REAL PEOPLE: RHONESHA BYNG OF HER AGENDA
Glitter Magazine recently sat down with Rhonesha Byng, founder of HerAgenda.com to talk about HerAgenda.com, how she launched her career, what she hopes readers of HerAgenda.com will come away with, where she sees herself in five years and asked her what her advice is for teens who want their voices to be heard. Read to find out more about this incredible inspiration.
GLITTER: Describe yourself in 5 words.
RHONESHA: Relentless, Ambitious, Adventurous, Focused, Curious.
GLITTER: What is HerAgenda.com?
RHONESHA: Her Agenda is a source for millennial women to find inspiration, and information. We help them discover opportunities and also work to inform and empower them so they feel equipped to take on those opportunities. Our goal is to universalize the motto of “No one Ever Slows Her Agenda” so women everywhere feel like they can do anything!
GLITTER: How did you launch your career?
RHONESHA: I launched my career through interning at various companies in the media industry.
GLITTER: What do you hope readers of HerAgenda.com will come away with?
RHONESHA: Information they can use to advance in life.
GLITTER: What is the most difficult aspect of starting your own business?
RHONESHA: Knowing what the right next step is. There’s no one telling you what to do or how to do it when you run your own business.
GLITTER: How do you balance work and life?
RHONESHA: After a certain point I make myself stop. You can’t do everything in one day. I also have learned that I can’t do it all and I’m lucky to have amazing contributors and volunteers that help keep it all going!
GLITTER: How do you define success?
RHONESHA: Success is being able to make a living doing what you love! The ultimate sign of success is when you are so full from your work that you now use it as a vehicle to give back and sew into the next generation.
GLITTER: Who inspires you? Who is your ultimate role model?
RHONESHA: So many of my amazing mentors inspire me. My ultimate role model is Oprah Winfrey.
GLITTER: What advice do you have for teens who want their voices heard?
RHONESHA: Start now! Don’t let anyone tell you you are too young, or you can’t do it. Anything you want to do is possible and it is never too early to start learning your craft, and paying dues to get to your dream. Don’t be afraid to start small, or start local, things don’t blow up over night and every one starts somewhere. I started interning at 16 back when they kept telling me I couldn’t because you had to be in college to intern. Nope! I found a way. I also was told I was too short to be a model, but I modeled for Seventeen Magazine and worked as a model at an event with Teen Vogue.
GLITTER: Where do you see yourself in five years?
RHONESHA: I see myself doing the same thing I’m doing now but on a bigger scale. Her Agenda will have hundreds of employees across the country and I will be the president/editor at large because I’ll be spending most of my time at that point speaking, maybe writing a book, and maybe even hosting my own show (or hosting a weekly segment on a tv show). Something like that would be a dream come true!
Glitter girls, make sure to check out Rhonesha at the next Her Agenda event happening December 11, 2014. Details here and below: bit.ly/HerAgendaLiveCivil