Most women have dealt with a “mean girl” or two starting from their first day of school. Unfortunately, some of those mean girls grow up to become mean women – and some of those mean women become mean co-workers. In my career thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of amazing women, some of the most caring and intelligent women on the planet. Up until a few years ago, I couldn’t relate to the “mean girl” stories I heard about happening in the workplace… but then it happened to me.
My dad played tennis in the Marines, and growing up he took me and my brothers to the park and taught us how to play. This was one of the ways we spent quality time together. Years later, The Williams sisters hit the tennis scene and I remember how excited I was to see two black girls with beads in their hair disrupting the game.
I don’t know if my dad had the same intentions as their father Richard, but one of my brothers did go on to play collegiate tennis. When my youngest brother became the break out star of the Harts kids; he started to invest in his success and planned on going pro.
Working in groups doesn’t end in school. Depending on the industry you're in, collaborating and working well with others is a prerequisite for being successful.
We all know what a bad teammate looks like, but what qualities make you a good team member?
Here are four tips to make you a better teammate:
Step Up: Have you ever been in a group or committee and someone had to be the “leader…”
Did you know that our CEO, Minda Harts, has a podcast? It's called Secure The Seat, and is in its second season. Secure the Seat is about women of color in the workplace — what does it take to secure a seat at the table, and once you do, how can you bring others along with you?
We know many of you are like, “Hold up, wait a minute. I am still trying to get my last bit of summer out, don’t rush me.”
On, the other hand, we know you are ambitious women who like to plan ahead. For you, we've got four things you might want to start incorporating into your end of summer schedule to make the transition into fall a little easier.
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day is Tuesday, August 7th.
The day represents the number of extra days a black woman would have to work to earn what the average white man makes.
While black women are obtaining degrees at higher rates than other demographics, their take home pay doesn't match their ambition -- making only 63 cents for every dollar made by the average white male (all women make 80 cents on average).
In early July, we hosted our monthly Slack chat and talked about office best friends. It was a good conversation where we talked about the highs and lows of having friends in the office. (If you aren't in our private Slack group, send us an email and we'll add you so you can access that conversation and participate in the next one!)
As a follow up to our conversation in Slack, we asked others about their office best friends, both past and present…
We're more than halfway through the year, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about ways to level up in the second half of the year. Below we've included five new tools to add to your career toolkit.
1) For The Aspiring Entrepreneur: As some of us are preparing for our seat at the table or securing our seat, many might be thinking how to create their own empire…
I am constantly thinking about how to amplify the voices of women of color in the workplace.
The Memo is the foundation, and my upcoming book, The Memo (which comes out in April 2019), and podcast series, Secure The Seat, are other layers of amplification. I not only get the opportunity to tell my story, but I have the privilege of telling stories of other women of color I’ve met over the years and what it was like for them to “lean in.”
Often, I sit back and think, God must really have a sense of humor, because I never saw myself advocating in this way.
I am a HUGE fan of my local public library. It’s a treasure trove of information and entertainment: there are books, movies, storytimes for kids, language classes, passes to visit local attractions, access to language learning, info for small business owners, author talks, technology classes, and more. I cannot say enough nice things about the library.
Almost three years ago, I decided I needed something more out of life.
I wanted to lend support to other women striving to obtain their career goals, and I felt like my experiences up to that point would be able to lend a diverse voice to the career development conversation.
I have to be honest, I wasn’t 100 percent sure how I would do this, or what it would look like.
In 1959, Peter Drucker, famed management consultant, coined the term knowledge worker. A knowledge worker is a professional who "creates, modifies, [...] simplifies," and amplifies knowledge to meet the goals of their office. Madame C.J. Walker, knowledge worker. Indra Nooyi, knowledge worker. Corvida Raven, knowledge worker. Olivia Pope, knowledge worker.
Recognizing the well-documented reasons why women often fail to negotiate – after having been guilty of a few myself – I continue to seek resources to mitigate my fear of negotiating. The best resource I have found to date: female mentors. Due in no small part to my mentors, I have been able to embrace my role in correcting these negotiation-failure trends early in my career. I’d like to share the following story with you as an example of how you, too, can empower and support your fellow female professionals.
Each minute of the day seems to bring on another (heart)breaking news story, and I start to wonder, does self-care come at a cost? In the media, we constantly read about attacks on black women like Sandra Bland and Chikesia Clemons. Women, and especially women of color, have had to start multiple hashtag movements to rally and get some respect around here for ourselves and for each other.
Part of self-care is doing temperature checks on ourselves, as well as checking in with and supporting the other women our lives. Just because we see our friends posting “lit” pictures of themselves, doesn’t always equate to what’s going on behind the scenes in their minds and their real lives.
This Friday at 1pm EST, we'll be on [Slack] hosting a resume peer review.
If you've worked at the same place for a while, it's easy to get caught up in the day to day of things. Before you know it, years pass and you're mentally ready to leave your company, until you remember that you have to wipe the cobwebs off your dusty old resume.
Many years ago, I found myself here.
Every month at our *After 6: Career Conversations*, we get all the way real about issues faced in the course of our careers. This month, we talked to Sherry Sims, Founder and CEO of Black Career Women's Network. Sims shared about the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, including some of the do's and don'ts of starting a new business.
If you couldn't join us in person, we've got you covered with some highlights!
Two months after graduation, I landed my first corporate job with visions of a meritocracy that offered equal opportunities to ascend towards the C-Suite. Instead, I was greeted with something different. I experienced discrimination and isolation that my university did not equip me to overcome; that I learned by trial and error.
In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg inspired all women to *Lean In*, yet, failed to address what leaning in is like for black and brown women. There is an extra socio-economic and systemic layer of glass that women of color must chip away at before they reach the ceiling in Sheryl’s book.
The J-O-B is a reality for millions of women. At some point in time they entered into a contract with an employer to be good corporate citizens. For some those arrangements began early in life — maybe with a part-time or after school job in teenage years; while others entered the workforce a little later.