syracuse woman magazinE
I am a Feature Writer for the Syracuse Woman Magazine, a monthly publication that profiles empowering women in the Central New York region. I interview local women in business, tech, non-profit management, and fitness to write 1,000-word features for the "Inspire" section of the magazine.
LANIKA MABREY - great loss, greater gains
Lanika Mabrey is a familiar figure on the Westside of Syracuse.
She walks through its streets frequently, bundled up in warm clothing in the cool winter weather, distributing educational pamphlets about sexual health to local bodegas and approaching local residents with her signature tote bag full of condoms.
“Good afternoon, can I give you some condoms?” she says to each stranger she encounters. “Here’s some PrEP information as well. Take care!”
ME'SHAE BROOKS-ROLLING- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DREAMING AND DOING
Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling considers herself, above all else, a “hybrid professional.” She’s accustomed to wearing many different hats, and wearing each one with commitment and compassion. In fact, it’s this balancing act that brings her the most joy in her life.
As the director of Special Events and Conferences for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, a community financial literacy tutor and a board member for the Syracuse Rescue Mission, WISE Women’s Business Center and Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, Me’Shae spends both days and nights in the office or at meetings. She often finds it difficult to sacrifice time for her favorite television shows, she admits.
SELMA SELMAN- HOW ART CHANGED ONE WOMAN'S LIFE AND INSPIRED HER TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In a small art studio at Syracuse University, Selma Selman is surrounded by powerful women. Their expressions are both worn and fierce, suggesting the challenges they have faced in their lives, and their courage to overcome them. They are made of paint and pastels, and they stare back at Selman from the canvases she sketched them on. These women shaped Selman to be the woman that she is today: an internationally renowned artist who hopes that her works will empower young women to make their own decisions, just as these women have inspired her to do the same.