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I Went to Wendy Williams’ Leadership Talk on Campus and Here’s What I Took from It

Mother, wife, media mogul, entrepreneur, performer and best-selling author, Wendy Williams came to Montclair State University on October 24th for a leadership-focused talk. Thanks to the Center for Leadership Development and the National Society of Leadership and Success, the event was open to members of the MSU community and the energy in the room was roaring as Wendy came out.

Starting off the talk with her famous saying “How you doin’?’” Wendy explained how lucky we are to have these talks because she did not have this opportunity in college or high school. What I took from Wendy’s talk in regards to working in the industry, was how important it is to study the media and not as much the textbook. In general, she explained that you need to gain knowledge of the industry you’re planning on pursuing and the history of it. You can always read the textbook later. She urged everyone to seek out a solid internship no matter what year you’re in. “You are doing yourself a disservice, period… and I am talking about an internship in your actual chosen field.”

Especially during this time, Wendy acknowledged how hard it is because we are dealing with political issues, immigration, sexism, racism, and let’s not forget the Weinst-ism of them all. She gave students hope by saying “hold your head,” but she also said that she can’t even “tell you what to do”. We all have to do what we have to do to fight our power to be the best we can be. What stuck out to me is how Wendy compared being a leader and a boss, “when you are leader, you are all in a pack and you are the one wearing the red dress, it’s like we are all on the same level” but being a boss is about taking charge and leading others. There was so much more advice Wendy shared. It was definitely an inspiring and eye-opening night.

If you want to see a recap of the leadership talk – check out this video I produced below!


Wendy Willams Leadership Talk @ MSU from Laura Galarza on Vimeo.

Hello everyone!!  I’m a Senior, and majoring in Communication and Media Arts and minoring in Business at Montclair State University.  I'm minoring in business hoping to have my own business in production in film or run my own communication and video/ photography blog.I like doing videography because I've always liked  being behind the camera and having the power to create  my own content for people to enjoy. Last summer I decided to take on photography and it was the greatest decision I made. love doing creative shoots and capturing people's souls. I am the type of person to crave adventures and try new things. Life is too short to be afraid and worry about what people (who don’t know you) think of you. I also enjoy being organized and writing down my day in my planner. I feel like I am decluttering my life and I feel lighter. I’m all about the experience you gain from the people you surround yourself. For me it's about the journey rather than the destination. I feed off from people’s high energy and love to connect and work with people. As life goes on, I'm  learning more about myself and my determination to succeed is what  forces me to get out there and grind!!!
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