Monday, February 28, 2011

A.S.C.E.N.D. Conference Keynote Speaker Q100 DJ Melissa Carter

Younger Women's Task Force Atlanta Chapter is proud to announce that the keynote address at the A.S.C.E.N.D. First Annual Leadership Conference for Younger Women will be presented by Melissa Carter, DJ and co-host of "The Bert Show".

Melissa is not just a DJ or co-host of a popular radio show, she is also an entrepreneur with her own business. During the A.S.C.E.N.D. conference she will be speaking about leadership and empowerment, sharing how she worked her way through the radio industry, the growth and potential in her field, and why she is so passionate about being an entrepreneur.

If you have not purchased your conference tickets yet, please visit
Tickets start at $45 for students and YWTF members, and $55 for general admission.

Aneshia Smith: Empowering Ladies to Financial Freedom

The Younger Women's Task Force Atlanta Chapter (YWTF-ATL) would like to say, "thank you" again to ITATI Founder and Investment Coach, Ms. Aneshia Smith for sharing sound investment tips and advice with the YWTF members and guests on February 12th at the Java Blues Cafe.

Aneshia covered numerous topics surrounding and including the systematic approach to investing and trading in the stock market that she has been using for the past 7 years, and the tools and resources that she has been using on her financial freedom journey over the years.

ITATI is a global organization that is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. ITATI provides coaching services and retreats to women throughout the U.S. and abroad. Retreats are held in Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Tampa (Clearwater), Florida; Houston (The Woodlands), Texas; and San Diego (La Jolla), California, ITATI has plans to expand in 2012 and offer international retreats. For more information about Aneshia Smith and ITATI visit:

Monday, February 21, 2011

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
In the United States March 10th has been recognized and is celebrated as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).  This nationwide initiative has been established to bring awareness about the increasing rates of HIV/AIDS in women and young girls. Women represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses with African American women making up 66% of that statistic. It has also been reported by the CDC that “every 35 minutes a woman tests positive for HIV in the U.S”.
This is a day where you are called to take action. How can you help? First, don’t wait until March 10th to do something. Make sure that you and the women and girls you know and love get tested; and spread the word on your Website, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Blog, and other social media sites about test center locations and organizations that can inform, educate, and help women and girls.
Below is more information to help you get started, informed, and empowered so that you can take part in this initiative every single day of the year.
NPIN prevention resources

HIV and STD testing search and resources

Act Against AIDS http://www.nineandahalf

Remember you CAN make a difference!

Natasha L. Foreman, MBA is a Business and Entertainment Consultant, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and Blogger. She has been an YWTF-ATL advocate at large since 2010 and she recently joined the YWTF-ATL Board of Directors as the Communications and Marketing Director. Natasha can be reached via email at 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

100th Anniversary of International Women's Day

Mark your calendars...March 8th is the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day!

A quick history in case you did not know...International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, and to remind us of the inequities around the world still to be redressed.

Find events in your area by visiting: International Women's Day

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Journey of a Thousand Sisters

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
Author and Women for Women International supporter, Lisa Shannon has released her new award-winning book, A Thousand Sisters, in paperback. The book chronicles Lisa’s transformation from mere supporter to leader of a mass movement for Congolese women; as it shares stories of the world's deadliest war and crimes committed against women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Lisa’s book captures the essence of why the DRC has been noted as what she calls, “…the worst place on Earth to be a woman” as well as the heart-touching accounts of friendship and bonds formed through a shared struggle for respect, dignity, freedom, independence, and equal rights.
The paperback version has a new epilogue as well as a guide for book clubs which would be perfect for YWTF chapters to consider for an upcoming book club selection. To learn more about the book and Lisa Shannon click here.  To purchase the book visit: A Thousand Sisters
Read Lisa’s story and then think of ways you can help women domestically and abroad so that you can do your part to help heal the wounds and eliminate violence against women of all ages.

Natasha L. Foreman, MBA is a Business and Entertainment Consultant, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and Blogger. She has been an YWTF-ATL advocate at large since 2010 and she recently joined the YWTF-ATL Board of Directors as the Communications and Marketing Director. Natasha can be reached via email at

Also Don’t Forget to Register Today for the ASCEND 1st Annual Leadership Conference for Younger Women at:

Monday, February 14, 2011

5 Reasons Sex is Good for Your Heart and Your Health

February is Heart Health Month. So with this being said, I decided to write a little about the benefits of sex as it relates to the organ that keeps our natural rhythm going.

1. Sex is exercise. It's like going to the gym, but WAY more fun! Sex increases your heart rate and blood flow. This is especially important because heart disease is the number-one killer of women. Thirty minutes of sex burns 85 calories or more! Sex is a form of exercise especially if you get creative and try different positions. I'll take sex over the P90X!

 2. Sex relieves stress. A study published in the Biological Psychology journal found that frequent intercourse was associated with lower diastolic blood pressure in cohabiting participants. Yet other research found a link between partner hugs and lower blood pressure in women. So sex, and maybe some yoga incorporated in your regular routine can take you to your “happy place” (and keep you there).

3. Sex reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that having sex twice or more a week reduced the risk of fatal heart attack by half for men, compared with those who had sex less than once a month. Though more research has been done on men than women, medical experts say it's fair to assume a similar heart benefit in women who engage in frequent sexual activity as well.

4. Sex can reduce pain. Skip the tylenol and jump in the bed! When we have sex, we release the hormone oxytocin which in turn releases endorphins, naturally occurring neurochemicals in the brain. Endorphins reduce the sensation of pain and affect emotions. See? No pills necessary.

5. Sex helps your immune system. In this cold and flu season, sex can be the last thing on your mind when you have the sniffles or that annoying cough that won't quite go away. Though it's not the cure for the common cold, it sure can be of assistance in protecting your body. Individuals who have sex once or twice a week show 30 percent higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A, which is known to boost the immune system. Sure beats that nasty cough medicine. So wash your hands, snuggle up, and get frisky!

There you have it- a few ways that sex and your heart health relate. Note that these tips probably work best in stable relationships and work best when combined with an overall healthy lifestyle. Take care of your heart, your health, and each other!

Amani moto,
Chanel Jaali

Love is in the Air!

From the Younger Women's Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Learning has its Benefits

By: Claudia Owens

What do you do when the desire to further your education succumbs to the reality of these harsh economic times? Many of us are not born with a “silver spoon” in our mouths therefore we must work to earn money to support our lifestyles and pay for education.

In today’s economy it is challenging enough to keep your job due to all of the company cutbacks…let alone pay off any educational related loan debts. It is often said that when you are not satisfied with your current occupation or feel as if your career growth is stagnant, one should invest in going back to school. I’ve heard this from teachers, employers and even family members who seem to believe that having multiple or advanced degrees will solve all of your economic and occupational woes.

However, if you have your Undergraduate degree, should you invest in your Masters if you cannot afford to pay for school? I am currently in the middle of this process. Many university Financial Aid Advisors I have spoken with claim they have seen an increase in graduate student enrollment from last year’s applicants because students who obtained their undergraduate degree could not find employment after graduation and some students were unemployed for a few years after.

So what is the best path to choose if you are stuck between a rock and a hard place? There are some things one must consider before a decision is made and the most important is whether or not you are financially secure enough to invest in 4 or 6 more years of schooling. There are websites such as that provide information on Federal Student Aid and provide deadlines that are important to coordinate with enrollment and university application deadlines.

FAFSA has rarely covered 100% of a student’s financial woes, therefore researching other loan programs and grants might be more efficient than requesting another loan from the same loan institution or bank you received your previous loan from. According to representatives at Educational Loan Center, it is crucial for someone to have a history of paying their previous loans on time without default. Once a negative mark has been placed on your credit record it will become a challenge to persuade a loan officer to defer your previous loan to incur another one with a longer payment period. 

Also most university Financial Aid departments will defer your previous loans as long as you enroll in 6 or more credit hours. Loan deferment can provide a sense of comfort to those who are realistic about finding employment after graduation. It saves a lot of Americans from being reported by loan companies for defaulting on their loans, which will be reported to the credit bureau and no one desires to have the burden of a bad credit score.

In the end the choice is yours. Think outside the box. Education can be formal or informal. It can be formal through the educational system or informal over the course of your life, internships and job experiences. Pursuing advanced degrees and continuing your education can be costly, however it is never a mistake. 

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, 
but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

- American writer, Alvin Toffler.

Claudia Owens live and works in Atlanta, is a member of the YWTF-ATL chapter, and she recently joined the YWTF-ATL Board of Directors as the Director of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances. Claudia can be reached via email at:


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Join the Younger Women's Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter Saturday, February 12th

Learn the Secrets of Personal Financial Success
Aneshia Smith, Investing Coach with ITATI Stocks

Bring something to take plenty of notes and feel free to bring a guest.

Java Blues Cafe
Saturday, February 12, 2011 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1171 Lavista Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30324
All are Welcome to Attend
YWTF-ATL Advocates: Free
General Public: $10 Cash Donation at the Door 
We hope to see you there!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Leadership Defined

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the

needs of those who would be affected by it.

~Marian Anderson

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Marian Anderson’s quote is so deep yet simple. You need to know where you want to go, recognize and determine how best to use the resources that are made available to you; equip those who follow you with the tools needed to build and help support your vision and mission; and understand the needs of every single person who will be affected by your reign of leadership. If you merely seek to lead for self-serving reasons you will find yourself carrying your own banner with no one behind you.

Natasha L. Foreman, MBA is a Business and Entertainment Consultant, Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and Blogger. She has been an YWTF-ATL advocate at large since 2010 and she recently joined the YWTF-ATL Board of Directors as the Communications and Marketing Director. Natasha can be reached via email at

Congratulations to the 2011 YWTF-ATL Board of Directors

Terica Scott, the Chapter Director of the Younger Women’s Task Force Atlanta Metro Chapter would like to congratulate and announce the 2011 Board of Directors:

Returning Board Members (2nd Year)
Karen Moore, Program and Events Director
Carry Smith, Policy and Advocacy Director
Newly Appointed 2011 YWTF-ATL Board of Directors
Shanna Cox, Fundraising and Development Director
Natasha Foreman, Communications and Marketing Director
Kamaria Mosley, Operations Director
Lateefah Mosley, Membership and Outreach Director
Claudia Owens, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances Director

Congratulations again ladies and have an awesome year as you enter the final phases of planning and preparation for the A.S.C.E.N.D. First Annual Leadership Conference for Younger Women on March 26, 2011 from 9:30am-4:00pm at 103 West located at 103 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta.

For those ladies interested in learning more about the conference and to register visit: