Liska Wilson, Founder & President of She’s a Boss
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On a very personal note, Black History Month is important to me because remembering and HONORING my past is fundamental to my future. My past as a Black woman (personal and collective) built the foundation of who I am. There are clues in my history, my bloodline, my ancestors, my family...that light the path toward my future. Looking back on what people in my family, race, and culture have accomplished inspires and motivates me to continue a legacy of greatness. I’m also a mother of two and work to instill pride, awareness, and love for our people (black people, Jamaican people, African people) into my children year round because doing this helps them to have pride and love for themself. Black History Month is a time when I kick it up a notch by challenging incorrect and stereotypical messages that they may see directly or indirectly in the world around them that wants to chip away at their history and love for themself. A re-education if you will.
From a more collective perspective, Black History Month is important to me because the rest of the world (regardless of race) joins in on the recognition. It’s nice to see more black excellence on my social media fields and in newspapers and magazines. It’s nice to see black-owned businesses, communities, and people highlighted for their hard work. After all, who doesn’t like to be acknowledged for their contributions? This feeling though, is bittersweet because the recognition is usually short-lived and the truth sets in that many people and organizations join in on festivities as a formality, not because of genuine care and honor. If black people were recognized and honored more equitably as part of the fabric of American (and even global) culture then truthfully we might not need a Black History Month, but that is not our reality. So until then, the formally designated recognition is needed. Representation matters and we (especially young people) need to see ourselves respected, cared for, and successful across industries, organizations, and communities so that we can be inspired and motivated to continue our great legacy.
Liska Wilson, is a well-known leader and sought-after speaker in Upstate New York’s Capital Region area. She has built a career on entrepreneurship, leadership development, and creating opportunities for young professionals. Through her not-for-profit organization (She’s a Boss), Liska empowers students, faculty, and alumni across college campuses in NYS by mentoring students, producing women in leadership events, and creating development programs. In addition to She's a Boss, Liska helps organizations across the US as the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Communications Strategist at Tangible Development.
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Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions
Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the area grow and thrive. She is passionate about the work she does helping talented professionals find the right job opportunity and her work in the community is focused on furthering this area as a center for economic growth and vitality. Miriam likes to garden and take care of her pets and animals. She is a member of an adult only skate group where she roller blades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is completely obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.