HoneyMag.com and WEEN will serve as a clearinghouse to place ambitious, smart and talented young women with participating host companies through its existing readership and following.
As a go-to resource aimed to inspire and inform young women, HoneyMag.com created the Honey Internship Placement (HIP) Program to help the most talented, ambitious, and resourceful of their readers break into their “dream” industries of Music, Entertainment, Fashion and PR. As of this date, HoneyMag.com has placed 17 interns with major corporations such as Martha Stewart Omnimedia, MTV Networks, Universal Records and many more, whom all agreed to host interns in various departments during the summer of 2009.
“We are very excited to partner with WEEN to offer a careers portal for young women as they enter into the workforce,” says Philmore Anderson, CEO of Sahara Media Holdings. “As a company with long-standing brand awareness and a loyal consumer base, we want HoneyMag.com to continuously be a destination of empowerment, growth, encouragement and self awareness for our young readers.”
In conjunction with WEEN, HoneyMag.com held its first Intern Orientation Day on June 10th, where the HIP placed interns were able to hear the wise words of encouragement and empowerment from several leaders in their own perspective fields: the witty and outspoken WEEN board member, lawyer, TV Personality and designer from HGTV’s “Spice Up My Kitchen,” Lauren Lake; celebrity makeup artist and Founder of Color Cosmetics, Cynde Watson; and other special guests including Philmore Anderson IV, CEO of Sahara Media, Inc., and Silvia Alvarez, the Spokeswoman for Mayor Bloomberg’s 2009 Campaign.
“Honey Magazine helped pave the way for women’s empowerment and we are excited to join forces to provide career opportunities for young adults during troubled economic times,” states Valeisha Butterfield, WEEN Co-Founder and Chair. “Now more than ever, young women are taking leadership in their own lives by seeking financial independence. WEEN’s career center, with Honey, will serve as the go-to online destination for career development.”
In addition to an ongoing partnership with WEEN through various career initiatives, HoneyMag.com will also serve as a media partner for WEEN’s National Empowerment Tour. During the WEEN NYC “Don’t Judge Me, Empower Me” initiative in Harlem, NY on September 19th, Courtney Willis, Features Editor of HoneyMag.com, was a speaker on the Careers Panel along with Celebrity publicist and film producer, Marvet Britto; EVP of Marketing at Universal Motown and WEEN board member Shanti Das; Executive Assistant to BET President Stephen Hill, Antoinetta Hairston; Celebrity Hair Stylist & Salon Owner, Tippi Shorter; and Sirius Satellite Host and Celebrity Blogger, Angela Yee. Speaking to a rapt audience of over 300 young women, the Careers Panel focused on topics such as “How To Create and Build Your Brand”, “Finding Your Passion”, and “Mastering Your Trade”, amongst others.
As a media partner for the first annual WEEN Awards held in DC on September 25th, HoneyMag.com provided its readers inside access as WEEN honored exceptional individuals in entertainment with a proven commitment to the empowerment of women worldwide such as award winning actress Vivica A. Fox; actor/author Hill Harper; actress/philanthropist Malinda Williams; Chief Global Diversity Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, Pat Harris; EVP of Urban Marketing for Universal Motown, Shanti Das; and HIV/AIDS activist Maria Davis. The WEEN Awards also serves as an annual fundraiser to support the on-going non-profit, educational programs for women of all ages and races.