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Bené + UGA Red and Black

Posted on October 29, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

If you need a little Thursday inspiration head over to UGA's the Red and Black today to read an article about co-founder Michelle Blue. Michelle kills is again as she touches on Bené's history and dishes out great career advice. Grab a cup of coffee and get ready to dive into this girl boss's mind. 

Our favorite piece of wisdom that she shares is on living with purpose, "Go for great, whatever job you take. Be purposeful in all that you do." 

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Monday Motivation

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Mallory Wilkerson | 0 comments

Happy you've-got-a-case-of-the-Mondays! Here's a formula to make your Monday marvelous. 
Step 1: Cross something off that to-do list. 
People say the hardest part is getting started, so just get started! Do something small like make a phone call or start the laundry. Crossing something small off the list can jump start your day, and if you really want to go all out start with the most time consuming task. This will give you the confidence boost you need to get everything done. 
Step 2: Put down the phone! Yes, I promise Twitter can wait. 
Just try it. Turn it off for at least thirty minutes and you might find that you're thinking more clearly. A great time to do this is right before bed. Pull out a book and let it lull you into a dream state. We recommended a few good ones here.
Step 3: Get some sunshine. 
Get up from the desk and go for a stroll! Soak up some Vitamin D, which can strengthen your immune system and keep you from catching that cold going around the office. Here's to a lot of healthy Mondays.
Step 4: Examine your breathing.
Long deep breaths make us calm and centered. I don't know about you, but Mondays don't always tick those boxes for me. Check in with yourself and make sure you aren't doing anything to fuel stress. 
Step 5: Brighten someone else's Monday with a small act of kindness. 
Or go all out and throw it around like confetti. Hold the door. Buy a friend a cup of coffee. Do someone a favor. Send some snail mail. The options are endless.
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Bene #WCW - Molly Rose Daly

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

      Molly Rose Daly,27

      Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of She Did It Her Way




Tell us about Yourself ! (What do you do?)

After years as a corporate soldier I ditched the 8-5 to start living "Bigger.” I realized that the footprint that I was meant to leave on this Earth was bigger than I was setting myself up for. I have always had a passion for helping others and knew I needed to fuel this passion to be happy. I decided to use my organizational and planning skills to help others build their businesses, build relationships and build "Bigger" lives for themselves. For me it is about taking what you know and giving it back in a way to help others achieve.

I am a small business owner that does Project Management, Online Marketing, and Podcast Production for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. I am also the co-founder of She Did It Her Way, a podcast to engage, inspire, and motivate through interviews with female entrepreneurs.

What inspired you to get started?

A mentor and friend of mine has always said to "Build A Bigger Life Not A Bigger Lifestyle.” Since hearing this over two years ago my life has not quite been the same. This mindset shift taught me that "things" do not matter but rather the experience and the life that you live everyday does! I decided right then to take control of her own life and start living

Who/What helped prepare you to start?

Online tools and resources keep me organized and efficient. These tools include: Asana, 17hats, Evernote, Google Docs, Calendly, Mailchimp,, and Photoshop.
Two of my closest business partners and now good friends have been great inspiration for me. I believe in investing in yourself, reading books, attending conferences, and reaching out to my mentor’s for advice.

Who/what has been most influential in supporting you?

“You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” I heard this quote by Jim Rohn at a conference and ever since I strive to live by that code. In doing so I have been able to propel my business and life forward. The five most influential people in my life include; My husband, business partner and longtime friend, carefully selected mentor(s), and my Mom.

How can others get involved if they're interested?

Twitter: @Mollyrosedaly

If you had one word of advice for other women wanting to make an impact what would it be?

Don't get in your own way! Make a plan, take the first step and execute.You are 100% responsible for the decisions you make and the life you choose to live.

Posted in #WCW, Bene Moment, Engouragement, influential women, powerful women, WomanEmpowerment

2015 Forbes Most Powerful Women!

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

The list is out! Forbes just published the list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women. Gracing the Top 20 are some of our usual suspects, First Lady Michelle Obama, Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey, Presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton, and Philanthropist Melinda Gates. New comer Jessica Alba made the cover for her multi-million dollar venture, The Honest Company.It's so great to see so many women at the top of their games in so many industries from finance, politics, business and technology. Pick any woman at random and prepare to be WOWed! These women are incredible, and their stories are so empowering. 


Check out the full list here 


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Ted X UGA & Bene - Live by Your Vision

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

Our very own Michelle Blue recently presented a talk at Tedx UGA inspiring us all to live by our vision, and not just the plan. By being open, and not just living by the book, she followed her heart after a trip to Ghana which led to starting a Scarf collection that helps support the very girls who inspired her. 

Listen to the full speech here! 

 Oh yeah - Michelle is wearing our Abigail Rectangle Scarf ;) 

Posted in Behind The Scenes, Bene Moment, Engouragement, Fashion, Scarf, Scarves, Shop for a Cause, Video, WomanEmpowerment

#WCW - Brenna Humpries, Kids Read Inc.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments



Name: Brenna Humphries

City/State: Marietta, GA

Age: 24

Name of Program: Kids Read Inc.


 Tell us about Yourself ! (What do you do?)

As a junior in high school I founded Kids Read Inc. I saw a need in my community and decided to do something about it. Today Kids Read Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting literacy and learning among inner city youth. We provide books and educational programs that will spark a passion for reading and an excitement for learning within children. Since 2007 Kids Read has donated over 4,000 books to children in low income areas across the United States and abroad.

What inspired you to get started?: 
In high school and college, I participated in various community service projects and initiatives. While volunteering at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital in Atlanta, I noticed that many of the children with chronic illnesses spent their time playing video games or watching TV. Some of the children failed behind in their classes because they did not have any age appropriate academic stimulation.

After having a conversation with a few of my loved ones, I decided to do something about this. Giving these children books or spending time reading with them could help to keep their reading skills sharp while they were sick. I conducted my first book drive a few months later and raised a couple hundred books and workbooks to donate to Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital. Since then, I have expanded to donating books to not only hospitals, but any institution or organization that 
Who/What helped prepare you to start?: 
I think that it is extremely important to have consistent mentors who can help you strategize ways to accomplish your personal and business goals. I found a mentor who already founded several non profit organizations and asked her to coach me through the process of starting Kids Read Inc. I asked her as many questions as I could and learned so much from her. I still meet with her on a regular basis.
Who/what has been most influential in supporting you?
My parents and close friends were instrumental in pushing me to start Kids Read. I've always had a desire to give back to my community but I didn't know where to begin. My parents encouraged me to explore my passions and figure out where I fit. My friends supported me in the process of putting my ideas in actions - they volunteered, led book drives and managed fundraisers.
How can others get involved if they're interested? 
We always can use volunteers, new or gently used books, and monetary donations. Visit for more information.
If you had one word of advice for other women wanting to make an impact what would it be?
Don't ask for permission to be great. Unapologetically impact the world with your presence, passion and purpose. As Howard Thurman once stated, "Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

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Flawless Feminist - Chimamanda Ngozi's Full Speech

Posted on October 05, 2014 by Sasha Matthews | 0 comments

You know that powerful voice on Beyonce's song Flawless? The clip we all so famously get revved up to as she calls out some of the common faulty teachings that so many girls around the world are held under, right before she defines the term Feminist, something we should all be. Well, if those 30 seconds within the song weren't enough for you, here is her FULL speech on the topic. Trust me, it's worth the 30 minute listen. Plus, we love her hair and her outfit! 

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