Your Advocate, Skyler McCurine
“Earning your value through self advocacy is an act of social justice.” My own journey towards earning my value began seven years ago when I started my consulting business, Le Red Balloon. It was in my business that I came to truly understand all of the ways I had internalized that I should be grateful for the opportunities that I had earned. Anaïs Nin said, “the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” It was in this spirit that I enlisted the help of my mentor and colleague, negotiation expert and confidential advisor to some of our country’s most influential leaders, Ann Marie Houghtailing. Learning the language, strategy, and skill of advocating for my value deeply transformed my own life and my immediate community; the need to not only do but bring others along and proselytize this work became my focus. Once my work was devoted to styling my Butterfly Queens, women in leadership, now I focus on the language, strategy and inner strength to self-advocate for a more equitable world. While I still work with private styling clients, my primary focus is coaching individuals through the self advocacy and negotiation process and speaking unto that end or beginning rather.