Last year I had the honor of participating in the United State of Women Summit, a gathering focused on gender equality and empowerment that kicked-off the #StateofWomen movement. Oprah Winfrey, in one of the plenary sessions, asked, “what can men leaving here [Summit] do?” Then First Lady Michelle Obama answered simply: “Be Better.” She went on to talk about what that would look like for men as fathers, husbands, and employers. That response was greeted with applause, laughter and a resounding feeling of that’s the truth. The Summit and interview has stayed with me and influenced my career. …

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

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This is one of my favor quotes of Dr. Maya Angelou, because it encompasses a “scientific law” of creativity that can often be misunderstood. Creativity isn’t a limited resource. The more you deeply understand, open yourself up to possibilities and trust those around you, great things can happen exponentially. This to me sums up the power and promise of Matter.

The concept of “changing media for good” is complex. It is more than the producers and distributors of content. Media is an active dialogue that is constantly being shaped and transformed by numerous voices. Matter understands the need to not just accelerate and empower its entrepreneurs, but also the larger ecosystem of actors, including our partners and everyday people, which is critical for creating the change we want to see in the world — “media for good”. That’s why I’m excited, humbled and honored to be a part of a team that is full of expansive, creative, and driven thinkers as well as doers. …


Roxann Stafford

Design Strategist & #SocEnt Enabler/ At the intersection of #socialimpact & #designthinking / #civichacking /#collaboration /#NPRBlacksinTech/#NPRWIT

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