The Power of Beyoncé
Dr. Akilah Cadet
Power and Beyoncé are synonymous to me. They both command presence and authority. They give you energy. They supply you with drive; the force within. Pure influence and strength. I believe in the power of Beyoncé. On May 16, 2016, during the Formation World Tour, while in the Beyhive (when fans are in the actual stage…yes I was in the stage) Beyoncé put her had down to mine and I held her hand. It was short, but the feeling was everlasting. I started saying “I have the power of Beyoncé” when telling the story of how we were hand and hand.
Soon after the Formation Tour I started incorporating Beyoncé in my talks and content. I mean there are classes that are offered at universities on Beyoncé! Above you will see a short video of my Be You Beyoncé: How to Slay the Workplace workshop. Obviously, I am a fan of Beyoncé and love her voice, music, and style. But I am more of a fan of her strategic vision, being detail driven, philanthropy, management style, Virgo-ness, and being unapologetically Black.
As a Black woman, who is also a Virgo, I am proud to see an international celebrity be who she is and encourage people of any race, ethnicity, gender, or ability to be themselves. At that time, I was not fulfilled with my work. I wanted more. I knew I deserved more. I dreamed of have my own consulting company but knew I could benefit from a few more years in the workforce and recover financially from my doctoral program. But, once I felt the power of Beyoncé I knew that I needed to step it up (also that I hope to work on a project with her one day). I know it sounds odd, but Beyoncé was living in her purpose, inspiring others, making people smile in just one show and I wanted to do that too. I put my dream more into the universe than I thought because a serious of events lead to me working full time and building my firm a few months later. That my friends is what I call the Power of Beyoncé!
PS: I was at Beychella (weekend one) aka the First Black woman to Headline Coachella aka You’re About to Get all the Blackness. She handed me my life and I’ll share in another post.