Month: February 2018

Winter Issue: Trust

When we started planning this latest issue TRUST months ago, we couldn’t have predicted how relevant that term would be this week. Over the last few days, the #MeToo phenomenon  — women bravely sharing stories of sexual harassment and assault in social media — has been both heartening and deeply disturbing.  Our feeds have been filled with friends recounting — many for the very first time — incidents from childhood, from college, from adulthood.  From belittling innuendo, to a confusing, inappropriate touch (did that really just happen?), to domestic abuse, and rape, one after another, the stories are pouring out of us. My heart breaks a little with each post. Yet, there is strength in numbers and strength in the truth. We are compelled to share and, as women with experience, we trust each other to listen and hold those words sacred. The warm community of TueNighters, whether online or at our live events, continues to be a saving grace for many of us, a place to trust, commiserate, clutch our bellies in laughter and offer a thumbs up when we need …

My TueNight 10: Elana Rabinovitz

Elana Rabinowitz is a self-described late bloomer. She was 24 when she learned to ride a bike; 45 when she published her first article. “After a failed attempt at fertility in my early 40’s,” says Elana, “I needed to ‘give birth’ to something, to change my life somehow, and writing did that.” She located a former professor, Susan Shapiro, and took her “Instant Gratification Takes Too Long” writing seminar. “She focused on humiliation essays, and when I read mine to the class, I was overcome with positive feedback — that became my first published piece. From there, I just kept going.” Elana has since had essays published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and one story was just chosen to be in Chicken Soup for The Soul: The Power of Yes. By day, Elana teaches ESL at a middle school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 1. On the nightstand: Zadie Smith’s Feel Free, an assortment of Malcolm Gladwell Books and my travel alarm clock. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Searching for the perfect felt …

RISE: Get Tickets to Our Next Event!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE! It’s time to rise up, get a rise out of someone, watch the bread rise, and rise to this fabulous occasion… Join TueNight for an evening of Gen-X storytelling around the theme RISE on Tuesday, March 6th in Manhattan. We’ll be in the cozy downstairs bar at The Wren where we’ll drink cocktails, enjoy delicious food and rise up together. Our Storytellers: Abby West (@AbbyWestNYC) Now a senior marketing manager at Audible, Abby is the former executive editor of Essence.com, and an Entertainment Weekly and People mag vet. A self-described “pop culture fanatic,” she’s a firm believer in the power of storytelling and will one day finish her own book. Melanie Dione (@beauty_jackson) Melanie is a writer, and podcaster from New Orleans, currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA. She is one half of the creative duo behind The Good & Terrible Show, and can be heard weekly on the popular “Bad Advice Show.” When she is not using her gift of gab, she is making geek dreams come true as the Director of Entertainment for Universal …

My TueNight 10: Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a web designer, writer, and feminist activist. They’ve spoken across North America at various conferences, on tv and radio, and at TEDx, and they’ve been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman’s Day, and Flow magazines. A personal blogger since 2003 with an interest in online privacy and culture, Elan’s stepped back from speaking over the last couple of years to concentrate on writing poetry and contemplating connection and love in online spaces that are specifically built to foster and sensationalize division. Everything feels very serious, so re-learning play seems like a fabulous idea. Elan is taking suggestions. Be sure to check out Elan’s Five Star Blog Round-Up and the Grace in Small Things social network they started on Facebook. Here is Elan’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Bone, Mary Beard’s Women and Power, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Listening to podcasts. I’m obsessive, listening to 47 and counting at 1.5-speed. 3. Jam of the minute: ShitKid’s album “Fish” turned up loud and Mount Eerie’s album “A …

TueNight 10: Elisa Camahort Page

As the co-founder and COO of scrappy-start-up-turned-global-women’s-media-company BlogHer, Inc., Elisa Camahort Page has interviewed a diverse group of women throughout the years, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Tig Notaro, from Luvvie to Martha Stewart (who, when asked if there was anything she wasn’t good at, memorably responded, “Anything I haven’t tried yet.”). Elisa now consults with entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and organizations to take their big ideas to the next level. She’s also preparing for the September 18 release of her debut book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, available for pre-order now. At the dawn of 2018, Elisa looked at her heaving cookbook shelves and threw down the gauntlet, “I decided to issue myself a little cooking challenge in 2018. Every day (that I’m at home and not traveling) I’m going to take out a cookbook…and make one recipe from it.” She is currently on day 45 of her #vegancookbookchallenge.” Go, Elisa! Here’s her TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: iPad, Apple Watch charger, glasses, pile of magazines I will never read, Sunset’s Western Garden Book (which makes me sound way more …

TueNight 10: Tausha Robertson

After working for 10+ years in private equity, Tausha Robertson is wrapping up a delicious “gap year” of self-discovery and enrichment. But she’s not exactly sitting still. For starters, she launchedMsXFactor, a site for Gen-X, multicultural women. “And guess what, it’s growing!”  Tausha has also spent time as a board member for non-profits like Global Women 4 Well-Being and Saint Louise House.  “Most importantly, I have spent time with people I love, and doing things I love, without the stress of my previous 24/7 work calling. That life afforded me the luxury of choice, but it’s time for my next chapter which will focus on my passions, authentic connections, and being fully present.”We love a good second-act story. Here’s Tausha’s TueNight 10: 1. On the nightstand: A bottle of sparkling water, the book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, and my iPhone. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: My personal dance parties while cooking or getting dressed. This week I was on a New Edition bender. 3. Jam of the minute: Kendrick Lamar, SZA – “All The Stars“ 4. Thing I miss: I talk to my college friends often …