MoneyGirl, Golde and Diamond Status

TIME Magazine's list of the next 100 most influential people is out now and it has left me feeling inspired! We've broken down the list for you, and shared stories about women who are aiming high and kicking goals all round.

You'll notice some tweaks to our newsletter this week. Including a new recommendations section! This week's recommendations are thanks to Glowreel community member Sruthi. She's a book aficionado and has an exciting list of recommended reads for you. Thanks Sruthi!

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The Future Is Looking Colourful For The Next 100 Most Influential People

TIME magazine released its second annual TIME100 Next list.

Emerging Leaders Across All Industries Are Paving The Way Forward

TIME magazine released its second annual TIME100 Next list. It's an expansion of the flagship TIME100 franchise and highlights the next 100 emerging leaders across a broad range of industries who are shaping the future.

“Everyone on this list is poised to make history ... and in fact, many already have," says Dan Macsai, editorial director of the TIME100.

The list features a diverse mix of emerging leaders

We've pulled the stats to back it up! 34 out of 100 featured emerging leaders are women of colour (not bad, not bad at all!). Fifty-one women are featured overall and 64 of the emerging leaders are people of colour.

There's also a decent age mix in the list, and featured emerging leaders are from a broad range of countries.

A lot of the women you know and love are on the list

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan features. Her feature is written by Mindy Kaling who highlights that Ramakrishnan cares about the material she’s performing, and what it’s saying. "She has an activist’s heart and wants to use her platform to help others."

Amanda Gorman also features - obviously, 2021 is the year of Amanda Gorman after all. Her feature calls out the "clear-eyed hope" she provided to a "weary nation" when delivering her Inauguration Day poem.

Author of The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennet, Climate activist Vanessa Nakate and politicians Guo Ningning and Dr. Ayesha Verrall also feature. You can read about the 100 Next Leaders here.

Now let's get you on that cover ...

You Need To Read

Glowreel's Weekly Inspo

In honour of the Lunar New Year, Glowreel community member Sruthi has shared her top 10 books by leading female, asian authors. One of our personal favourites from the list is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (it's so good, you can't put it down!)

You can check out the list here. Let us know which book(s) you'll be reading next!


  • Lauryn Hill - the first female rapper to ever sell 10 million albums!Twenty-three years after the release of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill(Hill's debut album), the album has been certified as Diamond Status, representing 10 million sales.
  • "Touchdown confirmed" said Indian-American scientist Dr Swati Mohan. As the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Operations Lead of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission, Mohan played a pivotal role in the landing of Perseverance, the NASA land rover, on Mars late last week.
  • Trey Anthony wants everyone, especially black women, to embrace self-care. In her new book, Black Girl in Love (with Herself),Anthony shares her journey of opening up to family and friends about her struggles and learning how to meaningfully practice self-care.
  • Simone Ashley has entered the (Bridgerton) scene. The British actress of Indian Heritage will be the first South Asian Actress on the show - which is known for its diverse casting.
  • Game, set match! Naomi Osaka wins her fourth grand slam title at the Australian Open. This also marks her second Australian Open win. Osaka will no doubt win many more titles and trophies as her career progresses. In the meantime, she hopes to inspire a generation of female tennis players.
  • Toni Breidinger is making history at Daytona. The 21 year old is the first Arab American female driver to participate in a NASCAR national series. "I'm honoured and excited to be the first, but i don't want to be the last ... I hope I can pave the way for future female Arab drivers as well."

MoneyGirl and Golde

Mariam And Mellisa Helping Women Gain Financial Literacy

Mariam And Mellisa Helping Women Gain Financial Literacy

Did you know that around 70% of women worldwide lack financial literacy?

In 2019 Mariam Mohammed and Mellisa Ma discovered a need for financial education targeted at young women embarking on their new careers. And so, MoneyGirl was established.

MoneyGirl aims to empower women to gain financial freedom through fun and accessible workshops and by cultivating a community of supportive, like-minded peers. So put your money where your mouth is and check out MoneyGirl - you (and your bank account) won't regret it.

Trinity Mouzon Wofford Has Set The Golde Standard In Wellness

Woofford was only 23 when she launched her wellness line, Golde, from a
1-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn in 2017.

Wofford is on a mission to make wellness easy, accessible and fun for all. Golde's products are a celebration of superfoods to boost your daily routine, from morning smoothies to skincare.

Golde is now stocked at Goop and Urban Outfitters and Wofford is just getting started!

Ain't No Mountain High Enough ...

Junko Tabei as the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

Junko Tabei had her sights set high from the get go.

She was the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend the Seven Summits (the highest mountains of each of the seven continents).

Tabei faced a lot of sexism from male mountaineers and in 1969 established the women's only Joshi-Tohan Club (Women's Mountaineering Club). In 1975, Tabei and 14 other women from her club decided to tackle Mount Everest. Tabei was nominated to climb to the peak of Everest, making her the first woman ever to do so.

She continued her mountaineering pursuits over the years. In 1992, following her successful climb of Puncak Jaya in Indonesia she became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits challenge!

Always aiming high, she had a personal goal of climbing the highest mountain in every country in the world. By the end of her lifetime (2016) she had completed at least 70 of these mountains.

Lioness Thoughts

“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his or her goals.”

– Dorothy Height

January 19, 2023
Shilpa Bhim