#TALENTEDTWENTIES SPOTLIGHT - Sela Kerr

#TALENTEDTWENTIES SPOTLIGHT - Sela Kerr

Decades is proud to continue our spotlight series on our members.  Here you will learn more about members and what they are up to in hopes of supporting each other!  Sela Kerr is a dynamic and talented young woman who was happy to share her experiences with us!!

 

D: What school do you go to?

S: I attend Mills College. It’s a liberal arts women’s college in East Oakland, California. 

D: What's your major or proposed major?

S: I am currently changing my major from Psychology to an individualized major (meaning I created it) of ‘Health, Culture and Eco-Sustainability’. I am minoring in Art History as well. 

D: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

S: In five years I see myself engaging in many things. For one, I can see myself in a line of work that involves traveling and engaging with members of the African diaspora around the world. I am an artist, holistic practitioner and organizer, so I want to use my skills to benefit my community as much as possible. My long term goal after college is to integrate my interests to become a holistic psychologist and healer; I wish to create an organization where people of color will be welcome to heal without shame and with acknowledgement and consideration of the past without blaming ourselves for it. This will look like building community programs, centers and resource facilities that will help engage people of color around the world in sustainable living practices, providing information about healthy nutritional options, providing the necessary resources and materials to disadvantaged communities and overall creating conversations within our communities that are central towards vocalizing that we have a  RIGHT to health, something many of our ancestors never had the luxury of experiencing. Aside engaging with others, I am an artist at my core and I know this will be a driving force in my life in five years. I hope to be selling art, collaborating with other visual artists, and either creating personal exhibitions or curating others'.  

D: Who's your biggest influence?

S: I’d say Tyler, the Creator or Solange. They are both two artists who spent some time (years) figuring out what type of artist they feel most comfortable being- they are testaments to the “process”, something many people are scared of fully engaging in. By watching these two artist go through different phases of their work, I have been given the confidence to try things I may not be comfortable with at first because in the end, everything I eventually create is an aspect of myself. Tyler was a teenager in LA when I was too, so I felt personally connected to his movement, Odd Future, when I was younger. I saw these black kids creating clothes, music and a store in the exact way they desired, so I understood from a young age that there really are no boundaries in terms of pursuing my dreams. Solange is currently inspiring the same feelings for me, I’m just older and more confident in my artistic expression so I identify with her more strongly. Solange was put in a box for a while because she is Beyonce’s sister and she was trying to pursue pop. We have all been able to witness her create her own lane- a lane that integrates music, performance art, museums, print media, video and design. Through both Tyler and Solange’s authenticity and ‘weirdness’, I have been wholly inspired to know that I can create my own lane and I don’t have to do anything society has made me believe I have to do. 

D: What special talents are you developing ?

S: Currently I am working on building skills in video editing, directing, sewing, portrait painting and reading books faster (Ha!).  I have been trying to engage myself in actives that allow myself to use my hands, because there is something so satisfying about physically creating something with your own hands- I feel powerful and like I can create my own world. 

D: How can Decades support you?

Decades can support me by connecting me with women all around the world that are interested in engaging in specific projects, campaigns and events that I will be apart of in the near and far future. There are so many talented, amazing, and tenacious women in this group that I know are going to change the world! I would love any opportunity to connect and collaborate with any of them.

Please check Sela's wonderfully curated sites on Instagram @secularsela @sela00

#TeamDecades Members Spotlight

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#TeamDecades Members Spotlight

Tanya G., Model & Influencer, Philadelphia, PA

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Daily inspiration is important in our stressful lives. I can always count on Decades to share words of encouragement along with updates of other members moving and shaking in their tough industries. The flashback images from the conference takes me back to the experience of a life time that restored my faith in not just myself but generations of women that are still here. I look forward to updates of future events! 


Heather H., Professional Opera Singer, NYC

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Decades is women helping other women, networking and growing in our power. Decades means learning from the past and aiming for the future. I've met some awesome women working in many different fields. Being a busy professional woman can often feel very isolating. Decades is both supportive and energizing. Networking with women who are on the go, conscious and creative yet grounded is exciting and affirming.

I personally love the 60 second tech break. Easy to digest tech tidbits that make computer life easier. I also am a big fan of Girl Trek. I love supporting an organization to which there are literally no downsides. Women are the caretakers of the world. Better health, better families, better world. There are some people and connections I personally have identified that I look forward to cultivating in the near future.

When asked what Heather would tell her 20 year old self: What you water will grow be it positive or negative. Where you focus your energy and how you talk to yourself will manifest. So BE KIND. Learn to BE PRESENT. You can have a vision of the future and learn from the past, but don't dwell there. Its done. Be present or you will miss it. TRAVEL - not to to resorts with other people like you, get out meet people. Experience other cultures - you will grow in the best way. Turn off the phone, look people in the eyes and talk to them. You will learn so much more that way. YOU are responsible for your happiness. Confidence is sexy, Laughter is good medicine, kindness is beautiful. Be grateful consciously every day. Its a choice. Start a Roth IRA as soon as you possibly can.

Passion and Persistence is a winning combo.

Fiona R., London

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Decades means an international power circle of love created to connect females across the globe to support, encourage, uplift one another in a cool fun atmosphere. It has majorly connected me to women whose paths I would never cross because of Decades. A cool connection I've made is one of my old street "teamers" from BMG whose now working in the industry. She is someone who deals with brands and tents when I'm just about to work on a six city festival tour!

 What would you tell your 20-year-old self?

You can achieve anything you are passionate about! Stay the course of your journey in spite of what others might say. Save 20% of everything you earn to purchase your first property, invest your money in different areas of growth and buy shares.

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Decades Guest Speaker: T. Morgan Dixon!

Decades Guest Speaker: T. Morgan Dixon!

Decades is proud to announce T. Morgan Dixon, Co-Founder and CEO of GirlTrek, as our guest speaker for our Philadelphia Brunch - Roots Picnic edition! 

Passing the torch...

Passing the torch...

Welcome to Decades!  

I'm so grateful to have such a wonderful network of women within reach. As some of you know, the idea of Decades evolved from my friendship with Vivian Scott Chew. Her advice, support, and life lessons have been invaluable and I wanted to create a global network where we can all share and learn from each other's experiences.

We are here to pass the torch of information through a series of conversations and activations world wide.  We are inspired to share ideas and motivate women of all generations and in all fields.

Let us know what's important to you and how our community can fully support your needs. Please do not hesitate to leave your contact information on our Contact Us page and we will begin building with you right away!

I also invite you to to join our regular discussions via Facebook. 

Looking forward to our worlds coming together!

All the best,

Tina Farris
Founder