career development

Stop the Stigma

Stop the Stigma

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about sexual harassment, assault, and abuse, specifically in light of the recent sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Many men and women have been coming forward to tell their stories via the viral hashtag #WHYIDIDNTREPORT. Unfortunately, I know many women and men have dealt with unwanted advances at some point in their lives. Regardless of *when* someone chooses to report abuse that has happened to them (that moment, or 35 years later), every person should be respected and given the liberty to speak their truth in a time frame that is suitable to their needs. Their decision is not up for public consumption. The stigma around “coming forward” is not as easy as some might think. It’s not so simple, to call 911 on someone that you know and love, or to speak up and have no one believe you.

Going Into Fall Like What

Going Into Fall Like What

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.

Hope Is Real

Hope Is Real

Recently, I have read several posts that say, “Check on your strong friend.” While well intentioned, personally I don’t like language like this. It causes us to categorize people as strong vs. weak. When it comes to mental health, I don't think you can boil it down to such simplistic terms.

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.
 

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.

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

As you prepare to take your seat at the table, are you thinking about what it means to be at the head of the table? Quality leadership is key no matter what table you are at. Unfortunately, so many fall short, and are more "managers" than true "leaders." 

This past Friday, we hosted our monthly #memocareerchat on Twitter with Kishau Rogers, technology entrepreneur, and the CEO at Websmith Studio Inc. Kishau has led a number of teams and projects to success, and we sat down with her to discuss leadership in the workplace. 

#MemoMonday: Best of 2016

With the end of another year, it's natural to reflect on all that the past year has had to offer.

We've had an exciting year at The Memo, and are looking forward to 2017. We hope that 2016 has been great in reaching your career goals.

In case you missed a #memomonday, we're recapping some of our favorite blog posts here.

Let's get ready to keep crushing those glass ceilings together in 2017.

End of Summer Reading List

The end of summer is approaching, but there’s still time to get in some productive summer-reading! Here are a few titles that will help you get ahead in your career and life, or might simply help you to unwind.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland

The end of summer signifies back-to-school for students and teachers, and back to the office for others. As a student, I feel especially disorganized right now! I have to finish everything that I put off all summer, and reorganize before I get back to my classes. Doland’s book will help you tackle the “physical, mental, and systemic distractions” in your life. Erin Rooney Doland has a website, unclutterer.com, where she runs a blog about staying organized.

Make a Note to Do Great Things!

Make a Note to Do Great Things!
Every January, a few friends and I decide on a theme for the year, typically pulled from some popular phrase we all know. We take the theme and use it to set our actions and intentions for the year.

5 Quotes To Help You Refocus Before 2016

1) “Do one thing every day that scares you” –Eleanor Roosevelt

2) “Your thoughts and your feelings create your life” –Lisa Nichols

3) “Life is both too short and too long to do work you aren’t totally passionate about” –Lisa Nicole Bell

4) “Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin” * –Grace Hansen*

5) “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s light shining somewhere nearby” –Ruth E. Renkel