Career Development

Just Add Courage

Just Add Courage

A few weeks before my book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table, was slated to launch, I got a call to be part of TEDxHarlem.

The rational part of me said to myself, ”Oh no, you don’t have enough time to write and prepare a talk like that in the midst of your book launch.”

Getting Unstuck

Getting Unstuck

These past few months, I've stared at a lot of blank screens. I’ve had a few big projects come up, and didn’t know where or how to begin. So I stared at the screen. I stared for long stretches of time, trying to will myself in a direction that seemed to not come.

Tips for Managing Up

Tips for Managing Up

My mother first taught me about managing up. That isn’t what she called it, of course, but when I got my first job, she’d tell me stories about her career. She'd share how she went from working in the basement at her company to getting promoted to a number of different roles, and the little things she did to get there. She'd regularly give me suggestions on how to be great at work, and how to get the most done with (or in spite of) whatever boss I had.

#MemoMonday: Best of 2018

#MemoMonday: Best of 2018

It's almost the end of another year, and we have so much to be thankful for. Thank you to our community for riding with us all year -- for sharing articles, for attending events, being part of the conversation, and working to secure your seat!

I Said What I Said!

I Said What I Said!

A few years ago I read, "Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office", by Lois P. Frankel. At that time in my life I was reading a lot of career development books for women; some were helpful and others made me feel overwhelmed by the amount of “steps” it might take to climb the proverbial ladder. In Frankel’s book, she mentioned the notion of women using touchy-feely language in the workplace and how we should learn to be more direct. What is "touchy-feely language"?

ICYMI: Let Go And Look Forward

ICYMI: Let Go And Look Forward

This weekend, I was thinking a lot about how far I've come along my career path. The person I was at the start of my career almost wouldn't recognize the stronger, more resilient professional that I am becoming. I thought about those situations in my life (personal and professional alike) that, while in them, felt impossible to get through or to let go of. But each of those situations helped to clear a path forward to where I am today.

California Love: Which Way To My Board Seat?

California Love: Which Way To My Board Seat?

What would it look like if the rooms we walked into or the tables we sat at were diverse? What about in terms of board membership? Imagine sitting in a boardroom that was representative of the communities you live in and the customers you serve. I believe that is exactly what California is striving for in trying to pass a bill that would require publicly held companies to have women on their boards. Which is great news for women of color: we are not equally represented on corporate boards, so there is lots of opportunity and board seats to secure.

What Are You Bringing To The Group Meeting

What Are You Bringing To The Group Meeting

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…”

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

Are You Ready For Your Seat?

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?

Refresh Your Career Toolkit

Refresh Your Career Toolkit

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…

Consistency is Key

Consistency is Key

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.

Working Moms

Working Moms

Last week, we hosted our monthly After 6: Career Conversations event online. We were joined by three amazing women and mothers - Thaisa Jones, Digital Director at Pennsylvania Insurance, Delores Brown, Cofounder, Agbara Life, Inc, and Nicole Tirado, CEO of Tearado Tech.

Check out the video!

Bridging The Digital Divide

Bridging The Digital Divide

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.

What To Do When You Don't See Options

What To Do When You Don't See Options

Sometimes all the positive self-talk in the world doesn’t change the fact that some situations leave us stuck. During these times, despite how much perspective we try to have, we just can’t help but feel wedged between a rock and a hard place. If you’ve ever found yourself in this position, and chances are if you’re alive and reading this right now you have, then you’ve experienced that sinking feeling of running out of options. Rather than give you a pie-in-the-sky approach to managing those feelings or improving that situation, we have another alternative – surrender to what is.

Update Your Resume and HASO

Update Your Resume and HASO

This Friday at 1pm EST, we'll be on [Slack][1] 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.

How Will You Invest In Yourself?

How Will You Invest In Yourself?

As our accountant friends know all too well, tax season is upon us! Many of us dread this time of year, but for others they know that refund check is headed their way. 

When I was right out of college, I remember getting my refund check and not knowing what to do with myself. Twenty something me was so excited for all this "free money" (I didn't know better), but I had no plan or strategy in place for what to do with it. So I’d do my happy money dance and throw the money into a savings account, thinking I was being so practical.

Intersectionality: After 6

Intersectionality: After 6

All this women's history month, we've been saluting the women --present, and future -- who are changing the game for all of us. 

Last week, we spoke to a few of those women at one of our After 6: Career Conversations events, when we discussed intersectionality at work. 

Play To Your Strengths

Play To Your Strengths

Have you ever scrolled through social media and felt like you needed to be someone else? If “so and so” is posting on Instagram five times a day, we feel the need to post six. If “so and so” does a TedX talk, we have to figure out how to make it to the main Ted stage. 

ICYMI: After 6 - Love & Relationships with Joi-Marie McKenzie

ICYMI: After 6 - Love & Relationships with Joi-Marie McKenzie

Two weeks ago, we had the pleasure of speaking with entertainment, style, and relationship writer, Joi-Marie McKenzie, at our monthly After 6 event, "She's Gotta Have It: Love & Relationships."

It's A Privilege

It's A Privilege

One of our core pillars at The Memo is generosity.  

We live in a world where most people think, “I gotta get mine” and “It’s all about me.” And yes, the old proverb, “You came in this world alone, you will leave alone” is true. 

However, there is a counter-argument for that mentality, and it's what I think we don’t focus enough on:  “No [wo]man can be an island.”