TeLisa Daughtry
Entrepreneur, Developer, New York
TeLisa Daughtry is a social entrepreneur, self-taught developer, designer, dot-connector, disruptor and multi-disciplined creative.
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TeLisa Daughtry is a social entrepreneur, self-taught developer, designer, dot-connector, disruptor and multi-disciplined creative. She is the Founder & CEO of FlyTechnista, an online platform that seeks to bridge the gap between women & girls and access to education, resources and career opportunities in technology, and Founder of STEEAMnista, a non-profit that seeks to increase the participation, visibility and leadership of women across S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), entrepreneurship and makers; both initiatives have been in partnership with The White House in 2016; and Samsung. She is a finalist for Code/Interactive, 2017 Diversity in Tech Awards; named #19 ‘Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017’ by Innov8tiv Magazine; and was recognized as a ‘Changemaker’ by The United State of Women in 2016. She is a Next Step Advisor to Women@Forbes; a mentor at The Lower East Side Girls Club and iMentor; and a Founding 40 member of Centre for Social Innovation-Women’s Lab. She is an alumni of the Founder Institute accelerator program; and Made In NY Media Center by IFP: Creative»Founder Lab program #WomenInTech scholarship recipient; a Google Women Techmaker; and a Dreamer//Doer. She is passionate about creativity, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as empowering women, youth and underrepresented groups of people in these spaces. TeLisa frequently speaks, mentors and gives workshops on web development, UX, design, branding, technology & innovation, entrepreneurship & funding, and women’s issues. She has been featured on Entrepreneur, Fox News, Salon, Good Day New York, WeRule, Project GirlSpire, BOLD Magazine and BrooklynButtah.com.
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On Death: Fear & Other Feelings
I lost a loved one unexpectedly
When I lost someone I loved in an unexpected way, grieving didn’t come to me immediately. It happened 7 months later, when I was crying over a lost sock. I realized I needed to let myself properly grieve. #death #loss #grief
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Signs of an unhealthy relationship
Not being on the same level is a sign of an unhealthy relationship. I seek someone who is intellectually on level with a long term vision for their life. Another sign of an unhealthy relationship is not knowing how to communicate with each other. #bonds #relationship #unhealthy
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Invest in your heart
I’ve been in a relationship where someone was constantly putting me down, being verbally abusive and I began to take on the ideas he had put in my head. I left the relationship because I believe we should invest in our hearts. #unhealthy #relationship #relations
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Sex is a part of life
Growing up with a Caribbean background, sex wasn’t frowned upon. In America it’s more restricted, with the view that sex is used for procreation, not enjoyment. Sex is a natural part of life and of our well-being. #relationships #sex #bonds
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Sex should not be a taboo
There would not be a society without sex. It’s more frowned upon for a woman in society to own her sexuality; we’re taught to suppress ourselves, but we need to be comfortable with our bodies and about verbalizing our desires. #relationships #sex #society
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Finding & Defining Love
You are great with or without a relationship
Most people look for a partner thinking that by having someone, everything else will feel better. But what happens if they leave? If you can love yourself first, you can realize you are great - with our without a relationship. #finding #love #bonds #relationships
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Finding & Defining Love
The universe gives you what you’re ready for
Most of us know exactly what we don’t want in a partner, but we don’t know what we do want, keeping us away from it. By expending energy on what I wanted in someone, I found my partner. #finding #love #partner #relationship
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Productivity
From writing to action
I turn my thoughts into actions by writing things down - it helps me feel in control of my ideas. Even if I’m not sure what immediate actions to take, by writing down my ideas I can reflect and begin strategizing. #words #actions #strategize
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The Pursuit of Happiness
Living, loving, and giving intentionally
When I wasn’t in a good place in my life, it made me unhappy with myself and life. Once I started being intentional with how I wanted to live and love, it made me a happier person. #pursuit #happiness #happier
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The Pursuit of Happiness
The things that make me happy
Simplicity, stability, genuine people and quiet time with myself make me happy. I keep a gratitude journal that I can open up to reflect upon my journey. Being grateful is a key to happiness #happiness #happy #grateful
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AO Contributor Feedback
You overcame the situation
I think it’s important to see how people overcame situations and have dealt with obstacles in their lives to arrive at where they are now. It’s empowering and encouraging. #AO #contributor #feedback #empowerment
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AO Contributor Feedback
We are all going through a journey
I believe this project is extremely important. As humanity, we’re all going through a journey in life, and it’s important to share these stories in an open dialogue to let people know that they’re not alone in their journey. #AO #contributor #feedback #sharing #stories
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
Try Transparency
Working on relationships is always ongoing. I encourage transparency within myself and others. If someone values the relationship, they will want to communicate back with you. #relationships #bonds #communication
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Bonds, Breakups & the Essence of Relationships
A healthy relationships goes both ways
A healthy relationships is understanding the other person supports you, is invested in you, and encourages you - and this goes both way. It has balance, with both parties contributing to the overall success of that relationship. #healthy #relationship #bonds #balance
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Part taught and part gut
There is something in our core that tells us when something is bad. We are also taught at a young age to avoid doing bad things. Knowing the difference between good and bad is part taught and part gut. #good #evil
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Good, Evil & Drawing the Line
Tell someone when their actions are wrong
We’re all operating together on this human plane. While most of us understand that hurting others is bad, there are people who have no emotional attachment to their behavior. We have to be able to tell them that their actions are wrong. #bad #wrong #emotions
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The Role of Religion
I was confused at first
My mom had a bad experience with religion and church and she stayed away from it. When I first experienced church, I was confused by it and it seemed almost terrifying. But I did feel that a higher power is here for us. #religion #church #higher #power
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The Role of Religion
Would a creator want their beings to divide themselves?
I have travelled and seen how people live, worship, love and grieve. I feel that when you mention religion or politics, it leaves room to divide yourself from someone you wouldn’t normally have. Would a creator want their beings to divide themselves that way? #religion #creator #worship
18 апр 2017
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Money, Society & Status
Treat others based on humanity, not title
You can achieve the success you want when you define what that means for you. Throwing around titles takes away from realizing that we’re all human. I’ve been in places where people treat you according to your title instead of your humanity. #success #titles #labels #humanity #socialstatus #society
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Money, Society & Status
What is elite?
Social status and I don’t quite get along. I believe in using whatever social “power” I have to make people feel included. #socialstatus #elite #inclusion #socialpower
18 апр 2017
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Money, Society & Status
Does a 6 figure salary really make you happy?
Financial well being means stability and balance. I found that a 6 figure salary could be more overwhelming than making $45,000. It’s all about finding a happy middle-ground. #money #salary #financial_stability
18 апр 2017
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Money, Society & Status
Giving to others monetarily
Just having the ability to give to someone else was a big step for me. I used to give my time to others, but once I started making more money I wanted to give monetarily. It’s important to remember that money isn’t everything, and it doesn’t always make you that happy. #money #monetary #happiness #salary #givingback
18 апр 2017
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Entrepreneurship and anxiety
As an entrepreneur, I have the freedom of not feeling anxious for an employer. I wouldn’t say I’m completely anxiety free, however I am more mindful that life happens. #anxiety #entrepreneurship #employment #business
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
I became anxious around relationships
I lost someone who I loved in a violent way, and it made me scared to form relationships because I was afraid of experiencing loss. I became an anxious wreck around relationships, work and life. I overcame this by finding peace within myself. #anxiety #anxious #relationships #tragedy #fear #balance
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
My security blanket was ripped from under me
When I was laid off from my first job out of college, anxiety hit me hard. The thought of working soon terrified me because when I was laid off, the news came unaware to my colleagues and I. It left me in a state of anxiousness. #anxiety #anxiousness #terrified #dismissal #fear #panic
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
I panicked myself out of my job
After being laid off once, I found myself in a toxic corporate environment where I was afraid of being let go without foresight. I couldn’t rest at night, and I panicked myself out of my job. The way I worked wasn’t organic. #anxiety #fear #employment #toxic_environment #job #dismissal #panic
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
On suicidal thoughts and opening up
I was going through homelessness, and after struggling with suicidal thoughts, I moved back home to stay grounded. I confided in my younger brother and I learned he was having similar thoughts. By opening up and speaking about our struggles, we both felt empowered - it was necessary to overcoming depression. #curveball #suicide #sandness #darkness #depression #lost #homelessness
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Own your story
I believe we wouldn’t be alive if we didn’t have a purpose. Every decision we make determines the choices we have, and we’re always writing our own story. The journey is what is important. #finding #lifepurpose #journey
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Loving Yourself
From hardships to self love
I find goodness in others, but I have also judged myself harshly. Self love came after going through many hardships and seeing that I was still able to rise above it all. #self #love #hardship #lovemyself
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Depositing goodness into the universal bank
Harmony starts with mindfulness and kindness, to others and oneself. We tend to be hard on ourselves while being nice to others. I’m mindful of the good and bad deeds in my life and I try to make the most deposits of goodness into the universal bank. #harmony #kindness #mindfulness #balance
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