F E A T U R E F R I D A Y
We love to introduce you to women that we admire and look up to.
This week we wanted to introduce you to Yolande Morris.
Yolande resides in Brooklyn, NY and is a Senior Manager, Digital Communications at Pfizer as well as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Wit + Grace Magazine.
Hey girl! Tell us more about what you do and how you empower the community of women around you!
As women, we juggle our work, family, and religious/social responsibilities. I want women to feel empowered to live authentic and meaningful lives and so, through Wit + Grace Magazine, I work with my team to tell stories about women from different spheres of influence effectively managing their health and wellness, finances, relationships, and travel experiences, among other things, from a faith-based perspective.
What was the inspiration between Wit + Grace Magazine?
I spent six months in 2011 living and working in Rwanda. At first, I felt isolated because of the language and cultural barriers, but all that changed once I started visiting the rural villages and interviewing many of the women about their health experiences. I found that while their socio-economic outlook is very different from mine, our values and desires were the same. We all want to live meaningful lives, make a difference in our communities and provide for our families. By telling their stories, I was able to bridge the cultural and economic divide that exists between the U.S. and underserved populations.
That's when I knew that my purpose in life is to tell meaningful stories that impact people all around the world.
Who inspires you and why?
My mom inspires me. She was an immigrant who worked very hard to not only provide me with a great education but also to believe in myself and help others to do the same. Even though she is retired, she is still serving others in so many ways and helping women to discover their purpose in life.
What are you most proud of in the work you do?
I am most proud when a story that I’ve worked on leads someone to change their life for the better. I love receiving messages from women who either booked a trip, started a budget, or started a new career or business because of a story that they read in the magazine.
One last thing to live by,
“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud... I want my every day to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
- Shauna Niequist