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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 […]

Building your career brand

What is career brand?  Your career brand is your identity at work. It is what you are known for and what makes you memorable.  Additionally, it is a promise of the value you have to offer to your colleagues and the company. Today’s job market is very competitive, so having […]

Reasons why you don’t get along with your manager

There’s so much career advice out there on how to handle a difficult manager but very few actually give you the honest truth on why you may be struggling with your manager in the first place. Here are things you may doing that could be straining your relationship with your […]

Spring clean your career

Spring is here! There is nothing more renewing in the spring than cleaning out the closets and putting away the heavy coats and sweaters that held us down during the colder days. Just as Springtime beckons us to unburden ourselves with things that no longer serve us in the warmer […]

Notes on being a better manager

Quick hits on being a better manager beginning this Monday morning. Drink some coffee and shoot for 5 out of the 10 tips below and you will be well on your way to being a good manager. 1. Pencil in intentional one-on-one time with your direct report. Put it on […]

Job search tips for 2016 graduates

  College graduation is around the corner for 2016 grads, and March is a perfect time to kick your job search into gear if you haven’t already started. March is a great time to start your career search for two key reasons: job openings become available during spring and companies […]

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 […]

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

  As published on Mater Mea  FINDING YOUR CONFIDENCE AS A PERSON OF COLOR IN HOMOGENOUS WORKPLACES CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT IT ISN’T IMPOSSIBLE. Open any popular business magazine and you’ll find at least one article lamenting the lack of diversity in the workplace. The statistics are hard to take […]

My Mantra for 2016

I sidestepped the zeal of creating an expansive new year resolutions this calendar year. Instead I opted to set an intention, a mantra for the year. That mantra is “less talk, more action.” Basically, doing all the shit I’ve been talking about for decades. For years I’ve come up with […]

Office tips for first-timers

My top tips for recent college grads working in an office environment for the first time: 1. Put your phone away and only use it during lunch hour. Being on your phone makes you look unfocused and uncommitted. 2. Complete tasks given fast and with little errors. As a manager, […]

Tough Interview Questions and How to Nail Them

I am often asked for the best answers to tough interview questions. Here are a few tough questions and tips on how to nail them! Tell me about yourself? Don’t start with “I was born in….” “I am from…” it is not helpful information no matter how much the interviewer smiles […]

Why Notes From HR

In recent years inspiring and nurturing spaces for people of color has taken flight and soared. These spaces celebrate our unique attributes, history, fashion, literature, and sense of adventure. While there are many spaces celebrating our natural hair, discussing social and political issues and fashion, there are limited forums for […]