Telling the Stories of Buzzard Point

Telling the Stories of Buzzard Point

At the last HerChesapeake meeting, three powerful women talked about their work in protecting a community threatened by pollution and rapid development in the heart of Washington, D.C. Alisha Camacho, an independent filmmaker working in the Anacostia River watershed, discussed how she got involved in telling the story of Buzzard Point. With the help of community leader Rhonda Hamilton and activist Kari Fulton, Alisha is creating a documentary to show how the community of Buzzard Point is fighting for accountability from developers and local government while facing a barrage of environmental injustice.

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Our Vice President on setting goals, selecting references, and succeeding at an interview

Our Vice President on setting goals, selecting references, and succeeding at an interview

As a professional association that strives to help its members reach their own success, we love to see growth among the women of HerChesapeake. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be scared of achieving growth ourselves. HerChesapeake Vice President Stephanie Smith recently landed a new job as Communications/Media Specialist at the National Academies of Sciences Gulf Research Program, and we asked her to ease our fears and share her experience setting goals, selecting references, and preparing for her interview during our September meeting.

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Four tips for evaluating yourself without undervaluing your worth

A tweet once said, Behind every strong woman is 5 other strong women who proofread her email real quick when they had a second. But behind these women, I think, are even more women who explained how to ride the road to success at work. At our HerChesapeake meeting last month, we called on our own members to help us explore our inclination to undervalue our skills and abilities and rate ourselves too low during reviews.

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Changing What You Cannot Accept

On January 21, I joined almost half a million people in D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. Among the many fantastic speechespoems, and songs promoting support and solidarity, one message struck me more than I expected: do something. It seems obvious enough, right? "Actions speak louder than words." Showing up to the march was a start, but that’s just it, it’s a start.

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How Far We've Come

Last July, I stopped Stephanie on our office stairwell for a fly-by mention of a recurring idea that, in six short months, has brought HerChesapeake to where it is today. By confiding in friends over drinks about a concept for change, I was met with encouragement that lifted me up from my own doubts of leadership and ability, and enabled us to take steps together to do something real and impactful.

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