Her Agenda x Alley present: Real-Time Resilience

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May 25 2016, Published 8:00 p.m. ET

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This conversation will focus on how each of these women learned how to continue to slay, and succeed despite personal trauma and drama. We’ll focus on how to build resilience as you learn to live within different realities while growing your career.

Real-time Resilience is defined as “an internal skill to shut down counterproductive thinking and build motivation and focus on the task at hand. RTR is used when thoughts are distracting you from an immediate goal or task.” Meanwhile, within psychology compartmentalization is defined as a defense mechanism, or a coping strategy. It’s essentially how we’re able to deal with conflicting internal standpoints simultaneously.

Sometimes everything in our careers can be going at high-speed in the right direction while our personal lives derail and fall off a cliff. From family drama, to relationship up and downs, to dealing with death, life gets real. We also sometimes may be super sensitive and nurturing at home and more hardened and tough in our workplace.  We’ll chat about how to successfully navigate these dual and sometimes conflicting realities. We’ll also explore the importance of coping and healing and examine the point where compartmentalizing may no longer be healthy.


6:30 pm - 7: 15 pm - pre-panel reception featuring wine and AssataBakes desserts. 

*Books will be sold! You can get your copy of The Perfect Find by Tia Williams and The Man Curse by Raqiyah Mays!

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7:15 pm - 7:45 - Panel discussion moderated by Her Agenda founder Rhonesha

7:45 - 8:00 pm - Audience Q&A

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm -post - event networking, book sales + book signing


Tia Williams

Author, Copy Director Bumble and Bumble

Tia Williams is the ultimate style insider. For fifteen years, she was a magazine beauty editor (at YM, Elle, Glamour, Lucky, and, and in '05, created one of the first beauty blogs, Shake Your Beauty. She's the best-selling author of THE ACCIDENTAL DIVA and the IT CHICKS series, and co-wrote Iman's THE BEAUTY OF COLOR. Currently the Copy Director at Bumble and bumble, she lives in Brooklyn with her diva daughter - and her latest novel, THE PERFECT FIND, just hit shelves!

READ more about Tia Williams on Her Agenda. 

Dina Kaplan

Founder, The Path 

Dina Kaplan is Founder and President of the The Path, which teaches ancient meditation techniques in a modern way. The Path teaches meditations throughout New York and at SXSW, Sundance, and elsewhere around the country. It has taught meditation to thousands of people and has been featured in The New York Times and the London Sunday Times.

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Previously Dina was co-founder and COO of Blip, the place for the best original series of the web. Before Blip, Dina was an Emmy-award winning television news reporter for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel. Dina was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women of Web 2.0. She has written articles, including about living mindfully, for Marie Claire,, Town & Country and Byline, the publication of the New York City Press Club.

Dina has taught classes at Columbia Business School, Columbia Journalism School, NYU’s Stern School of Business and NYU’s ITP program for engineers and designers. She has spoken at SXSW, the World Economic Forum, Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, DLD, Le Web, Cannes Lions, Monaco Media Forum and CeBit.

Raqiyah Mays

Author, Journalist, Radio Personality

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With 2015 marking her 20th year in the media business, Raqiyah has written for everyone from Ebony and Essence to The Associated Press & Billboard throughout her career. A radio personality on New York’s 107.5 WBLS, in 2009, she was featured in VH1’s “Future Leaders of Black History” campaign. Featured in The Limited clothing store’s 2015 nationwide “New Look of Leadership” campaign, she’s been chosen as a female leader for her passionate work as an author, journalist, radio personality, stepmother, and activist.

A writer at heart, Raqiyah’s debut fiction novel, “The Man Curse,”  debuted by Simon & Schuster on November 16, 2015. “The Man Curse” chronicles the world of Meena, a young women who spends her life trying to break The Man Curse and become the first woman in her family to marry. No stranger to the book world, Raqiyah contributed a chapter to Gil Robertson’s anthology “Where Did Our Love Go: Love & Relationships in the African American community” (Bolden/Agate). She was a featured profile in Thembisa Mshaka’s book of entertainment industry professionals, “Put Your Dreams First: Handle your entertainment business” (Hachette.) And Raqiyah was reporter at large for Cheo Hodari Coker’s VIBE book “Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G,” (Three Rivers Press) which was turned into the critically acclaimed feature film, Notorious.

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Keli Goff

Journalist, Screenwriter

A multi-platform journalist and screenwriter, Keli Goff’s work has appeared in the publications Time, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, and the web editions of Elle, The New York Times, and New York magazine. Currently a Columnist for The Daily Beast and Host of “Political Party with Keli Goff” airing on NPR affiliate WNYC, she won a 2016 NAACP Image Award for her work as a writer on the hit television series “Being Mary Jane.” The author of two books and a former playwriting fellow with The Public Theater, Keli is currently completing her first documentary, “War Over Women” a history of the reproductive rights movement.


Rhonesha Byng, Founder Her Agenda

Rhonesha Byng is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. – No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto serves as the inspiration for her company Her Agenda -- a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women.  Named 28 Under 28 by NBCBLK and one of 29 People To Know by BET, she's been featured by publications including Black Enterprise,, and Seventeen Magazine. Her work as a journalist has been awarded by the Associated Press, and the New York Association of Black Journalists.

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Her Agenda is an award-winning digital media platform working to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. Named a top website for millennial women by our content attracts ambitious women and we give them the tools to become accomplished women. We curate, and create events, workshops, panels and conferences and we publish articles that feature actionable career advice. Her Agenda also publishes exclusive interviews with powerful, successful women who offer honest advice from their career journey to our readers. For more visit,

Alley is the most supportive community on the planet for early stage businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs of all types. We have dynamic co-working spaces in Manhattan. We foster a creative and collaborative environment, so that you can produce your best work.


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