5 Bad Work Habits You Need to Drop Immediately

Whether it’s the colleague who takes all credit or the boss who cannot stop bombarding you with calls during weekends – all of us have co-workers, subordinates, and managers whose habits can get rather annoying.  Well, nobody is perfect and just like your co-workers, even you are bound to have some habits that might be […]

Cake is Meant to be Eaten!

I’ve never liked the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” While I understand what the speaker is attempting to communicate, this pessimistic notion can feel demoralizing. What’s the point in having access to my dessert but not being able to enjoy it? What’s worse, I believe many black women have subconsciously […]

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 […]

5 Ways I Learned to Empower Myself from “Becoming” Michelle Obama

Everybody has their sources of inspiration at the times of personal crisis and discouragement: consulting with family or close friends, reading favorite blogs and watching favorite TV shows, reminding oneself of inspirational quotes, listening to some relaxing music or stress-eating. I personally found my latest source of inspiration in the memoir Becoming by the former […]

Five Tips to Win at Work

It is one thing to come to work and complete your daily tasks. It is another to show up and win at work. There are plenty of ways to be a great employee, such as showing up on time and producing great results but winning is so much more. Winning sets future leaders up for […]

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

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 was held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]