This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.
Profile: Ebonnie Rowe
Tell us about yourself.
I am the founder and Executive Director of PhemPhat Entertainment Group. I spend the majority of my time working on everything involved in running the company and our Honey Jam artist development programme for emerging young female artists of all cultures and musical genres. We provide promotional, mentoring, networking, educational and performance opportunities. We organized impactful experiences for the artists such as songwriting camps, industry workshops, mentor cafes, tickets to major artist concerts, opportunities to attend the award shows and to learn from major Grammy-winning artists and high-profile industry representatives. Honey Jam is a welcoming, supportive sisterhood and a safe space for young women to be vulnerable, to learn, to build self-esteem and long-lasting relationships. It is for me a passion project.
What do you consider as your biggest achievement?
Starting Honey Jam and keeping it going for 25 years. Also starting the Each One, Teach One mentor programme for at-risk Black youth in the early 90s.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Love yourself, know yourself, believe in yourself and carry yourself life like you deserve success. Protect your peace, take care of your mental, physical and emotional health. Don’t worry. You have within you everything that you need. Keep learning and growing. Know that all will be well.
How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?
It’s a mindset. Staying productive requires staying motivated. I do that by starting my day with affirmations and exercise to get my energy up and make a list of what I want to accomplish that day
What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?
The biggest help for my mental health is working out, breathing exercises, pacing myself, talking with others who I admire that have worked on big projects and can give advice.
What are your top health hacks?
Make the time for it and be intentional about your goals. It has to be a priority and you have to be willing to put in the work. There aren’t really any shortcuts – it’s going to require some effort and discipline for sure. Start by consulting your doctor/trainer/nutritionist and setting small very achievable goals – set yourself up for success which is a great motivator.
How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?
That’s a definite work in progress – I’m still figuring that one out especially with the devastating effects of the pandemic on industries that rely on the ability to gather in person in ways that can’t really translate in the same way online or generate the same amount of revenue or sponsor visibility opportunities which affect whether they will at all and in what amounts they might come on board. Luckily it’s really just me I’m responsible for in terms of not having children but I am also responsible to provide the opportunities and experiences we’ve been known for our artists and audience. Before the pandemic I worked to ensure financial wellness for me personally and for my initiatives by working hard at providing something that was worthy of support/attendance, continually growing and improving and exploring opportunities that would bring more financial security.
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Who are your female role models and why?
My mother Joan Rowe – the first female I was exposed to – showed me a profile in courage, sacrifice, determination – raising 3 children as a single mother, sleeping on the couch so we could have bedrooms, working long hours to provide for us and still found time to support social and charitable causes, be involved in all of our extra-curricular activities by attending, promoting and cheering us on. She is also open to constantly learning new things even in her 80s, especially related to social media which has been a challenge – she won’t be left out!
Vivian Barclay – I admire all that she has accomplished in the music industry, that she has a decades-long passion and commitment to supporting and advocating for artists, giving her time to mentor and advise along the way. Also, the fact that she has a strong personality and is a no-nonsense straight talker who tells it like it is –warts and all. She is well respected for her expertise and in constant demand to speak at panels, conferences, boards and committees and more than holds her own unapologetically like a boss. Separate from the music industry, I admire how she is fearless, well-read and well versed on a myriad of topics, hasn’t let the tragedies in her life stop her progression and hopefulness, that she has a deep, genuine caring and interest in helping others, and that she makes time in her busy schedule to support a lot of charitable causes as well as do extra-curricular activities like yoga, mountain climbing, world travel, art, gourmet cooking, photography and more.
Stacy Abrams – for her voting rights activism and her commitment to justice and equality. She did the hard, long, laborious work behind the scenes day in and day out for years and years. She is a fighter with a determination to succeed and has already clocked several wins that are changing the US political landscape. Failure is not an option for her and she won’t ever back down. She is also whip-smart and has what it takes to be the first female US President.
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