Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Difference

Musings of a COVID-19 Baby

When pondering my contribution to the next Voices of the 21st Century book, it didn’t take me long to decide to tell a story in voice of my young grandson, Cairo. He was born in March 2020 just as the pandemic was spreading throughout the world—as mask-wearing, social distancing, staying at home become the norm. He was born shortly before the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. He was born into a world where his home country was being plagued by two viruses, one biological and the other systemic.


The decision to write my story through Cairo’s voice was prompted by a question my daughter asked me as she prepared for a Black Lives Matter march in Pittsburgh shortly after George Floyd’s death. She, her sister, and a cousin represented the third family generation of protesting for the same thing—our birthright and privilege to exist in the skin in which we were born. As the realization seeped in, she asked if I thought Cairo would someday have to march in protest for his birthright.

That moment prompted my decision to use my work as an antiracism platform on behalf of Cairo and my other grandson, Zane, who is now thirteen years old. I developed two streams of work through an antiracism lens. The first is my story in Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Diifference, entitled “Musings of a Covid-19 Baby.”

In the story Cairo describes himself as a “melanized baby boy born into a world plagued simultaneously by two viruses—one biological, one systemic. Both have the potential to end my life prematurely, to cause me irreparable harm, or to otherwise kill my dreams and aspirations.” He goes on to say, “I was born into a resilient family where they all look at me—even when I struggle to crawl and walk as babies do—and see so much more in me than meets the worldly eye.” The story is written as an indictment against the forces of a racialized society that has the potential to harm rather than nurture based on the color of one’s skin.

Social Impact Mastermind

The second stream of work I developed is Social Impact Mastermind: A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism. This social impact mastermind springs from my belief that cultivating change from within is the transformative power of being human. It is based on the proposition that race is a social construct built from the thoughts, ideas and beliefs lying within the hearts and minds of people. For this reason, overcoming systemic racism and miseducation requires systemic and institutional change coupled with deep introspection and individual transformation. That is, transformation built on a platform of personal accountability and responsibility.

I designed this personal impact mastermind with a white audience in mind. A transformational journey such as this is for those who desire a deeper understanding of themselves and their connection to others in a systemic racialized society. It is appropriate for individuals, organizations, businesses, and intact teams.

Watch my interview with Gail Watson, CEO of Women Speakers Association. Voices of the 21st Century: Resilient Women Who Rise and Make a Diifference releases on February 23.

SpeakerChat with Anita Russell: Growth from Within

“Growth from Within: Be Uniquely You”

On this #SpeakerChat Tracey Ehman interviews Anita Russell at Women’s Speaker Association Live. Anita is the author of the autobiography, I Wanna See Laney’s House: A Sibling Story, and co-author of the bestseller, Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference.

On the topic of growth from within and being uniquely you, Anita shares her insight on the importance of knowing yourself and taking action so you can grow in your own “becoming space”. Find out more about Anita Russell at https://theplacetosoar.com and https://iwannaseelaneyshouse.com

Watch the Interview Below

Reflect on Four Key Takeaways So You Can Begin Your Own Growth from Within Journey

» Know your inner-personal self.
» Take action in your “becoming space”.
» Own your voice.
» Share your message.

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Your Message Has the Ability to Transform Lives

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How to Use Your Book as
Speaker & Business Owner

Learn How Members can Market, Monetize, Leverage, and Scale their Business Using Women Speakers Association with Charmaine Hammond and special guests

Panelists, Kamini Wood, Anita D Russell, and Carrie Kohan were exquisite and wow, did they share some amazing tips to help authors make their book a business! I can’t wait to see your book become a business, and impact people around the world!

Hosted by Charmaine Hammond, 5x best selling and award-winning author, published by 5 publishers, featured in 8 other published books.
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Women business professionals, experts and authors are invited to attend online Connect & Collaborate Events hosted by Anita, Global Business Connector for Women Speakers Association Pittsburgh PA. 

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Growing Global Influence

Women Speakers Association (WSA) features expert advice from women leaders on #WSATV shows and #SpeakerChat on Facebook. When we began recruiting Global Business Connectors to bring local communities together we had no idea that an outbreak of the coronavirus would occur. What we found is that our Global Business Connector community continues to grow even with this pandemic.


We put out the word that you can have a global organization to fuel your local influence and women leaders around the globe got excited. Since our organization is an online organization, we are well poised to support local communities virtually. We will be hosting Virtual Connect and Collaborate meetings for both local and global gatherings. Our sisterhood is stronger today because of this common contagion that everyone is dealing with. Though our intention was to have live meetings (and we will do so once we can do that safely), we are here supporting you and now have the leaders to guide you through this. Nonetheless, like you we are finding ways to serve women and continuously bring their healing, productive and life changing messages out.

Unstuck Your Life

Advice from the Women Speakers Association Authors

Anita advises “Be responsible and accountable for how you manage your gift of life. Apply 6 keys to nurture, grow and empower your life: know yourself, nurture your life, integrate your life, connect with others, live intentionally, and seize opportunity.”

Sandy says “Change your perspective: change your life.”

Carrie reminds us that “”Everything is all about Love! If you’re not loving what you’re doing or how you’re living; not sharing love with yourself or others; or feeling love in your heart – then it’s time to shift and do what brings and gives you love in all ways! How do you do that? Practice The Five Lessons of Life!”

The Host and Producer is Laura Rubinstein, Certified Hypnotherapist, Digital Media & Marketing Mentor and Business Transformation Strategist.


Unstuck Your Life and Create A Breakthrough In Your Personal Power with women of impact and influence who inspire global change on wsatv.com from the Women Speakers Association wsalive.com/anita Effective leaders, speakers, and change agents often have life challenges and disadvantaged backgrounds that they have overcome. In order to step into their role effectively, they got to the point where the unsatisfactory status quo was either unbearable or unforeseen forces made them shift inward. We admire them for bravely taking on their transformation.

If you’re stuck and you’re willing to see that, this might just be the BEST thing you have going for you. Yes, really! Your struggle, misfortune and/or unwanted circumstance does not have to define you. Yet, it can propel you. Think about the last great speaker you saw… was there a great story that captivated you? We saw that in the Voices of the 21st Century book. The authors got vulnerable about where they were stuck, shared their stories and then realized great breakthroughs. When you share your story you claim your power. The hidden story no longer keeps you shut down.

The more a leader has faced her trials and misfortune, the greater chance for breakthrough there is. When you couple that willingness to move through your fears along with the expert advice our leaders in this episode share, the easier it is to unstuck your life and create breakthroughs in your personal power.

Women Speakers Association Membership: Be Seen and Heard

“Inspiring women to be seen and heard.”

Since I announced the September 10, 2019 release of the book I co-authored, Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Women Who Make a Differencey, I have had many inquiries. This amazing and life changing opportunity presented itself to me through membership with Women Speakers Association (WSA). Not only is it an amazing opportunity, there is also a 30-day money back guarantee. Please reach out if I can answer any questions. Below are the details and link.

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Whether you want to…
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