It is important that the Fastgirls understand the resource we have in this community. This week, as we know, Syreeta was honored by Glamour Magazine and got to dress up in fancy threads to represent the dreams of all of us Dreamers. Our youngest Fastgirl was named one of the Top 20 Under 25!

She reached out to Sallomé (one of her many mentors), for advice on how to use this honor to propel her in her lane. In October she told Syreeta: “Yes, you’ve gotta use this award. Definitely let your school know about it. Tell everyone! They’ll take you more seriously because Glamour does.” So when her school, CUNY, asked where they could get details about the award and she hadn’t received PR materials from Glamour, she asked Sallomé for some help.

The e-mail she crafted and sent to Syreeta read:


Syreeta Gates (Class of ’12) was honored this Monday at Carnegie Hall as part of the Glamour Magazine 2010 Women of the Year Gala. Chelsea Clinton took the stage to introduce Gates as one of the Top 20 Women Under 25 for her work as Founder of The SWT Life – an organization committed to supporting young innovators through entrepreneurial coaching, personal development, and exposure to industry leaders. Gates was in good company, being honored alongside the likes of Donatella Versace and Julia Roberts. When asked what was the best part of the evening, she exclaimed,”Oprah Winfrey winked at me!”

Gates will continue making a mark, as she gears up for the publishing of her upcoming book Just BE Cause and continues the planning for a city-wide summit for teens in 2011 to aid them in exploring passions, distinguishing strengths, and articulating purpose.

See what CUNY posted HERE.

Again, congratulations to Syreeta! And Sallomé, keep doing what you do lady – growing human capital.