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The Power of "It" with Girl Boss Ericka Pittman

 

People used to call it having juice. These days they call it being the plug. We simply call in having power. Ericka Pittman VP of Comb's Enterprises Chairman's  Office and Sean "Diddy" Combs's right hand, definitely has the power. We had the absolute pleasure of interviewing this unapologetic business woman. She gave us some great insight on being a female executive and her women's movement.She's such an inspiration to me and so many other women. We are please to share with you our "Power Of It" interview Enjoy.

StyleOne80:

We love to see women in power positions maintain their femininity. Is this something that your peers have fully embraced like yourself? I mean its definitely a skill to it, you have to be careful not to be overly sexy.

Pittman:

Yes, most women I surround myself with personify the idea of femininity. The best answer for the latter is those that cant teach... follow.

 

StyleOne80:

If there is anyone to follow it would definitely be someone like yourself. I used to hear a lot about mentoring. People seem to be moving independently these days. What are your thoughts on mentor-ship?

Pittman:

I believe that all people should mentor, not just women, not just women to young women but all people should mentor and seek out mentors. It is very important to align yourself with people that you identify yourself with in terms of long-term growth. If you have a vision for who you want to be in life, it is important for you to align with some archetypes in that industry that have achieved the things that you would like to achieve. This way, you gain insight and understanding of what the road ahead looks like.

StyleOne80:

Your LWACE venture embodies this concept. Please tell us more about it.

Pittman:

LWACE is an acronym. It stands for Life With A Capital “E". I have made it my life’s mission over the past 5 years to live a bold life out loud. The E stands for the obvious - “Ericka” but also Excellence; Excitement: and Experiences.

I created a blog almost three years ago that celebrates my personal journey and the people I surround myself with. The blog caters to a community of like-minded AWESOME women doing amazing things in their everyday lives.  I’m hoping it will inspire other women to be their best selves.

StyleOne80:

That's awesome! I'm definitely subscribing. There is nothing like motivation and inspiration among women. It's so refreshing to empower and be empowered by those that share the same struggles and have created  something amazing with their lives.

I read a quote in Forbes magazine where you said, "women know that you are unapologetic" that was powerful statement. Can you elaborate?

Pittman:

 What I mean by women know that I am unapologetic is that often times women down play who they are to the outside world.  They minimize their individual contributions and rarely speak up for who they are and what they want. I am very vocal about these things, making no excuses for who I am; where I am from; and what my experiences have afforded me. It is the sum of these things that has created the person I am today.

StyleOne80:

That's a respectable position to take and it should be embraced by other women. Do you feel that women are becoming more and more Powerful in business?

Pittman:

 It is definitely the year of the woman!  Women are becoming increasingly present. The power in supporting each other and being vocal about our greatness.  As we continue to commune, working together to support each other and DO WELL BY DOING GOOD, we create a sound message to the world that women matter and women are making a major impact on the world.  I’m excited about the increasing empowerment moving and all of the amazing success women are compassing.

StyleOne80:

When it comes to seeing images of successful women on television. I think the most influential program for me was the television show GIRLFRIENDS.  They were very relate-able and everyone was doing their own thing , figuring it out and striving for success. Which character did  you identify with?

 

Pittman:

I like to think I’m a bit of a cross between Joan and Toni.

 

StyleOne80:

I can totally see that. They both had solid careers, finances, and very hard working. But, not mention the best fashion of the crew.

As a busy executive

running for from coast to coast and representing the Combs brand you have to always look your best.

What is your favorite go to look?

A sheath dress, Often times people underestimate the general power of the sheath dress. It accentuates your curves while still providing a conservative fit for your environment.

We Styled Ericka

 

StyleOne80:

Your personal style seems to be classic but, I do notice you pop in some trends.

Do you have a favorite designer?

Pittman:

Its funny, I don’t have one designer that I love love love! However, I have always fashioned myself as a "Gucci Girl”.  Honestly, I buy what I like, Gucci's new collection has been doing it for me. 

StyleOne80: LOL! Gucci Girl I love that!!!  Alessando Michele definitely gave Gucci new life. We love it as well.

How about on your days off? What is your style like out of the office?

We styled Ericka

Pittman:

 My days off vary considerably. I wear jogging pants A LOT! It’s a fairly recent obsession, but I’ve just discovered how comfortable and great for travel cross- continental they are. If I am running errands immediately after a Pilates class you can catch me in a pair of leggings for the better half of that day.  If I am meeting friends for a low key weekend brunch, I will likely be wearing a pair of fitted jeans and heels.

StyleOne80:

What are you splurging on these days?

Pittman:

I have been more enticed by jewelry and vacations as of late.

StyleOne80:

"It" girls are women pushing past the comfort zone, following their dreams, being an inspiration while being stylish in the process. What luxury item do you think every 'It" girl should have? 

Pittman:

 Every "It" Girl should have a classic black Chanel bag.  It is timeless accessory that you will have it for the rest of your life. But, I definitely think this is the one accessory splurge, every woman should invest in at some point in her life.

StyleOne80:

Speaking of luxury splurges. Sex and the City was where I truly discovered the land of lux. I lived for Carrie's fashions. I believed she was my spirit-animal lol!  Who would be yours? 

Pittman:

Samantha would be my ride or die!  She’s honest; unapologetic; and brave.

Samantha Sex in The City

StyleOne80:

You are so full of confidence and resonate Power. I am truly inspired!

Can you leave us with some career advice for those looking to climb the corporate ladder?

Pittman:

I would say formalized education. I know a lot of people are leaning away from formal education but it is really important for you to identify the theoretical concept surrounding marketing and advertising and application in real life. 

Theory versus practice is the idea. Most people think marketing is throwing sexy parties for Puff Daddy. Most people think that marketing is street teaming and very experiential solutions to communications to a specific audience or consumer. 

That is not what marketing is. Marketing is understanding the psycho graphics, really understanding the mind of the consumer you’re trying to target and convincing them that it’s a good idea to purchase your product or service. 

So if you don’t have the specific knowledge of knowing how to do that, the appropriate way to do that in the marketplace both domestically and globally, you’re ill equipped to grow your career in those categories.

Follow Ericka Pittman on Instagram @erickapittman