6 Times When You Need to Speak Up and Communicate with Power at Work

Being an advocate for your own career in every aspect can be empowering! There will absolutely be times when you will have to speak up at the work. When it happens, you must use good judgment for when and how to raise your voice. Although, speaking up can make some people feel uncomfortable, leaving things […]

Why Mothers Should Celebrate 24-7!

Most US mothers are working moms.  Which means our day can start as early as 5 am and end at midnight. Sometimes running off 5 hours of sleep and endless cups of coffee.  The duality of the various roles we play in society tug at us daily, but none like the role of mother.  It’s beyond […]

5 Career Tips that Benefit Black Women

When you are ready to make your next career move, you must begin to think strategically about how to choose the best advice to help you move forward in your career. Not all advice is good advice for you. Here are a few tips that can help you navigate challenges that could delay or stall […]

Slay Workplace Stress in Three Steps

Work can be a blessing. It not only brings in income, but it can also provide you with self-esteem, friendship and a sense of professional identity. Many of us are highly committed to our work, but at times, we may experience job-related stress. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, workplace stress […]

Breathing and Removing Barriers

A colleague of mine, at least once a week says to me “Breathe Woman!” She means this in both the literal and figurative senses.  On any given day something happens in either my personal or professional life that makes me… hold my breath. Holding your breath is holding you back! In the literal sense, I […]

5 Tips To Transform Your Professional Brand and Boost Your Career

Branding is a term that’s commonly used in marketing by organizations. We could learn a lot from organizations. They take extensive measures to determine their brand and protect their image. It’s because they understand the value of branding.  Think about it this way, just like people buy based on brands, employers hire based on brands. Implementing […]

Black Career Women’s Network Conference: Three Purpose Inspired Lessons I Learned

Black Career Women Network Conference: Three Purpose Inspired Lessons I Learned As a millennial professional, I think it was and still remains refreshing to gain wisdom from executives who have acquired desirable lifestyles and shared their professional experiences. I am still grateful that I attended the second annual Black Career Women Network (BCWN) Conference that […]

The New Position Phobia: Navigating and Excelling in a New Position

After completing my PhD, I was eager to start my career. I spent years studying theories, completing internships, buried in books and homework, and making a less than modest salary. I was 29 years old and just starting my first BIG girl BOSS job.  Prior to embarking on a career, thoughts of imposter syndrome rain […]

6 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Asking for a Raise

There is probably no situation in the life of an employee that’s more awkward and stressful than asking the boss for a raise. If you’ve never done it before, you might be afraid to ask for one, simply because you absolutely have no idea how to approach the situation. Having cold feet might lead to […]

7 Tactics to Prevent Job Search Depression

Whether you’ve been let go, you’ve just graduated, or you’re looking for something new, searching for a job today can lead to depression. While a few decades ago it was a simple process to find a new job, and there were plenty of high-level jobs for people with skills, experience, or degrees, now there is […]

4 Pillars of Negotiating for Career Success – Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Black women in the United States who work full-time, year-round are typically paid just 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Women of color face unique challenges when negotiating, via their white female counterparts. July 31, 2017, is known as #EqualPayDay for black women because that’s how long it takes for them […]

Does Your Employer Know Your Value?

A mid-career professional recently shared a passionate story with me about her employer not valuing her professional worth. Intrigued, I asked for details, and she indulged me with stories related to how she works long hours to exceed objectives. However, no one ever rewards her with a thank you, promotion, or raise. Instead of receiving […]

The Olivia Pope of Higher Education: Navigating a Career in Student Affairs

As we embark on a new, provocative season of ABC’s most notorious prime time dramas written by the illustrious Shonda Rhimes, I can’t help but think about how much Olivia Pope is more than just a fictional character I see every Thursday night. For those who haven’t succumbed to the #TGIT , Olivia Pope is […]

Failure? It’s all Relative!

#1 LACK OF SUCCESS There seems to be this unspoken rule that many of us have instilled within us that relates to what constitutes failure. The fear of failure can be crippling and some people even see taking risks as reckless. Not getting things done exactly how you envisaged or set out to apparently means […]

Embrace Being Different: Working While a Black Woman

Working in our society can be challenging. Over the years, the workplace landscape has changed. More and more women are working and flourishing into roles that were invisibly labeled “men only”. However, working while a black woman has many more hurdles than anyone in the job market. A variety of topics from how we wear […]

5 Things to Keep in Mind While Preparing for a Corporate Holiday Party

If you’re used to nibbling on your lunch in between keyboard strokes or having the luxury of preparing home cooked meals while in your pajamas, you may have forgotten the rules of dining etiquette. But you’ll need etiquette reminders if you receive that sparkly invitation to a holiday party this year. Don’t worry: we have […]

How to Avoid Being Stuck with the Wrong Mentor

Mentoring is supposed to be a positive experience between two individuals – mentor and mentee. Many of the organizations we work in have the best of intentions with their mentoring programs and activities. And we, as employees, are excited to know that there are leaders in our organizations which we can learn from. But sometimes the […]

Five People Every Professional Needs For Their Career to Succeed

“It takes a village.” When it comes to your career, this is definitely true. Savvy professionals know that being successful in any job or position involves having many individuals focused on their success, helping them achieve their career goals along the way. They know that no one builds a successful career alone. Such professionals also […]

5 Ways to Boost Your Professional Brand in 30 Days

People are judging you everyday. They are using the information at their disposal to determine if they want to hire, promote, or book you as a speaker for an upcoming event. Don’t miss out on a chance to influence how people perceive you. People will begin to see you as a thought leader in your […]

Navigating Micro-Aggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions can be defined as “the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (Wing Sue, 2010).” These subtle snubs can creep up in the work environment in the most unlikely places. In […]

5 Ways to Build an Empowered Career

Black Career Women’s Network (BCWN) Career Conversations focuses on elevating female African-American professionals to a level of empowerment within their career. The BCWN is comprised of women from entry-level to C Suite who provide and receive career advice from others who have been in their position or offer a different perspective to working. BCWN Founder […]

6 Ways to Stay Marketable While Unemployed

The longer you are out of work, the less marketable you can become. Whether you’re fresh out of college or a seasoned professional, here are 6 ways to stay marketable while searching for your next job opportunity. 1) Define Who You are as a Professional and What You Want Create a 30 second debut statement […]

4 Career Moves You Should Make in 2016

When it comes to your own career success, it begins and ends with you. By making a few changes in how you manage your career can increase your net worth and marketability. Here are four career moves you should make in 2016 that can create movement in your career and put you on the right […]

Black Career Woman Spotlight – Danielle R Moss

Who is Black Career Woman, Dr. Danielle R. Moss? Daughter, mother, teacher, writer, lifelong student. How do you make your coins? 25+ year nonprofit and social justice veteran currently working as Chief of Staff at the New York Civil Liberties Union in New York City, Commissioner for Gender Equity for New York City, stalled author […]

Black Career Woman Spotlight – Aisha Patterson

Who is Black Career Woman, Aisha J Patterson? How do you make your coins? I make my coins by serving the client base of Professional Polishing Touch as their resume and LinkedIn advisor. I assist them with improving their resumes and LinkedIn profiles to maximize their reach in the job market. I am also a […]