Pack Light

Pack Light

Do you remember the song Bag Lady? I was listening to it after making a 90’s playlist (don’t judge me), and I think it was the first time I listened to the words of this song through adult lenses. Badu was preaching that career gospel and I don't think she intended to! After listening to Bag Lady on repeat, the lyrics resonated and put me in a career mindset.
 

Back To Work

Back To Work

“Are you ready to get your life back and head to work?”  
“Aren’t you excited to get back to your routine?”  
“Won’t it be a relief to not worry about the baby all day?”


Life. Routine. Worry.


 As I stood there crying tears of joy holding the positive pregnancy test, everything changed. There was a shift in my universe. The GPS had to recalculate. The destination didn’t change, but we had to implement a detour. My life would never go back to what it once was, I wouldn’t want it to. The routine I had fallen into would change, it had to. And worry, well that is an innocent side effect of motherhood.
 

Your Next Opportunity

Your Next Opportunity

Let’s keep it real, 2018 came quick!

It’s almost like we were in an episode of Black Mirror and time traveled faster than anticipated. The good news is, we get to create new and exciting opportunities for ourselves. Were there things you should have started last year? Are there projects you didn’t complete? Are there relationships you need to mend? Whatever you didn’t get a chance to do last year--the time is now!

Home for the Holidays

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash

by: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

The holiday season means different things for different people. For many, it's a magical time to get together with family and visit with old friends. There are family traditions, lots of food, fights, introductions, gifts, family reunions, and more!

One of the best things about the holidays (other than all the delicious food) is going back to my childhood home. My dad makes gumbo every year. We exchange gifts in my parents living room and laugh at a number of inside jokes. The house is filled with so many fond memories.

Over the years, the inside of the house has changed -- furniture's been moved, carpet has made way to wood floors, my childhood bedroom has turned into a guest room, and the toys, books, and posters from my youth have been put in boxes. Every year, I'm greeted with some new addition or change.

Every year, seeing the house change reminds me of the ways I've also changed and grown. New professional accomplishments, friends made, hobbies picked up or lost, etc. Every time I go back, I'm reminded of how far I've come from the year before.

No matter how you spend your holiday this year, we hope you take some time to reflect on the previous year, celebrate how you've grown and changed, and make plans for the year ahead.

On behalf of everyone at The Memo, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a wonderful year ahead!

#MemoMonday Best of 2017

#MemoMonday Best of 2017

It’s been another exciting year at The Memo! In case you missed a #memomonday, we're recapping some of our favorite blog posts and moments from this year.

From The Archives: How To Be Your Boss's Wingwoman

From The Archives: How To Be Your Boss's Wingwoman

Last week, we hosted a career bootcamp on Creating Strategic Alliances at work. Alliances are important because, when done well, they can lead to increased visibility, promotions, mentoring, and simply having someone in your corner advocating for you when the going gets tough.* 

*One of the most key people to have in your corner is your boss.

Don't Waste My Time

Don't Waste My Time

Wasted time and distractions are silent killers. Let me break this down like a perm: you know the moments when Facebook pops up with memories from like eight years ago, and you’re reminded of how much time you gave that person that you will never get back? Often, I flashback to the people, places, and things I gave entirely too much of my good energy to. (And most of them, didn’t serve 60 seconds of my time.) Time spent begging folks to stay, asking folks to leave, or being mad at your boss…

Negotiation Tips for Your Next Performance Review

Negotiation Tips for Your Next Performance Review

As we move into the end of the year, many of you will be having your annual assessments at work. Your annual assessment is a great time to review your performance over the past year, discuss your goals for the upcoming year, and perhaps more importantly is often the perfect time to negotiate for yourself! Read more to learn how to make your next negotiation a win-win.

From The Archives: Now You're Staring At A Queen

From The Archives: Now You're Staring At A Queen

How many times do we get in our own heads about our worthiness? Or maybe instead you had/have someone if your life that has indicated that you weren’t capable of doing this or that. Doubt can be self inflicted or brought on by external factors. Either way....STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF!

Take The First Step

Take The First Step

Earlier this summer, I wrote What Do You Have To Lose? Many of you reached out directly to let me know that the article resonated (it even encouraged some of you to pick up and move to a new city!).

Sometimes we need a little push or some encouragement to help us cross the finish line. We were never meant to crush our career goals alone--we need a community to root us on!

Can I Live?

Can I Live?

The word authentic is defined as “of undisputed origin.” How amazing is this definition? 

Many of us have been deemed as underserved because of the color of our skin or our socioeconomic background, yet, in the same breath we're asked to bring our authentic selves to work. In other words, we are asked for authenticity, but just as long as it fits neatly in the box the company has provided.

From The Archives: The Memo's "Always Ready" Toolkit

From The Archives: The Memo's "Always Ready" Toolkit

How ready are you for your next big career opportunity? If the person who could change your life offered you a shot at your dream career right now, would you be ready

You need to be prepared for what comes next, even if you aren’t certain what that next opportunity looks like. 

Here are a few tips to make sure you #stayready...

The Mentor Match

The Mentor Match

Often, I receive emails from young women asking me to serve as their mentor.** I remember what it’s like being their age, admiring so many women from afar, and wanting to tap into their magic. Heck, there are many women *today* that I consider mentors in my mind. They have no idea who I am (yet) -- I admire their business acumen and the way they choose to show up in the world. Sometimes we are lucky enough to connect with our role models, and other times we have to take notes from afar. (In our careers, we should all strive to be *both* mentors and mentees!) There are times I am not able to meet with everyone face to face who reaches out to me, but I try to make myself available via some medium. 

Today, I want to share answers to the top five questions I receive around mentor and mentee relationships.

#WOCAffirmations

#WOCAffirmations

Thousands of women of color showed up and showed out on Twitter, with #WOCAffirmations, affirming not only themselves, but other women of color too! It was like Christmas in October to see so many women of color amplifying their voice and the voices of others. At some point in my day, I even used the hashtag! 
 

No Shame In The Confidence Game

No Shame In The Confidence Game

You know the feeling – some days you feel unstoppable, and other days you feel lke you have no idea what you’re doing. The trick, though, is to not let the bad days suck up all of our confidence. Once our confidence is shaken, it can be difficult to get back on track.

Whether you want to reignite your confidence at work or just be more confident in life, here are a few tips to get your inner Beyoncé back...

From The Archives: Networking Like A Pro

From The Archives: Networking Like A Pro

Networking is one of those words that can bring a smile to one’s face or seem like a chore. People tell me, “You are so good at networking and making new friends, how do you it?” Here are 3 sure fire tips to help you navigate your personal and professional network.
 

ICYMI: After 6, Body Image In The Workplace

Last week, we hosted our monthly After 6: Career Conversations event online. 

This month, we partnered with Dressing Room 8 -- an organization that empowers women through fashion and coaching -- to talk about Body Image in the Workplace. It was a dynamic panel conversation, with professional women from a variety of industries -- Education, the Arts, Development, Law, Entrepreneurship, and Fashion -- and the conversation got really real.

Are You Ready or Reactive?

Are You Ready or Reactive?

...It's just like in your career -- what would you do if your career went from zero to 100--real quick? You know...When your boss sends you an email saying, they need you take over this huge meeting tomorrow, because they can’t make it. Or your colleague can no longer go on the senior staff trip to Europe, and suggests that you go in her place.  Would you be ready or reactive? There is a major difference between the two. 

"They Don't Mean Any Harm"

"They Don't Mean Any Harm"

There has been a lot of discussion around sexual harassment in the workplace. Many women in the tech industry have come forward to share their stories of investors crossing the line. Unfortunately, I know that so many women have dealt with unwanted advances at some point in their lives. I happened to know one of the women who recently told her story in the New York Times. I remember looking on Twitter - there were women applauding her, women criticizing her, and women who stayed out of the conversation entirely. There is a lot of stigma around “telling your truth. 

Like many of us, I have encountered unwanted advances in the workplace, and there were so many times I tried to sweep those advances under the rug or convinced myself they "didn’t mean any harm!" 
 

Influential Women of Color

With so many influential people – good and bad -- in the world today, we mustn’t forget about those special women who have fought long and hard to advance so many others. We can get distracted with so much that is going on in the world, and we might feel there is not much we can do to enact change. 

Here's a list of influential women of color who have changed the game (and who continue to change the game) for all of us. Here’s hoping their stories guide your brain waves to the awesomeness these brilliant women are radiating.