#Podbyky Epi 15 Stilettos & Screwdrivers w/Toni Robinson

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This podcast, which is intentionally being dropped on International Women’s Day celebrates Women In Technology. I sit down with “Wonder Woman” Toni Robinson Founder and CEO of Stilettos & Screwdrivers and author of “She Conquered” and discuss her trajectory to the successful mobile electronic repair business she has, as well as dissect some excerpts from her book “She Conquered”that she authored with an array of other successful entrepreneurs.

Some would say Toni has it all – she’s a mom, wife, entrepreneur, CEO, author, and speaker, but she remains humble when it comes to all of these things. What I enjoyed most about speaking to Toni was understanding how she balances everything and also the sacrifices she had to make as a working mom, which in her case led to her starting her own business and rejecting the 9-5. Toni’s intention was to show her two daughters and other young girls and women that they not only have the capability to be in tech but excel in tech and not feel like they have to compromise their femininity.

Toni has an amazing book out called “She Conquered” which you can learn more about and purchase by clicking the below image:
I couldn’t start the conversation without asking her if she saw the movie “Hidden Figures” and I couldn’t end the conversation without asking her if she’s living in purpose.

If you’re an Entrepreneur, Business Owner, Interested in STEM or just want some good ol’ inspiration, then this podcast is for you!

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Follow Toni and all of her endeavors:

Web: http://www.stilettos-n-screwdrivers.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/hottechssns/

Insta: @stilettos_n_screwdrivers

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By Ky Books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Americanah is the best book I have ever read. After 27-years of life and reading, I finally have a favorite book. I’ve been searching for it all my life and finally it’s here! I can’t describe it because I actually want you guys to read it, but the book follows the lives of Ifemelu and Obinzie, two lovers who first meet in secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria. The couple eventually separate as Ifemelu moves to America to go to school, while Obinze moves to London in search of work. They are smart, charismatic, and hopeful in Nigeria, but their new lives as immigrants in these sensationalized countries prove to be hard and ultimately they lose touch. This book illustrates the power of first love. No matter what transpired between them, their love still loomed over them like a cloud until it eventually brought them back together. A love story at its core, but a culturally important book that explores race, immigration, navigating adulthood, education, relationships, culture, culture clashing, assimilation, and so much. Like I said, this is the best book I’ve ever read in my life and I do it no justice by talking about it. Here’s a PDF of it online if you don’t want to buy the book – read it! Also check out the below concept trailer for the movie:

By Ky Books: The Originals by Adam Grant

I read this book for a book club put on by the Women’s Forum. At first I was super excited to read it, caught up in fact, that Originals do exist and I could be one of them. Adam Grant uses his book to discuss extraordinary individuals and what makes them special. He addresses procrastination as a positive trait using Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an example because he waited until the twelfth hour to craft his world-renowned “I Have a Dream” speech (which was actually an improvisation). He talked about the dangers of Group Think and the failures and successes of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. I was excited to learn about these movers and shakers but about halfway through the book, it all became unbearable; reading case study after case study. Great information, but it lost me. I put the book down months ago and picked it up again a few weeks back just to force myself to finish this book. I am happy I did, and if you’re interested in learning about creative people who changed the world this book might be for you!

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By Ky Books: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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I read this book in about 4-days which is shocking to me because I didn’t want to read it at all. Let me just say I REALLY enjoyed this book and learning that the author was my age was a proud moment for me. Homegoing is an amazing novel about our ancestry and the significance of returning back home, wherever home may be, in the case of these characters, Ghana. The book starts with Effia and Esi, half-sisters who were not only beautiful, but didn’t know each other existed until their familial histories were revealed to them by family members and foes. Unknowingly, their lives would cross paths through generations. The book takes place in both Ghana and America chronicling the trajectories of both Effia and Esi’s descendants as they navigate tribal wars, slavery, Jim Crow South, Chain Gangs, British Imperialism, Drug Wars and Mental Health. The book navigates history through the eyes of its characters and bring us to a full circle moment at the end. Homegoing filled me up with pride. It made me want to go to Ghana to understand what my ancestors went through. Yaa Gyasi is such an excellent writer. Reading her work, you can only wonder how she’s able to articulate her words with such detail and vision. The characters she created have depth, their stories similar to my own. I can say with certainty this is one of the most captivating novel’s I’ve read. Although our culture and history was taken from us, we should try to understand our family history from mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and  family friends before it dies with them.