much more: An Air Force Veteran, an Entrepreneur, a Community Service Advocate and a Leader.

I’m not just a “Pretty Girl!” I’m a BOSSED UP WOMAN!!!

United Way 2-1-1 – Call for Help!

#Homeless #Jobless #Families Are you currently struggling to pay rent? Facing eviction? Is your home currently in foreclosure? Do you need help paying your mortgage? Do you know someone facing homelessness? Are you late on your utility payments? Do you need a job? Call 2-1-1 for HELP or contact your local Department of Human Services. Even if you don’t meet the low income requirements they can refer you to non-profit partners and agencies that can assist you at your point of need. You do not have to struggle alone.

Love, Loss, Death and Grief

Roderick Dunston’s death has opened my eyes to many truths some painful and some insightful. Quietly attending his funeral here in Maryland and observing others I realized a few things.

#1 He was loved by many. ❤️🖤❤️ He gave tirelessly after his stroke. It was so important for him to raise awareness and help others.

#2 He had a BIG heart. He loved EVERYBODY. There was not one person in the room that wasn’t touched in some way by Roderick.

#3 Compassion. That’s the one Word that rang volumes. His brother Marcus Dunston holds so many of his traits. To just be loving and compassionate to everyone.

#4 Guard your tongue. This lesson Roderick taught me over and over again. Not everything needs to be said. The truth will reveal itself.

#5 Live LIFE to the fullest until your last breath. We truly never know when our last days will be here on this Earth.

Love Freely, Receive Love Openly, Give Willingly, Be Compassionate, and Be Cautious of the words that you say to others for you can never take them back.


Simply Ebony

#roderickdunston @roderickdunston #rip #strokesurvivor #HeartLove #HeartMonth




Beyonce and Jay Z – OTRII

#OTRII presale tickets are set to be released this morning at 9am. Tidal users log on to your app & get ready!!! #BeyHive you should have received your OTRII presale codes via email. If not download the Tidal App to get advanced presale tickets. #BeyHive #Beyonce #JayZ

TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Events: A Secret Clearance or Above is Required to Attend

If you have a Secret Clearance or above, then you’re invited to interview with the Defense Industry’s leading employers at the March TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Events in MD and VA! Don’t just rely on applying for jobs online. Attend the events this week and meet face-to-face with employers to secure your next career opportunity.

TECHEXPO Top Secret Hiring Events: A Secret Clearance or Above is Required to Attend

Wednesday, March 14

BWI Marriott

1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090


Thursday, March 15

Sheraton Tysons Hotel

8661 Leesburg Pike

Vienna, VA 22182


Schedule for both events:

9:30am – 10am: Career Seminars

10am – 3pm: Hiring Events

Please share / forward this opportunity with your cleared friends & colleagues.

If you’re unable to register in advance online, you can still do so onsite at the event. Bring copies of your resume with you.

By registering in advance, employers will have the ability to review your resume and contact you prior to the event.

Confirmed on March 14 in MD:



Booz Allen Hamilton


By Light Professional IT Services

Chameleon Integrated Services – Virtual Exhibitor

Electronic Systems / Harris – Virtual Exhibitor




MacAulay – Brown Inc. / MacB

Microsoft Corporation – Virtual Exhibitor

MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Raytheon – Integrated Defense Systems

The Josef Group – Virtual Exhibitor

The MITRE Corporation

The US Department of Veterans Affairs

and more!

Confirmed on March 15 in VA:

AllCom Global Services

Chameleon Integrated Services – Virtual Exhibitor

Deep Learning Analytics



Microsoft Corporation

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

NorthTide Group



REAN Cloud

Scientific Research Corporation

SEI / Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


The US Department of Veterans Affairs

and more!

Hundreds of Job Opportunities are available: Cyber Sec. Specialists, All-Source Analysts, Application Architects, Cloud Engineers, Developers, Information Assurance Engineers, Help Desk Specialists, Information Security Managers, ISSEs, ISSOs, Linux Administrators, Network Engineers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Risk Managers, Software Developers, SW Engineers, System Administrators, System Engineers, Technical Managers, Test Engineers and many more!

For details and to view upcoming hiring events visit

Best of luck,


Success Creators Visits Mad Cow Grill

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with these beautiful ladies for the First Success Creators Monthly Meetup at the new Mad Cow Grill restaurant in Laurel. We discussed career goals, post retirement plans, and steps to progressively make a career transition. We also talked about business development, licensing for business, international trade, and resources for Small Business Owners. The conversation then turned to home ownership, counseling for new homebuyers and real estate investment.

We met one of the owners of Mad Cow Ed Reynosa. He’s of Dominican and Peruvian descent and incorporates all of those flavors in his cooking. His partner is of Jamaican descent and brings the spicy, delicious Jamaican Flavors. He was extremely nice and graciously posed for a picture with us.

The restaurant staff was very accommodating and attentive. We arrived on Saturday at 4pm for the Happy Hour. The specials for appetizers and drinks are great! We ordered Salmon, Jerk Chicken, and the Ox Tails. Overall the menu is very reasonable and the food and drinks were superb!

Everyone gets hot coco shots with the meals. Loved it!!! I highly recommend this spot for events and casual dining with friends.

The next Success Creators Meet Up will be at Swahili Village for African Cuisine in April! We are also partnering with EmpowerU Career Coaching, LLC and Microsoft to provide a hands on Linked In Training at the Microsoft Theater in Tyson’s Corner. Join us and let Success Creators help you navigate your pathway to Success! Join our Meet Up Group for more info:

The food Photo is courtesy of Nicole Charles Instagram: @BuddingFoodie to give you a clear picture of the deliciousness. ❤️

Mad Cow Grill website: #madcowgrill #madcow #successcreators #simplyebony #career #networking #jobs

Is A Cyber Career Right For Me?

Is A Cyber Career Right For Me? This workshop will benefit job seekers starting a career as well as those transitioning to a new career. This workshop is designed to guide the participants through a candid assessment of their aptitudes, interests, and preparation for a cyber career. Participants will be encouraged to realistically assess their goals in terms of their baseline skills and experience, education, personal situation, flexibility, and their strengths, and weaknesses. NEW! We are also having an IT Panel Discussion for entry level jobs on 3/12 from 1pm-3:30pm. So attendees can go to the workshop in the morning and then attend the panel discussion in the afternoon. More information to come.

Explore Your Commuting Options This workshop will discuss tools for forming van/carpools and using public transit. Single Occupancy Vehicle commutes are expensive and contribute to traffic congestion. Learn about ridesharing and commuting resources available at Commuter Connections, Guaranteed Ride Home, CarpoolNow, and

Writing Your Federal Resume Hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Virtual Session: Writing Your Federal Resume

Hosted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Description: This virtual presentation will explain each section of the job opportunity announcement (JOA) in an effort to better inform applicants and to assist them in selecting the right job. The presentation highlights a three part process to assist applicants in writing their Federal resume. Attendees will be shown a real JOA and walked through a process that helps them review the JOA to determine qualifications and interest, identify the important requirements and then tailor their resumes with that JOA. Lastly, it will provide a quick overview of the resume builder on USAJOBS.

Cost: No Charge

Target Audience: Federal Applicants

Length: 1.5 hours

Date Time Registration Details

Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:00 a.m. (ET) Click Here To Register:

Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:00 p.m. (ET) Click Here To Register:

If you have questions about these sessions, please email!

‪International Women’s Day 2018‬

All of the women in my life inspire me. You are Queens. You gave birth to nations. You deserve pay equality. You deserve equal rights. You deserve respect. You deserve to be safe. #InternationalWomensDay2018 #MeToo #InternationalWomansDay #EqualPay #EqualityForAll

Learn the Process of Starting a Business in DC

Learn the Process of Starting a Business at the DC Public Library

Date: 4/2/2018

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM (EDT)

Registration Deadline: 4/2/2018 8:00 AM (EDT)

Fee: No Fee

Register Here:

Point of Contact: Jacqueline Noisette (202) 442-8170

Center: DCRA Small Business Resource Center

Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Library – 1800 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington DC 20020

Training Topics: Business Licensing, Certificates of Occupancy, Corporate Registration, Other


During these FREE monthly sessions, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will partner with District government agencies to educate customers on how to start a new business in the District of Columbia. The following topics will be discussed: – Business Licensing – Corporate registration – Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) – Home Occupancy Permits (HOP) – Grant Opportunities – Vending – Farmer markets – Certified Business Enterprises (CBE)

Instructions: Workshop