Did you ever think we’d be in the middle of a global pandemic AND global protesting for Black lives in the year 2020?
As of late, I’ve spent countless hours thinking to myself just how much this feels like a few pages out of a history book. Like… How is this even real? One of these days all of what is happening now WILL be a few pages in a history book, and it’ll be quite a story to tell.
Until then, here’s what I know about it...
Most of all… it’s EXHAUSTING AS HELL.
Yet, in the midst of all that’s happening, one of the things that we can do is simply take a moment to process and make meaning for ourselves about what’s taking place. Once we’ve had a moment to gather ourselves, we must take the time to figure out how we want to move forward in doing the work to move our people and the world forward. The most important thing, however, is that you show up in a way that makes sense to you so that your work is most impactful--you’ve got to pull up how you pull up!
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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Have you ever struggled with owning your own identity? Well I know I have, and today we are going to get honest and a little vulnerable. Today, I want to talk about what being Black has come to mean to me. For a while, I have been scared of being too Black.. not wanting to step on anyone's toes or turn people off. Ironically? I wasn't always that way. So, in this week's session is all about being confident in who you are so that you can be the best version of yourself... and most of all show up for the people that need to see you as you are. You’re not going to be for everyone... and that's okay.
We are over halfway through Black History Month! Oh, doesn’t the time fly? Today, I thought it would be awesome for us to revisit a talk that we had last year about the “Crab in A Barrel” mentality. As a matter of fact, I think this is a good way to lean into to next week’s show where I’ll wrap up the month talking with you about being Black AND first-gen—a conversation I’ve tried so hard to avoid.
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.
Has something ever helped you out or altered your life for the better? Have you ever wanted to be a part of what it was that helped you? For Marsha that thing is TRIO programs. After facing a great deal of racism growing up, Marsha is now helping her community by teaching diversity and inclusion as well as helping first-gens get to college.
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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.