Women’s History Month| Interview with Elaine Meryl Brown

A few weeks while speaking on the Black History Month panel at Fairleigh Dickinson University I had the opportunity to meet another panelist

Elaine Meryl Brown co author of the book “The Little Black Book of Success Laws of Leadership For Black Women”

which you will remember that I did a review of in January of last year. Which you can read here http://solodovepublicrelations.com/2011/01/25/little-black-book-of-success-laws-of-leadership-for-black-women/ I had the chance to speak with Elanie and ask her a few questions

Q1 What do you want to leave as your legacy? What do you want to be remembered for?

A1 My legacy will be my two novels. I want to be remembered as being an author. I want to be remembered for giving back to black people in my own way.

Q2 Are you doing what you love?

A2 Well my current career is in TV, I also own comp New World Image Group which does creative marketing.

Q3 What can women do to be more supportive of other women?

A3 Women need to trust each other, prove to be trustworthy, work together toward common goals, don’t foucus on petty things. Focus on what they want to accomplish. Be more strategic.

What are some situations in your life that got you to where you are today?

A4 I went to an all women college in Massachusetts which laid foundation on not being distracted when it comes to completing protects. Helped with focus. Particularly when it comes to writing. College created an environment where you did learn and didn’t become distracted.

Q5 Why did you decide to co author little black book of success, how was that creative process?

A5 When I was at HBO attended class on leadership and realized leaders can be made and there are certain skill sets that leaders have. I wanted to share what I learn to women who may not have had the access to what I had. I co authored the book as a opportunity to give access.

The creative process was dividing the chapter into three parts. We each wrote then switch and allowed others to provide input. It was a fun and a learning process. We each have different experiences, that’s why I like to say the book is “100 years of experience.” We wrote the type of book we wished we had while coming up.

It was a pleasure getting to speak with Elaine, who would have thought I would be on a panel with the author of one of the books I did a review and have the chance to get an interview. We also talked about how the book is the only book on the market written specifically for black women in leadership. In 2008, when they began writing the book (book was published in 2010) there were no books out catering to leadership for African-American women. The intent of the book was to include African-American women in the leadership story.

We also hit on how during the panel I mentioned that networking is one of the number one thing that these college students should do. Elaine stressed the importance of networking with people who don’t look like us, is the main thing she wants women to get out of the book. We are going to have to be more global as a culture.

If you want to learn more about Elaine and the book you can visit the following sites

Facebook: search Thelittleblackbookofsuccess



Happy Flying,

~Solo Dove~

About the Author

Sandra Florent is the entertainment and non-profit publicist behind Solo Dove Public Relations. Based in New Jersey Solo Dove Public Relations provides personalized publicity, public relations, consulting, and event planning services to clients in their area of expertise. Sandra is also a media enthusiast and hard-core networker. Twitter.com/solodovepr Tumblr: solodovepr.tumblr.com

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