The Black Female Development Circle is a 501(c)3 organization that was established in 1994 to serve as a support system for black women. The organization's mission is"To Educate, Explore, Enhance, and Celebrate Womanhood" and has chapters at UCF, FSU, TSU, and FIU. Read more...

Greetings all!

BFDC’S 8th Annual Purple Power event is coming soon and you would not want to miss out! This year’s Purple Power event will be hosted in the great city of Orlando, FL at the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!). This year’s theme is entitled “Women under Construction” and the purpose of this empowering event is to facilitate women’s growth and development within our organization. We aim to educate, inspire, and encourage all those in attendance. This highly anticipated Purple Power event will take place on Saturday August 15, 2015.

Please note that the early registration deadline is Friday May 22, 2015 and the cost per member is currently $65.00. You may register by chapter and individually through Eventbrite (link below).

We look forward to a wonderful event this year and we hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/purple-power-2015-women-under-construction-tickets-16786379513

BFDC Love,

Genesis

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I had a phone call conversation with my Grandma the other day and it was a very normal conversation about our lives and what is in the future for the both of us. Talking to her and hearing about the plans she has, really made me realize the strength of this woman. My grandma has 12 children, 20 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She remembers everyone’s important dates and has never missed an event concerning her family. I look at her sometimes and wonder how she does it all and maintains such a strong backbone. I leave this blog to show people that a woman’s strength does not reside in her muscle mass, it resides in her heart. Our strength goes beyond numbers and descriptions. Own it. Strut it. Show your strength UNAPOLOGETICALLY.

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Layback & Coast

by Martine Souverain on March 31, 2015

Take a step back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life.
-Teri Garr

The other day, multitasking crossed my mind. Human beings have multitasked to the point of no return. Accustomed to writing an email, working out, and snacking all at the same time is so normalized today that we no longer know what one by one means. Everything has to be faster while maintaining the utmost equality. We are surrounded by gadgets, planners, and alarms to keep us moving. Don’t get me wrong I like moving, it keeps me in shape  but do we even know how to relax anymore? As working and busy women the lives we lead are very hectic and stressful and call for some serious therapeutic “me” time.  Before you pick up that iPhone to scroll without a purpose on social media take the time to live in the moment, live in YOUR moment. Enjoy the second passing by because you can’t get that second back ladies!

Cute inspirational pic: http://cdn.tinybuddha.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/slow-down.jpg

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Today I was informed that one of my coworkers significant other was killed last night in a hit and run accident. He had just recently surprised her with a visit from him at her second job. He felt as if she was always working and because of that she deserved to smile. Shortly after making that happen, his life ended. People die everyday but his death was different. It got me to thinking that sometimes I need to give myself a chance to let go and smile. My friends and family always tell me how much I work and that while they are proud of me I need to not worry so much and rest. They’re right! I say all the time what I would like to do but don’t always have time to do. I’ve been planning a girls weekend with my friends for months now and we have yet to actually do it. I know that it is necessary to let go sometimes but when do I actually have time? I see now that sometimes no time is the best time (if that makes any sense). Each day that we are alive is a special day where we should be making lasting memories. So i’m inspired to develop one of my many hidden talents, to spend time laughing with friends and family, and to take a moment and enjoy my surroundings.

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Celebrating Womanhood

by Jazmin Jones on March 18, 2015

The Black Female Development Circle’s, Inc mission is to Educate, Explore, Enhance, and Celebrate Womanhood. One of BFDC’s principles is “Generate a stable environment of respect, admiration, and appreciation for our own kind and our contributions.” Each year in March we celebrate National Women’s History Month. It a time to highlight and celebrate the contributions women have made in history. Over the years in our nation women have been unsung heroes. This year’s theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” presents the opportunity to weave women’s stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric of our nation’s history.”

Leadership, courage, strength and love were attributes of women who played a vital role in building America. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women’s Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”

Over the years, woman have taken lead roles in health care, education, civil rights, equality, politics, etc. Each year, the collegiate chapters of BFDC celebrate Women’s History Month through a multicultural activity, Shades of Womanhood. Some chapters have a night of the arts, while others plan full conference activities, the goal is to celebrate all women past and present.

I ask each of you to continue to “be champions”, continue celebrating those before you and those around you so that we can continue to make a difference and develop as a community using the collective intelligence, wisdom, leadership and experience of all.

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/womens-history-month

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Words cannot express the joy I have as I reflect on our conference this weekend! We started on Friday with a fun opening session, great food at the reception, the crowning of our new National Miss Woman of Excellence, Courtney Powell, and a pajama/onesie  party!

On Saturday, we were educated through amazing workshops facilitated by National Board members Johora Warren and Brittany Daniels, BFDC Alums Charlyn Stanberry and Jaamal Jennings, as well as Dayana Bernavil and A’Lisha Williams. The workshop topics ranged from Professionalism to Grieving and all of our members thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Following those informative workshops, Bereolaesque graced us with his ideas on male and female etiquette, took relationship questions from the audience and personally signed books for each of our members!

On Sunday, we closed it out with our Spirit Led, Spirit Fed Breakfast featuring Ms. Angela Donald. We were challenged to consider what seeds we have planted to make sure we are indeed “Blooming Excellence”! I then had the privilege of presenting the FIU Chapter with the Most Improved Award, and the FSU Chapter with the National Philanthropy of the Year and the National Chapter of the Year for the 3rd straight time! I was then honored by the National Board and given the opportunity to offer my final farewell from the position of National Director. Finally, we all celebrated as our new National Director, Shirelle Wright, MBA, was announced!

Overall, this conference was fun, informative, motivating, and inspiring, and I could not be more proud of how this organization has grown. As I transition out of leadership, I want all our members to know that I will always be here for you, and I look forward to continuing to witness BFDC Blooming Excellence!

BFDC Love and my own,

Sandra Miles

#ImmediatePastNationalDirector

#Number1

#BFDConPurpose

#BlackExcellence

#BloomingExcellence

 

 

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Farewell!

by Ionia Knott on March 3, 2015

As my reign comes to an end I find myself reflecting on the lessons I learned being the National Miss Woman of Excellence. This blessing of an experience has had a greater impact on my life than anyone knows.
Before entering, I found myself being very reserved at school and not very active on campus. I didn’t see much purpose in school beyond going to class and heading back home. There were many things I wanted to go after but couldn’t see myself actually doing. It was not until I stepped up to represent the USF chapter of BFDC in the Miss Woman of Excellence pageant that I started to change. The pageant as a whole gave me the confidence to branch out and go for the things I want most. I developed a deeper love for BFDC and my BFDC sisters as well as felt a greater responsibility to become bolder, more active, and represent our beautiful organization to the best of my ability.
I am unbelievably happy there will be more girls to partake in such a wonderful experience and I hope they can grow from it just as I did. As for our New Miss Woman of Excellence, I would like to leave you with just this one piece of advice: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”-Philippians 4:13.

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Don’t get mad get GLAD!

by Johnesha Hinson on February 23, 2015

As women we feel the need to compete with the other women around us whether a family member, coworker, or a friend. I have recently dealt with conflict in the workplace and I have also witnessed conflict in the workplace. I work mostly with women and I find that instead of it being a more comfortable environment to work in there is actually more tension. Women spread lies on one another and try to bring each other down due to envy and jealousy. Our ancestors worked hard to give women the same rights as our male counterparts but we are tearing one another down instead of uplifting each other.

If you see another woman with the job you aspire to have, try befriending her and asking her to mentor you. If you see a friend with the relationship you wish you could have, try asking for her advice on how they maintain a healthy relationship. If you see a woman with the body you would love to have, try asking her for tips on how she maintains her body. We don’t have to continue the “I don’t get along with women” myth because we understand each other way more than any man could! Joining BFDC is one of the best decisions I have ever made because we embrace one another and we continuously try to push each other to succeed. So I challenge you to make a change today. When you see a woman who is happy or doing well for herself don’t get mad get GLAD!

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Development.

by Alexis Rhames on February 16, 2015

Development is defined as “the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced.” With development being an integral part of this organization, I challenge you to make this a priority. Often times we pinpoint specific areas of our lives in which we hope to improve. Challenge yourself to develop in all areas of your life. Be in constant competition with yourself, actively seeking to become better than the person you were last year, last week, or even yesterday. It has been said that the largest room in the world is the room for improvement. Imagine how much better the world would be if everyone strived for this. Imagine how much stronger our circle would be if all of our members strived for this. Keep in mind, however, that development is a process, and processes take time. But know that trusting this process will lead to a much more fulfilling life.

#BFDCLove

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What NOT to ask a Woman

by Johora Warren on February 10, 2015

“When are you going to have babies?”

“It’s that time for you to have babies!”

“When’s the baby coming along?”

“You’re not getting any younger! When are you having kids?”

“Are you pregnant yet? I bet you are!”

If I had a dollar for everytime I have been asked this question since getting married, I would be able to pay for my future “baby’s” college tuition!

I must admit, I am guilty of asking a woman, either newly engaged or married when she was going to start having children. It wasn’t until I got married myself that I realized just how invasive these questions truly are.

Not convinced? Imagine this: You’ve just gotten married and you are trying to conceive. It’s taking a lot longer than you hoped. You are seeing all of your married friends beginning to have children and you’re starting to get more and more anxious, possibly even envious. You’re being bombarded with questions as to when you’re going to have children when the people who are asking don’t know how much you want them and how long you have been trying to have one.

Or how about this: You’ve been trying to conceive and after no success you’ve gone to the doctor only to find out some devestating news: You’re infertile. People are asking you when you’re going to have children when they don’t know that you’re unable to.

What about this? You’re so excited that you are now pregnant but you want to wait your 3 months until you share with the world you’re pregnant. Then you suffer a devestating loss: You’ve had a miscarriage. You’re asked when you’re having children and they don’t realize the loss you’ve endured.

Or how about on the flip side: You think children are cute but they are not for you. You and your partner agree that you do not want children. It is incredibly annoying when people constantly ask you when you’re having kids when the answer is simple: You do not want them.

We should all take some time to think about just how invasive it is to ask a woman about when she is going to have children. It can be frustrating, annoying and hurtful to continuously ask her as well. A woman’s reproductive rights are very personal to her and we should all be cognizant of what we are asking, when it is really none of our business :-)

BFDC Love,

Johora Warren

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