She Knows Now founder Tiffany Hardin is all about empowerment. At the inaugural She Knows Now Summit in New York Saturday (Sept. 10,) the media strategist doesn’t share her latest business endeavor or brag about her extensive network. Instead, she shares her journey of completing her first 5K. Yes, it’s a simple story of overcoming the odds, but it’s one that anyone can relate to.
This year we learned African-American women are the most educated demographic in the U.S. There’s also balloons and clapping emojis for black women being the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in 2015. Black Girl Magic has runneth over socially, virtually and publically in the past few years, but there’s still issues that leave us playing catch up. The grossly large pay gap ($20,000) and lack of diversity in corporate sectors has left potential professionals in stagnant positions.
Luckily for us, Hardin isn’t going to let that slide any longer. Her growing digital platform She Knows Now is designed to help multicultural millennial women embrace their passions and learn from successful women of color who faced the roughest of trenches to live a carefree black girl life. “This summit was so special and we had great women here to give some keen insight on experiences around building relationships, tribes, money and being able to create brands around your passions,” Hardin said at the LMHQ space. “The goal of this was to plant a seed or water a seed that was already there. We’re all here and we can exist together. You aren’t alone in your ambition. You aren’t alone in your hustle.”
Professionals and influencers like author Tiffany Dufu, Trill Yoga founder Claire Fountain, Roc Nation president Chaka Pilgrim and The Creators Project’s Marina Garcia-Vasquez among others provided the perfect amount of inspiration, insight and know-how of getting to your goals by keeping your mind, body and soul in check.
Speaking with VIBE, Hardin shares the importance of black women in the workspace, knowing yourself and learning from massive “L’s.” Take a look at the interview in the gallery above.