Is there such a thing as being too prepared? I hope not. In effort to continue to help you prepare for what's to come next in your life professionally, I thought it would be ideal to share with you this very timeless throwback with Chandria Harris. In this session, we touched on strategies to help first-generation college graduates to be successful in corporate America. Many of the things that we talk about are some of the unspoken rules of being a professional. After all, there is always a “code,” and if you don't know better you simply can’t do better.
Chandria Harris is a Global Career Development Consultant and Certified Career Services Provider who has served in roles both at Fortune 500 companies and in higher education. She is a minority, and first-generation college graduate with over 5 years of experience in recruitment and training and development. Chandria holds a Masters Degree in Counseling/Psychology from the University of West Alabama and a Bachelors of Science in Social Science from Mississippi University for Women. She also holds an Associate Degree from Meridian Community College. She is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified Career Services Provider and Global Career Development Facilitator. Recently recognized as Nashville 100's Top HR Training and Development Professionals, and featured in several magazines (Rollingout, Black Enterprise, Madame CJ Walker's Legacy Foundation) for her relevant career insight and advice, Mrs. Chandria Harris is committed to helping young professionals understand who they are and how they can impact their lives and the world.
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First comes the degree, then comes the J-O-B. How are you feeling about it? Do you feel like you’ve got the keys to success? Be it that you’re going into the workforce for the first-time, or using that graduate degree to move on up, this show is for you. In this session, Kimberly Barrett, shares with us how to level up professionally by networking and utilizing our resources in the workplace.
Kimberly Barrett is a native of New Jersey and is a first-generation professional. Kim is a proud alum of Montclair State University (BS, 2011), The George Washington University (MPS, 2013), and Pepperdine University (MBA, 2019). Kim has also proudly served her country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was ordered to active duty during Operation Desert Shield/Storm (1991-1992). She currently works at a global law firm where she has worked her way up from an entry-level position to a global leadership role.
What do you do when you know that you're created for something greater, but the life before you says otherwise? You choose to win anyways! From being born in Oakland and raised in South Central Los Angeles to becoming a graduate of Yale, later student of law at UC Berkeley, and now a first-gen professional--Antonio has not let anything, or anyone, stand in the way of the life he knew was meant for him. Join us as we chat about dreaming big, making tough but necessary choices, understanding social capital, and important lessons for those considering the path to law.
Antonio Ingram is a first-generation college graduate and now professional. He attended Yale where he studied religion and then UC Berkeley School of Law where he studied human rights. Antonio has visited over 30 different countries, is Fulbright Scholar, and has clerked for two different federal judges. He has a heart for justice and making sure that the paths that he is forging are wide enough for people to enter in after him.
A first-generation college graduate, it's important to surround yourself with people who are going to have your back. After all, you weren't created to do this thing called life alone, so be sure that no matter where you go that you'll make it a point to build community.
Did you want to go to college? Was it something that you were excited for? Sometimes you don't go to college because you really wanted to, but because it was the best option at the time. For Sarah, she wasn’t motivated in high school but went to the one college that accepted her because she wasn't ready to start working. She soon found her drive and thrived in college. Tune in as we discuss leadership, willingness to admit when you don't know something, and not putting too much thought into what others think of you.
Happy Black History Month!
For the next few weeks, we'll be celebrating and sharing the stories of those who are #blackfirstgen. So, we're kicking things off with a chat with someone whose parents, in her word, were "Black Revolutionaries."
Not just that.. If you think you have a big family, today’s guest, Senemeht Olatunji, was one of 12 siblings. Growing up in New York City, her parents started an African centered private school which she attended from K-12. We discuss the transition of her moving to Washington, D.C. and then back to New York City. She found a passion for helping kids in child welfare where she didn’t expect, and now helps kids transition out of foster care. We also discuss both external and internal growth, and how important it is to self care, making sure that mind, body, and spirit are in a good place.
What does finding meaningful work look like? What does your first-gen voice look like in the corporate world? In our conversation with Chandria we talk about how a first-gens resilient nature is beneficial when you are making your way into your career. As well as the challenges that diversity and inclusion present in the workplace.