Imagine being told everyday that nothing about you was good enough: your hair was too coarse, your skin was too dark, your intellectual capacity was lacking, and that you ultimately had no inherent worth. For us and countless other girls of color, this is a lived reality — no imagination required. This reality led Shay Johnson (alumna of Harvard Law School and Spelman College) to come up with a solution. For months, she kept it to herself, but one day, while having lunch with Jenae Moxie, another HLS alumna with an African American Studies B.A., she decided to share it. Encouraged by Jenae’s thorough excitement over the idea, Shay called her other friends (Sheryl Means, a Spelman alumna and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in Education Sciences, and Ke’Andra Levingston, another Spelman alumna, and current Harvard Law School student, and multicultural media expert) to share the idea with both of them. They were both also excited to help this idea come to fruition. All of the women shared experiences of society diminishing their self-worth and potential, and they all wanted to work together to find a way to empower the next generation of girls of color. Thus, “Maximizing Achievement for Girls in Careers,” or “Magic,” was born.
Our Honors and Achievements
Harvard University Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge Grand Prize Winner
Harvard Innovation Lab Venture Incubation Program