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Friday Exhale | No. 4

A weekly round-up of lessons learned, finds, interests, and musings:  I started my week stumbling upon this wonderful poem by Rumi. A newbie starting a new job this week asked for a few questions to help assimilate into the team.  Here are a few questions I recommended that you might […]

Friday Exhale | No. 3

A weekly round-up of lessons learned, finds, interests, and musings:  I am at the tail-end of a busy performance reviews season at work. A few tips for the self-assessment form. The self-assessment review is NOT the time to be shy and humble; self promote your work shamelessly on the review […]

Friday Exhale | No. 2

A weekly round-up of lessons learned, finds, interests, and musings: Friday exhale I came across this really good exercise for those moments at work where you are jumping from one item to the next. Fast forward to 23:40. Release. Release. Release. Fall recipes that look divine and will be on […]

Friday Exhale | No. 1

A weekly round-up of lessons learned, finds, interests, and musings: Friday exhale Another busy work week comes to a close. My workplace was humming and busy per usual. A practice that came in handy this week to prep for meetings was taking 10 minutes before each conference meeting/call to write […]

What’s in my ear buds?

I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to a book a week on audible during my commute to work. No more listening to NPR, news, or some of my beloved podcasts. While I love a good podcast, there’s nothing better than cutting out the middle man and going straight to […]

Just in case that entrepreneur life fizzles

  In recent years entrepreneurship has seen a meteoric rise especially among people of color and I have enjoyed the fruits of their labor. I try to shop exclusively from small business owners for gifts and a few personal items. It is my hope that all of my favorite entrepreneurs […]

On Letting Go of Proving Yourself

The most successful people I know shy away from constantly proving themselves. In fact, they are usually the person in the room entirely comfortable in their skin daring you to accept them as they are. Granted they are typically more seasoned professionals and have been around the block, but you […]

February Career To-Do’s

Managing your career should be tackled in small daily and monthly actions for long-term success. Notes From HR monthly to-do’s are actions you can do in small bites. February is ripe with opportunities to lose the fire in the belly spirit the month of January swept in. There’s something about the month […]

January Career To-Do’s

Managing your career should be tackled in small daily and monthly actions. With this in mind, I will be sharing to-do items for each month. Our Notes From HR to-do’s are simple things you can do to take things up a notch. January To-Do’s Start the year off on the […]

2016 Highlights

My mantra for 2016 was “less talk, more action!” I committed to moving forward with projects that I had been talking about for years: helping people of color navigate workplaces and giving back to my community in a meaningful way. In retrospect, it has been gratifying watching the seeds planted […]

Afrigens Docu-series is Finally Here

We’re excited to finally be launching the first season of AfriGens @Work! After an adventurous and profound experience interviewing, filming, editing and lots of behind-the-scenes work, we are ready to share our docu-series with the world. Look out for the first episode on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Follow our YouTube […]

You want to be a badass? Don’t take the exit

I recently celebrated a significant birthday. One of those birthday years that make you feel old, but at the same time makes you realize that you are a badass because you have accomplished some major stuff. Rather than focus on the two gray hairs that had sprung in my hair […]

Let’s talk salary negotiations

As published on Matermea.com Most people, but especially women and minorities, aren’t very good at negotiating a good starting salary. For some, negotiating a salary and asking for more money is a hand-wringing, sweaty palm, stuttering mess of a process. It’s natural to be nervous, but I encourage you to […]

Showing up at work

Definition of showing up: bringing all of your positive energy, warmth, attention and sense of passion to a given situation. I’ve seen talented employees lose a lot of ground because of their inability to bring a sense of personality, passion, laser focus and high energy to the workplace.  I get […]