About Us

Gyrlfriend Collective is an independent publishing house devoted to collaborating with women, offering social support, and opportunities for professional development through publishing

and coaching programs.

We BUILD

connections amongst women through our shared and diversified experiences. 

 We STRENGTHEN

gyrlfriend relationships by connecting, supporting, and uplifting each other in all of our endeavors. 

We ARE

·    a safe space where women can share personal experiences through writing,

empowering other women to grow along with us.

·    a collective of multi-talented, multi-faceted women.

"When things are going good in your friendships, there are joyful exchanges that add to your life fulfillment. However, when things aren't going well, now that's when it gets tricky." 

E. Che'meen Johnson, Co-Author, The Gyrlfriend Code, Vol. 1 

 

Our Mission

What is The Gyrlfriend Code? 

 

A code is a system of principles or rules. The Gyrlfriend Code is a collection of unspoken principles we use to govern ourselves, expectations and the relationships we ultimately have with our gyrlfriends. Identifying and understanding varying perspectives on Gyrlfriend Code, even if it is not one that you subscribe to, helps strengthen our ability to maintain long lasting relationships.  

 

What started off as a way to engage with other women on a social level, has transformed into a flourishing platform offering opportunities for women to collectively share experiences and advice that has enriched their lives and the relationships shared with their gyrlfriends.  

 

Our Vision

We put effort into every other relationship we have: with our families, spouses, even the relationships we have at work. Although we have the potential to have the longest relationship with our gyrlfriends, this has consistently been the relationship we are quickest to abandon. This is the rationale behind the “y” in the spelling of our organization’s name and growing movement.  

 

The Gyrlfriend Collective movement and The Gyrlfriend Code represent the sum total of our voices ready to change the narrative on gyrlfriend relationships. 

 

The Gyrlfriend Collective

Co-Founders: 

 

Maureen Carnakie-Baker 

Dr. Marquita Smith Blades 

 

"So what can be more important than one's gyrlfriends? I'll tell you what. It's survival." 

"Gyrlfriend It's Not About You" - Dr. Marquita Smith Blades, The Gyrlfriend Code Vol. 1, Visionary Author

Gyrlfriend Collective LLC &
MMC Publishing

We connect, support, and uplift writers in sharing their experiences through the art of storytelling. 

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