Join our President, Meghan Rothschild, cancer survivor, as she hosts the American Cancer Society's ResearcHERS!
Friday, August 14
You will view the Celebration on either YouTube or Facebook Live. The links to both options will be emailed to you no later than 8/13.
There is no cost to join us for the ResearcHERS Celebration, but if you are able, and so inclined, DONATIONS ARE NEEDED MORE THAN EVER due to a cancer research funding crisis created by the pandemic.
Click here to register for this great event!
Meghan chats with Alanna Field on Mass Appeal about how you can be utilizing social media for job seeking.
Continuing our Guest Chik series, we're excited to introduce you to Michaella Lesieur! Michaella is an author, advocate, model, and beacon of light. Check out her story and learn more about her latest upcoming adventure below.
“When I was five years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life,’ ahhh one of most favorite quotes by John Lennon. Hi everyone, My name is Michaella Lesieur and I am a 25- year old author/illustrator, model for Donahue Models & Talent, and communications enthusiast. I have my Associates in Communications, Bachelors in English: Writing, Rhetoric and Communications and working towards my Masters in Professional Writing and Communications.
I am a full of life girl who cherishes every second with a strong passion for philanthropic work and nonprofit organizations. I love spending time with my family and friends and have one awesome younger brother, Corey. In my free time you can find me enjoying the simple moments, taking long walks on the beach, traveling and exploring, a total foodie and dancing just because. I am huge on sharing stories and am motivated to tell the stories that surround me because it’s a way to learn from one another. I am so excited to share this one with Chick Media.
My journey started from a very young age, as my inspiration sparked at the age of five. My best friend my mom, Madaline Lesieur was diagnosed with Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (HES), the news was devastating leaving us on a fight for her life.It was in high school that my voice took action and has soared since then. Seeing my mom’s strength and love for life inspired me. I have a passion to advocate for causes that are near and dear to my heart and my mom and I truly have the relationship of our favorite hit Netflix show, Gilmore Girls! A mother and daughter is a built in best friend for life. When you have such a strong passion for what you do, it never feels like work.
Since, 2013 I have chaired several fundraisers forThe American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED), in honor of my mom raising over $20,000 to contribute to their Hope On The Horizon Research fund which works to help support new medical treatments, trials and ultimately one day a cure which would be a dream. Most notably, would be my self published children’s book titled “Luna Lung...Meets HES,” which is a book that any age can pick up and fall in love with. My book is based on a true story on my mom and families road to her diagnosis. “Luna Lung...Meets HES,” brings to life the bond shared between a mother and daughter, the importance of advocacy and community and never giving up hope.
When asking all those who know me, “Who is Michaella,” many would say I am a dreamer. My mom has always told me that the sky is the limit and when I say I am going to do something I am all in. Likewise, I started modeling in 2016, with the mission to bring along my platforms and break the silence. This includes shedding light to my mom’s illness and working to make it a household name where people are aware of these series of illnesses, because awareness leads to advocacy and advocacy leads to support.
On the other side of my modeling I carry this mantra with me that anyone can be a model. It is 2020 and it’s time to break the stereotype of what a model is. A model is someone who carries a beautiful heart, shares their stories, uses their words for good and works to build each other up versus break them down. A true model portrays beauty from the inside. I was bullied in middle and high school, so I know what it feels like to be considered different...but what people don’t know is that being different is remarkable! The best outfit any women can wear are those that put on a confident smile and are happy with the person that they are. We all come into this world with a road to success. Will it be hard at times absolutely, but it will be fulfilling.
Life teaches you to walk through it with a zest in your step and never be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. I think when it comes to being female there is that want to portray the best version of ourselves that we can be. Waking up in the morning and looking in the morning and being happy with the reflection you see is the first step. We only have one life so the best way is tis to live out loud and don’t be afraid to take those big steps no matter how small or large they may be. Let your mind wonder, travel, explore different paths, work yourself hard and never ever give up.
I am a believer in coming together as a community and working to build each other up especially young girls and women. Life is so much better when we celebrate in one another’s accomplishments and successes. It’s also a great way to learn from other women and people because it can be so enriching. When collaborating as a mother and daughter there is a deep connection and bond that can create so many innovative works. With all that my mom has taught me and continues to teach me I look forward to passing it down to my children some day.
This coming August I am excited to announce that my website “Winged Out in Hope” will be launching under the account lunalungmeetshes.com as that is the name of my first book and how everything came to be. “Winged Out In Hope” was an idea that both my mom and I had that stemmed on New Year’s Eve and it was then that we said let’s make it happen. The website will host pages for my books, my charity advocacy and modeling, my own little boutique where I will be selling handmade hair accessories which is how the “Winged Out In Hope Collection” came to be and a blog. I wanted to create this space where everyone can come together as a community and spread positivity, especially with all that has transformed this year.
Looking to the future I am also in the process of publishing my second book which will be for a more mature audience titled “Ps. Laugh Hard...Love Harder,” and will be a collection of short stories that dive into life and all of its emotions.
I encourage everyone to go after what inspires them. Live life to the fullest and share your talents with the world because we all have something to bring to the table. Set no limits and own up to what makes you, you.
Looking to connect? I would love to hear from you-- you can find me on Insta @melesieur_model.
All photos credit to @AllInADayPhotography
At Chikmedia, our mission has always been to support small women led businesses thrive through badass marketing, public relations, branding and more. We are a resource to help these women and businesses exceed their goals. We couldn't be more thrilled to be extending our mission to the next generation of leaders!
If we want to see more small businesses succeed, we have to help them grow from the beginning. This is why we've created The Chiks of the Future Scholarship. This $500 scholarship will be presented to a woman of color pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Communications or Business. To apply, please click the button below.
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, we did a little digging into scholarship opportunities. Turns out caucasian students received 72% of all scholarships, while minority students only receive 28%. Although a $500 scholarship doesn't close the large gap, we wanted to do our part in expanding the available opportunities.
Scholarship recipient will be notified by email and then announced publicly during the first week of August. Apply or share with the college students in your life today!
With the world reopening, small businesses are fighting to stay afloat with the new regulations to combat COVID-19. Meghan shares her recommendations on how you can support small businesses during this time with Alana Field on The Rhode Show.
Social media is everywhere these days, especially with folks being home more. Meghan shares the latest trends that businesses can utilize to help grow with Lindsay Iadeluca on Studio 10.
Everyone should be aware of what they are putting on Social Media. It is especially important for new graduates seeking their first real job.
Meghan Rothschild joins Patrick Berry to discuss the importance of managing your social media while seeking a career.
Meghan joins Patrick Berry of Mass Appeal to chat about how you can support small business as they begin to reopen.
Did you know that Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer? As a Melanoma survivor, Meghan knows the importance of early detection. Learn about the ABCDE warning signs of Melanoma in this video in partnership with TIZO Mineral Sunscreen and Skincare. You can read more about Meghan's Melanoma story over on their blog.
Hi! I’m Jen Belanger, a Registered Dietitian (RD) and food-a-holic. Many people aren’t sure what an RD is or what we do. A couple of my favorite cringe worthy job descriptions are “the food police” and “the menu maker.” RDs have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4 year university, though many of us have Master’s degrees. We then complete a 1,200 hour internship where we hone in on our skills in clinical, community, and foodservice areas of nutrition. We must past a national board exam before we can use the highly coveted “RD” credential after our name, and finally, we must complete continuing education credits every 2 years at minimum, just like doctors and teachers! RDs wear many hats and there are countless job avenues. For me, I’ve found that running my private nutrition therapy practice is my love and passion. My focus is on pediatric nutrition and family nutrition. I’m also very into maternal and pre-natal nutrition; we can’t raise healthy children unless we are healthy ourselves, right ladies!? I offer 1:1 nutrition counseling and group education, participate in various consulting projects, and am active on my social media accounts where I post recipes, videos, and ideas you can easily implement into your everyday life! During the COVID-19 “stay at home” orders, I am encouraging all of my families and followers to use this time to work on their nutrition. I chatted with Meghan on Chikchat about how parents and families struggle to find the time to work on their nutrition in the context of their busy, normal lives. Well, right now I think it’s safe to say that we have nothing BUT time! Dust off those cookbooks and try a new recipe! Involve your kids in this process; research shows that when kids are more involved in their food preparation, they are more likely to try the new food. If we can build healthier habits now, when we do have time, we’re much more likely to stick to these habits once we hit the ground running after quarantine ends. If you need professional help with your family’s nutrition, seek out an RD! Many of us in private practice, myself included, are offering virtual consults right now so you don’t even have to leave home! If you’d like to get in touch with me or see what I’m up to in my practice, be sure to follow my Facebook page Jennifer Belanger, RD; my Instagram account @jenniferbelanger_rd, or email me at JenTheRD@gmail.com.
Hello ladies, I recently started The Hero Project, a pay it forward fundraiser to provide Beauty Batlle Lounge complementary self care services to our medical professionals and first responders once this craziness is over. More details can be found here.
So far, the program has already attracted the attention of local media, including Business West Magazine. We I have teamed up with a Chikmedia as a PR firm to gain additional exposure.
Along with raising funds, I wanted to offer this an opportunity to collaborate with other small businesses. I would love for your business to put together a promotion featuring THP, while offering a donation from the proceeds toward the project. For example, Contribution Clothing recently launched the Hero Angel necklace in which a percentage of the proceeds go back to THP. We promote it on our end as well, of course.
Please let me know if you are interested in participating and we can set up a time to discuss. Our goal is to not only take care of our essential personnel, but also to help small businesses collaborate and thrive.
-Ashely Batlle, CEO
Meghan Rothschild joins the team on The Rhode Show to chat about all her tips for recent college graduates as they prepare for job hunting. Check out the clip below.
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